Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday 21 January 2014

"People Who Would Never Say They Hate & Blame the Jews for ... the Problems of the World, Instead Declare Their Hatred of Israel": Stephen Harper

Addressing the Knesset, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper delivered a rousing speech which at one point provoked heckling and a walkout from members of a group called the Arab Movement for Change.

During his speech, delivered in both French and English, Harper pulled no punches in identifying hatred for Israel as the old Jew-hatred in disguise:
"[S]ome openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that.
And so we have witnessed, in recent years, the mutation of the old disease of antisemitism and the emergence of a new strain. We all know about the old antisemitism. It was crude and ignorant, and it led to the horrors of the death camps. Of course, in many dark corners, it is still with us. But, in much of the western world, the old hatred has been translated into more sophisticated language for use in polite society. People who would never say they hate and blame the Jews for their own failings or the problems of the world, instead declare their hatred of Israel and blame the only Jewish state for the problems of the Middle East.
As once Jewish businesses were boycotted, some civil society leaders today call for a boycott of Israel. On some campuses, intellectualized arguments against Israeli policies thinly mask the underlying realities, such as the shunning of Israeli academics and the harassment of Jewish students. Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that: A state, based on freedom, democracy and the rule of law, that was founded so Jews can flourish, as Jews, and seek shelter from the shadow of the worst racist experiment in history, that is condemned, and that condemnation is masked in the language of anti-racism. It is nothing short of sickening.
But this is the face of the new antisemitism. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel and attempts to make the old bigotry acceptable for a new generation. Of course, criticism of Israeli government policy is not in and of itself necessarily antisemitic. But what else can we call criticism that selectively condemns only the Jewish state and effectively denies its right to defend itself while systematically ignoring – or excusing – the violence and oppression all around it? What else can we call it when Israel is routinely targeted at the United Nations, and when Israel remains the only country to be the subject of a permanent agenda item at the regular sessions of its Human Rights Council?"
For the text of the entire wonderful speech, with accompanying videos, see the Isreally Cool blog here
For more on Stephen Harper in Israel see my previous post.


  1. OT
    Carr has a whine about Bishop
    Ex-Australian FM slams successor for pro-settlement stance

  2. An article by Chloe Valdary about Breaking the Silence.
    The Soldier and the Refusenik: A case study in psychopathic self abhorrence


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