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Terror apologist Yvonne Ridley given a free ride on the ABC

Terror apologist Yvonne Ridley given a free ride on the ABC Author: Gabrielle Debinski and Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

On September 26, controversial British Muslim convert and journalist, Yvonne Ridley, delivered an address at a radical Islamic conference in Melbourne. Promoting her ‘speaking tour' in Australia, the contentious Ridley, who converted to Islam in 2003 after she was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, appeared on ABC Radio's "AM" program the following day. Ridley is well-known for her role as a former presenter and current frequent guest on Press TV, the Iranian government's English language station, notorious for its anti-Zionist, anti-Western propaganda, and for her apologetics - sometime sounding almost like justification - for Islamist and Arab terrorism.

Not that you would know any of this from the ABC interview itself.

The Last Word: Health Report

The Last Word: Health Report Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

When Sheikh Tajeddine El Hilaly delivered a public address in Sydney in 1988 accusing Jews of unimaginable evils, responses came loudly and clearly. Government leaders, senior bureaucrats, journalists and religious figures had no hesitation in declaring his speech repulsive, repugnant and unacceptable.

While he had his apologists, better known for their antagonism towards Jews than for their concern with the reputation or welfare of Muslims, the overwhelming reaction was to assert that he had embarrassed himself and his office as a religious leader.

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Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Op-eds    

LAST month in France, a mob surrounded a synagogue, yelling "Hitler was right!" and "Death to the Jews!"

In Berlin, a demonstration ­allegedly concerned with the safety of the population of Gaza included the chant of "Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own".

This week in Sydney, Jewish schoolchildren on a bus were threatened by a group of teenagers whose verbal abuse included "Heil Hitler" and "We're going to cut your throats".

The significance of France's violently antisemitic "protests"

The significance of France's violently antisemitic "protests" Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates    

While antisemitism has been rising in Europe for some time, it has been on full display at recent protests against Israel's military operation. France especially, has shown the extent to which these violent protests and other antisemitic actions - some of which resembled small pogroms directed at Jewish neighbourhoods - can make the lives of local Jewish communities deeply uncomfortable, perhaps untenable.

The Last Word: Propagation of Poison

The Last Word: Propagation of Poison Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Israel    

In a march through Sydney streets which I had the misfortune to encounter, I saw children waving banners which both accused Jews of being as bad as Nazis and implying the Nazis were not so bad after all, observed Greens and Labor Party activists associating with placards and slogans supporting Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, witnessed a Christian clergyman and self-described Jews walking in front of placards asserting that Islam will one day triumph over all non-believers and heard vocal calls for an existential battle which would end Jews once and for all.

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Israel-Hamas hostilities prompt surge of antisemitic incidents

Israel-Hamas hostilities prompt surge of antisemitic incidents Author: Robert Ellenhorn Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

As has been the case in the past - amid hostilities between Israel and her enemies, attacks on Jews around the world have proliferated. Both physical attacks and blatantly antisemitic rhetoric at rallies and on social media have been evident - despite the routine claims by Israel's critics that they are targeting Israel and its policies, not Jews.

Scribblings: Jim Crow and the "Pact of Umar" Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East    

I've written before in this column (e.g. see Jan. 2012, March 2012, and Nov. 2012) about the oft-repeated myth that the Jews of the the Middle East enjoyed tolerance and freedom from racial hatred until the late 19th and early 20th century, when Zionism and the import of European antisemitism supposedly ruined this positive situation...

While it is clear that, despite myths to the contrary, some antisemitic traditions have long been indigenous to Middle East culture, another part of the reason for this reality was something called the "Pact of Umar".

Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism    

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad.

Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihadists to Syria and Iraq, sparking fears they will revive sophisticated militant networks when they return and undermine a decade-long crackdown that has crippled the most dangerous cells.

Sweden: Surveying Antisemitic Attitudes

Sweden: Surveying Antisemitic Attitudes Author: Glen Falkenstein Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates    

The recent survey on worldwide antisemitism conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) labelled Sweden as one of the world's least antisemitic countries and as the least antisemitic country in Europe, with just 4% or those surveyed classified as having "antisemitic attitudes."

Why the Brussels shooting came as no surprise to the Belgian Jewish community

Why the Brussels shooting came as no surprise to the Belgian Jewish community Author: Gabrielle Debinski Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Security, Updates    

The world was stunned on Saturday, May 24, as news poured in of a deadly attack at The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels. A lone gunman stormed into the museum in the city centre and began shooting. Security camera footage and witness concur that the gunman picked out his victims with calm and focus, aiming specifically for the neck and face. The gunmen used an AK-47 to murder two museum staff members, Alexandre Strens and a French female volunteer whose name has not yet been released, and Israeli tourists Miri and Emanuel Riva. Miri, 53, and Emanuel, 54, have two teenage daughters in Israel.

Statement: Deadly antisemitic attack in Belgium

Statement: Deadly antisemitic attack in Belgium Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council mourns the victims of the murderous attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on the weekend and joins prayers for the full and speedy recovery of the wounded.

"Our first thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope that effective actions by authorities in Belgium and across Europe will prevent the possibility of the recurrence of such vile, violent action," Jeremy Jones AM, AIJAC Director of International and of Community Affairs, said today.

Hamas’ response to Palestinian unity deal: Urging kids to “shoot all the Jews”

Hamas’ response to Palestinian unity deal: Urging kids to “shoot all the Jews” Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

After Fatah and Hamas announced a Palestinian national reconciliation deal , Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Fatah officials tried to argue that the deal means that Hamas would de facto recognise Israel, at least within pre-67' borders. It quickly became clear that Hamas had some very different ideas and views regarding the unity government, and very publicly contradicted the Fatah claims.

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string? Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, United Kingdom, Updates    

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an "eruv". It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of St. Ives in 2010.

Khamenei’s Holocaust denial exposes a larger problem of Iranian antisemitism

Khamenei’s Holocaust denial exposes a larger problem of Iranian antisemitism Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Updates    

"Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it's uncertain how it has happened" read a tweet on the Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Supreme Leader's comments are an important reminder of the real beliefs, ideology and objectives which underpin the Iranian regime.

Palestinian rhetoric and the rejection of recognition of Israel as a Jewish homeland

Palestinian rhetoric and the rejection of recognition of Israel as a Jewish homeland Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates    

The question of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is now at the centre of the public debate about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. While Israeli officials and expert commentators have explained the logic behind Netanyahu's pursuit of Palestinian recognition of a Jewish state, the opposite question was too rarely posed to the Palestinians- why not?

Scribblings: Hate Mail and Ideology

Scribblings: Hate Mail and Ideology Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism    

Who sends hate mail with antisemitic themes? A German researcher got a shock when she tried to answer this question.

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, a linguistics professor at the Technical University of Berlin, and her team read 14,000 letters and emails addressed over ten years to Germany's Central Council of Jews and the Israeli Embassy in Berlin. Working with Prof. Jehuda Reinharz, an American historian and past president of Brandeis University, she published the result of her research in a new study (currently available only in German) "The Language of Hostility Towards Jews in the 21st Century."

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The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail

The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue    

Melbourne-based academic researcher Mark Lindsay highlighted an important element of Christian antisemitism and provided a clue to understanding one of the key obstacles to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, on the ABC's "Religion & Ethics" website. 

Lindsay's reflection was prompted by a speech given by the Archbishop of Canterbury exactly 74 years to the day after the first deportation of Jews from Germany into Nazi-occupied Poland.

Four Corners producer gets it wrong again on antisemitic comments

Four Corners producer gets it wrong again on antisemitic comments Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia    

On Saturday, the Weekend Australian ran an op-ed by Julie Nathan from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Nathan's piece concerned vicious anti-Jewish bigotry which has appeared on the Facebook page of ABC's Four Corners in the discussions surrounding the 'Stone Cold Justice' episode by the Australian's Middle East Correspondent John Lyons. ... Nathan detailed a number of comments on the page which were overtly and indisputably antisemitic ...

In response, the Executive Producer of Four Corners, Sue Spencer, wrote into the Australian on Monday to say just how offended she had been -- not by the racist material published on her page, but by Nathan's article exposing it. ... Given that Spencer chose to categorically deny any lax moderating on behalf of the ABC, it would perhaps have occurred to her to make sure that the comments which Nathan mentioned were no longer on the Facebook page. Not so, it appears. ...

Scribblings: The Arab States and Palestinian "return" Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Middle East, Palestinians    

As is widely known, most Arab states have not exactly been welcoming to the Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war and their descendants. Virtually all Arab states deny Palestinians citizenship even when they are born on their territory - Jordan being the one major exception. There are often additional restrictions that keep Palestinians from building a normal life even after living in a country for generations - restrictions on holding many jobs, on accessing the national education and health systems, on owning land and even where they can live. Lebanon is the worst offender in this regard, but not the only one.

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Highly Inciteful

Highly Inciteful Author: David Pollock Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians    

Even as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are underway, official Palestinian Authority (PA) media are still broadcasting girls singing about Jews as "the sons of apes and pigs," and still paying effusive tribute to Palestinian terrorists convicted for murdering Israeli civilians. To get these negotiations started, Israel agreed to release 104 such prisoners; but the Palestinian government continues to glorify them as heroes, offering them as role models for the next generation. If this kind of incitement keeps up, how can Israel reasonably take risks for peace - and how could any peace agreement endure?

The Last Word: Far from Incidental

The Last Word: Far from Incidental Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

With millions of interactions between Jewish and other Australians each day, it is perhaps unsurprising, although disappointing, that some of them are unpleasant - or worse.

We may live in a country without institutional antisemitism, but that does not mean there are neither organisations nor individuals with a willingness to harass, vilify and even physically attack Jewish individuals or community property.

The Last Word: Blood Libel and Mass Murder

The Last Word: Blood Libel and Mass Murder Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe    

In 1911, Mendel Beilis was arrested and charged with murdering a Christian child for the purpose of using the boy's blood in Jewish religious rituals.

Mendel Beilis fought the absurd allegation and, in 1913, one of the most important societal trials of the 20th century took place in the main courthouse of Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine.

It was not just Mendel on trial - but Judaism and the entire Jewish people.

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Terrorism    

I have a very clear memory of September 11, 2001. Having represented the World Jewish Congress at the NGO Forum preceding the United Nations' now notorious "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban, South Africa, and been on the Australian Government delegation to the UN Conference, the Jewish community asked me to address a community meeting in Sydney...

Waiting to pay after filling my petrol tank at my local service station, I looked up at the television screen near the cash register to see the vision of smoke from the first tower.
A few minutes later I was at home, just as the second plane hit its target, and then joined so many people around the globe transfixed by the unfolding tragic events.

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates    

The Australian National University has come under fire for hosting a conference purporting to focus on "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". ... Academics are, no doubt, free to invite whomever they choose to present on any issue and to air any views they see fit. Just because someone is free to take a course of action, however, does not mean that doing so is necessarily the right idea. ... political activism is not an appropriate use of government money...

Scribblings: The Other Settlements Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Israel    

As has become routine, there were widespread statements of condemnation from various international players after Israel announced in mid-August that it would be approving just over 2,000 new units in east Jerusalem neighbourhoods and certain large settlements. Never mind that every single one of these apartments, if built (and this will take at least a couple of years), will be in an area that will remain Israeli according to every serious peace proposal.

The Face-Off

The Face-Off Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, International Security, Iran, Israel    

In keeping with a long-standing pre-election tradition at the AIR, we sent a series of ten policy questions to the campaigns of both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to help inform our readers as they go to the polls on Sept. 7. The questions - designed to focus on political issues of special concern to the Australian Jewish community - deal with issues including Israel and the peace process, communal education, counter-terrorism and communal security, the Iranian nuclear crisis, multiculturalism, racial hatred laws and the vexed question of asylum seeker policy.

The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it

The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Not that long ago, if you entered the terms "Jew" and "Australia" into one particularly ubiquitous search engine, the first links to appear were to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other antisemitic conspiracy theories.

When the company which ran the search engine was informed, its answer, in summary was "is there a law against it?"

Morality wasn't an issue, defamation of an identifiable section of humanity wasn't an issue, credibility was not an issue - but the law was.

