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Anti-Zionism 4D: Defining Demonization Double Standards and Delegitimization

The word “nutritious” defines a food quality that provides sustenance. I’ve no doubt as skepticism grows about the likely poisonous aspects of refined sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup, the corporate sugar-water purveyors will append “satiates your subliminal impulses” to the meaning of nutritious. Who safeguards our dictionaries from authoritarians who profit from reweaving the fabric of knowledge we consider inviolate?

We expect facts to change, but it is unsettling to be robbed of the words which we count on to measure the change.

Did you think “anti-Semitic” meant prejudice against the Jews? It does, except the Zionists behind sustaining Israel want it to indemnify their unpopular endeavor too. Anti-Semitism now means opposing Israel, although the stigma implied is of course still “Jew Hater.” But the appropriation is unseemly. Crusading Evangelicals could tell you, if you oppose their bloody incursions into the lands of Islam, then you must be anti-Christian. But are you?

It would seem only fair that the victims of anti-Semitism should be entitled to define what oppresses them, but that’s not who’s wrapping themselves in its protection. Zionists (both Jewish and Christian) claim that an overwhelming percentage of World Jewry supports sustaining the US-Israel occupation of Palestine. Is it true? I wager that the far greater proportion of both Jews and non-Jews repudiate military aggression, occupation, ethnic cleansing and religious oppression. But if it were true, claims of suffering historical persecution are not grounds to be given license to persecute others.

Anti-Semitism describes real, tradition-rooted anti-Jewish sentiment. To expand its meaning disrespects the very tangible prejudice which Jews still face. Opposition to sustaining Israel is actually Anti-Zionism, which is neither for nor against Judaism. Anti-Zionism denounces another long-held prejudice: White European Man’s assertion that the Holy Land belongs to him.

Anti-Zionism is the opposition to sustaining an illegally invaded, illegally occupied, racist administration of Palestine in the name of “Zionism.” Anti-Zionism calls for “the destruction of Israel,” meaning the dissolution of the Western colonial theocracy imposed on the indigenous population of the Middle East. To oppose the sustaining of Israel is a call to exterminate Israeli apartheid. Anti-Zionism is no resurrection of the Final Solution. It means leave people be. White settlers should not assume to usurp the lands and water rights of the native Palestinians.

Zionism defender Nathan Sharansky has constructed a definition of anti-Semitism with an expanded breadth, he calls them the three Ds: Demonization, Double Standards and Delegitimization. It’s this 3D definition with which Zionists are branding UCSB professor William Robinson, himself a Jew, as an anti-Semite. Professor Robinson circulated an email among his sociology students, comparing Israel’s actions in Gaza to methods used by the Nazis, now US-Israeli lobby groups are calling for UCSB to censure him.

Sharansky’s three Ds are easily refuted because he offers no more than circular argument. Ipso Facto my eye. I reprint Sharansky’s explanation below, but first an abridgment:

Demonization: “…having [the Jewish state’s] actions blown out of all sensible proportion … can only be considered anti-Semitic.”

Double Standards: “It is anti-Semitism … when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while tried and true abusers … are ignored.”

Delegitimization: “…the denial of Israel’s right to exist is always anti-Semitic.”

Thus, if Israel considers the criticisms leveled against it to be insensible, then the criticisms are anti-Semitic; also, so long as abusive regimes persist, Israel reserves its prerogative to abuse; and, the legitimacy of Israel’s biblically ordained Manifest Destiny is never to be questioned. These are self-rationalizations which beg ridicule, but doing so would appear anti-Semitic.

Sharansky finishes: “If other peoples have a right to live securely in their homelands, then the Jewish people have a right to live securely in their homeland.” To suggest that the right of the Palestinians to live in their homeland, have been usurped by the Jewish people, most of whom knew other homelands, is apparently anti-Semitic.

Here is Nathan Sharansky’s statement to support the 3-D formula for decrying “ANTI-SEMITISM!”

I propose the following test for differentiating legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism. The 3D test, as I call it, is not a new one. It merely applies to the new anti-Semitism the same criteria that for centuries identified the different dimensions of classical anti-Semitism.

DEMONIZATION
The first D is the test of demonization.

Whether it came in the theological form of a collective accusation of deicide or in the literary depiction of Shakespeare’s Shylock, Jews were demonized for centuries as the embodiment of evil. Therefore, today we must be wary of whether the Jewish state is being demonized by having its actions blown out of all sensible proportion.

For example, the comparisons of Israelis to Nazis and of the Palestinian refugee camps to Auschwitz — comparisons heard practically every day within the “enlightened” quarters of Europe — can only be considered anti-Semitic.

Those who draw such analogies either do not know anything about Nazi Germany or, more plausibly, are deliberately trying to paint modern-day Israel as the embodiment of evil.

DOUBLE STANDARDS
The second D is the test of double standards. For thousands of years a clear sign of anti-Semitism was treating Jews differently than other peoples, from the discriminatory laws many nations enacted against them to the tendency to judge their behavior by a different yardstick.

Similarly, today we must ask whether criticism of Israel is being applied selectively. In other words, do similar policies by other governments engender the same criticism, or is there a double standard at work?

It is anti-Semitism, for instance, when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while tried and true abusers like China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria are ignored.

Likewise, it is anti-Semitism when Israel’s Magen David Adom, alone among the world’s ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross.

DELIGITIMIZATION
The third D is the test of deligitimization. In the past, anti-Semites tried to deny the legitimacy of the Jewish religion, the Jewish people, or both. Today, they are trying to deny the legitimacy of the Jewish state, presenting it, among other things, as the last vestige of colonialism.

