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Q: Why do Western politicians support racism in Israel by suppressing free speech in their own countries?

A: They sell their support to high bidders, and no one bids higher than Zionists — says US history prof.

No 1951 Posted by fw, May 4, 2017

“It should be noted that Israel and its supporters…have created an reductio ad absurdum situation. To wit, anyone who publicly condemns Israeli human rights violations (that is Israeli racist acts) must be anti-Semitic (racist) – even if they happen to be Jewish. That is what you get when you pursue particularistic expediency over the general logic of tolerance and humanitarianism. One can ask how it is that American and British, as well as other politicians and law makers, who are themselves part of cultures that are even now seeking to overcome racism, can buy into such an illogical argument? Their doing so seems to be an expression of the electoral marketplace. Politicians need money to survive in their chosen career. As long as it does not cost them an overwhelming number of votes, they will sell their support to high bidders. And, no one bids higher than the Zionists.”Lawrence Davison, To the Point Analysis, May 3, 2017

So concludes history prof Lawrence Davidson’s piece on how Israelis managed to use their influence, and that of Zionist lobby surrogates, to push for new laws in key foreign lands, such as the U.S. and the U.K. [and Canada], to make criticism of the Israeli state legally synonymous with anti-Semitism.

Davidson traces the history of the politicization of anti-Semitism to the US State Department, which, in 2007, adopted a “working definition” of the term, featuring this key point: “It is anti-Semitic to ‘deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor).’”

The rest, as they say, is history. In the process of tracing this bit of history, Davidson notes that the two parts of the quoted sentence don’t really go together logically: “Labeling Israel as a “racist endeavor” does not “deny the Jewish people their right of self-determination.”

But in this irrational age, why let logic stand in the way of political expediency? Especially when money is involved.

To find out how Davidson gets from the State Department’s flawed working definition of ‘anti-Semitism” to Western politicians accepting money from Zionist lobbyists in return for suppression of free speech in their own countries, read the repost of his piece below, with added subheadings and text highlighting.

Alternatively read his article on his website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Politicizing Anti-Semitism — An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analysis, May 3, 2017

Part I – The “Working Definition”

US State Department’s politicized definition of anti-Semitism includes this illogical assertion: “It is anti-Semitic to “deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination”

“Back in the day,” which in this case was 8 February 2007, the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism adopted a “working definition” of anti-Semitism which included the following point: It is anti-Semitic to “deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor).” The whole definition, including the quoted sentence, was not original with the State Department. It was originally “written collaboratively by a small group of non-governmental organizations” which remained unnamed.

It’s illogical to link the “right of self-determination” with the “claim that the existence of Israel is a racist endeavor” as an example of “contemporary anti-Semitism.”

This “working definition” has proved to have staying power. Thus the U.S. Congress has used the State Department document in devising its Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016, and in December of 2016, the British government adopted an almost identical “working definition,” which listed the same alleged act of denial – the one that links the Jewish people’s “right of self-determination” with the “claim that the existence of Israel is a racist endeavor” as an example of “contemporary anti-Semitism.”

Labeling Israel as a “racist endeavor” does not “deny the Jewish people their right of self-determination”

There is something not quite right about this aspect of the “working definition.” The two parts of the quoted sentence don’t really go together logically. Thus, labeling Israel as it presently exists as a “racist endeavor” does not “deny the Jewish people their right of self-determination.” It only asserts that self-determination carried forth in a racist manner, by Jews or anyone else, is illegitimate.

Although the definition is not legally binding, it is used in a “semi-official way” to ban protests

Although neither the State Department’s nor the U.K. government’s taking up of this “working definition” are legally binding on non-governmental individuals or organizations (a fact not widely publicized), it has allowed both U.S. and British Zionists to label critics of Israel as anti-Semites in what appears to be a semi-official way, and this has opened the floodgates for a growing number of actions by colleges, universities, civic groups and the like to ban conferences, student organizations and speakers who would condemn Israeli behavior and support Palestinian rights.

A British jurist finds the definition “flawed” and “legally unenforceable”

Subsequently, the respected British jurist Hugh Tomlinson has come out with an opinion on this “working definition” which finds it flawed, and the U.K. government’s assertion of it legally unenforceable.