TV Holiday Specials, Middle East-style

TV Holiday Specials, Middle East-style Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Egypt, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates    

When watching holiday specials on TV, even cold-hearted cynics often find it hard not to get swept away by the wholesome feel-good and uplifting messages about the importance of family and friends and the meaning of the "holiday spirit" - saccharine and sentimental as these messages might be. In recent years across the Arab and Muslim world, TV holiday specials have gained popularity, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, the messages of some of these programs are less about the holiday spirit, and more about hateful incitement. The new series, "Khaybar", airing this year is a prime example. A "prime time" example, even.

Scribblings: "Turkish Spring" brings out Middle East pathologies

Scribblings: "Turkish Spring" brings out Middle East pathologies Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Turkey    

Up until the recent outbreak of unrest, Turkey was widely held up as the model of democracy for the Muslim Middle East. And it is undeniable that Turkey has a had a couple of decades of pretty free and fair elections and democratic transitions.

But the recent unrest has exposed that Turkish "democracy" is not yet anything like a mature liberal democracy - as well as offering a timely reminder that democracy has a lot more to it than regular elections.

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AIJAC prominent at Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism

AIJAC prominent at Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, International Jewry, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council played an important role in the deliberations of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which took place recently in Jerusalem.

Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, who is internationally recognised as the expert on antisemitism in Australia and an authoritative exponent of inter-religious dialogue, was given the honour of Chairing the Plenary Seminar " Muslim Religious Leaders Condemning Antisemitism".

Incitement watch: BDS group harasses synagogue-goers in the US while Arabic media sees Jewish plots everywhere

Incitement watch: BDS group harasses synagogue-goers in the US while Arabic media sees Jewish plots everywhere Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Updates    

Speaking at the annual Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee earlier this month, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, noted the worrying global rise in anti-Jewish sentiment around the world...

The latest incident to be exposed internationally comes from CU-Divest, a pro-BDS group at the University of Colorado in the US...

Whilst Western anti-Israel extremists frequently dabble with various anti-Jewish slogans and themes, there is one particularly vicious Arabic chant that is heard with an alarming regularity at anti-Israel protests with a more Islamist bent...

Waze and means: The tactical and strategic failure of BDS

Waze and means: The tactical and strategic failure of BDS Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The cult-like and self-aggrandising Boycott, Diverstment and Sanctions (BDS) anti-Israel campaign suffered another embarrassing setback this month when Facebook and Google wooed the Israeli content-savvy phone GPS app company Waze.

Meanwhile, the Israeli company SodaStream's unfettered growth continues to expose just how ineffective BDS really is.

Finally, the annual BDS conference once again exposed the movement as fringe, extremist and hostile to peace.

More on the Australian Greens and the London Declaration against Antisemitism

More on the Australian Greens and the London Declaration against Antisemitism Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

Last week, this blog reported the refusal of NSW Greens MLCs David Shoebridge and John Kaye to sign the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism, as well as their self-serving and disingenuous justification for rejecting the document.

It would be remiss of us to leave the story there. ... Especially encouraging was the decision by Jeremy Buckingham--a colleague of Shoebridge and Kaye in the NSW Upper House--to sign the Declaration, and thereby demonstrate that the NSW Greens party is not united against the principles in the Declaration.

Federal Greens Leader Christine Milne also issued a very welcome statement....

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Some forms of criticism of Israel can indeed be antisemitic

Some forms of criticism of Israel can indeed be antisemitic Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Op-eds    

It is incumbent upon world governments to take a leadership role in rejecting antisemitism in their own countries. That is why parliamentarians from around Australia - from Prime Minister Julia Gillard, members of her government, members of the Opposition and now a growing number of lawmakers down to the state level - deserve praise for recently adding their names to the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism.

NSW Greens MPs oppose antisemites who don't mention Israel

NSW Greens MPs oppose antisemites who don't mention Israel Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

In an extremely positive development in Australian politics, recent weeks have seen hundreds of Australian parliamentarians signing the London Declaration on Antisemitism...

Not all, however, support the Declaration. Two parliamentarians who have vocally opposed signing it are NSW Greens leader David Shoebridge, and his colleague in the NSW Legislative Council, John Kaye--who is Jewish by birth, if not by practice.

The two MLCs have written a post on New Matilda explaining their position. If that piece is a true reflection of their views on the subject, they seem to fundamentally misunderstand the substance of the Declaration.

Scribblings: Tortured Logic Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians    

Readers of the Australian media will recall several instances of reports highlighting NGO claims that Israel engages in "torture" of Palestinian prisoners. What they will not likely have heard is that there are far more credible allegations of torture on a large scale against Palestinian security forces in both the West Bank and Gaza. Moreover, the worst of the cases on the Palestinian side appear to be genuine torture as most people would understand it - which is not necessarily the case with many of the Israeli cases alleged.

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia    

Amongst the outcomes of that conference was the "London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism", which has attracted many Australian signatories in recent days, including the Prime Minister, every member of the Federal Coalition, and leading NSW State MPs.

In Australia, despite what those gullible enough to believe the insipid public contributions to the public discussion on the subject by Professor Stuart Rees may think, condemning antisemitism has little if any electoral benefits and actually attracts criticism from some on the political left (which once, in the past, trumpeted anti-racism).

Pro-BDS Facebook page descends into bigot versus bigot hate-fest

Pro-BDS Facebook page descends into bigot versus bigot hate-fest Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

Earlier this week, AIJAC reported the vile anti-Jewish hate-speech that appeared on the Facebok event page for an anti-Israel rally opposing the opening of a Max Brenner outlet at the University of NSW...

Consequently, the dynamic on the page was transformed ... it seems that the page has been overrun by semi-literate keyboard warriors with axes to grind...

'Sue me Jew' part 2: hate-speech off campus and online?

'Sue me Jew' part 2: hate-speech off campus and online? Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates    

On Monday, AIJAC reported on the first two days of vicious anti-Jewish hate-speech on the Facebook page for an anti-Israel rally held this afternoon at the University of New South Wales ('UNSW') to protest the opening of a Max Brenner chocolate shop...

Thankfully, the event saw little identifiable antisemitism -- although those present were likely 'on their best behaviour' due to the significant media presence. Nevertheless, the real story remains the Facebook page. Below is a continuation of yesterday's account...

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

Student activism in NSW seems to be taking a dark turn.

For those who follow this blog, it would not be especially surprising to hear that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel ('BDS') movement is steeped in antisemitism. ...

In recent days, students at the University of New South Wales ('UNSW') have seen perhaps the most publicly explicit example of this phenomenon to rear its ugly head on Australian shores. A bizarre collective of Muslim students, students from the extreme left, prominent Muslim community leader Rebecca Kay, and "Jihad Sheila" Raisah Douglas, have come together...

Five extreme reactions to the Boston Bombings

Five extreme reactions to the Boston Bombings Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates    

The confusion after the bombing of the Boston Marathon last week saw a number of reactions that were 'colourful' to say the least. Australians will be familiar with radio broadcaster Alan Jones' claim that the perpetrators were most likely "left-wing radical students", as well as Bob Ellis' rather bizarre speculation that "it seems to me likely that this was not al-Qaeda or a lone madman ... but more likely, much more likely, the NRA."

The most shocking reactions, however, did not come from Australians. Be it an unnerving sense of vindication or an incomprehensible conspiracy theory, AIJAC has compiled five of the most 'out-there' responses to the awful carnage that took place.

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: America, Antisemitism, Terrorism, Updates    

Australians woke up yesterday morning to the shocking news that two bombs had exploded in the streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had killed three people - Martin Richard an eight-year-old boy who was cheering on his father in the marathon, Krystle Campbell a 29-year-old woman described by her mother as having a "heart of gold", and a Chinese woman who was a student at Boston University. More than 183 people have been hospitalised, 13 people have had their limbs amputated, and 24 are in a critical condition.

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby"

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby" Author: Talia Katz Categories: America, Antisemitism, Israel, Updates    

Barack Obama's first visit to Israel as President last month has been widely analysed in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process and in terms of other regional security concerns, with a particular focus on the sometimes rocky relationship he shares with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu. However, both Obama and some of Australia's less-informed commentators chose to emphasise what the visit tells us about the overall Israel-US relationship, above and beyond any personal issues between individuals. 

But despite the President's eloquence, some media commentators and pundits outdid themselves in attempting to use the visit to push the ugly but increasing well-worn argument that it is only because of the undue and often insidious impact of the "Israel Lobby" (or more crudely the "Jewish Lobby") that the US has the policy positions that it does on Israel, and the US-Israel alliance endures. Some go as far as to suggest that Israel somehow has direct control over the American government.

Blood libel surfaces at Hanan Ashrawi's MIFTAH organisation

Blood libel surfaces at Hanan Ashrawi's MIFTAH organisation Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates    

The Jewish people recently celebrated the festival of Passover, which recounts the Jewish exodus from Egypt. In the Middle East, this festival often leads to new outbreaks of the ugly antisemitic lie of blood libel - the claim that Jews use the blood of non-Jews to make Passover Matzah.  This year a particularly concerning case of blood libel promotion occurred in an article by Jordanian writer Nawaf al-Zaru published on the Arabic website of MIFTAH, an NGO founded in 1998 by Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, who still plays a senior role there.

Iran's antisemitic partnerships

Iran's antisemitic partnerships Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Iran, Updates    

Iran finds it hard to make friends these days. And now, another "blow"- Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, one of Iran strongest allies in the global arena, passed away.

Interestingly, the Iranians have formed an unholy alliance with none other than the Hungarian ultra-nationalist rising power - the Jobbik party.

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Australians for Palestine's graphic prejudice

Australians for Palestine's graphic prejudice Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates    

In Australia and elsewhere, proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ('BDS') campaign against Israel consistently claim that the campaign is about human rights and has no racial element. ... Yet time and again, leading BDS figures are exposed for supporting various neo-Nazi and/or Islamist thinkers because of what those thinkers say about Jews. ... The degree to which casual antisemitism has become acceptable in the pro-BDS discourse is probably what led to Australians for Palestine ('AfP') deciding that this was an appropriate image to use on their website...

Why Hugo Chavez will not be missed by Venezuela's Jews

Why Hugo Chavez will not be missed by Venezuela's Jews Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: America, Antisemitism, Updates    

The numerous obituaries and eulogies being written for the recently deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez all seem to agree on one thing: the man was polarising.

One group that was driven relentlessly towards the hostile pole is Venezuela's Jews. In addition to his generally poor rights record, Chavez had an ugly and long-standing habit of fostering enmity towards the Jewish community of Venezuela for his own political advantage...

Essay: Peace Studies War

Essay: Peace Studies War Author: Greg Rose Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel    

What is an academic and cultural boycott of Israel intended to achieve? The purported reason for launching a universal boycott of Israeli academics is their country's alleged breaches of international law. Supposedly, the smarting academics will help turn around Israeli policy... Of course, those Israeli academics who are smarting will tend to do the opposite, to fight back like the rest of us when pushed against the wall. The academic boycott will never be effective in its supposed objective of changing Israeli policies.

Does the CPACS boycott of Israel pass the 'racism' test?

Does the CPACS boycott of Israel pass the 'racism' test? Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Op-eds    

Racism is not always as obvious as some would like to believe. There is generally a 'perfectly rational explanation' for each isolated racist incident. The underlying prejudice only becomes apparent when looked at in a broader context.

One such case is policy adopted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney ('CPACS') of boycotting any ties with Israel and shunning anyone who supports Israel's existence. There have been numerous accusations of racism, especially as the centre has a history of promoting some particularly virulent antisemites, but they are not calling for the slaughter of the 'Christ-killers' just yet, and their explanations for the boycott can sometimes sound reasonable.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day Misused and Abused

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Misused and Abused Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates    

Increasingly January 27, ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Day' is being misused and abused. This year was no exception with three prominent cases: Gerald Scarfe's cartoon in the Sunday Times; former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's comments praising Italy's former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini who was allied with Hitler's Nazi Germany; and most concerning were the outrageous comments made by Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who chose January 27 to deny the Holocaust.

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

For the 12 month period ending September 30, 2012, 543 incidents of "racist violence" (using the definition adopted for more than 20 years by the Federal Government) against Jewish Australians were documented by Jewish organisations in Australia. These incidents included physical assaults, vandalism and harassment. This was a five percent increase over the previous 12 month period, and 42% above the average of the 22 years previously for which I have maintained a national database.