While criticism of an Israeli policy may not be anti-Semitic, the denial of Israel’s right to exist is always anti-Semitic. If other peoples have a right to live securely in their homelands, then the Jewish people have a right to live securely in their homeland.

36 thoughts on “Anti-Zionism 4D: Defining Demonization Double Standards and Delegitimization

  1. We are most repulsed actually by the American Empire itself. The Jewish Zionists have merely attached themselves onto this empire as an appendage, something that they actually tried to do first with the Germans, and then did later
    with the British. After the war the Americans took over for the British Empire though. Thus the Zionists in the Jewish State have slowly adapted the worst aspects of the character of their hosts and sponsors. Today being called antisemitic is about as meaningless as the American Right Wing calling us anti Americans.

    I as an American am an American though anti some Americans. Palestinians are not anti Jewish at all, but just anti those Jews that want to kick them around. In fact, most Palestinians greatly admire those in the Jewish Resistance to the Jewish nationalism that is tearing the entire region to shreds. I am sick of asshole Americans that label me anti American, and I am sick of Jewish twits that can’t be honest and call others anti Jewish when they are not.

  2. Must be difficult to get up in the morning seething with so much hatred for everybody and everything, no?

  3. Dan! I found the “1000 books” you purport to have read about the Middle East!

    They’re actually just a dozen PDFs on the standwithus(for Israel) website, single-page lists actually of talking points, with every last turn of phrase you’ve ever used here!

    Come back when YOU have something to say.

  4. “Come back when YOU have something to say”

    Probably not. When I mentioned your blog to another blogger, coincidentally, also from Colorado, his response was that NMT is a cesspool . At first, I thought that was strong, but, after being subjected to such near-psychotic behavior from members of this blog and disgusting language, such as, “We’re flinging our boogers,” I have to admit, I understand what that person meant. You really are running an Internet cesspool. Laugh all you want, but, my grandfather says in the end, all we really have is our reputaton. It’s sad to see you drag your own reputations through the mud.

  5. hahahah I went to ‘standwith us israel ” and also saw all you “arguments and talking points! What a fraud you are!! why don’t you just get lost? Don’t you have any pride?

  6. “hahahah I went to ’standwith us israel ” and also saw all you “arguments and talking points! What a fraud you are!! why don’t you just get lost? Don’t you have any pride?”

    I never heard of the site until now. I responded to your post point by point. Your post is so misinformed and twisted, I have to wonder where your pride is?

  7. Well, ‘Dan’, you have to understand that we did not get the chance to develop a fine set of morality and character like you have by spending our one year in Gaza building a land of milk and honey and doing social work to benefit others like you did. We’re a rather lazy and naughty group here in Colorado Springs and we do not live under religious law like you do.

  8. Andrew, no offense, but, your original post was barely coherent. Your thought processes are confused, your understanding of Middle Eastern history is nonexistent, and your writing ability is infantile. It was hard enough for me to even interpret your inane scribblings, let alone give it justice by consulting with some website. I need no websites, I read actual books and form my own opinions. My advice to you is less of the juvenile behavior and more comprehension of the issues.

  9. IDF boy, I see you are back to our little ‘cesspool’ to take another Jewish dump on us lowly non-supporters of your Big Government Jewish State cause.

    ‘When I mentioned your blog to another blogger, coincidentally, also from Colorado, his response was that NMT is a cesspool . I have to admit, I understand what that person meant. You really are running an Internet cesspool.’

    You keep diving right bakc into our shit, ‘Dan’. You’re covered with shit by now! …lol… Oy Vey!

  10. “Me thinks he doth protest too much.” Shakespeare -Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 2. Got you didn’t i? hahahahah. This is from Wikipedia and it describes you and your actions and your organization.
    ” StandWithUs, in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry of Israel, promotes the Megaphone Desktop Tool, an on-line tool which allows users to easily send messages promoting their positions to online polls and blogs.[3] BBC History Magazine was forced to remove an online poll after it was targeted by a project aimed at influencing internet opinion in Israel’s favour.[7]”
    You stated you don’t know this website,well I could quote example after example of how you quoted them in terms of comments to various statements made on NMT. Your denying knowing and using stand with us is the same as Nixon saying her was “not a crook”

  11. “You keep diving right bakc into our shit, ‘Dan’. You’re covered with shit by now! …lol… Oy Vey!”

    Just wonderin’, do any of your family members read what you write? Can’t imagine you would be happy to have them see this nor proud to have them know that it comes from your mouth.

  12. “You stated you don’t know this website,well I could quote example after example of how you quoted them in terms of comments to various statements made on NMT. Your denying knowing and using stand with us is the same as Nixon saying her was “not a crook”

    Why would I lie? I could merely say history is history irrespective of whether it’s voiced by me or a website. There are neo-Nazi antiSemitic websites that ape your sentiments, so, does that mean you’re getting your “talking points” from those sites? Keep to the facts of the Middle East, instead of diverting attention with your website nonsense. If you cannot debate me knowledgeably, then don’t even bother trying.

  13. Sure they read it and love what I write, Honey Pot Dan!

    (I hope they catch on to your forte back in the IDF office and start using this nice little nickname I came up with for you, cesspool diving ‘Dan’!)

  14. “Sure they read it and love what I write, Honey Pot Dan! ”

    My younger sister came over and, unfortunatly, I had your recent comments on my computer screen. She looked at your remarks and said they were “disgusting” She couldn’t believe an adult would use such obscene language on a blog and say something about “flinging boogers” So, I feel sorry for “they” who love what you say.

  15. Your sister has a child that is offended by the phrase ‘flinging boogers’? My! You are a sensitive family over at the Isreali military propaganda office! You crack me up, