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News :: Human Rights : International : Race : War and Militarism
Israeli Ambassador Cancels Visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, in Face of Protests
06 Mar 2008
Israeli Ambassador cancels visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, in face of planned protests.
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The Ambassador of child murder, ethnic cleansing, and threats of ‘Holocaust’ on Gaza has called off his planned talk at Edinburgh University on Thursday. Prosor cites ‘security concerns’: in reality he, and Edinburgh University, realised that the planned protests would have channelled some of the fury that millions now feel at Israel’s never-ending crimes against the Palestinian people.

Questions remain and demand answers urgently:

Why did Edinburgh University officially agree to Prosor’s request to speak there even as Israel intensified the collective punishment of the people of Gaza in stark violation of international law?

Why has no invitation been extended to a representative of the beleaguered students and staff at Bir Zeit University, officially linked to the EU Students’ Association, and heroically struggling to survive under Israel’s illegal occupation?

Edinburgh University says the meeting is ‘postponed and no new date has been decided’. How can the University justify its support for the Ambassador of a terrorist state in a time of mass murder?

Had Scottish police forces given permission to any armed Israelis to come on to British university campuses?

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign pledges to work to the limits of our energy and ability to keep Scotland a country where defenders of genocide, those who threaten ‘Holocaust’ against the Palestinians of Gaza, cannot visit freely. We will maintain the pressure on those, lost to all human compassion, who continue to openly support Israeli ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, and its murderous activities in the Gaza Killing Zone.

We build on the labours of those who have made England a no-go area for Israeli war criminals such as Dichter, Almog, Mofaz and others, by amassing data that gave legal officers no choice but to issue arrest warrants. We take forward the decisions of the British juries who found the Israeli military guilty of the murders of British citizens Tom Hurndall and James Miller.

But most of all we will work to remove the stain of British Government complicity, from Balfour to Blair and Brown, in the incessant violation of the heroic people of Palestine, surviving against all odds under the US-supplied weapons of a murderous enemy.

We call upon people of conscience across Scotland and the world to redouble our efforts to isolate apartheid Israel through the growing campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the rogue state until it recognises Palestinian human rights.

We call upon the people of conscience in Glasgow and Scotland to vigorously protest the ‘Holocaust’ Ambassador’s planned visit to the Glasgow Hilton on Sunday. Prosor will participate in a sick fund-raising event to raise money for the racist JNF, where Goldie Hawn, in the shadow of the over 100 Gaza deaths caused by lack of access to medical care, is due to entertain Prosor and other guests with a talk on “Laughter is the Best Medicine”.

We appeal for your support, to join us to build a component of a world-wide campaign to provide solidarity to the people of Palestine. While the hideous/ridiculous figure of Blair slouches towards Jerusalem as a ‘peacemaker’, we have little choice.


Mick Napier 0795 800 2591

John Wight 07738 528 145

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign

http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk

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Israel: "The Light Unto the Nations"
06 Mar 2008
"It would be my greatest sadness to see Jews do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews." - Albert Einstein

"Should we be unable to find a way to honest cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned absolutely nothing during our 2,000 years of suffering and deserve ALL that will come to us." - Albert Einstein

"What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct." - Gandhi, in 1938 (in _The Jews of Palestine, 1938_, available online)

"Peace is not merely the absence of violence, it's the presence of justice." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Israel cannot continue to use the Holocaust as an excuse for the oppression of others." - Kofi Annan, fmr. Secretary-General of the United Nations

"But of course, the kinds of folks who push an ideology that required the expulsion of three-quarters-of-a-million Palestinians from their lands, and then lied about it, claiming there had been no such persons to begin with (as with Golda Meir’s infamous quip), can’t be expected to place a very high premium on truth."

- Tim Wise, anti-racist, anti-Zionist, Jewish-American activist, author & public lecturer; (from "Fraud Fit for a King: Israel, Zionism, and the Misuse of Martin Luther King"; also see, "Reflections on Zionism from a Dissident Jew"; both available online)

Palestine: "the land without a people". - Zionists
20 parallels of Zionism with Nazism:
06 Mar 2008
1) both based on supposed purity of blood.

2) both based on supposedly reuniting some religioethnic diaspora under one expansive state.

3) both attempting to revive some supposedly "glorious ancient kingdom" -- a "glorious ancient Teutonic kingdom" for the NAZIs; a "glorious ancient Judaic kingdom" for the Nationalist Zionists.

4) both established a state that was culturally, legally, economically and religiously based to exclusively benefit one ethnic/racial group.

5) both based on violent racist exclusion and a highly intricate complex of racial exclusion laws (like Israel's racial 'Nuremberg laws').