The Last Word: A Sad Conversation

The Last Word: A Sad Conversation Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

In an age of readily accessible documents and analyses, there is simply no excuse for anyone to not know about the Nazis' intentions, the attempted genocide of Jewry, and the bravery of those who opposed them.

The second subject of the tribute was Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat based in Budapest during the Nazi occupation, who at great risk to (and eventual cost of) his own liberty and life, acted as a human being in a time when inhumanity was seemingly all powerful.

The Last Word: Demonstrating Decency

The Last Word: Demonstrating Decency Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia    

On 6 December 1938, an extraordinary event took place in Melbourne.

William Cooper, an Indigenous Australian in his late 70s, led a delegation to the German Consulate in Melbourne, to deliver a petition formulated after he heard and read reports of "Kristallnacht" and other anti-Jewish manifestations in Germany.

Despite living his life as a member of a people which suffered enormous deprivation and discrimination due to racism, he took a public stand against the persecution of Jews by the Nazis.

Iranian state TV blames Israel for Sandy Hook school shooting

Iranian state TV blames Israel for Sandy Hook school shooting Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Updates    

Iranian state run media, PressTV, may have surpassed itself this time airing the outrageous views of Michael Harris who blamed Israel for a number of mass shootings in America, including the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, including twenty children, two of whom were Jewish. Harris also blamed ‘Israeli death squads' for other recent shootings, including the Arizona shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the Aurora ‘Batman' shooting, and the Breivik massacre in Norway.

More Hamas incitement to genocide

More Hamas incitement to genocide Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates    

The Hamas Charter of 1988 calls for the destruction of Israel, and includes rampant antisemitism and genocidal incitement. However, Hamas' use of genocidal rhetoric is not confined to its Charter and continues today. For example, Palestinian Media Watch reported that during the latest Israel-Gaza conflict, Hamas' al-Aqsa TV station aired calls to kills Jews, such as "Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah".

Scribblings: Body Counts and Proportionality Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians    

In the recent Gaza conflict, as in 2008-2009, the media was obsessed with "disproportionate" body counts - the fact that more Palestinians were dying than Israelis. Such counts of course, have nothing to do with the actual international law principle of "proportionality", which says that the damage from military attacks must not exceed "the direct military advantage anticipated." That is, anticipated non-military damage and casualties must be proportionate to a legitimate military goal. Nothing to do with relative casualty counts.

The Last Word: Racism and Misrepresentations

The Last Word: Racism and Misrepresentations Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel    

The setting was the "Fourth World Peace Forum", an initiative of a major Indonesian Islamic group and a Malaysian NGO whose leader promoted the philosophy of Confucius, in the Indonesian city of Bogor.

The discussion began when I was asked about my recent visit to Poland, and within a few sentences, the topic was how an area which was once the home to tens of thousands of Jewish people now counted precisely one Jewish person in its population.

The group who were listening were all from Asia, were Muslim and Hindu, and had only a cursory knowledge of Nazism and the Shoah.

Reports show Turkish democracy - held up as a regional model - is under threat at home

Reports show Turkish democracy - held up as a regional model - is under threat at home Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Turkey, Updates    

As Islamist parties and groups gain power in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in the aftermath of the upheavals in the Middle East, and with growing chaos and uncertainty in neighbouring Syria, Turkey has been seen by many analysts as a model for balancing political Islam and democracy. But in this debate about whether the "Turkish model" can be exported and successfully implemented in other countries in the region, the many flaws of the Turkish democracy have often been ignored, overlooked or downplayed. Some concerning new reports from Turkey suggest that, rather than regarding Ankara as a possible model to be exported, the question that should be asked is whether democracy will survive even within Turkey itself.

Europe and the New Antisemitism/ Lebanon heading for a Civil War?

Europe and the New Antisemitism/ Lebanon heading for a Civil War? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Lebanon, Updates    

This Update contains two pieces from leading intellectuals dealing with the rise of "new" forms of antisemitism - forms where anti-Zionism is mixed with antisemitic beliefs and tropes - with a special focus on Europe. In addition, it includes a piece re-considering conventional wisdom on where Lebanon is heading in the wake of the assassination of intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan two weeks ago.

Scribblings: Jewish "Jim Crow" in Algeria Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Middle East    

Regular readers of this column will know that I have frequently collected evidence here as to the historical state of Jewish communities in Arab lands in the years prior to Israel's establishment. I do this because one very frequently hears claims about the historical situations of these communities which amount to, if not exactly myth, at least to gross over-simplification.

The claim one hears is that in the absence of both Zionism and the import of European-style antisemitism - that is, before the late 19th century - the Jews of the Middle East were relatively free from persecution or race hatred, and thus, overall, in a pretty acceptable situation. The kernel of truth to this claim is the reality that in the Middle Ages, the Jews of the Middle East probably were better off than those in Europe. We know this because Jews voted with their feet - they were much more likely to flee persecution in Europe to Middle Eastern lands than the reverse.

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The Last Word: Reflections from The Pit

The Last Word: Reflections from The Pit Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

On October 21, on a cold and drizzly day, I was in central Belarus, speaking at the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the liquidation of the Minsk Ghetto.

The venue, known as Yamma ("The Pit"), features a dramatic landscape of installations which bear eternal witness to the brutality and evil of the Nazi regime.

Speakers addressed a large audience, braving biting winds to honour the dead. They included men and women who had shown tremendous courage to stand up to both Nazism and the attempts by the Soviets to destroy any remnants of Jewish community life.

Malaysia's obsession with Jews, love affair with Hitler

Malaysia's obsession with Jews, love affair with Hitler Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Updates    

Often, in the aftermath of antisemitic attacks on Jewish communities, hateful and apologetic claims are somtimes made that the victim was in fact the instigator of hatred and provoked the attackers. However, there are cases that undermine this premise - at times it seems that amazingly there can be antisemitism without Jews. Malaysia is a case in point.

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, NGOs, Updates    

A group supported by a cross-section of Australia's anti-Israel movement has been revealed to be pedalling overt antisemitic propaganda.

On 1 October, Jewish Agency for Israel employee Avi Mayer stumbled across an alarming tweet by the Free Gaza Movement ('FGM'), the principal organisers of the infamous 'Free Gaza Flotilla' in 2010, and several other flotillas to Gaza. The tweet said 'Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews', and linked to...

Antisemitism in France still trending upward

Antisemitism in France still trending upward Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism, Updates    

The last two months have seen a wave of disturbing antisemitic attacks in France, including a grenade exploding in a kosher store. French antisemitism is even sweeping the ‘Twitter-sphere', where this week's top trending words on French language tweets was the hashtag #unbonjuif, which in English means "a good Jew". This led thousands of Twitter users to enter what the French daily Le Monde called "a competition of anti-Semitic jokes."  Meanwhile, DNA from the grenade attack led French police to conduct raids across France which uncovered a dangerous terror network of home grown radical Islamists with bomb making material and weapons that were planning their next attack.

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A failure in media reporting fuels Jewish conspiracy theories

A failure in media reporting fuels Jewish conspiracy theories Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Updates    

When news first broke about violent Muslim protests in response to the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims', significant media outlets failed any test of reliability by reporting that the film's producer was Sam Bacile an Israeli/Jew who funded the film with help of ‘100 Jewish donors'.  It would later be revealed that Sam Bacile was not a real person; neither was he Jewish or Israeli, but rather Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, and the "100 Jewish donors," was also a lie.

Rather than apologise for wrongful reporting, much of the media simply moved on to the next story. Nevertheless, the damage was done. And as a result it will feed into the hands of extremists and conspiracy theorists around the world.

Scribblings: The Livingstone Formulation Lives Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism    

Imagine if someone said the "Global Jewish Conspiracy" had been conspiring to take over the world through their control of politicians and the media, and of course using their money and power over banking to dominate the global economy. Moreover, they added, the Global Jewish Conspiracy had been scheming and planning to gain global domination for hundreds of years, maybe even thousands, and was responsible for both world wars. Furthermore, that Holocaust thing, the Global Jewish Conspiracy just made that up to add to their power.

You wouldn't have too much trouble coming to the conclusion that the person espousing this point of view was antisemitic, would you?

"100 Jewish Donors"

"100 Jewish Donors" Author: Zachary Novetsky Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Middle East    

"100 Jewish donors." Google it, and 17,000 results follow; 1,490 just in Google's "News" tab. Strung together, those words sound altruistic. But place those words in the context of the attacks taking place against the United States' embassies, and the foundations are built for a grandiose conspiracy. Place them still further in the context of a US$5 million hate film, and that controversy becomes more elaborate, playing on classic tropes of Jewish control over Hollywood. What I am saying is words and context matter, which is why all those media outlets - and they were many - that reported that Jews were behind the hate film, The Innocence of Muslims, should be so embarrassed.

Antisemitism going up, not down, in France following Toulouse attack

Antisemitism going up, not down, in France following Toulouse attack Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism, Updates    

France's Jewish communities are deeply concerned by the rise in antisemitic incidents since last March's deadly shootings of a seven-year-old girl, and a Rabbi and his two children at the entrance to a Jewish school in Toulouse by radical Islamist Mohammed Merah.

One might expect that following the Toulouse attack, condemned by all political leaders and societal elites, it would inspire greater reflection and tolerance towards Jews. However the opposite appears to be occurring. Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris Shmuel Trigano said, "There is a before - and after-Merah... Despite the widespread condemnation of the killings, there was, among certain people in France, a desire to see this type of violence continue."

Incitement watch: Saudi cleric's Blood Libel and PA honours terrorists while forbidding Jews from praying at holy site

Incitement watch: Saudi cleric's Blood Libel and PA honours terrorists while forbidding Jews from praying at holy site Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates    

The Times of Israel reported an official statement from the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday accusing Israel of "incitement". The source of the alleged incitement was a call from opposition MK Aryeh Eldad, from the hard-line National Union party, demanding that Jews be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

In an ironic twist, this statement was reported on the same day as reports emerged of a new mausoleum that the PA is building to honour the eight terrorists responsible for an attack on an Israeli hotel in 1975, which resulted in the deaths of eight civilian hostages and three Israeli soldiers...

What we can learn from Ahmadinejad's "400 years of Zionism"

What we can learn from Ahmadinejad's "400 years of Zionism" Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Iran, Palestinians, Updates    

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA, 2.8.2012), published some statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made last Wednesday night in a meeting in Teheran with ambassadors and diplomats from Muslim countries . These reveal that while the Iranians love to claim they are only critical of Israel and "Zionism", and have nothing against Jews per se, the Iranians in fact simply and transparently use the word "Zionism" to paper over dangerously antisemitic views directed against Jews generally.

Film Review: Last Dance

Film Review: Last Dance Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

Last Dance director David Pulbrook was obviously cognisant that a movie about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict would necessitate negotiating a moral and political minefield. Tellingly, he stressed in numerous interviews that "we were careful not to take sides and worked closely with Palestinian and Jewish communities to ensure a balanced point of view".

He also went to some length to downplay the political significance of the film, telling the Australian Jewish News' Danny Gocs that "[t]he film is more about humanity and motherly love than the politically volatile issue between Israelis and Palestinians."

His efforts to engage with the Jewish and Muslim communities in Australia are laudable, as were his attempts to create a human drama from an inhuman conflict. His characterisation, however, missed the mark...

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Palestinians, Updates    

When Hamas is criticised for its antisemitic and genocidal rhetoric, the common trend is to refer to its 1988 charter, which repeats traditional antisemitic conspiracy theories, specifically cites notorious antisemitic propaganda document 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion', and contains some explicit calls to murder Jews. In return, apologists for Hamas have alleged that the charter is no longer a relevant document and accused Hamas detractors of using the document deceptively to demonise an innocent organisation.

Unfortunately, repeated statements from Hamas indicate that the spirit of the charter pervades the organisation to this day. A recent episode concerning Palestinian Authority (PA) official Ziad Al-Bandak is a case in point...

The Last Word: Dangerous Ideas

The Last Word: Dangerous Ideas Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Terrorism    

It would be comforting to imagine that individuals who seek to cause harm to other individuals would be regarded as "dangerous."

It would be comforting to imagine that responsible, ethical people would do what they could to protect the intended victims of such "dangerous" people.

