Israel now wants to make anti-Semitism an international crime
“We need to set down clear rules on what constitutes antisemitism and to set up international codes to prevent it..."
It's obvious that the Israelis will do what they always do -- pretend that anti-Israel activity is the same thing as anti-Jewish prejudice. This conflation is, of course, pure scam. Lots of people feel as I do: We don't give a damn about either race or religion, but we do
care very deeply when a state engages in land theft, mass murder, wanton destruction and ethnic cleansing.
Clearly, this new initiative is meant to criminalize the BDS movement -- which is, incidentally, supported by a growing number of Jews.
I happen to think that Israel's crimes justify military intervention by a coalition of outside nations. Is that stance racist? If so, then did FDR harbor racist feelings against the Italian people when he planned the military conquest of Italy (a country which had never attacked the United States)? Did George W. Bush have a racial animus against the people of Iraq? (Before you say "yes," recall his friendship with Prince Bandar.)
Let's switch gears. Let's pretend, for the moment, that this new initiative really is meant to fight actual
bigotry (as opposed to fighting the BDS movement). Why should Jews be the only ones protected? What about black people, American Indians and other peoples who have, historically, suffered persecution?
Obviously, it is abhorrent for one person to call another "nigger." But should that kind of speech be considered a criminal
act? And if so, then shouldn't it become a criminal act for a member of the Nation of Islam to declare that the white man is the devil? How about "guido" to describe Italian-Americans? How about "cracker"? And what about those Brits who use "seppo" to describe Americans?
(Cockney rhyming slang is always clever. Seppo is short for "septic tank," which rhymes with "yank.")
Speaking as a seppo cracker of guido heritage who believes that you should always have the legal right to call me a seppo cracker of guido heritiage, I think that this new proposal is ridiculous. By the way: What about those protestors (applauded by Netanyahu) who proclaimed "Je suis Charlie
?" Would Charlie Hebdo still have the right to insult Muslims, who constitute a persecuted minority in France?