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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DANISH PRIME MINISTER TRAVELS TO ISRAEL FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE – BUT HER PURPOSE IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING ELSE AND RATHER DARK – THE HOLOCAUST WAS EUROPEAN AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MIDDLE EAST – SOMETHING PEOPLE LOSE SIGHT OF – ISRAEL HOLDS THE MEMORY CAPTIVE FOR ITS OWN PURPOSES OF EXPLOITING AND ABUSING OTHERS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JONATHON OFIR IN MONDOWEISS

 

“Denmark’s Prime Minister goes to Israel and uses the Holocaust to incite against immigrants”

“There is an ugly anti-Semitism in Denmark today, which wasn’t there earlier. Because of immigration” [Title given an interview with the Prime Minister]

 

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The Holocaust, of course, had nothing to do with the Middle East, either contemporary or Biblical, but modern Israel holds it as a valuable and useful captive for its purposes of control and abuse of others.

(The Holocaust was an event involving two groups of Germanic Europeans, the Ashkenazi Jews who spoke a dialect of German, Yiddish, and many other Germans who were anti-Semitic and turned to Nazism in despair over effects of the WWI Versailles Treaty and the Great Depression.)

The Danish Prime Minister is doing the same thing Israel does, only for her own purposes, which are considerably less than heroic or admirable.

But, then, we have so many blurred and confused situations in the world today. So much of our geopolitical environment is manufactured.

And that fact simply reflects the impact of America’s postwar global drive for empire, not exactly one of the world’s great causes or projects for human and democratic rights

Quite the opposite, indeed. Empires suppress others. They could not exist otherwise.

And what is contemporary Israel but a highly privileged American imperial colony in the Middle East?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DAVID CAMERON’S MCCARTYITE DEMAND THAT LABOUR MP NAZ SHAH BE SUSPENDED – NOTES ON MODERN ISRAEL’S BIRTH – SOME HARSH FACTS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

I’m glad the Independent’s headline put “anti-Semitic” in quotes.

I think The Guardian would not have.

What I saw quoted from Labour MP, Naz Shah, from Facebook could only be called anti-Semitic by extremists of the Israel Lobby.

Critical, yes. Anti-Semitic, no.

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 A reader comment:  “There has never , ever , in history been a “Palestinian state ” . Israel wasnt “recognised” is was created by United Nations decree in a free vote.

“You clearly dont know what you are talking about.”

 

I know very well the history of Israel’s “creation,” and it is a pretty sordid story, full of deception, pressure, terror, and unfulfilled promises.

As just one example, Israel accepted the Right of Return, a UN principle, when it was given membership and has always ignored it, just as it has ignored more than twenty UN Resolutions condemning its acts for decades.

Israel is simply a lawless state by any definition.

And today’s re-created state got its start by wheedling a British official, Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour in 1917, during the Great War to make a rather vague promise in a brief note to Britain’s Zionist Federation. This was later elevated into a “founding document” for Israel.

And later, in 1948, as the people who were to become Israelis were busy shooting up and terrifying the native Palestinians, Israel’s lobbyists abroad won crucial American recognition from President Truman by intense lobbying and the promise of substantial support in the form of media and cash for his election campaign. Truman was in serious political trouble in the 1948 election and grabbed the offer of help much as a drowning man grabs a life preserver thrown to him. Yet he believed sincerely that recognizing Israel was a bad idea, and he left us some sharp comments on the whole matter.

Imagine the pride you could feel in a state based on a vague promise from an imperial power which itself had no business being in Palestine and which had even less business making the suggestion of offering it to a third party as though it were a load of used furniture?

But Israel hides behind the skirts of the United States to carry on safely with its lawlessness. And it keeps that position behind the skirts with a powerful American Lobby which takes full advantage of America’s ill-considered campaign finance laws, allowing money to run elections. What Truman started continues to this day.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST AND THE NOTION OF INCREASED ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE FACT OF ISRAEL’S BRUTAL BEHAVIOR   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MICHAEL GOVE IN THE TELEGRAPH

I certainly do not wish to speak against remembering The Holocaust, but I do believe, as with all titanic and ghastly historical events, it is the natural (and proper) human tendency to eventually consign them to our history texts and a few monuments.

You cannot constantly remember horror: doing so works against innate human tendencies. In our private lives, we have, most of us, a built-in capacity to allow horrors to fade gradually. Otherwise, many could simply not function. Perpetual mourning is not the way Nature built us.

Of course, I’m not in the mainstream of thinking about this, being one of those who believe that war remembrance ceremonies in general have outlived their usefulness, and they are associated with events which extinguished twenty million lives in WWI and fifty million in WWII. But some distinguished old veterans have expressed the same sentiment: it is war which causes or induces our greatest horrors and society should start moving beyond glorifying it.

The Holocaust itself was only possible under the cover of the invasion of the Soviet Union, itself the most destructive and murderous event in all of human history.

I do not believe claims that genuine anti-Semitism is on the rise in the world, and I’m not sure what legitimate procedure could even be used to accurately collect statistics saying otherwise. What we have today, however, is a great deal of criticism of the state of Israel, but that is not the same thing as anti-Semitism, and any statistics which support the notion it is must be viewed as spurious.

I wouldn’t want to live in a society where inexcusable brutality such Operation Cast Lead did not produce revulsion: a society not revulsed by such treatment of others provides exactly the set of conditions which allow barbarism like The Holocaust to occur.

Sadly, Israel in its desire to leave the possibilities of a repeat of barbarism has also managed to leave behind a great many other things, including any consideration for its neighbors.

And every time someone dares to criticize, he or she is immediately accused of anti-Semitism, a shabby trick to shut honest people up.

In a roundabout way, Michael Gove joins this unpleasant practice in this piece.

Israel is a state, and if it is to be treated as any other state, then it must behave as we expect other states to behave.

When you start making exceptions to ethics and humanity, you have started down the road to God knows what. After all, Hitler’s early anti-Jewish activities during the 1930s, before the Wannsee Conference, consisted of beating up people in the street, burning down their homes and businesses, depriving them of equal rights, stealing their property, excluding them from many privileges in society, pushing for their emigration, and even declaring who was fit to marry whom.

Does that all not sound familiar to those who follow events in the Middle East?