6) both based on creating a founding mythology -- like, for Zionist Jews, "a land without a people"

7) both invented their own race: Aryans, by the NAZIs; Jews, constructed as a unique/genetic race, by the Nationalist Zionists.

8) both based on eliminating some other unwanted and supposedly inferior races -- ethnic cleansing -- and, in the case of Zionism, removing those unwanted people who supposedly didn't exist.

9) both engaged in collective punishment and widespread torture (even inventing new sadistic torture methods),

10) both engaged in the mass imprisonment -- without trials -- of unwanted populations/races.

11) both enclosed unwanted races in walled-in ghettos and concentration camps -- only the Nationalist Zionists made the walls many times higher and the concentration camps many times larger (like Gaza, in effect the world's largest open-air prison/concentration camp).

12) both tried out new weapons on civilian populations (and Israel has engaged in the internationally illegal use of anti-personal weapons of mass destruction, like the widespread use of cluster bombs, on civilian populations).

13) both sought to erase existing countries -- like the Nazis wanting to wipe Poland off the map and parts of other countries; the Nationialist Zionists wanting to wipe Palestine off the map and parts of other countries.

14) both used pseudo-archeology to claim that it had exclusive right to the land.

15) the Nazis obsessed about "too many Jews" in Germany; Nationalist Zionists/Israel obsesses about "too many Palestinians" and the re-emergence of a Palestinian majority in historic Palestine (once an overhwhelmingly Arab land).

16) both were violently and militarily expansionist.

17) both engaged in blitzkrieg fighter aircraft and tank warfare against civilian populations and civilian targets.

18) Nationalist Zionist Israeli Jews even studied the original NAZI methods for urban warfare and clearing Palestinians out of their ghettos. Exclaimed one Israeli commander, "Let's be Judeo-Nazis!" (Reference: http://www.seruv.org.il -- the website for Israeli Refuseniks in the "Occupied Territories"; see "Letter to American Jews"; "The Nazification of Israel" -- both online.)

19) both claimed to be based on "God's will".

20) and, finally (for Israel's 'final solution'), most recently (Feb 29, 2008), Israeli deputy defence minister threatens a "Holocaust" for the Palestinians.
dealt with Jew hating bigots like Joseph Anderson all of my life.
07 Mar 2008
I'm tired of these racists. I have dealt with Jew hating bigots like Joseph Anderson all of my life. They've always been around. The only difference now is that they try to disguise their bigotry by focusing on Jewish political expression ("Zion) and Israel. So the same haters and bigots scream "zionist!" at me instead of "Jew!" Big difference.
"Big difference"
08 Mar 2008
>scream "zionist!" at me instead of "Jew!" Big difference.

If you can't tell a Zionist from a Jew, or a Nazi from a German, you're a racist.
European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
09 Mar 2008
Working definition of antisemitism

The purpose of this document is to provide a practical guide for identifying incidents, collecting data, and supporting the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism.


Working definition: "Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for "why things go wrong". It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
- Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
- Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective - such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
- Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real and imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
- Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and it supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
- Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
- Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:
- Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.
- Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
- Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
- Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
- Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.
Why Zionism = Racism:
09 Mar 2008
Modified: 09:17:05 PM
Nationalist Zionist is a POLITICAL ideology -- and, as such, can be analyzed, criticized, or CONDEMNED, like any other political -- especially, RACIST -- ideology.

Zionism is a colonial, exclusionary, APARTHEID ideology whereby Zionist Jews believe that they have an automatic, natural, GOD-GIVEN, SUPERIOR, EXCLUSIVE, RACIAL/RELIGIO-ETHNIC, "right" to ALL or MOST of historic Palestine -- OVER the rights of the INDIGENOUS/NATIVE people, the PALESTINIANS.

Zionist Jews call indigenous/native resistance to this ideology, "anti-Semitism".

NO ONE has a "right" to "self-determination" to go "reclaim" the land of their ancient religious ancestors, from 2,000 years ago, claiming a "promise from God 3,000 years ago" (indeed, claiming "divine rule"), thousands of miles away(!), indeed even on entirely another continent(!), at the expense of the indigenous/native people who already live there. This is an utterly ridiculous claim that is literally worse than MEDIEVAL. No other country/people in the world would accept such an absolutely INANE claim.

AND THAT'S WHY ZIONISM IS RACISM.

To Zionists, this "self-determination" means pursuing an ideologically "Jewish state". This is a state where the non-Jewish indigenous people (Muslims, Christians, and others) are reduced to worse than second-class citizens, "ethnically cleansed" away, forced into refugee camps, wall-in ghettos, or apartheid-style bantustans, exiled or outright expelled. Their "heinous" only crime: not being born Jewish.

