Having dispatched Corbyn, the smear industry is targeting icons like Ken Loach and Roger Waters over their support for Palestinian rights and opposition to Nato’s war machine
The true irony of the false claim that criticism of Israel is antisemitism is that it is used to further the interests of the racist state of Israel and the racist ideology of Zionism.
Cogent and clear - the best account of this dismal process I have yet seen. Everyone should read it.
The term "antisemitism" was invented by a mid-19th century German journalist in order to give a quasi-scientific gloss to Jew-hatred. Antisemitism implies that there must surely be Semitism, a set of principles so arcane and mysterious and powerful that there is nothing written about it anywhere. You can't look it up. I prefer to say "Jew-hatred." It keeps the ugliness out in the open and makes the accusations against Corbyn, Waters, and Loach even more ridiculous. Perhaps it's just my personal experience: 75 years ago, a couple of my classmates in The Bronx tormented me with "jew-boy" and "kike" but never "dirty Semite."
The last two sentences sum up not only the UK, but dissent in general. It is really scary! “That campaign is far from complete yet. It will continue until the very last fires of political dissent have been extinguished.”
I am 66 and I have met many critics of Israel in my lifetime, but not one single antisemite.
By constantly demanding special pleading, by crybullying, and by insisting that even the most muted criticism of Israel is antisemitic hate identical to that of a Göbbels or Houston Stewart Chamberlain, zionists have created more genuine antisemites than all the antisemitic edgelords ever to venture onto the internet.
Thank you, Jonathan Cook. We are in an era where redefining words to suit the narratives of the powerful is in full swing.
Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite, just as the Russian incursion into Ukraine was unprovoked, just as the CCP is provoking military conflict with the U.S.
Fascism is in the air. When patent lies become the new truth, the full deployment of a bought media is never more in focus. Virtually all of the political leaders in the U.S. and a large majority in the West are as bought as the media.
The best medicine for a social vacuum of lies is courage to speak and write what is true.
Very well written, clear, concise and illustrates years of experience in this area of world politics. Everyone should read it.
This interview with Asa Winstanley, editor of the Electronic Intifada, is great.
How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn & What the Left Must Learn, w/ Asa Winstanley
It's interesting that there is no linguistic equivalent for "antisemitism" for Arabs and Muslims.
We only have a word for hating Jews. There is no word for hating Muslims. The closest term is "Islamophobia" which denotes the FEAR of Muslims.
See the problem?
Did you know that 1984 is advocating an authoritarian state?
Me neither. Which makes me wonder if Roger Waters' critics are just plain stupid or being deliberately disingenuous. They can at least vomit their bile onto Twitter, which suggests that the latter is the case.
The Wall is clearly not advocating fascism. If it was, Waters would more likely to be supportive of the apartheid Israeli regime, not agin it!
I always make it clear that being critical of Israel does not make me antisemitic. If the boot was on the other foot and Palestinians were oppressing Israelis, then I would be equally vociferous in standing up for Israeli rights.
While I cannot speak for anyone else, I feel confident that most, if not all, here would feel the same way. It's not about picking an ethnicity to hate, it's about solidarity with the oppressed.
From Hawaii, USA (a bastion of settler-colonialism that, unfortunately, includes me as a resident of 51 years who brought his Japanese wife to multi-racial, "aloha" land as a refuge), I honor this JCook epitome of analytical-reportorial excellence as no less than "scintillating," "courageous," and "essential." May he persevere, overcome, and be known as "one who fought the good fight."
Quite perfect crystal clear thank you.With the UK judiciary compromised, the MSM silenced and the Mother of Parliaments effectively impotent where to go one asks. The situation for Palestinians worsens by the minute and will continue to do so maybe for many months even years but there is a difference and this means there is hope. The windows closed for so long are opening .There is access to archives books are being written ,conferences take place .soldiers break the silence at great personal cost Israelis in Israel are speaking out and the wrong sort of Jews are being heard - it is all painfully slow but it is happening.
60 yrs ago I went while on a kibbutz , for a walk and picked some flowers.I walked into the doning room to be met with a chilling silence .The flowers are protected whispered a friend.To my shame it took far too many years to appreciate the irony the obsenity of the way the Israeli state has long chosen and continues to apply the word protected.Not for Palestinan men women,children ,houses schools, hospitals livestock olive trees etc but the world is getting the message.I recall the Berlin Wall going up and coming down. One day the monstrosity that snakes its way through historical Palestine will come down too if we keep fighting as the Palestinians so courageously do.
and writers like you keep the truth in the public domain.
Absolute truth to the very core of the issue! Every word the exact truth that has condemned the truth sayers to be labelled "Anti-Semitic". The truth of this shows how utterly disgusting people can be and how easily they can be bought. This tactic is used by all the criminals whenever they feel threatened by truth. Always distract by attacking the truth sayer, never mention a word in regards to the truth and all the empty heads will fall in line to repeat the simple buzzwords that got their attention. Unfortunately this is no longer limited to just words but images also as shown a Swastika by General Flynn the name is all they see not the image!