It would be comforting if the media and organised groups within civil society would respectively cast a spotlight on dangerous individuals and create a social environment which was unfriendly to those who intimidate, bully and constitute threats to others.

Incitement watch: popular Egyptian comedy show, "I hate the Jews to death!"

Incitement watch: popular Egyptian comedy show, "I hate the Jews to death!" Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Updates    

In his book The Flight of The Intellectuals, Paul Berman noted a pivotal point in Arab antisemitism during the WWII-era alliance between Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Palestine. One of Husseini's greatest "achievements" was to take Nazi anti-Jewish tropes and not only translate them into Arabic, but to put them in terms that made sense to the Muslim Arab population in the Middle East.

Decades later and the depth and degree of antisemitism in mainstream Arab discourse has become extremely confronting. A quick glance over all of our posts tagged with "antisemitism" will show how common this phenomenon really is, and for those of us who watch constantly see this material, the volume is unfortunately enough that we become a little desensitised to it.

That said, there will be times when anyone will be jolted out of their complacency. For this writer, the below video did the job...

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Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada

Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

A Sydney Morning Herald story (16/6) on the Egyptian Supreme Court overturning a ban on the presidential candidacy of former Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq featured a picture of a male protester holding a poster of Shafiq covered in at least five Star of Davids.

The paper's accompanying caption stated: "Hatred....protesters hold a defaced poster of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq". Perhaps "Stereotypical antisemitism that is a feature of Egyptian political discourse" might have been a more apt description.

Hugo Chávez's antisemitic re-election strategy

Hugo Chávez's antisemitic re-election strategy Author: Andrea Nadel Categories: America, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, International Jewry, Updates    

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's hatred of Israel is no secret. His despotic regime's alliances with countries hostile to Israel, most prominently Iran, are also no secret. Less well known has been the devastating toll that his regime's overt embrace of antisemitic rhetoric and policies has had on the Venezuelan Jewish community - though AIJAC's Allon Lee blogged on this in February. Now, as the ailing strongman takes on Henrique Capriles in Venezuela's presidential election campaign, he is again resorting to antisemitism as a tactic.

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Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon? Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates    

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it "is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process.... It is essentially war by other means...and intended to coerce Israel into surrendering to Palestinian demands".

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

The recent "Nakba Day" protests in Sydney attracted some controversy due to a ruling by NSW Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson allowing the protesters to block peak-hour traffic in the centre of Sydney's CBD. Adamson drew particular criticism for likening "Nakba Day" – a Palestinian commemoration of the establishment of Israel ("nabka" meaning "catastrophe" in Arabic) – to Australia Day, Christmas Day and ANZAC Day.

That said, something far more sinister took place at the protest. A video (below), posted anonymously on Youtube, depicts various scenes from the protest set to dramatic music.

Professor's irrational criticism of Jews crosses the line

Professor's irrational criticism of Jews crosses the line Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Op-eds    

NORWEGIAN professor Johan Galtung, an "off-site lecturer" at the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, recently exposed himself as one who irrationally criticises Jews.

Galtung's previous commentary on Israel was indistinguishable from the general line followed by CPACS and other academics in the dubious "peace and conflict studies" discipline that he is credited with founding.

Karl Marx and Jerusalem

Karl Marx and Jerusalem Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates    

Prof. Shlomo Avineri... has just written a fascinating little piece about how, in 1976, he used a 1854 quote from Karl Marx to counter a Soviet-led effort at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to condemn and expel Israel for the alleged crime of "Judaising" Jerusalem - a claim which is still raised frequently today...

But there is another point in this quote from Marx which Avineri does not call attention to - and it relates to the treatment of Jews in Arab lands...

The Last Word: QandA-ary

The Last Word: QandA-ary Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry    

I have known Cardinal George Pell for a number of years, discussed Middle East politics over a kosher meal he arranged for me in his home, worked with him on a range of matters of Catholic-Jewish concern and had any disagreements treated respectfully and graciously. In that light, watching him on ABC television's Monday "Infotainment" program, "Q & A", was not a comfortable experience.

Netanyahu on Gunter Grass and Iran

Netanyahu on Gunter Grass and Iran Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Israel, Updates    

The Iranian nuclear question, Yom Hashoah and the controversy surrounding a recent poem by Gunter Grass, were the backdrop for a recent long interview Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave to the German newspaper Welt am Sontag.

In the interview, published on April 22, Netanyahu explained to the German audience what offended Israel most about Grass' poem "What Must be Said" - which depicted Israel as a potentially genocidal aggressor against Iran. Under questioning, the Prime Minister also defended his positions on the risks of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Later in the interview, he rebuffed claims that the continued existence of West Bank settlements are harming the prospects of peace with the Palestinians...

Exploiting the Holocaust  and hanging homosexuals in Iran

Exploiting the Holocaust and hanging homosexuals in Iran Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

Yesterday, the Jewish world was commemorating the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha'Shoah). Iran, however, decided to mark the day a little differently.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its persistent denial of the Holocaust -- for example, a huge controversy erupted in Germany last month when an interview with the Iranian President was aired on public television in which he denied the Holocaust. (For more on Iran's efforts to sponsor Holocaust denial internationally, see...

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates    

Far-right political parties appear to be making a comeback in Europe, especially in Hungary and in Greece.

In Hungary, the radical nationalist party commonly known as Jobbik - (‘The Movement for a Better Hungary'), has been growing in power and popularity and is considered by many scholars to be fascist and antisemitic.

These concerns were reinforced when on April 3, Deputy leader of Jobbik, Zsolt Barath made a speech in Budapest Parliament that revisited the Tiszaszlar Blood Libel Claim.

Incitement watch:  Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem

Incitement watch: Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates    

The recent controversy over a house in the West Bank city of Hebron is having severe consequences for one unfortunate Palestinian. There was an outcry when Israeli settlers purchased and moved into a house in the "Arab" section of Hebron, ending with their eviction in a controversial move by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak. While the evicted settlers are unhappy about the result, the man who sold them the house is facing a far worse outcome.

[Muhammad Abu] Shahala  reportedly was sentenced to death for his part in selling what has become known as the Machpela House to a group of Jews. He reportedly confessed to the sale after...

Global march to hypocrisy takes shape

Global march to hypocrisy takes shape Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates    

An annual Palestinian day of protest commonly known as Land Day has been rebranded this year as the Palestinian camp seeks to maximize international exposure to their agenda with a "Global March to Jerusalem", scheduled for later today, March 30.

What groups are behind it? There is growing evidence that Iran has a significant role behind the event, as GLORIA Centre analyst Jonathan Spyer wrote for PJ Media this week...

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Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders

Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders Author: Tzvi Fleischer & Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Op-eds    

When is a hate crime not a hate crime? Apparently, when a self-proclaimed "Islamic warrior" seeks out an obscure Jewish school, and shoots dead a teacher and three small children simply for being Jews - at least according to some reactions to the massacre that occurred in Toulouse, France on 19 March.

Toulouse gunman lone wolf?

Toulouse gunman lone wolf? Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism, Updates    

Following the tragic shootings in Toulouse last week that resulted in the deaths of a Rabbi, three children and three soldiers by a Frenchman of Algerian dissent Mohammed Merah, many in the media have been quick to paint Merah as a ‘lone wolf' and his actions as an isolated incident, the actions of one crazed individual, with no wider implications.

There has also been little media discussion/reflection on the dangers of antisemitism and the growth of jidhadi networks operating in the West including the indoctrination that can occur in prisons - where petty criminal Merah reportedly converted to radical Islamic beliefs.

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Media/ Academia, Terrorism, Updates    

In this post last month, I argued that the Jewish community in Australia does have the unfortunate need for security at Jewish schools, which remain a target for terrorists, a statement that I later affirmed after the Toulouse attacks. This was to rebut statements made by former Australian Jewish News editor Dan Goldberg, reported in The Age in January - well before the attack in Toulouse - suggesting that the money could be better spent elsewhere:

[Former AJN editor Dan] Goldberg suggested the rising costs of security were helping push up education fees so that ever more money would be spent on protecting ever fewer children...

The Aftermath of Toulouse

The Aftermath of Toulouse Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates    

With the self-confessed murderer, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian origins named Mohamed Merah, now having been killed by French police, this Update looks at the aftermath of the horrific shootings of three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, earlier this week. (Some chilling details of the murderers actions at the Ozer HaTorah school, as revealed on security camera footage, are here.)

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On Toulouse shootings, Sydney Morning Herald editorial writers fail to read their own coverage

On Toulouse shootings, Sydney Morning Herald editorial writers fail to read their own coverage Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Terrorism, Updates    

The Sydney Morning Herald editorialised this morning on the possible identity of the Toulouse shooter and pondered what group he may have been affiliated to. Curiously, these questions seem to have been answered just three pages earlier.

...As to whether he [the shooter] is a deranged loner or a fanatical terrorist acting for some group is unclear.  While this week's school attack was an atrocity against Jews, anti-Semitism alone does not seem to account for last week's murders in which the paratrooper victims were dark-skinned, hailing from either Muslim North Africa or the West Indies. One notion is that the gunman thought he was striking a blow for the Palestinian cause - French paratroops have served in Afghanistan...

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Far Right, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

Last month, I wrote in defence of the security concerns of Australia's Jewish community. With a heavy heart, I must note that these concerns have been unfortunately vindicated once again. Last night, a shooting attack outside Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse, killed much-loved schoolteacher Yonatan Sandler, as well as his two sons -- Aryeh, age five, and Gavriel, age four -- as well as Miriam Monsonego, age seven. Another boy was injured.

According to the chilling AFP report, a masked gunman dismounted from a Yamaha scooter and began shooting, hitting Sandler as he tried in vain to sheild his sons. The shooter then chased after Miriam as she ran into the school, grabbing her and killing her at close range...

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel?

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel? Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates    

What's wrong with being religious in Israel? Nothing at all - though there is of course much controversy in Israel at the moment over the exemption from the draft for most ultra-Orthodox young men following a Supreme Court ruling last week, and other issues, including views on women's rights.

But these controversies, and the debates surrounding them, have led to the size and influence of Israel's ultra-Orthodox population sometimes being exaggerated in the media in order to make spurious comparisons between Israeli society and dogmatic Islamic states such as Iran or Saudi Arabia. So some firm facts are needed.

Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media

Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Updates    

The Middle East Media Research Institute or MEMRI is an organisation that combs the media in the Middle East and translates interesting items into English. Unfortunately, MEMRI's research consistently exposes the extreme hatred that is fed to peoples throughout the Middle East through their state-controlled media outlets.

For example, MEMRI released a translation of an article responding to Western reports on Saudi textbooks late last year. An example of these reports comes from the UK's Daily Mail:

Barbaric textbooks handed out in Saudi Arabian schools teach children how to cut off a thief's hands and feet under Sharia law, it has emerged.

The shocking books, paid for and printed by the Saudi government, also tell teenagers that Jews...

Essay: Creative Desecration

Essay: Creative Desecration Author: Matthias Küntzel Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran    

Iran's policies now lie at the centre of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous.

Holocaust denial is certainly the cruellest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Holocaust kills the victims a second time. The denial of the Holocaust is also its most bewildering aspect - no other crime in history is better documented.

The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism

The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates    

Greece has been repeatedly in the headlines in recent months for one simple reason - because of that small country's massive debt crisis and the huge implications it has for the wider European Union. But there's another reason that the world should be paying attention to Greece.  In Greece, antisemitism seems increasingly to be entering into the mainstream. Some speculate that the recent resurgence is linked to the Greek debt crisis that began in 2009.

AIJAC has previously written a blog post on the far right LAOS political party, which has an antisemitic track record and last year secured ministerial positions in the unity coalition.  Now two senior members of LAOS, Makis Voridis and Adonis Georgiadis are joining Greece's mainstream conservative party ‘New Democracy', which is ahead in the polls in the lead up to parliamentary elections scheduled for April...

Islamism, conspiracy theories tied up in Maldives coup

Islamism, conspiracy theories tied up in Maldives coup Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

The Maldives is an island paradise in the Indian Ocean with an overwhelmingly Muslim population. Last week, the country experienced a coup, where, reportedly with a gun to his head, the democratically-elected President Mohamed Nasheed resigned, paving the way for his replacement by Vice-President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik.

