Reply to enquiry concerning
"being seen as anti-semitic"
From: Peter Meyer To: Andrea ... Subject: Reply to enquiry concerning "being seen as anti-semitic" Date: Tuesday, 6 July 2004 Hello Andrea, >I have carefully perused a great deal of your web site. Thank you for taking the time to read it carefully. >Although I found many issues intriguing, be careful that >you are not seen to be anti-semitic. My attitude toward Judaism is stated at Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism, where I say: "Whether one approves of or dislikes the beliefs and practices of Judaism it remains that Jews have a right to hold those beliefs and maintain those practices." Even though I regard Judaism as, among all religions, the least worthy of admiration, everyone should be free to hold whatever religious beliefs they like, provided this does not lead them to violate the human rights of those who do not share their beliefs. If you are saying that one should never write anything which "can be seen as" X then one can never write anything at all, because someone, somewhere, can always claim to "see it as" X and pretend to be horrified. Oy vey! The term "anti-semitic" is used by some people as synonymous with "anti-Israeli". This is a typically Zionist smear tactic to brand all criticism of Israel as anti-semitic. This should not prevent us from criticising Israel, which richly deserves criticism, or rather, condemnation, in the strongest possible terms, for its outrageous and immoral treatment of the Palestinians and for its pernicious influence on U.S. government and society. Only a coward would refrain from criticising Israel because of fear of being labelled "anti-semitic". If someone claims that something I wrote (and this has to be some *specific* piece of writing, not my site in general) is "anti-semitic" then I suggest the reply should be: First, what is "anti-semitic"? Is there a difference between criticism of Jews and criticism of Israel? (Of course, there is.) Secondly, what specifically in what I write is anti-Jewish? There is nothing. It is, rather, anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli. And what person of moral consciousness can remain silent when presented with evidence of Israel's immorality? This immorality began with Israel itself, when it took possession in 1948 of land stolen from people whose forebears had lived on it for many centuries. The Palestinians were driven from their land and homes under threat of being killed. A state was established which treated non-Jews within its borders as an inferior group. A war machine was built up which was used to invade and occupy the West Bank. For nearly forty years the occupiers have violated the human rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories, have stolen their water and other resources for the use of Israeli occupiers (who happen to be Zionist Jews), and have attempted to destroy all manifestations of normal life within Palestinian society. In response to legitimate resistance to an occupying military force the Israelis have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, bulldozed thousands of homes, destroyed large areas of agricultural land and destroyed all attempts of Palestinians to maintain any kind of normal society. Israel has imprisoned thousands of Palestinians and kept them imprisoned for years (causing much suffering to their families as well) without producing evidence of the commission of any crime. It has razed towns such as Jenin and now threatens to use all the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip as hostages, to be deprived of water and electricity, if any Palestinian should continue to oppose Israel's continued attempt to destroy Palestinian society. Of all countries in the world Israel is most deserving of contempt. Who can complain then, except Israelis (and their Zionist supporters), when it is criticized? Regards, Peter Meyer
And, sure enough, what was predicted two years ago has happened. Was it so difficult to foresee? Only for people who cannot recognize evil when it is before their eyes.
Israel would not have been able to lay siege to Gaza if the Israeli "settlers" (occupiers) had remained there. That is why the butcher (now vegetable) Sharon removed them, in a calculated plan to exterminate the Palestinians in Gaza.
- Chris Marsden, 2006-06-29: The political calculations behind Israel's assault on Gaza
Israel's invasion of Gaza is a calculated act of aggression for which the capture of Corporal Gilad Shalit by Palestinian commandos provided the pretext. ...
The destruction of three major bridges and the bombing of the region's only power station, cutting off electricity for most of Gaza, underscore the cynicism of [Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's] statement that Israel does not "intend to punish ordinary Palestinians." Israeli planes fired at least nine missiles at the power station. Water pumps throughout the area are powered by electricity, and hospitals in Gaza City face a permanent loss of power.
In addition, Israel has closed off the borders to Gaza, preventing food, medical supplies and other necessities from getting in and blocking the inhabitants from getting out. These actions are creating a humanitarian disaster throughout the impoverished region. If this is not "punishing ordinary Palestinians," then what is?
- Israel makes Gaza prison for Palestinians, says UN envoy
Israel has changed the Gaza Strip into a prison for Palestinians where life is "intolerable, appalling and tragic," a UN human rights envoy said on Tuesday [2006-09-26].
"Gaza is a prison; and Israel seems to have thrown away the key," John Dugard, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, told a session of the Human Rights Council.
From a human rights perspective, the situation in Gaza "has deteriorated each year until the present time, which is intolerable, appalling, tragic — call it what you will — for the ordinary Palestinian," he said.
The South African lawyer, who has been a special UN investigator since 2001, repeated earlier accusations that Israel is breaking international humanitarian law with security measures which amount to "collective punishment."
"What Israel chooses to describe as 'collateral damage' to the civilian population is in fact indiscriminate killing prohibited by international law," he said.
He also mentioned Israel's destroying in June of the only domestic power plant in Gaza, causing power cuts. Israeli tanks and bulldozers also have destroyed houses, schools and farm lands.
- Chris Hedges: Get Carter [Page 'disappeared']
But it is in Gaza that conditions are currently reaching a full-blown humanitarian crisis. "Gaza is in its worst condition ever," Gideon Levy wrote recently in the Israeli paper Ha'aretz. "The Israel Defense Forces have been rampaging through Gaza — there's no other word to describe it — killing and demolishing, bombing and shelling, indiscriminately.... How contemptible all the sublime and nonsensical talk about 'the end of the occupation' and 'partitioning the land' now appears. Gaza is occupied, and with greater brutality than before.... This is disgraceful and shocking collective punishment."
- Reuters, 2007-08-02: Israel pushing Gaza toward starvation — Abbas aide
Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip is pushing Palestinians toward starvation, a close aide of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday.
- 2008-04-26: Arab League warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Gaza
The Arab League on Saturday warned of an "unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe" in the Gaza Strip after the United Nations was forced to suspend aid deliveries because of Israeli restrictions.
- 2008-11-19: Nazis par excellence
... in light of what Israel has been and is doing to the Palestinians, including the present ruthless blockade of the Gaza Strip, and the slow, agonizing death meted out to innocent Gazans, any honest person shouldn't fail to observe the striking similarity between the Nazi mentality and the collective Israeli mindset. ... Unfortunately, Israel, a country ruled by fascist politicians and former army generals who are war criminals par excellence, is constantly emboldened by the disgraceful silence or acquiescence of western powers, including the United States and Europe. ...Yes, these are the very people who have made the holocaust their ultimate religion, the people who think that Nazi atrocities during the Second World War justify the slow-motion genocide being meted out to the helpless Palestinians. European governments are also shamefully watching the unfolding tragedy in Gaza, but are saying virtually nothing and doing nothing to stop it.
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