This is the same kind of "right", and to supposedly resurrect some exclusivist "glorious ancient kingdom", that the Nazis claimed for the gentiles in continental Europe. And that's why Zionism parallels Nazism -- the same vicious racial ideology, with the same kind of intricately-constructed racial laws -- just this time different people.

Zionist Jews believe that because European Jews were, at times, once, oppressed IN EUROPE, or because of the Jewish Holocaust, they have a GOD-GIVEN or ANCIENT "right" to go oppress others -- yet another so-called "despised" people -- or to even threaten "A HOLOCAUST" (as the Israeli deputy defense minister threatened on February 29, 2008) against the resisting indigenous/native inhabitants, the Palestinian people.

AND THAT'S WHY ZIONISM -- THE ONCE BRUTALLY, RACIALLY OPPRESSED BECOME THE NOW BRUTAL, RACIAL OPPRESSORS -- PARALLELS NAZISM.

As Gandhi pointed out ("The Jews of Palestine, 1938", available online), freedom, equality and self-determination struggles for European Jews properly take place in Europe.

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See, "Zionist Claim To Israel: Modern-Day Apartheid"
http://www.dailycal.org/article/3508/zionist_claim_to_israel_modern-day_

Never Again' Over Again
http://www.dailycal.org/article/18630/letters_to_the_editor

Reflections on Zionism From a Dissident Jew
http://www.mediamonitors.net/timwise1.html

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EU Working paper on Anti-Semiism
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Learn to read
10 Mar 2008
Its an old pdf- so I can't cut and paste.

This was drafted by an agency of the European Union in an effort to deal with an upsurge of severe instances of anti-Semitism in Eurpoe.

Go to the site. Read the paper. this is the working definition the EU came up with to define anti-Semitism.

I can't help you if you can't read or have trouble with reading comprehension. Consider going back to school, or at least getting a GED. It will help
Keep anti-Semitism out of Indymedia
10 Mar 2008
There were over 300,000 hits,
I copied the first page.
Thi sis the definition that the EU uses to define "anti-Semitism". This is not a draft.
And according to th EU, you are an anti-Semite

AS/Antisemitism_Overview_December_2006_en.pdf
PLEASE STOP FEEDING THE TROLL
10 Mar 2008
In order to keep the site tidy, please stop feeding the anti-zionism troll. THANK YOU!
"anti-zionism troll"
11 Mar 2008
Zionism is an inherently racist ideology because it posits that one ethnic group should have more rights, land, water, polical power and arms in Palestine, than any other ethnic group.

Ergo, anyone who is not anti-Zionist is pro-racism. There is no middle ground. The editors at BIMC have clearly stated which side they're on. For shame, BIMC, for shame.
Can't ignore anti-Semitism
14 Mar 2008
If you'd like, I can dispute these point by point, but first, I'll just say this:
According to the European Working paper (a position paper on anti-Semitism)
fra.europa.eu/fra/material/pub/AS/AS-WorkingDefinition-draft.pdf
the Wendy Campbell screed by definition is anti-Semitism.


1) both based on supposed purity of blood.

Zionism has nothing to do with blood. There are Christian Zionists, Jewish Zionists, Bahai Zionists. Anyone can be a Zionist. Black, White and Asian Zionists. No blood involved.

2) both based on supposedly reuniting some religioethnic diaspora under one expansive state.

Uh, Israel is the size of New Jersey. No one would call it expansive. And when Israel has conquered territory in war, (the Sinai penninsula, anyone?) it has always been willing to return it for peace.

3) both attempting to revive some supposedly "glorious ancient kingdom" -- a "glorious ancient Teutonic kingdom" for the NAZIs; a "glorious ancient Judaic kingdom" for the Nationalist Zionists.

Actually, Zionist began as a secular political movement- the Zionists just wanted a place to live free from persecution.

4) both established a state that was culturally, legally, economically and religiously based to exclusively benefit one ethnic/racial group.

Not Israel. 20 % of Israel is not Jewish and they have full equal, civil and human rights. There are Muslims and Christians in the Israeli supreme Court. A Druze Arab was acting president. The contestant for Miss Universe was Arab. Israel is a one person one vote democracy.

5) both based on violent racist exclusion and a highly intricate complex of racial exclusion laws (like Israel's racial 'Nuremberg laws').
No racial exclusion laws at all. There are Vietnamese Israelis (Boat people from the Vietnam war. There are Sudanese Israelis (refugees from Darfur). And Israel is the only place in history where Africans came,not as slaves but as brothers. There are 120,000 Israelis of Ethipoian origin. Sadly, one of them was just murdered in the attack on the school in Jerusalem.



