Here’s a game for you. I’m going to give you two passages from longer texts and I want you to guess where they came from. Sorry, there are no prizes for the right answer. Anyway, this is the first;
For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn't even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.
And here is the second;
The enemies have been scheming for a long time, and they have consolidated their schemes, in order to achieve what they have achieved. They took advantage of key elements in unfolding events, and accumulated a huge and influential material wealth which they put to the service of implementing their dream. This wealth allowed take over control of the world media such as news agencies, the press, publication houses, broadcasting and the like. They also used this wealth to stir revolutions in various parts of the globe in order to fulfil their interests and pick the fruits. They stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions and behind most of the revolutions we hear about here and there.
So, what do you think? They are both about the malign influence of the Jewish people. The first is easy enough, I think. Yes, that’s right: it’s from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. And the second? Any guesses? No? Well, let me tell you; it’s from Article 22 of the Hamas Charter. Incidentally, I took the first passage not directly from the source but from a delightful site called Radio Islam.
It’s a difficult thing to be Jewish today, more difficult, perhaps, than at any time since the 1930s. Israel, the Jewish homeland, is surrounded by enemies. There are enemies even in places where Jewish communities have long been treated with understanding and respect. But England, my England, the home of tolerance and fair play, is at least safe. Or is it? The political left here, having lost an ideology and not yet found a role, has been holding its hand out to the most reactionary forms of Islamofascism, without being aware of the contradiction. The liberals of 1933 loathed Hitler; the liberals of 2013 love Hamas.
Caroline Glick, an American Israeli journalist, came to England recently to take part in a debate on Israeli settlement policy on the West Bank. The resolution debated was “Israel is destroying itself with its settlement policy. If settlement expansion continues Israel will have no future." In opposing the motion, Glick and Danny Dyan, pointed out that the absence of a settlement in the long running dispute is largely due to Palestinian obduracy. In speaking for the motion, Daniel Levy said that Israel systematically steals land from Palestinians. When he was asked to provide proof he simply lapsed into impotent rage.
Meanwhile the audience were baying for blood. Glick was asked how she could support the ‘Nazi state’ of Israel. She responded by pointing out the Nazi pedigree of the Palestinian nationalist movement, founded by Haj Amin el Husseini, a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a guest of Berlin during the Second World War, whose influence is still evident in the Hamas Charter. Then there is the Holocaust-denying Mahmous Abbas, the present ‘moderate’ leader of Fatah. The audience, in the best English debating tradition, responded with cat-calls and boos. Writing later of her reception she said;
I was prepared to conduct a civilized debate based on facts and reasoned argumentation. I expected it to be a difficult experience. I was not expecting to be greeted by a well-dressed mob. My pessimism about Europeans' capacity to avail themselves to reasoned, fact-based argumentation about Israel has only deepened from the experience.
Her conclusion was stark and startling: there is no future for Jews in England. Angered by her experience and unsettled by the ungentlemanly louts in the audience, she is clearly exaggerating. Yes, possibly, but you might also like to consider the following.
Not long after this we celebrated, if that’s the word, our annual Holocaust Memorial, a wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth held every 27 January, the day that Auschwitz was liberated in 1945. A day for sombre reflection, one would have thought, on terrible past tragedies. Not if you are a Liberal Democrat member of Parliament; not if you are David Ward. He used the occasion to berate the victims;
Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.
I really have no idea if this man has been to Auschwitz or not; I shall just have to take his word for it. What I do know is that he has no understanding at all of what the Holocaust entailed if he can compare the systematic attempt to exterminate a whole race of people with what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza. He’s is as abysmally and wilfully ignorant as those in that debating audience who attempted to equate Israel with Nazi Germany.
This benighted man has since been made to apologise for his ‘insensitivity’ by his party leadership. But this was no casual intervention; this was a man clearly speaking to his own particular gallery. His parliamentary constituency is Bradford East in the north of England, which just so happens to have a higher than average number of Muslim voters.
On Holocaust Memorial Day itself the Sunday Times saw fit to publish a cartoon by one Gerald Scarfe, the paper’s in-house artist. Headed Israeli Elections: Will cementing Peace continue?, it shows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall made up in part of bloodied and dying Palestinians. The accusation is that it is deliberately anti-Semitic, echoes of the old blood liable, England’s particular contribution to a sad history of lies. I don’t think it was, but, given the occasion, given the day, I think it grossly insensitive. Scarfe and Rupert Murdoch, the paper’s proprietor, have since apologised, the cartoonist disingenuously saying that he “wasn’t aware” that it was Holocaust Memorial Day. Well, then, that’s OK; the suggestion that Israel is systematically massacring Palestinians on any other day will do. Some people really do like to take sophistry liberally mixed with hypocrisy.
Commenting on this Lord Sacks, the British chief rabbi, said “Whatever the intention, the danger of such images is that they reinforce a great slander of our time: that Jews, victims of the Holocaust, are now perpetrators of a similar crime against the Palestinians. Not only is this manifestly untrue, it is also inflammatory and deeply dangerous.”
Dangerous, yes, a dangerous tide of ignorance, incomprehension and intolerance, a tide rising by the day; a tide on which those at one time associated with liberal and progressive causes are now riding high. Caroline Glick may have a point after all.