Where Angels Fear to Tread

I have accepted an offer from Sky News tomorrow to discuss anti-Semitism in the UK, where I shall argue that opponents of Israeli policy are being tarred with anti-Semitism in an witch-hunt.

I do this with some trepidation, because the media hype has become so hysterical that I am certain to face accusations of anti-Semitism myself for daring to question the narrative that has gripped the corporate media and political elite. But witch-hunts succeed because not enough decent people have the courage to stand against them; I imagine Sky contacted an awful lot of people who refused to do it before they worked all the way down to me.

Nor am I expecting to get a level playing field from the Murdoch media on which to argue my point. As I doubt I shall get a chance to put my case without interruption, this is what I am going to be trying to say.

Real anti-Semitism does exist and is to be deplored without reservation. Thankfully it is much rarer in the UK than in many other European countries.

There is a deliberate ploy by Israel to brand Palestinian sympathisers and critics of the Israeli state as anti-Semitic, in order to delegitimise criticism of Israel, as the settlements programme makes any two state solution completely non-viable.

Support for Israel is a clear dividing issue between Corbynites and Blairites. The Blairites are hopeless and defeated, so are seizing on the meme that critic of Israel equals anti-semite as a means to undermine Corbyn and create a leadership crisis

They have the tool to amplify this as the corporate media, like the political “elite”, are massively more pro-Israel in their sympathies than the great bulk of the population.

I think the chances of my getting to say much of that on air are pretty limited!

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  • Carl_Herman

    There’s more, and in “Emperor’s New Clothes” obvious fact: Israel engages in unlawful military siege on Gaza. This is War of Aggression, and foisted upon the world in lies that include any criticism of their policy to “wipe Gaza off the map” is somehow an insult to a religion.

    Documentation: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/seizing-an-alternative-obviously-unlawful-israel-wars-on-gaza-3-of-7.html

    The hypocrisy to shield unlawful and lie-supported war-murders within religious sanction is exactly how the government of Israel conducts the world’s largest concentration and death camp, and how UK and US “leaders” also engage humanity in endless wars.

    The solution is to demand arrests of such “leaders” for obvious War Crimes.

    • diogenes

      Israel’s attack on Gaza aren’t merely “unlawful wars of aggression.” They are blowing babies, children, women and men to pieces in a trap, like dynamiting fish in a barrel. Jehovah must be throwing up. Somebody says “Zionists use Jews as human shields.” That’s about right. It has nothing to do with “anti-semitism.” It has to do with fundamental affronts to basic humanity. Israel is an apartheid state and a police state. It’s racist policies closely resemble those of Nazi Germany. Attacking people who say so as “anti-semites” is just a strategy of changing the subject. And who can blame them when the subject is state genocide?

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “They are without fears and without desires, dominated by no falsehood, sharing no error, loving without illusion, suffering without impatience, reposing in the quietude of eternal thought… a Master cannot be ignorant, for magic implies superiority, mastership, majority, and majority signifies emancipation by knowledge. The Master welcomes pleasure, accepts wealth, deserves honour, but is never the slave of one of them; he knows how to be poor, to abstain, and to suffer; he endures oblivion willingly because he is lord of his own happiness, and expects or fears nothing from the caprice of fortune. He can love without being beloved; he can create imperishable treasures, and exalt himself above the level of honours or the prizes of the lottery. He possesses that which he seeks, namely, profound peace. He regrets nothing which must end, but remembers with satisfaction that he has met with good in all. His hope is a certitude, for he knows that good is eternal and evil transitory. He enjoys solitude, but does not fly the society of man; he is a child with children, joyous with the young, staid with the old, patient with the foolish, happy with the wise. He smiles with all who smile, and mourns with all who weep; applauding strength, he is yet indulgent to weakness; offending no one, he has himself no need to pardon, for he never thinks himself offended; he pities those who misconceive him, and seeks an opportunity to serve them; by the force of kindness only does he avenge himself on the ungrateful.”

    • diogenes

      Why don’t you take your smokescreen somewhere else. I’m tired of ignoring it.

      • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

        thank you..

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “Man will accept the truth, establish his God like inheritance; free himself from the domination of evil; eliminate the ungodly and selfish from high places and, by his own mastery, establish peace on earth.”

    • unheilig

      Pink. I believe it’s pink.

  • Eol Awki

    “I think the chances of my getting to say much of that on air are pretty limited!”

    Just don’t make the mistake of the other two “anti-Semites” by actually telling a truth – you will be crucified.