Part II – A Flawed Assumption

The definition rests on a flawed assumption that the policies and actions of Israel represent all Jews wherever they reside

The assertion that criticism of Israel is an act of anti-Semitism relies on the assumption that, because Israel describes itself as “a Jewish state,” it represents all Jews. This exaggeration, in turn, seems reasonable due to a broader tendency, most prevalent in the democratic West, to confuse governments and the people they claim authority over. Americans and most Europeans live in democracies and vote for their governments in relatively honest elections. So, aren’t they in some way to be identified with the policies of their governments? The claim can be no more than partially true. Maybe an argument can be made for those who actually voted for the policymakers in a politically aware fashion. But what of the those who did not vote for them? Or how about those who did not vote at all? How about those who do not reside within the country that claims them?

It’s possible to like individual Americans and yet deeply dislike their government

It is interesting to note that this identification of specific groups with specific governments is rarely made by those living in dictatorships and states with rigged elections. In those places the population knows that their wishes have no relation to policy. Often their assumption is that the same sort of disconnect is a really a worldwide phenomenon. So, for instance, if you go to Iran, Iranians will usually tell you that they heartily dislike the U.S. government and, at the same time, really like the American people. No one believes that the two things, government and people, are really the same thing.

When it comes to populations that are spread out beyond one particular state, the exaggeration becomes even more obvious. Thus, can the Buddhist government of Sri Lanka claim the loyalty of Nepalese Buddhists for their horrible war against the Tamils? Should the ethnic Chinese living in San Francisco be expected to support the expansionist policies of the Chinese government in Tibet?

Israel is pushing the argument that its laws are mandated to apply to all Jews

Common sense tells us that it is a gross exaggeration to identify specific ethnic or religious groups with the policies of specific governments, even democratic ones. Yet as we have seen above, in one ongoing case, that of the Jews and Israel, the argument is being pushed very strongly – to the point where laws are being considered to mandate just such an identification.

Part III – Israel De-Civilizes

Israeli governments have long insisted that the state officially represents every last Jew on the planet – thus conflating nationality and religious identity

Since the inception of the State of Israel, one Israeli government after the other has insisted that the Israeli state officially represents every last Jew on the planet – thus conflating nationality and religious identity.

The claim has become more inflated as Israeli behavior becomes more racist, policies more indefensible

The fabricated nature of this claim has become more obvious as Israeli behavior and culture has grown ever more racist and the policies of its governments more blatantly in violation of international law and the norms of human and civil rights.

As Israel increasingly becomes an outlier among civilized peoples, more and more Jews are alienated

While much of the rest of the world has strived to increase diversity and tolerance, Israel and a small number of other states (such places as Myanmar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, etc.) go about practicing official discrimination, segregation, and expulsion. As they do so, they inevitably produce cultures that those who support human and civil rights can only describe as ugly and deformed. As a consequence, more and more Jews have responded by disassociating themselves with Zionist Israel.

Zionist lobby surrogates push for the US, UK, [and Canada] to adopt the “working definition” of anti-Semitism

What then has been the response of the Israeli government? It is, essentially, to spit in the face of Jews supportive of human rights. The Israelis seek to force the issue by using their influence and that of Zionist lobby surrogates to push for new laws in key foreign lands, such as the U.S. and the U.K., to make criticism of the Israeli state legally synonymous with anti-Semitism. The U.S. and British adoption of the suspect portion of the “working definition” of anti-Semitism cited here is a step in this direction, and a consequence of Zionist pressure.

Part IV – Conclusion

In this irrational age, political expediency trumps the logic of tolerance and humanitarianism

It should be noted that Israel and its supporters, being the “deep thinkers” they aren’t, have created an reductio ad absurdum situation. To wit, anyone who publicly condemns Israeli human rights violations (that is Israeli racist acts) must be anti-Semitic (racist) – even if they happen to be Jewish. That is what you get when you pursue particularistic expediency over the general logic of tolerance and humanitarianism.

One can ask how it is that American and British, as well as other politicians and law makers, who are themselves part of cultures that are even now seeking to overcome racism, can buy into such an illogical argument?

Politicians now sell their support to high bidders, and, no one bids higher than Zionists

Their doing so seems to be an expression of the electoral marketplace. Politicians need money to survive in their chosen career. As long as it does not cost them an overwhelming number of votes, they will sell their support to high bidders. And, no one bids higher than the Zionists.

As a result, Western politicians selectively suppress free speech in their own countries and support racism in Israel

This means that democratic politics is most often not a principled activity. It can be idealized, of course, but as long as it is dependent on incessant fund-raising, it will be corrupt in practice. That is why the Zionists can easily arrange for most Western politicians to selectively suppress free speech in their own countries and support racism in Israel.

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