The politics of the coup are complex and unclear, and part of the story appears to be that many of the coup plotters are associated with former President / Dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who Nasheed succeeded following elections in 2008. However it does seem clear that caught up in the mix is the growing influence of very extreme Salafist Islamist influences and factions in the Maldives. Moreover, these factions have been promoting bizarre anti-Israel conspiracy theories as part of their efforts to undermine Nasheed...

Antisemitism should be shunned in Australia (and elsewhere)

Antisemitism should be shunned in Australia (and elsewhere) Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates    

The Australian Financial Review today ran an article from last month's Atlantic by Robert Kaplan, which was originally published under the headling 'Why John J. Mearsheimer Is Right (About Some Things)' but republished as 'Great Power Politics'. As revealed by the headline, the piece largely praises University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer, focusing on his self-dubbed "offensive realist" take on China. Mearsheimer, however, is a rather dubious acadamic, particularly for his record of fomenting antisemitism in mainstream discourse, but also for his generally biased and factually questionable material.

Kaplan does acknowledge Mearsheimer's most notorious work, the much maligned 2006 essay and 2007 book The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy that he co-authored with Harvard professor Steven Walt, as well as his recent endorsement of the abhorrent Gil Atzmon. Kaplan, however, glosses-over these controversies as "tragedies" that threaten to "obscure" his otherwise important work...

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The plight of Venezuela’s Jewish community

The plight of Venezuela’s Jewish community Author: Allon Lee Categories: America, Antisemitism, International Jewry, Israel, Updates    

Venezuelan Supremo Hugo Chavez often accuses Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians.

And so voluminous is the Chavez definition of the term that it is a surprise he has failed to notice that half of his own country's 200-year-old Jewish community has disappeared since he assumed power in 1998. But then the evaporation of this patriotic, productive, and loyal group is largely a consequence of Chavez's hostile policies and rhetoric...

Australia's Jewish community has legitimate security concerns

Australia's Jewish community has legitimate security concerns Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry, Terrorism, Updates    

In yesterday's Age, Barney Zwartz has reported on a former editor of the Australian Jewish News questioning the amount that the community spends each year on security.

Goldberg is undoubtedly correct in one regard: the community could benefit from extra funding for education. That said, the unfortunate reality is that the money spent every year on security for the Jewish community goes to countering a very real threat.

For starters...

Broadcasting Revolution

Broadcasting Revolution Author: Oren Kessler Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

On August 1, 2011, al-Jazeera English (AJE) began broadcasting to two million cable subscribers in New York - the third major US city to carry the station. AJE's gutsy, driven reporting - one commentator aptly commended its "hustle" - has won it friends in high places: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded the channel as "real news," and US Senator John McCain (Republican, Ariz.) said he was "very proud" of its handling of the so-called Arab Spring.

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Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835

Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835 Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Updates    

In the editorial in the current January edition of the Australia/Israel Review, Colin Rubenstein takes on the false belief that antisemitism in the Middle East comes almost solely from the conflict with Israel and will disappear if there is an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

In the course of the editorial, Colin noted:

It is true that, in medieval times, Jews in Muslim societies tended on the whole to be better off than in Christian Europe, but this is hardly to suggest that their human rights were fully respected.

Now, some material has come to light which illustrates this point brilliantly.

Editorial: The Perils of Self-Deception Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel    

The US Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, addressing a conference on antisemitism on November 30, controversially insisted that Muslim "hatred and indeed sometimes... violence directed at Jews generally [is] a result of the continuing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories" and should therefore not be seen as the same thing as "real" antisemitism. He went on to insist that a Mideast peace deal would see a "huge reduction of this form of labeled ‘antisemitism'."

The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims?

The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims? Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism    

Sydney is a vibrant multicultural metropolis, built by people from many nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and religions.

In the main street of Lakemba, for example, South, West and East Asian, and Anglo-Celtic sounds and sights are part of the rich communal tapestry.

Amongst restaurants, gift shops, welfare agencies, banks and newsagencies, are bookshops which serve Muslims and those interested in Islam and Muslims' opinions.

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Updates    

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, expressions of explicit anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiments are beginning to surge. In Middle East politics, it has long beem traditional to point a finger at Israel, "the Zionists" and "the Jews", who were blamed for all the problems of the Muslim and Arab worlds. "The Jews" were used by the regimes as a convenient distraction from their own peoples' misery and hardship, and its causes. Many had hoped that the Arab spring indicated a turn for the better and an end to this racist and counter-productive tradition, since intitially, Israel was hardly even mentioned as a cause for the fate of Arab societies. For once, the finger of blame was rightly being pointing at their own dictatorial regimes. Sadly, as prominent American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg has noted,

Now in Cairo, and across the Arab Middle East, Israel and the Jews are serving once again as universal boogeymen. Once dictators used anti-Semitism to divert their citizens' attention away from their own problems. Now expressions of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories seem to rise up organically.

This truth doesn't conform to the generally accepted narrative of the Arab Spring, but ignoring it won't make it disappear.

Responses to gay Israel slur

Responses to gay Israel slur Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates    

Following on from this post concerning an accusation of Israel supposedly "pinkwashing" its public image by spruiking its record on gay rights to hide alleged injustices, a number of gay writers have penned scathing responses in the Jewish and international media.

Writing in the Forward, Jay Michaelson gives a critique of the piece by Sarah Schulman in the New York Times that began the whole kerfuffle...

The Last Word: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prescription

The Last Word: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prescription Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Between 1 October 1989 and 30 September 2011, I have logged incidents of "racist violence" against Jewish Australians and Jewish Australian institutions, including 566 of physical assaults or property damage, and 1,180 incidents of direct harassment and intimidation (mainly of families walking to or from synagogue).

Also recorded were: 679 incidents of telephone abuse and threats; 1,290 individual mailings of anti-Jewish material; 877 incidents of anti-Jewish graffiti; 3,168 examples of unique emails with anti-Jewish content and/or threats; and 664 incidents of other types, including faxes, leaflets, stickers, text messages and posters.

 

 Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant

Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Libya, Updates    

In Libya people have long speculated about Gaddafi's ancestry. While Gaddafi claimed to have been born in a tent in Sirte to the son of a poor Bedouin sheepherder and his wife, this story has been in doubt.

Now that Gaddafi has fallen, many feel that they are finally able to talk freely about Gaddafi. And what many of them are now saying is that he was a Jew.

In March, NBC's Richard Engel reported from Libya that one in five rebels was fighting Gaddafi because of the belief the Libyan dictator was Jewish.

More recently, Middle East analyst Andrew Engel reported from Libya in the New York Forward that throughout Libya he saw Graffiti depicting Gadaffi as a Jew and that many people he met were eager to tell him that Gaddafi was Jewish.

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An antisemitic Trojan horse in Greece?

An antisemitic Trojan horse in Greece? Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates    

The old saying to "never waste a good crisis" takes on a worrying meaning in Greece as the LàOS party with an antisemitic track record wins a major breakthrough for the far right by securing ministerial positions in the new unity coalition.

And with everyone focussing on the potential implications of the Greek debt crisis for Europe and the world economy, no one seems to have noticed.

Fairfax’s Chomsky and Holocaust Denial whitewash

Fairfax’s Chomsky and Holocaust Denial whitewash Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Media/ Academia, Updates    

On October 22, the Age and Sydney Morning Herald "Good Weekend" magazine ran a profile written by Jane Wheatley of prominent American linguistics expert, radical author and political activist Noam Chomsky. It is not available online, but was almost wholly complimentary to its subject - so much so that it completely re-wrote the history of one of the most controversial aspects of Chomsky's long career in public controversy, his 1979 defence of French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson...

I penned a letter to "Good Weekend" setting this matter straight.

 When academic anti-Zionism shades into endorsing antisemitism

When academic anti-Zionism shades into endorsing antisemitism Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

Critical discussion of Israel may be one thing, but increasingly ‘academic' discussion of Israel can cross a red line into blatant antisemitism.

Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born Jazz musician living in Britain who has declared himself a "proud self hating Jew." He is known not merely for being critical of Israel but for his antisemitic writings in which he encourages belief in a global Jewish conspiracy of world domination, casts doubt on the Holocaust and blames Jewish persecution - including by the Nazis - on Jews themselves.

Therefore, it is alarming that Atzmon's latest book The Wandering Who?, which reprises many of Atzmon's antisemitic themes has been endorsed by ‘respected' academics including John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Richard Falk of Princeton.

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A Saudi scholar reveals what Arabs learn about the Holocaust

A Saudi scholar reveals what Arabs learn about the Holocaust Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Saudi Arabia    

Mansour Al-Hadj, a Saudi journalist, reveals in an article (Oct. 24) on the reformist website 'Aafaq', the dark truth about the teaching of the Holocaust in the Saudi education system, which is being projected around the world through Saudi institutions abroad. Al-Hadj writes about the distorted representation of the Holocaust he was exposed to in Saudi Arabia, especially due to the school curricula which failed to present this event as an atrocity, or even as a crime. Instead, according to his experiences, it encouraged eternal enmity against the Jews and other non-Muslims, sympathy towards Hitler's plan and taught that Muslims were destined to carry out a similar program of extermination of Jews in future.

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Libya    

On a different scale, but in some ways belonging to the same brand of journalism, was a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald: "A sex guide from Malaysia's Obedient Wives".
The article delivered, as one expert on Malaysia put it, "some richly deserved ridicule" - reporting the "Obedient Wives Club's sex guide" (which it did not name but simply termed "the book") was about "ways a Muslim man can have sex with all of his wives at the same time. Under strict Islamic tradition a man can have up to four wives if he can provide for them all."

Malaysian Insider Online, however, had no hesitation in publishing the book's full title: "Islamic Sex - Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World".

 

Ilan Grapel and AIJAC

Ilan Grapel and AIJAC Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Updates    

As readers will note from the accompanying media release, AIJAC is very relieved and pleased that Ilan Grapel, a bright young Israeli-American student, has now been released after more than four months of detention in Egypt. Ilan served a 2009 stint in AIJAC's Melbourne's office as a visiting Goldman Fellow, part of a program run by our American partner, the American Jewish Committee...

In honour of the occasion of his release, it seems worth recalling some of the work Ilan did for AIJAC back in 2009...

Meanwhile, there has been some interesting discussion internationally about the motivations for Grapel's arrest and detention by Egypt's interim government, and what it says about where Egypt is going...

Canada's Palestinian envoy in antisemitic twitter impasse

Canada's Palestinian envoy in antisemitic twitter impasse Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates    

According to AP reports, the Palestinian Authority (PA) envoy to Canada, Linda Sobeh Ali, was recalled yesterday after she tweeted a link to a Youtube video calling upon "millions" to "destroy the Jews".

Of course, the Canadian Authorities were very hostile towards the video and pressured the PA into recalling Ali. The PA, however, not only made excuses for the poem but went on to blame the "Jewish Lobby" for having to bring their envoy home.

Joseph Lavoie, a spokesman for Canada's foreign affairs minister, said Monday it was a serious enough matter for the Palestinian Authority that they recalled Sobeh Ali...

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Not so new Middle East for Jews

Not so new Middle East for Jews Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

It would appear that there is no room for Jews in the Arab Spring.

Last year, before the Arab Spring, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas caused outrage when she recommended that Israeli Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

As an American of Lebanese descent, the 89-year-old Thomas should have known that the Arab Middle East was home to approximately 850,000 Jews known as Mizrahi (Eastern) Jews for thousands of years.

 

‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ sent to Parliamentarians

‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ sent to Parliamentarians Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Updates    

On Sunday, 9 October, many federal parliamentarians - reportedly all of them - were emailed a copy of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion' ("The Protocols").

The Protocols is a fraudulent antisemitic text that purports to be the minutes of a late 19th century meeting of Jewish leaders discussing their plan for global domination. It was first published in Russia in 1903 and was used to blame Jews for the Russian Revolution... and virtually all subsequent wars, conflicts or other negative events. Since that time it has been translated into multiple languages, and disseminated internationally in the early part of the twentieth century.

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The Biblio File: The Right's Wrongs

The Biblio File: The Right's Wrongs Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Far Right, United Kingdom    

Reading Matthew Collins' Hate: My Life in the British Far Right, I am glad that I live in Australia and didn't have dealings with the UK far right...

