Antisemitism

For many years I loved YouTube.  As a child of the sixties and a teenager of the seventies I love it as a repositary of nostalgia offering me the sounds of Herman’s Hermits, Manfred Mann, Marmalade, the Hollies, Don McLean, Albert Hammond, Jim Croce, America, Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent and many others.

But lately I have seen another face of YouTube.  It has become nothing less than a conscious and willful hosting site for antisemitism.  This applies both to the primary content and the comments.  YouTube supposedly offers an opportunity to flag these hate messages.  But I have reported them on numerous occasions and not once has YouTube acknowledged my flagging, let alone removed the offensive material on the strength of it.

Thus it is clear to me that YouTube is both a conscious and a willing source of antisemitic material on the internet and it is getting progressively worse.  It is almost as if YouTube is inviting antisemites to post their hate-mongering sewage on their site.  This is ironic when you consider that YouTube is owned by Google, whose motto is: Do no evil.

Perhaps Google’s (and YouTube’s) motto should be: do no evil but stand idly on the sidelines and allow others to do evil while you rake in the profits.  (I suspect I know what the antisemites will say in response to this.  But if they do, then just on this occasion, they would be well-advised to do it anonymously – because my patience is running out.)

 

Whilst some heavy-duty Antisemites are coming out of the woodwork and explicitly accusing Jews of running the world in a big conspiracy, most Antisemites prefer to camouflage their antisemitism.

The usual way is under the guise of anti-Zionism.  This is a clever tactic because Zionism is understood to include not only the basic belief that the Jews have a right to a state where they can go as a matter of legally protected right, but also to all the policies of specific governments of that state.  Given that no country is perfect and every nation state has something deserving of criticism, this tactic works very well.  Even most Israelis have some complaints about Israel – to put it mildly.  So if one obscures the difference between the policies of a particular government and the nation state’s right to exist then the antisemites can use legitimate criticism of Israel to call the country’s very existence into question.

Of course, the critics of Israel do not stop at legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies or practices. In the past Israel has been criticized for building a security wall to reduce terrorist incursions, for the liberation of Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation (thereby making it accessible to Jews and also to Israeli Muslims who had previously been denied access by their own Arab brethren), for the shooting of Arabs on the Temple Mount (after they threw large rocks onto the heads of Jews peacefully praying below) and even for the rescue of over a hundred hostages held by Arab and Neo-Nazi terrorists at Entebbe Airport with the collusion of Uganda’s syphilitic dictator Idi Amin – who spent his twilight years hiding out in Saudi Arabia.

Sometimes the critics of the Jewish state go even further afield in their nefarious efforts to demonize the Jewish State.   For example, in the nineteen seventies, Time Magazine did a cover story about then Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Beigin in which they  falsely claimed that the only thing he knew about Saudi Arabia was that they cut off the hands of thieves.  Thus a negative fact about Saudi Arabia was transformed by Time magazine’s dishonest reporting into a negative fact about Menahem Beigin – and by implication the Jewish state.  In effect the article was saying: “Don’t condemn Saudi Arabia for cutting off the hands of thieves (or beheading or stoning people for adultery).  Blame an Israeli politician for knowing that they do.”  If anyone thinks that I’m blowing Time‘s disingenuous language out of proportion, bear in mind that that same edition of Time included a cover picture of Beigin (deliberately selected to make him look bad) surrounded by a Shield of David formed out of rifles.

Not quite as dishonourably, but using a similar technique, Robert Fisk had a field day trying to drag Israel (established 1948) into the massacre of one and a half million Armenians by Turkey in 1915 because of their official silence on the matter.  To judge from Fisk’s tone, the fact that Israeli politicians have not openly condemned Turkey for the massacre is almost as bad as the massacre itself.  No matter that Israel has valid reasons for not wanting to alienate Turkey, given the hostility of so many other governments in the region towards Israel.  No matter that most ordinary Israelis know of and condemn the  massacre.  No matter that very few other countries have officially condemned the massacre.  No matter that most of Fisk’s British co-nationals do not even know of let alone condemn the massacre.  (If he has mentioned it in one of his more obscure writings, I apologize in advance!)  No matter that Israel’s Armenian population is well-treated and that almost all Israelis feel goodwill towards them.  No, this little fact of Israel’s pragmatic silence on the massacre by Turks, gives Fisk a golden opportunity to get his foot in the door with yet another reason to demonize the Jewish state.  As in the Time example, he was effectively saying: “The Turks massacred Armenians;  what wicked Israelis!”

However for some it is not enough to criticize the Israeli government or even the Israeli majority.   I recently came across a blog called “wake up from your slumber” that seems to take a delight at cataloguing every case of wrongful behaviour by individual Israelis that they can find, regardless of how newsworthy or important it is.  Upon further examination of their cesspool of a website, it became clear that they are  indeed antisemites and not just critics of Israel.  I won’t provide a link because I have no desire to direct my readers towards that pile of excrement.  I merely mention it to show where that road leads.