It doth cloud the mind
Flippinheck: I have been reading this article by Cohen on the issue and I have to say, it is quite poignant. Left-leaning liberal Jews just don’t seem to be able to face up to the ugly truth.
They’d rather make a self-delusional point of keeping these non-reciprocal interfaith dialogues going than trying to figure out who their real friends are. The whole issue has even made me think of the concept of anti-semitism, and how Muslims have subverted the very meaning of the word in order to make a point of justifying their own actions.
While the term’s etymology might suggest that anti-semitism is directed against all Semitic peoples, it has been used exclusively to refer to hostility toward Jews since its initial usage.
First mention of anti-semitism was probably made in 1860 by the Austrian Jewish scholar Moritz Steinschneider in the phrase “antisemitic prejudices”(“antisemitische Vorurteile”). Steinschneider used this phrase to characterize Ernest Renan’s ideas about how “Semitic races” were inferior to “Aryan races.” These pseudo-scientific theories concerning race, civilization, and “progress” had become quite widespread in Europe in the second half of the 19th century, especially as Prussian nationalistic historian Heinrich von Treitschke did much to promote this form of racism. In Treitschke’s writings Semitic was synonymous with Jewish, in contrast to its usage by Renan and others.
Given the historical context and the ethnic makeup of Europe when the term was first coined, it is quite clear that anti-semitism is aimed at Jews exclusively and has a very distinct definition.
However, all of this started changing in the mid to late 80’s. As a Belgian and a Fleming, I noticed with the increasing Arab Muslim immigration that Muslims were very eager to start subverting and twisting the conventional definition of the word. When VB in particular became a rising force in the Belgian political landscape, the accusation of anti-semitism aimed at VB party members more often than not originated from Muslims in our country.
From the Jewish community this was almost unheard of ! At many occasions have I seen high ranking VB members invited to television debates, only to get excoriated by both the debate moderators and the Arab Muslim participants in the debate, who liberally smacked people like Filip Dewinter around the ears with the accusation of anti-semitism !
As a consequence, anti-semitism all of a sudden started getting a double meaning:
1) anti-semitism in the original and proper sense, as defined by Jewish organisations who wanted to widen the awareness of the Holocaust, like the Anne Frank Foundation.
2) antisemitism in the wider sense, an unjustified appropriation of both PC/MC self-declared leftwing ‘moral majorities’ and the ‘eternally victimized’ Muslim communities in Europe, with the specific intent to shame all critics of Islam into believing they are vehemently racist.
Of course, it is quite clear to understand how this exactly came about. Arab Muslims had become the dominant subgroup within the context of European immigration, and in all probability they decided ‘Ethnically speaking we are a Semitic people and as it goes, the numerically largest Semitic group within Europe, so if anyone starts criticising us, we’ll throw the accusation of antisemitism in their face so we can declare those people racists.” Strange but true, but Jewish Holocaust awareness projects seemed to be oblivious of what was going on at the time and this went completely unnoticed !
Ironically however, the accusation of genuine anti-semitism can’t really be aimed at VB. In the mid to late 80’s I was 14 to 19 years old. When I was about 14, I couldn’t help wondering “Adults and politics, what is all this fuss really about ?” So, any time my parents received political leaflets in their letterbox in the run-up to elections, I started reading all of them to get a better grasp of politics, including the VB ones.
Never ever have I seen anti-Jewish rhetoric, cartoons or any other type of anti-Jewish propaganda contained within these VB leaflets. The vast majority of subjects revolved around Flemish socioeconomic issues, Belgian immigration policies and the Flanders-Wallonia rift more than anything else, and last but not least around…Muslims rubbing us up the wrong way ! The only foreigner I can really think of who has actually grasped what VB is all about would be Pamela Gellar in my mind, according to what I have read on her excellent site Atlas Shrugs.
Nevertheless, mud tends to stick, and that is probably why the foreign media are ill-informed about VB, portraying it as a bunch of neo-nazis.
And this is probably the main reason why a self-proclaimed ‘moral guru’ like Charles Johnson can further the same myth over and over again. Many leftwing liberal Jews do not realise that some stealth Jihadi Muslims have hijacked anti-semitism in order to turn it into a credible argument to back up the claim that Westerners are intolerant towards them !
They have taken the very word out of it’s original context to justify their position towards civilized societies in the West ! The founder of the Arab European League, Dyab Abou Jahjah, was regularly pitted against Filip Dewinter in televised debates, and used the word anti-semitism often to portray his adversary as racist !
What we see happening today is a continuation of the innate fear liberal Jewish people have for anything that is associated with ‘the right’, ‘conservatives’, ‘nationalists’, ‘patriots’, ‘national pride’ and the like. They’d rather close ranks with the very same people that have vowed to destroy all of them, rather than form a coalition with their natural allies in this day and age !
It’s quite clear to me how MSM scaremongering has had a profound influence on the secular liberal Jewish communities on the globe in particular. These tactics have blinded these people. They erroneously assume they can defuse the situation by appeasing and reaching out to Islam, while anti-semitism is part and parcel of Islamic ideology and won’t go away by simply ignoring it. Their minds have been poisoned against themselves !
[Posted by flippinheck to Tundra Tabloids……. at Friday, 31 July, 2009]