Through this autobiographical work, a reader is given an intensive view of the violent personalities who inhabit the British far right, with as much detail and astute observation as could be packed into its 335 pages.

 

Durban III Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Nations, Updates    

This year's Durban III Conference also known as "World Conference Against Racism" held on 22 September in New York has lived up to expectations by promoting antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

The participants at the conference voted on a political statement affirming the declarations of the original Durban forum, in which Palestinians were labelled as "victims of racism".

In addition, a key speaker was Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who spoke about the "human rights violations perpetrated by the Zionist regime" against the Palestinians.

Durban III was boycotted by major democracies for its antisemitic and anti-Zionist agenda including: Australia, Israel, the USA, Canada, Holland, the Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Britain, France and Poland.

 

Drama at the UN

Drama at the UN Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates    

As readers are aware, the UN General Assembly session for 2011 has begun in New York amidst considerable drama of various sorts. While the media focus has mainly been on the status of the Palestinian bid to gain UN recognition as a state, there's a great deal more going on. This Update focuses on the various dramas occurring.

Appalling way of bigotry and hatred on anti-Semitic path

Appalling way of bigotry and hatred on anti-Semitic path Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Op-eds    

On a dry, hot day in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, Australians attending the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism started planting a ''sea of hands'' to stimulate discussion on the many challenges facing indigenous Australians.

I was one of the people delegated to give ''hands'' to passers-by and encourage them to help build the display, with an overwhelmingly positive response from people from many nationalities who enjoyed the break from the intense and often nasty politicking taking place in the sessions. However, a group of about 10 men and women, with badges identifying them as predominantly coming from ''Palestine'', made audible, contemptuous comments at the fact a ''Jew'' (me) was part of the project and went to advise anyone who would listen to dissociate from the event.

WikiLeaks - Over as a “cause celebre”

WikiLeaks - Over as a “cause celebre” Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, International Security, Israel, Turkey, Updates    

There is little doubt that the phenomenon of WikiLeaks has lost the excitement and positive glow it once sparked among journalists, pundits and activists. Infighting in the organisation, the lack of anything terribly surprising in most of the more recent releases of information and the loss of novelty partly explain this change. But the recent "accidental" release of the entire unredacted database of US diplomatic cables not only led to widespread condemnation, but helped put the final nails in the coffin of WikiLeaks as the global "cause celebre" it once was among many, including in Australia.

Now Nick Cohen of the Guardian has written a piece suggesting the possibility that the unredacted cable leak could well have been an intentional act by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange...

New Zealand withdraws from Durban III Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, United Nations, Updates    

New Zealand has decided to withdraw from the Durban III conference to be held on 22 September in New York. The previous two Durban "anti-racism" conferences are known to have been hijacked by antisemitism and anti-zionism, and as noted in a previous blog post, the document released for this conference make it clear that this one is unlikely to be an improvement.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully stated:

"We remain concerned that the commemoration of the 2001 Durban Declaration could re-open the offensive and anti-Semitic debates which undermined the original World Conference. For these reasons, we have decided not to participate".

In addition, Poland is also attempting to distance itself form from Durban III, as it has been reported that Poland does not plan to send an official delegation to participate in Durban III.

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Ethnic cleansing in Palestine

Ethnic cleansing in Palestine Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

According to a report by Oren Dorell in USA Today, the Palestinian emissary to the US has told a press conference that no Jews would be permitted to live in the planned Palestinian state.

"After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated," Maen Areikat, the PLO ambassador, said during a meeting with reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

The territory to which Areikat refers would include places like the ancient city of Hebron. As Jeffrey Goldberg notes, Hebron is not just any city, but is the second holiest site in the Jewish faith...

Parliament discusses BDS and Durban III

Parliament discusses BDS and Durban III Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Updates    

For the third time in three months, on September 13, the Senate debated the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. In a fiery debate, the Coalition criticised the Greens for failing to condemn BDS in Parliament.

Senator Ron Boswell, (Queensland, Nationals), moved that Senate:

a) Condemns the intensification of the Global Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions campaign being conducted against Max Brenner chocolate cafes;

b) Rejects this tactic as a way of promoting Palestinian rights; and

c) Agrees with the New South Wales Greens MP Mr Jeremy Buckingham's assertion ‘that the tone and the public perception of the Max Brenner protests may be counterproductive to the cause of peace and human rights in the Middle East'.

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Durban III - UK to withdraw Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Kingdom, United Nations, Updates    

The Jewish Chronicle reported on September 14, that the UK will not participate in upcoming UN sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference to be held on September 22 because it did not want to engage in an event with antisemitic association. The Durban conferences are known to have been hijacked by antisemitism and anti-zionism. British Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the Durban conferences saw "open displays" of "deplorable anti- Semitism," and said it would be "wrong" to engage in such events.

The UK is now the tenth UN member state to have pulled out of Duban III, and it joins the company of Israel, Germany, the US, Canada, Italy, Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands who have already withdrawn from the Durban conference.

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Ten years on, 9/11 Conspiracies still Rampant in the Middle East

Ten years on, 9/11 Conspiracies still Rampant in the Middle East Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Terrorism, Updates    

Following the 2001 9/11 attacks, it was widely reported that, in the Middle East, conspiracy theories were rampant that the attacks were actually plots by the American government, the Israelis, or both. Ten years down the track, there is less reporting of such beliefs, but have they faded away through the passage of time and the give and take of debate?

Sadly, as recent polls make clear, the reality is very much the opposite...

 

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Temple Denial

Temple Denial Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The phenomenon of ‘Temple Denial' is a campaign led by Palestinian political leaders, religious figures, academics and journalists to delegitimise the Jewish historical connection with the area of Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem - which according to Jewish tradition is Judaism's most holy sites.

It also attempts to increase the importance of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and even the Western Wall in Islam as part of the effort to make Jerusalem a Muslim city under Arab governance - and to deny the need for any Palestinian compromise on Jerusalem with Jewish religious and national rights. This trend even includes the removal of archaeological material from the Temple Mount without archaeological supervision (see blog post by Allon Lee).

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The Last Word: Ten Years After

The Last Word: Ten Years After Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, NGOs, Terrorism    

It was late evening in Sydney.

Not many hours earlier, I had arrived home from South Africa, having participated in the World Conference Against Racism ("Durban I") and the NGO Forum which had preceded it.

The Jewish community in Sydney had asked me to provide a first hand account of the events, given the reports which they had heard of antisemitism, anti-Israel extremism, bullying and thuggery.

So I found myself giving what I had thought was a dry, unemotional recounting of the lows and highs of my previous two weeks.

Bulldozing the truth about Jerusalem

Bulldozing the truth about Jerusalem Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

From the Epic Revisionist Handbook 2011, comes the kind of story that the West and pro-Palestinian apologists prefer to gloss over, a documentary on official Palestinian Authority TV reveals a bright glorious future.... without Jewish people in Jerusalem.

Broadcast on August 10, the documentary apparently labels Jewish worship as "sin and filth" and that "Jews will disappear from the picture". The show conjures up a nightmarish future, promising that the Western Wall Plaza - the most holy place for prayer in the world for Jews - will disappear and be replaced by an Arab residential suburb.

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Puppetry of the Predictable

Puppetry of the Predictable Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

An Egyptian religious TV channel has broadcast a mock trial of former leader Hosni Mubarak, who appears as a puppet, and is accused by child prosecutors, of being, essentially, a puppet of Israel.

The clip on al Hekma TV, includes a number of anti-Israel slurs that feed into the recurring motif of Israel and Jews as spoilers and poisoners of Egyptian society.

 

September mourn or dawn?

September mourn or dawn? Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates    

Is it too much of a stretch to wonder if the Palestinian campaign to have the UN declare its support for a state on the 1967 borders on September 20 will spill over into the "Third Durban Conference" which starts two days later?

In other words, will Durban III, being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the first, descend into the abject anti-Israel and antisemitic hate fest that marred the original and overshadowed the second?

And will the debate about UN recognition of Palestinian statehood be used to stoke the fires?

Antisemitism goes viral

Antisemitism goes viral Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates    

The internet, and especially social media, have been galvanising political action and allowing dissenters in dictatorial regimes to connect with each other in ways that were never before possible. However, one unfortunate by-product of the absolute "anything goes" forum that is the internet is that those who would preach hate and violence now have a new place in which to do so anonymously and more effectively. For instance, this post on Wednesday exposed some rather confronting antisemitism on Youtube coming out of the London riots.

In a similar vein, it seems that a new antisemitic meme has "gone viral" in the Arab "Twittersphere" in response to the ongoing "tent protests" in Israel. As reported in Global Voices...

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H is for hate. H is for Hamas

H is for hate. H is for Hamas Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

Anyone naïve enough to divine any signs of Hamas moderation in its quest for Israel's elimination or that it will play nice for the Palestinian Authority's September UN statehood bid, needs the services of a top ophthalmologist (although preferably not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad, who is a little busy at the moment anyhow).

According to an August 4 briefing paper from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre, Hamas' top echelon repeated in different forums their opposition to Israel's existence or compromise in late July.

 

London Riots: Iran champions Human Rights while British Antisemitism Rears Ugly Head

London Riots: Iran champions Human Rights while British Antisemitism Rears Ugly Head Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Iran, United Kingdom    

As violent riots spread throughout Britain, with hordes of young men robbing and looting everything in sight, an unexpected champion has emerged for Britain's aggrieved underclass. A call for Britain to restrain violence against their own people has come from none other than the Iranian Foreign Ministry. As reported by Iran's state-controlled Press TV:

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast urged the British government to order the police to stop their violent confrontation with the people, IRNA reported in the early hours of Tuesday...

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Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Antisemitism, Asia    

One of the most reliable indices of political heat in Malaysia is when the spectre of Jews or Israel is invoked to discredit domestic political enemies. That no instance seems too far-fetched is an interesting indicator of how Jews are perceived in a country with no Jewish population of its own - a fantasy notion of Jewish omnipotence, antisemitism or probably a combination of both.

The Last Word: Malice and analysis

The Last Word: Malice and analysis Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Terrorism    

A few days before this article was written, it is doubtful many, if any, readers were familiar with the name Anders Behring Breivik.

Perhaps some of my international colleagues who research and attempt to understand the various personalities that participate in the shadowy world of European extremism may have stumbled upon his rantings and rationalisations, but the dispassionate mass murderer had not been flagged as a person of any influence or likely impact, even though he had reportedly been on a Norwegian government watch list since March.

Now he is notorious - as a callous mass murderer.

 

Norway Massacre Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Terrorism, Updates    

Following on from Daniel's blog post about the tragic massacre in Norway where Anders Breivik killed 76 people, readers may be interested in some additional commentary and analysis on the attack beyond that in Australian media coverage.

This blog post looks at:

Dave Rich's blog post which examines Breivik's antisemitism;

Jonathan Kay's article which discusses the influence of the 'Unabomber' and 'The Turner Diaries' on Breivik's manifesto;

Alex Stern who criticises the way in which the Norway massacre has been used for political purposes to attack conservative theorists and Israel;

Barry Rubin's blog criticising an editorial in the New York Daily News, which minimises the threat of Islamic terrorism; and

Scott Stewart's article on the lessons that can be learnt from a lone wolf attaker.

On the Oslo attacks: Neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists share a worldview

On the Oslo attacks: Neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists share a worldview Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism, Updates    

Israel's leaders certainly know where Israel sits with regard to the horrific massacre that took place in Oslo over the weekend. Both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have expressed their sorrow over the tragic events and expressed Israel's empathy with the Norwegian people, given the terrorist attacks that Israel is all too used to facing. As The Jerusalem Post reports:

After sending a message of condolence to King Harald V of Norway on Saturday, President Shimon Peres on Sunday followed up with a phone call to the King to personally voice his own and the nation's condolences...

Durban III - An Exodus Begins?

Durban III - An Exodus Begins? Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Nations, Updates    

Over the weekend, the Czech Republic, Italy and Holland have all pulled out of the UN's September 22 meeting to commemorate the 2001 Durban conference, a supposed anti-racism meeting that turned into a mass display of antisemitism and anti-Israel propaganda. Canada, Israel and the US have already stated that they will not be attending the "Durban III" summit.

