"Revised definition of anti-Semitism could shield Israel from criticism and silence emerging Palestinian voices.
The second summit of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) concluded in Ottawa, Canada, earlier this month.
The summit, which was attended by parliamentarians from some 50 countries, discussed ways to combat what was described as "a dramatic increase in recorded anti-Semitic hate crimes....." (what about the increase in the savage state-sponsored murders committed by Israel in Palestine and Gaza, aided by their cronies in the West, especially the USA? My comment)
The key outcome of the summit, however, proved to be controversial - a widening of the definition of anti-Semitism to encompass criticism of the state of Israel.
By arguing that the state of Israel is "the collective Jew," (doesn't that make Israel a racist state, that practices apartheid on the native Palestinians? My comment.) criticism of the state of Israel could become de facto, an anti-Semitic act punishable by law. "
So, before this demand becomes sanctified by the West and other Friends of Israel I had better publicise these gems tonight in my blog.
These I got from the Muslim Association of Britain's (MAB) pamphlet "Zionism - The Truth". It had been in my keeping since before the 2003 War on Iraq.You can locate MAB at http://www.mabonline.net/.
A few months ago, we were attending a Seminar in Penang. Among other things discussed, the panellists who were mainly from the Indian sub-continent were waxing lyrical about non-violence and the Gandhian mode of opposing aggression and assault on the world stage. I cannot see how this 'turning of the other cheek' mantra can be applicable to the Palestinians. It smacks of crass ignorance and a blind disregard for the sufferings of the Palestinians for over 60 years at the hands of Israel and the USA.
I wished that these 'renowned' academics had also considered this statement by Malik El-Shabazz.
"Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks."
But then El-Shabazz is not as revered as Gandhi or the Dalai Lama.
You see, he is black, an American who challenged the WASP establishment and he's a Muslim to boot!
He was also known as Malcolm X.