JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE CONCEPT OF “ANTI-SEMITISM WEAPONIZED” – THE CASE OF BRITAIN’S CORBYN – SUMMARY OF WHAT IS KNOWN OF THE ETHNIC ORIGINS OF CONTEMPORARY ISRAELIS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ISRAEL SHAMIR IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“Anti-Semitism Weaponized”

An accurate phrase for what we see occurring.

The most glaring case was the long campaign against a decent man, Jeremy Corbyn, after he was elected new leader of the Labour Party.

Newspapers like The Guardian – likely the most prejudiced newspaper in Britain – carried on a regular campaign against him on the grounds that there was anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Not one shred of evidence was ever produced, but there were articles, editorials, and stories.

The campaign reminded me of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s phony attacks on “communists in the State Department.” McCarthy, an old drunk, had hit upon a way to spark up his flagging political career.

Good old Tony Blair and his acolytes made major contributions, Mr. Blair – with his Iraq War, his Israel “Peace” Prize, and his sinecure appointments like the one to the Mideast Quartet – was one of the Israel Lobby’s driving forces in British in British politics.

Why was Britain’s Lobby so set against Corbyn?

His views on Israel and Palestine are far-minded, and that is not allowed in Western politics where the Israel Lobby has a firm grip. You must be overwhelmingly for Israel and ignore its countless abuses. Otherwise you are “anti-Semitic.”

Well, the brave and capable Corbyn managed to survive the hideous attacks, and today he thrives.

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Response to another reader’s comment on the Origins of contemporary Israelis:

Yes, it is even possible that the Palestinians themselves are the closest we have to descendants of the Hebrews.

The Romans were not known to remove the people from the lands they conquered, and they left no record of having done so with the Hebrews.

The dominant people who identify as Jews today are the Ashkenazi, a Germanic people, whom some DNA tests suggest arose about a thousand years ago on the Mediterranean near Italy and migrated north.

Their language is a Germanic language, Yiddish, not Hebrew, although many or most maintain the tradition of learning the ancient Hebrew tongue in their religious schools, just as many Muslims around the world learn Arabic in order to read Koran in its original.

Some DNA tests also suggest Ashkenazi origins, again maybe a thousand years ago, in the Caucasus region going back to the Khazar (Turkic) civilization, another group of people converted to Judaism. But as with other ancient groups affected by Hebrew evangelism, of course, there was movement back and forth between regions and inter-marriage.

Following the extreme success of Christianity which actually started as a sect of Judaism in evangelizing, evidence suggests the Hebrews were for some period evangelists. That’s why there are Jewish groups in central Europe, in the Caucasus, and a little in North Africa. There is even a small group called Cochin Jews in India.

Of course, there would eventually have been some inter-marriage – Judaism being a relatively small religion whose various adherents have often have had problems finding a large enough pool of marriage prospects (we see this today with the ultra-Orthodox sometimes travelling long distances for marriage prospects) – so DNA tests today do find some Semitic characteristics in the Ashkenazi.

But overall, the science tells us the Ashkenazi people are Germanic from central or eastern Europe.

Of course, we see the origins not only in DNA and language but in food and physical culture. The traditional foods of Jewish delicatessens and for holiday events such as Passover Seder have no Middle Eastern origins.

The people in Israel have made a conscious effort to assume Middle Eastern foods as their own – thus, we have everything from “Israeli” couscous to “Israeli” olive oil. Thus, Jaffa oranges, which existed well before Israel was re-created, are regarded as Israeli.

If indeed the Palestinians are the true descendants of the Hebrews, it only adds a level of bitter irony to the whole abusive situation of contemporary Israel where they are oppressed and abused and often despised.

Posted October 20, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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