Post Media’s John Robson on Jerusalem: Anti-Semitic Accusations and Mythology

Post Media’s John Robson on Jerusalem: Anti-Semitic Accusations and Mythology
Posted on March 12, 2018 | Morgan Duchesney | Written on March 12, 2018
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Frustration with corporate media tactics that abuse public misconceptions about Israeli history and state conduct to normalize the false idea that even the most reasoned criticism of that country's behaviour is hate-based anti-Semitism.

Post Media’s John Robson on Jerusalem: Anti-Semitic Accusations and Mythology

Columnist and history lecturer John Robson recently flung generalized accusations of anti-Semitism against anyone who dares oppose the concept of establishing Israel’s capital at Jerusalem. Such a reflexive slur seems aimed more at creating a chill among reasonable and well-intentioned critics of Israeli state policy than eliminating genuine anti-Semitism.

Perhaps he is unaware that the Israeli parliament passed a law that would require a supermajority vote on Jerusalem issues. While that law can be overturned; it symbolizes the Netanyahu government’s stubborn intention to expand the Jewish population of the city and place Palestinian areas outside the city limits. In fact, Israel intends to add 150,000 West Bank settlers to Jerusalem’s population and further marginalize over 100,000 Palestinians whose homes will be outside the illegal Separation Wall that surrounds the city; thus revoking their residency and denying them civic rights in Jerusalem.

 Much like medieval witchcraft charges; the anti-Semitic accusation is impossible to refute because the notion of anti-Semitism is subject to infinitely flexible definitions.  Even the most reasoned defense against this slur can somehow be twisted into a fresh offense and thus, many well-intentioned people been falsely branded for even daring to examine the concept. The concept is especially attractive to those who have internalized monotheistic dogma.

As a university lecturer in history, Robson may be aware that the Palestine-Israel issue is generally devoid of comprehensive historical context on Zionism’s brutal anti-Semitism. During the years between the World Wars, European Zionist leaders like Ben Gurion and Sharett were so obsessed with their Palestine colonial project that they actively sabotaged U.S. and British efforts to re-settle Jewish refugees from Nazism in Britain and North America.  After the Second World War ended, they were content to allow thousands of displaced Jews to remain in European camps even though these refugees had little interest in moving to the new State of Israel. Many languished in poverty and despair in camps that were dominated by Zionist thugs employed by the Zionist authorities. These people applied extreme pressure to any Jews who merely wished to restart their shattered lives somewhere other than Israel.

For these fanatics, the Zionist project mattered more than the lives of their fellow Jews; many of whom were murdered in Palestine and elsewhere for daring to refuse financial and material support to terror organizations like the Irgun, Stern Gang and the infamous Lehi, who even recruited children as killers. Former terrorist leaders like Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir later assumed senior political roles after careers of brutality.

Jewish terrorism has gradually evolved from its genesis in Israel’s formative years. Zionist guerilla attacks against Arabs and the British were minor compared to today’s lethal combination of state violence against Palestinians and militant settler violence targeting Arabs, Christians and Israelis. While Jewish terrorism has previously enjoyed quiet government approval; international pressure may cause the Israel state to acknowledgement its role sponsoring and perpetrating terrorism. As Chomsky once said, the best protection against terrorism is not to practice it yourself.

Corporate media figures like John Robson are not given to publicizing the unvarnished history of Israel and Western connivance in its creation at the expense of Palestine’s Arabs. Canadians are offered instead an odd blend of mythology and righteous accusations of anti-Semitism. The Israel press generally avoids such self-deception and provides a more realistic accounting of past and present.

Responding perhaps to the revealing work of historians like Benny Morris and Illan Pappé, Israeli bureaucrats continue to reseal declassified records that threaten to expose the darker aspects of Zionism and Western efforts to help Israel expand territorially. These censors may have been inspired by George Orwell, who said of history, “those who control the past control the future.”

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Morgan Duchesney is an Ottawa writer and martial arts instructor committed to adding context to public discourse on issues of national and international importance. His works on political economy, war, commerce... More

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