|Overt antisemitism in Melbourne|
"People are questioning whether we should exist," observed one of the participants, a marketing strategist, at the Herzliya Conference earlier this year. "We're ... becoming the South Africa of the 21st century."
Not too long ago, a Belgian prime minister observed:
This interview with the articulate Bernie M. Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress is of interest, because the virtual disappearance of the traditional antisemitic far right in Canada to which he alludes, and its replacement by forces on the left hostile to Israel and Zionism, is analogous to the situation in Australia, with the virtual eclipse of the villainous League of Rights, formed in 1946. Farber makes the clear distinction between criticising aspects of Israeli government policy, which is not antisemitism, and advocating the end of Israel as a Jewish State, which surely is.
These leftist Israel-haters in Melbourne, demonstrating against chocolate shop Max Brenner back in July, show clearly the antisemitism inherent in the BDS Movement, with the Hamas-type cry "From The River To The Sea Palestine Shall Be Free" - in other words, the end of Israel - replicated by their equally squalid and hate-filled counterparts throughout the West (15 minutes of footage here, if you can stomach it):
These articles here and here sum up the situation well.
So three hearty cheers for the government of the stalwartly pro-Israel Stephen Harper, which, alarmed by the increase in judeophobia in Canada, especially on campus - witness the shameful incident at York University in 2009 when Jewish students, chased by a mob, were mercilessly taunted with antisemitic canards - signed on 20 September the Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism amid a resounding undertaking from Foreign Minister John Baird that Canada will stand not behind but right alongside Israel at the United Nations.
To quote Avi Benlolo, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Canada, the Canadian government has by signing the Ottawa Protocol
'recognized anti-Semitism as a pernicious evil and a global threat against the Jewish people, the State of Israel and free, democratic countries everywhere....
The protocol is a declaration that hatred of this nature will not be tolerated in this country. It sets out an action plan for supporting initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and provides a framework for other nations to follow.
It also sets out a vibrant definition of anti-Semitism which, for the first time in history, links anti-Semitism to the denial of the right Jewish people have to their ancestral home land - the State of Israel. This, in fact, is what sets post-World War Two anti-Semitism apart from its historic roots. Today's anti-Semitism is all about denial: denial of the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish movement to reclaim the land of Israel; denial of a Jewish history in connection to the holy land and, in particular, the centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people; denial of the Holocaust (while at the same time accusing Jews of Nazism); and denial of Jews to live free of anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance....
In the land of Alfred Dreyfus
The Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism is a template for every Canadian to consider. But it is especially a document of significance for universities that have allowed themselves to become vehicles of hatred and complicit in its promotion. As my friend, Professor Irwin Cotler said last night at the Ottawa signing ceremony, anti-Semitism is not only the longest known form of hatred in the history of humanity - it is the only form of hatred that is truly global.'