As the explanations for the pullout given by the Czech Republic, Italy and Holland demonstrate, we can expect this years Durban III summit to be a repeat of the first Durban conference in 2001 - which essentially labeled Zionism as racism, and Israel as the world's only racist state.

 

Entebbe, Mein Kampf, and the New Antisemitism

Entebbe, Mein Kampf, and the New Antisemitism Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

American author, thinktanker and foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead has used the anniversary of the publication of Mein Kampf to set out some important and valuable thoughts on modern expressions of antisemitism...

Meanwhile, some interesting thoughts on how the far left became susceptible to this sort of prejudice in their dedicated hatred of Israel have come from British academic and writer Alan Johnson, himself a man of the left...

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 PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon

PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates    

In another example of antisemitism sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA), this week the PA rebroadcast an antisemitic cartoon from a Jordanian newspaper regarding the division of Sudan on official PA television.

The cartoon had the headline "Division of Sudan," and it showed the distorted images of an American and a Jew toasting the division over barrels of Sudanese oil.

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians?

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians? Author: Allon Lee Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Sudan, United Nations, Updates    

Amid the cheers over the birth of the new nation state of the Republic of South Sudan, some commentators are noting the largely overlooked significance of what has just occurred, not least for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process eventually leading to a two state solution.

Compared with South Sudan, Palestine is the French Riviera. This raises serious questions about the moral justification for the Palestinians to take extreme stands that make compromise so difficult, while they continue to act as a bottomless drain on the ultimately limited resources the developed world can provide in aid.

 

AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law

AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates    

AIJAC's latest email Update looks at why and how the 2011 Gaza flotilla gambit fizzled out. In contrast to 2010's headline-grabbing political stunt that acted as a Trojan Horse for the Turkish Islamist IHH charity resulting in needless deaths and injuries, this was no replay.

AIJAC welcomes Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s Visit to Max Brenner; Statements Against Boycott

AIJAC welcomes Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s Visit to Max Brenner; Statements Against Boycott Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Federal MP Mr Michael Danby should be highly commended for their visit yesterday to a branch of Max Brenner in Melbourne, a target of recent anti-Israel protests, where they took a strong stance against the boycott of Jewish and Israeli-owned business. Two weeks ago, Palestinian supporters of the boycott launched a protest outside the café that took a violent turn, leaving three policemen injured and 19 protesters arrested. The Herald-Sun reported Rudd calling the boycott "archaic" and saying, "I went there deliberately to make a point and that is I don't think in 21st century Australia there is a place for the attempted boycott of a Jewish business...I thought we had learned that from history." The Age also reported Rudd stating that: 

"As an individual citizen - that is me, K. Rudd - I am here because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses."

 

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Textbook antisemitism for Arab children

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: America, Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia    

Hannah Rosenthal, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, has just completed a visit to Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to reduce the antisemitic content of their education syllabuses. As she told JTA, the State Department has found the textbooks produced in these countries to be replete with extremely offensive material regarding Jews, as well as Christians and women. The antisemitic subject matter included references to Jews as the "spawn of monkeys and pigs", as well as material from The Protocols of The Elders of Zion...

Max Brenner Protests

Max Brenner Protests Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

Max Brenner chocolate shops in Melbourne and Sydney have recently been the target of aggressive protests. The protests were part of the Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The protest in Melbourne was a violent demonstration - Victorian Police suffered three injuries and 19 protesters were arrested. Demonstrators called for the destruction of Israel and chanted: "From the river to the sea/Palestine will be free."

Gerard Henderson in his article "Jews know acceptance still has its exceptions" commented on the current double standards towards Jews and Catholics in Australia.

He writes: "Today Australia is an accepting society which formally outlaws discrimination on the basis of race or gender and disapproves of intolerance towards minorities. Except, it seems, Jews and Catholics."

Victorian Government Investigation into Race Hate Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates    

AIJAC welcomes the Victorian Government's decision to undertake an investigation into racist activity in Victoria and to ascertain the extent of racist incidents over the past ten years. The investigation will be conducted by the Victorian Government Multicultural Commission with the assistance of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

 Falk's faux-pas

Falk's faux-pas Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates    

The UN's so-called "special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories", Richard Falk, apologised this morning for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog. The cartoon (below) depicts the United States as Lady Justice's guide dog, wearing a Jewish skullcap and urinating on Justice whilst feeding on a human corpse...

Amnesty International's Moral Decline

Amnesty International's Moral Decline Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

Amnesty International (AI), the world's largest human rights organisation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. However new reports suggest that the once respected moral watchdog has lost sight of its original principles.

One of the greatest scandals to have rocked AI was in February 2010 with the suspension of highly respected, lifelong human rights activist Gita Sahgal who was the head of its women's rights division. Sahgal was suspended after she was quoted by The Sunday Times criticising AI for its high-profile associations with Moazzam Begg, the Director of a campaign group called Cageprisoners, who she referred to as "Britain's most famous supporter of the Taliban". In April 2010, AI fired Sahgal due to ‘irreconcilable differences'.

Egyptian Education and the attacks on Coptic Christians Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

In post-revolutionary Egypt, Coptic Christians have been increasingly attacked in aseries of bloody clashes. In March, armed thugs bulldozed a church allegedly over an illicit relationship between a Coptic man and a Muslim woman. This led to riots and clashes that left thirteen people dead and 140 wounded. No arrests were made and no one was charged.

Egypt's Christian minority community accounts for some 10 percent of the country's 82 million people and they fear further incidents of violence and persecution.

A new report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE), suggests that the attacks against Egyptian Coptic Christians are largely fuelled by the Egyptian school curricula, which is laden with anti-Semitic and anti-Christian sentiment. IMPACT-SE is calling for Egypt to reform its curricula in order to comply with UNESCO standards.

The Last Word: Ten Years On

The Last Word: Ten Years On Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism    

Ten years ago, I wasn't in Iran. While there have been many other times when I haven't been in that country (actually, I have never been there), the 2001 non-visit was significant then and relevant a decade later.

The murderous terrorist outrages of September 11 that year are etched into the public memory, but events the preceding fortnight also have long-term significance.

 

The forgotten struggle in Libya?

The forgotten struggle in Libya? Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Libya, Middle East, Updates    

Associated Press writers Matti Friedman, Aron Heller and Michelle Faul have given this bleak reminder of the once proud Jewish community of Libya, who were driven-out over several decades and currently live in exile as a diaspora - mostly in Israel.

The article outlines the current feelings of the Libyan Jewish communities:

Bublil-Waldman, who heads an organization of Jews from Arab countries in San Francisco, said she was still angry and hurt by the memory of her family's expulsion from Libya. Those feelings remained strong, she said, and at this point she "would be afraid to go." Navit Barel, a 34-year-old Israeli of Libyan descent, said the upheaval made her want to visit the country where her parents were born. Her mother and father, now deceased, both grew up near the Dar al-Bishi synagogue. "I feel like it brought back my yearning to talk to my father," she said.

What's Old is New Again

What's Old is New Again Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians    

Peace is not made solely through agreements, it is made through both sides accepting each other's legitimacy and working together. BDS and other attacks on Israel's existence have only ever served to vindicate the voices saying that peace and reconciliation are impossibilities. Well-meaning people have been duped by this movement into thinking that they are fighting for human rights. However the policy today is as malicious as the boycott of Jewish settlements was in 1922. For all its carefully-framed rhetoric, its leaders have but one true aim, which they occasionally admit - to end the Jewish state.

The Biblio File: Jacobson's Ladder

The Biblio File: Jacobson's Ladder Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

Howard Jacobson is a master of the craft of entertaining, thought provoking and humane fiction. While his latest novel, The Finkler Question, has been applauded as the first work of humour to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, that label is a little misleading. The book is rather a wonderfully written, engrossing story featuring, interestingly, three-dimensional characters, with comic devices employed to flesh out their successes, doubts and fears.

As the author admits freely, it is a very "Jewish" novel. In fact, it is arguably the most "Jewish" English novel ever published.

Not only are many of the central protagonists Jewish, but the book revolves around the relationships of the broad cast of characters to Jews, their own Jewishness, their own perceived Jewishness, Jewish ritual, history and contemporary culture.

The Last Word: The Bullies' Pulpit

The Last Word: The Bullies' Pulpit Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Palestinians    

Was there ever a time when anti-Israel students felt afraid? Certainly, anti-Zionist fundamentalists, thuggish Israel-bashers and others have been in institutions where they have lost sympathy, debates and votes. But have they ever had to navigate an environment of threats and intimidation?

Have pro-Palestinian, pan-Arab or expansionist Islamist voices been shouted down, physically attacked, bullied or harassed on Australian campuses or in other forums?

I am not talking about anti-Muslim or anti-Arab prejudice, bigotry and racism - which does exist and can have violent manifestations - but thuggish attacks on people seeking to advocate a political position.

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The Last Word: Open to Scrutiny

The Last Word: Open to Scrutiny Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Islamic Extremism    

While other mosques, together with temples, churches and synagogues, routinely welcome members of the public, a mosque associated with the infamous Sheikh Tajeddin el-Hilaly and an association which has been identified with the controversial and self-contradictory Keysar Trad had more reason than most to display openness and engagement.

Scribblings: Time to rethink Fayyadism? Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Palestinians    

[The study] does not mean that Fayyad should not be supported. He remains almost certainly better than any alternative. But it does mean there should be some scepticism directed at Fayyad's claims to be building the institutions of statehood. That is not true if those institutions are completely dependent on a huge, ongoing flow of foreign aid.

The Prison of Hate Author: Bret Stephens Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East    

But the ultimate source of Arab backwardness, unmentioned by most of these studies, lies in the debasement of the Arab mind. When the only diagnosis Egyptians can offer for their various predicaments - ranging from sectarian terrorism to a recent spate of freak shark attacks at a Sinai beach resort - is that it's all a Zionist plot, you know that the country is in very deep trouble.

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The Last Word: Sea of Blood Libels Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Middle East    

On a balmy summer's day in Sydney recently, a friend who is a respected intellectual figure and religious personality in a significant Muslim-majority country told me some of the contemporary claims about Jews and Israel which he encounters, from leading public figures, on a daily basis.

Editorial: Hate - What's Old is New Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry    

Of course, disproportionate hatred of Israel is nothing new - nor are attempts at making parallels of Nazi treatment of Jews with Israeli treatment of Palestinians, however ignorant, offensive and morally bankrupt these attempted parallels are. What is new, and what is making observers increasingly worried, is the mainstreaming of these sentiments over the last few years.

The Last Word: Wilful Blindness Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, International Jewry    

The magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in the centre of Strasbourg, France, is deservedly on the itineraries of most visitors to the city. On the outer facade of the cathedral there are two statues of idealised young women - Ecclesia and Synagoga, in place for almost 800 years. Ecclesia, representing Christianity, is grinning in triumph while Synagoga, representing Judaism, has her head bowed in defeat and wears a blindfold to symbolise her inability to see the "truth" of Church teachings.

The Last Word: Time to join the Task Force Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry    

After more than a decade of activity, the ITF still generates energy, enthusiasm and creativity. It serves as a facilitator of co-operation and the exchange of ideas designed to bring about "best practise" in combating the malevolent ideas which lay at the basis of Nazism and acts as a counterweight to those who seek to deny, diminish and misrepresent the nature, and abuse the memory, of the Shoah.

Europa Europa: Benign Neglect Author: Douglas Davis Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism    

Jews straddle the fault line of Europe's engagement with Islam, and the level of antisemitism has become a critical barometer of Europe's fate. So while the fall of the antisemitic taboo is bad news for Jews, it also measures the effect of Europe's loss of certainty in its values, traditions, institutions and identity.

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The Biblio File: Obsessive Hate Author: Wilfred M. McClay Categories: Antisemitism    

Although the relentlessly irrational quality of antisemitism makes it an irresistible target for elaborate psychological theories, Wistrich largely and wisely steers clear of that quagmire.

White paper should tackle terrorist television Author: Bren Carlill Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Terrorism    

Concern about domestic radicalisation and home-grown terrorism is a big part of the government's white paper on counter-terrorism released last week. So why haven't successive governments banned Hezbollah's television station, al-Manar, from screening in Australia? After all, al-Manar is all about radicalising its viewers.

