There are laws in Israel, Europe and America right now that make “antisemitism” a crime. Here’s how it works. Israelis, Europeans and Americans can now pretty much say any sleazy lowlife thing that they want against Palestinians — even call them two-legged animals and baby-killers. But if anyone, even a journalist or a congressperson, objects to this unchecked and bigoted bad-mouthing of said Palestinians, then too bad for them.
That person is immediately labeled “antisemitic” and is in Big Trouble.
This one-sided and jankety semantic ploy is a cheap shot and worse than Catch 22. It’s tainted. It’s manipulative propaganda. It’s a hammer that smashes free speech. It’s brilliantly effective. And the “Christian” Right in America loves it.
I just attended a conference in Washington DC entitled “The Israel Lobby and American Policy,” which focused on the role of AIPAC in American decision-making. It was an interesting conference with dynamic speakers — plus I got a blue tote bag and a free lunch.
“But what is AIPAC?” you might ask. It is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and, surprisingly, it has more influence in Washington DC than even the weapons lobby or Big Pharma. AIPAC pretty much owns us.
“We get at least one AIPAC lobbyist in our office every single day,” one congressman told me. “Their campaign contributions can make or break us. And if we vote against AIPAC’s interests, then we don’t get re-elected. Period. Plus we are then labeled antisemitic.”
Israeli professor Ilan Pappe was the keynote speaker at the conference that I attended and he pointed out that blatant bigotry here in America is now being justified by the Israeli neo-colonialists’ rabidly bigoted approach to Muslim (and Christian) Palestinians. And as a result, many members of the so-called Christian Right in America now feel free to be as hateful and bigoted as they want to be. “If Israel’s Chosen People can do it,” they rationalize to themselves, “then let’s go for it too.”
If anyone makes a sign that says “Muslims are baby killers” then that’s okay because AIPAC says so. But if anyone makes a sign that says “Israelis are baby killers,” then that’s “antisemitism” and off you go to jail. But, come on. Who kills the most babies in the Middle East? Besides the Americans and Saudis that is? We all know the answer to that one. We’re just not allowed to say it. Thank you, AIPAC. http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/03/28/syria-approaching-the-finishing-line-geopolitical-jockeying-for-position-intensifies/
PS: And if you really want to shut someone up, just call them pro-Russian. And there’s a reason for that too. According to Pravda, “For many in the west, Russia has always been a pariah, the danger from the East, enshrined today in political diatribes and sheer, barefaced lies in the media as a powerful ‘them’ is created to justify the ‘us’: NATO.”
America and Europe have to justify spending 1.2 trillion dollars a year on NATO somehow — so various and sundry enemies are created. First it was Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria — and now it’s Russia. https://consortiumnews.com/2016/12/12/us-intel-vets-dispute-russia-hacking-claims/
“It’s kind of like a house full of tablets, laptops and the latest wizzy gadgets with the fastest broadband internet connection — and inhabited by a 96-year-old spinster who hates the Net and whose electricity is supplied by a mule walking round in a circle out in the yard.” With NATO being that spinster. http://www.pravdareport.com/russia/politics/03-04-2017/137317-russia_defender_truth-0/