6) both based on creating a founding mythology -- like, for Zionist Jews, "a land without a people"

No founding mythology in Israel - just looking for a place to be free and practice self determination.

7) both invented their own race: Aryans, by the NAZIs; Jews, constructed as a unique/genetic race, by the Nationalist Zionists.

No one things Jews are a race, certainly not the Jews. There are black white and Asian Jews. Remember Sammy Davis Jr? Jew.
Since anyone can become a Jew, clearly genetics do not play a role.

8) both based on eliminating some other unwanted and supposedly inferior races -- ethnic cleansing -- and, in the case of Zionism, removing those unwanted people who supposedly didn't exist.

Ther was no ethnic cleansing involved BY teh Jews. see:
israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/8354/index.php
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Israeli medical programs reduced the infant-mortality rate of 60 per 1,000 live births in 1968 to 15 per 1,000 in 2000 (in Iraq the rate is 64, in Egypt 40, in Jordan 23, in Syria 22).
And under a systematic program of inoculation, childhood diseases like polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and measles were eradicated.

No less remarkable were advances in the Palestinians' standard of living. By 1986, 92.8 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza had electricity around the clock, as compared to 20.5 percent in 1967; 85 percent had running water in dwellings, as compared to 16 percent in 1967; 83.5 percent had electric or gas ranges for cooking, as compared to 4 percent in 1967; and so on for refrigerators, televisions, and cars.

Finally, and perhaps most strikingly, during the two decades preceding the intifada of the late 1980's, the number of schoolchildren in the territories grew by 102 percent, and the number of classes by 99 percent, though the population itself had grown by only 28 percent.

Even more dramatic was the progress in higher education. At the time of the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, not a single university existed in these territories. By the early 1990's, there were seven such institutions, boasting some 16,500 students.

Illiteracy rates dropped to 14 percent of adults over age 15, compared with 69 percent in Morocco, 61 percent in Egypt, 45 percent in Tunisia, and 44 percent in Syria."

9) both engaged in collective punishment and widespread torture (even inventing new sadistic torture methods),

Israel banned torture in 1999. It is the only nation in the Middle east to have done so.

10) both engaged in the mass imprisonment -- without trials -- of unwanted populations/races.

There are many people in prisions awaiting trial. They have access to legal counsel and family vistitation.

11) both enclosed unwanted races in walled-in ghettos and concentration camps --

There was no security barrier (95% is a chain link fence, btw) until there were terror attacks. Since the barrier, there has been a 90% reduction in attacks. The barrier works.

12) both tried out new weapons on civilian populations (and Israel has engaged in the internationally illegal use of anti-personal weapons of mass destruction, like the widespread use of cluster bombs, on civilian populations).

Cluster bombs are old weapons. If there were new weapons, maybe the poster could provide a link.

13) both sought to erase existing countries the Nationialist Zionists wanting to wipe Palestine off the map and parts of other countries.

There has never been an independent nation of Palestine, so this is not true. Before this land was given to Israel by the UN, it was part of the British mandate- before then it was part of the Ottoman empire.

14) both used pseudo-archeology to claim that it had exclusive right to the land.

Archaelolgy supports the idea that there has been a consistent Jewish presence in this land for over 3,000 years. Israel never claimed an "exclusive" right- anyone who has been to Israel has seen the hundreds of mosques and churches in the land.

15) the Nazis obsessed about "too many Jews" in Germany; Nationalist Zionists/Israel obsesses about "too many Palestinians"

Israel does not Obsess about "too many Palestinians"- if just wants them to stop killing Israelis

16) both were violently and militarily expansionist.

Wrong. Sinai and Gaza both returned for peace. Sinai was 3 x the size of Israel, btw and had oil.

17) both engaged in blitzkrieg fighter aircraft and tank warfare against civilian populations and civilian targets.

Wrong. If The US and not the sweet gentle Israels had attacked Gaza, it would be flattened right now. Israel engages in pin-point operations, and often sacrifices Israeli lives to do it

18) Nationalist Zionist Israeli Jews even studied the original NAZI methods for urban warfare and clearing Palestinians out of their ghettos.

The art of war has been studied by generals for years. The Israelis would be fools if they hadn't gone into the history of urban warfare.

19) both claimed to be based on "God's will".

Th vast majority of Israelis are secular- and the earliest people who identified as Zionist were also secular.

20) and, finally (for Israel's 'final solution'), most recently (Feb 29, 2008), Israeli deputy defence minister threatens a "Holocaust" for the Palestinians.

This was a deliberate mistranslation. What was said was "The Palestinians are going to bring a disaster upon themselves".

I'd be happy to fill you in on any details, if you need further clarification.