The Last Word: Community standards Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism    

Even in or era of heightened awareness of the harm to society inflicted by racism, many individuals in positions of authority and leadership seem completely oblivious to the nature and reality of antisemitism.

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Climate of Hate Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Virtually every day I see one or more reports of a Jewish person being assaulted, Jewish communal property vandalised, abusive and threatening emails, offensive letters and telephone calls or abuse yelled at identifiably Jewish people from passing vehicles.

AIR New Zealand: Durban Dissent Author: Miriam Bell Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Ever since I heard that a "Durban II" conference on racism was going to be held, I've watched with interest to see whether New Zealand would be involved and what sort of public dialogue might occur about our stance.

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Europa Europa: Antisemitism without Antisemites Author: Douglas Davis Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism    

Rowan Laxton was watching news of Israeli military activity in Gaza on television while working out on an exercise bike at his central London gym. What happened next unnerved fellow gym patrons: "F-ing Israelis. F-ing Jews," he screamed repeatedly, interspersing his rant with demands for Israeli troops to be "wiped off the face of the earth."

The Last Word: Many Faiths - Many Challenges Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism    

At the London conference, it was encouraging, even inspiring, to hear Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other parliamentarians from Europe, the Americas, Turkey and North Africa express their revulsion at antisemitism in its multiple manifestations, including the pernicious Nazi/Israeli analogy.

Khatami is just as rigid as the rest Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Op-eds    

What credibility can Khatami maintain in calling for a dialogue of civilisations when he excludes Israel and Israelis? Or when he argues there is no anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, when under his presidency Iran became a sanctuary for Holocaust revisionists?

Time for Australia to withdraw from the Durban II process Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today called for the Australian government to withdraw from the process leading to the UN's scheduled "Durban Review Conference". The conference, known as "Durban II", is intended to be a follow up to the 2001 Durban "anti-racism" conference which degenerated into frequent displays of open antisemitism by NGO representatives

The Last Word: An Intolerable Tolerance Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Mixed with chants such as "Bomb the Jews" and children bearing placards bemoaning that Jews didn't get enough Nazi treatment, were many posters and signs claiming Israel/Jews were perpetrating a Holocaust, that the Star of David was the same as the swastika and/or that the Jewish people are involved in genocide.

UN-healthy Fixations Author: Adam Frey Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, United Nations    

Continuing its yearly tradition, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) debated and voted on a cavalcade of recycled anti-Israel resolutions during its November sessions. This annual rehashing of the same anti-Israel ritual presents an opportunity to review Australia's voting record on the issues and assess the progress in combating the anti-Israel bureaucracy entrenched at the UNGA and UN generally.

The Last Word: Offence and Threats Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

When some Sydney teenagers created a group on the social networking internet platform "Facebook", on which they posted photos of poorly or creatively parked vehicles and made infantile and sometimes offensive comments about Jews, they were apparently oblivious to the public nature of their activities and the consequences of their actions.

Antisemitism in Australia - 2007/08 Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Reference    

During the twelve months ending September 30, 2008, 652 reports were recorded of "racist violence" against Jewish Australians. These incidents included physical assault, vandalism, threatening telephone calls, hate mail, graffiti, leaflets, posters and abusive emails. This exceeded by 2% the previous highest total, recorded in the year ending September 30, 2007. It was more than twice the previous average annual total.

Durban Renewal Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, International Security, NGOs    

The United Nations' Review Conference for the 2001 "World Conference Against Racism" is shaping up to be as unworthy of its name as was its predecessor. The 2001 conference (Durban I) was hosted by South Africa in Durban and its legacy as a hate fest of antisemitism and anti-Israel thuggery has blighted the city's reputation.

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The Last Word: Analysing Australian Antisemitism Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

The raw data on anti-Jewish assaults, vandalism and harassment in Australia makes for sobering reading. In the 12 month period concluding on September 30, 2008, Jewish communal institutions in Australia received a total of 652 reports of incidents which unambiguously fall under the definition of "Racist Violence"

The Last Word: Lack of Debate Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia    

As Adelaide's Fredrick Toben awaits judgements on whether he will, on appeal, be extradited from the UK to Germany, and/or will be found to be in contempt of the Federal Court of Australia due to the Holocaust denial material he has published over many years, reports reached Australia of the publication in Iran, of a "100-page book of cartoons on the Holocaust".

The Last Word: A Matter of Opinion Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Having analysed data on anti-Jewish activity in Australia, I have often observed that the most important co-efficient of increased antisemitism in Australia is increased racism in general, and the Pew Project received headlines such as "Anti-Jew, anti-Muslim attitudes rise in Europe".

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Cast out terror TV Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Lebanon, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism    

HEZBOLLAH'S terrorist television station is once again being beamed into Australia. Al-Manar, translated as "the beacon", has been called more accurately a beacon of hatred and violence. It is to be hoped that the Rudd Government and the Australian Communications and Media Authority are doing everything in their power to block the station.

Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians    

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary celebrations in Jerusalem.

Essay: Anatomy of a Conspiracy Author: Steven Stalinsky Categories: Africa, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Sudan    

The Darfur region of Sudan first made headlines in February 2003 with news of massacres, rapes, mutilations, and other atrocities perpetrated by the Sudanese government and its allied armed Arab militia, the Janjaweed, against civilians in the black Arab and non-Arab south.

AIR New Zealand: Grave Matters Author: Miriam Bell Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

In October, a Jewish cemetery in Wellington was desecrated. Again. Like many Jewish New Zealanders, when I heard about the latest attack I had a sad sense of deja vu. This sort of thing should not, and is not meant to, happen in our "fair go for all", egalitarian country. But it does.

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The Last Word: Youth: Faithful and Empowered Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

To meet Luluk Nur Hamidah is to be impressed. A dynamic, irrepressible academic, poet and political activist with Indonesia?s - and most likely the world?s - largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, Luluk expressed opinions on virtually every topic raised at the inaugural Youth Interfaith Forum in Perth in December, with passion and an overwhelming commitment to democratic values and interfaith cooperation.

The Sounds of Hate Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Islamic Extremism, Op-eds    

The concern over controversial Croatian rock musician Marko Perkovic’s upcoming Australian tour may surprise some but it is understandable because of the serious allegations surrounding him. Overseas reports claim Perkovic, 42, is openly sympathetic to the World War Two Nazi-collaborationist Ustashe regime, which sent thousands of Jews, gypsies and Serbs to their deaths.

The Last Word: The Worst of Years Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

In late November, the US Justice Department released the FBI's 2006 Hate Crime Statistics. While few who follow the media will be surprised to read of 156 'Anti-Islamic' incidents, the 967 'Anti-Jewish' attacks in the same table provides a rare perspective.

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The Last Word: The Pen and the Saud Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Media/ Academia    

On a recent visit to Lakemba, I popped in to one of the larger Islamic bookstores and enquired about texts outlining and explaining different schools of Islamic jurisprudence. The bookseller was keen to help, showing me what he had for sale, and explaining that some books were much cheaper than others because of state subsidies for Islamic texts.

Thank Evans Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

Up until the year 2000, David Irving was the Henry Ford of the Holocaust denial industry. But a lawsuit brought by Irving against a critic effectively put a spanner in his production line of hate.

Jews portrayed as guilty – again Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Op-eds    

Forget setting aspirational targets for cutting greenhouse gases. And stop pointing the finger at China and America as the main stumbling blocks for a climate change treaty. Because, according to a prominent British MP, it's actually cold-hearted Israel that's to blame for global warming.

Editorial: The Oldest Hatred Revisited Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Antisemitism    

Australia is not exempt from many of the contemporary expressions of antisemitism ... The reality is that antisemitism has not disappeared. It may have just changed form, from explicit, crude expressions, to more subtle, thinly veiled quasi-intellectual arguments.

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Trouble along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border/ Holocaust Inversion Author: AIJAC staff Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Antisemitism, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism    

As widely reported, a major renewal of fighting in Afghanistan is expected shortly. The Taliban, based across the border with Pakistan, are expected to make large scale incursions as soon as the mountain snows allow. This Update leads with two pieces on Pakistan's invidious role in encouraging this problem.

The Last Word: The Great Paradox Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism    

Speaking at the recent Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, in Jerusalem, Professor Robert Wistrich identified what he called "a stunning paradox". Â?Never before has it been so unacceptable to be antisemitic, yet at no time since 1945 have Jewish communities been so fearful of its eruption,Â? he argued.

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The Last Word: The Enemies'? Friends Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism    

Regular readers of the print and on-line publications of various Nazi apologists, anti-Israel fanatics and obsessive antisemites will not have been surprised at the presence at the Iranian Holocaust denier confab in December of a small group of individuals purporting to be Â?Torah-True JewsÂ?.

Saying No to Jihad Author: Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon    

People are punished for crime, for creating anarchy and for subjecting humanity to horrifying terror. But, could we ever believe that someone would be arrested, tortured and imprisoned for 17 long months just for being in favour of global peace, inter-faith dialogue and ending religious hatred?

The Last Word: Enemies of the State Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism    

It is, unfortunately, not historically uncommon. A small Jewish community has developed a network of institutions providing a full and meaningful Jewish life, while being well-integrated and accepted into the broader society.

Proposed anti-terrorism broadcasting standards need to be implemented Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia, Terrorism    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) proposed new standards that will prohibit broadcasts that directly support terrorist organisations.

The ACMA decision to ban programs that are "directly recruiting persons to join, or participate in, the activities of a terrorist organization" or that are "soliciting or assisting in the collection or provision of funds for a terrorist organization" come as a result of a lengthy investigation following an AIJAC complaint into the broadcast of Hezbollah television "al-Manar" in Australia by satellite company TARBS in 2003.

AIJAC pays tribute to Simon Weisenthal Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Media Releases    

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council National Chairman Mark Leibler AC and Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein expressed their sorrow upon the death of acclaimed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal at the age of 96. Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to ensuring that the perpetrators of one of history's greatest crimes - the Nazi genocide against the Jews - would not escape punishment.

Governments, Australian Muslims, must work together to contain the threat from domestic Islamic extremists Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today called for a thorough and immediate review of legal and policy counter-measures in the wake of new revelations about the extent of extremist hate material and pro-terror propaganda in some Australian bookshops in Mosques and Islamic schools.

The Last Word: Out Of His League Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

Eric Butler is dead. At one time, that simple statement of fact would have excited media commentary, and provided an opportunity for politicians to nail their colours to the mast on issues such as antisemitism, cultural diversity and Australian identity.

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Killing Fields Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Islamic Extremism    

To Jewish people, Kishinev, the capital of the modern, post-Soviet Republic of Moldova, will forever be linked with the horrific events of just over a century ago. In a nearby town, a Christian child'?s murderers, relatives of the victim, claimed that Jews had performed the evil deed as part of ritual practices.

Cordoba Days Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism    

During Soviet times, the story was told of a young man who opted to become a futurologist rather than meet his family'?s expectations of becoming a historian. His argument was that, under Communism, it was not too hard to predict the future but it was almost impossible to predict the past.

Editorial: Endgame Iran & Crime and Punishment Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East    

It has all the drama of a Melbourne Cup, but it is infinitely more important. The outcome of a horse race can be measured in dollars and cents. We are witnessing a contest between a simmering grassroots yearning for democracy in Iran and an obsessive pursuit of nuclear weapons by the junta of Islamic extremists who rule that nation.

Old Wine, New Bottles Author: External author Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel    

I find it shameful that in France, the France of "Liberty, equality, fraternity," synagogues are torched, Jews are terrorised, and their cemeteries profaned ... that in Holland and Germany and Denmark youngsters show off the kaffiyeh like the vanguard of Mussolini displayed the stick and Fascist emblem ... that in almost every European university, Palestinian students take over and nurture antisemitism. - Oriana Fallaci

The Hatred Files Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia    

In January 2004, a prominent Christian leader in Sydney invited Jews and Muslims involved in Interfaith Dialogue to observe a Church service before adjourning for the opportunity to engage informally with his congregation and with each other.

60 years on Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry    

In the last week in January, the Australian media gave considerable coverage to the Shoah, the Nazi Genocide, as the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

Lunar: The End of Pretence Author: AIJAC staff Categories: Antisemitism    

Did you know that "political censorship of the Internet is almost upon us in Australia"? And remember the drastic changes to firearm laws following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre?

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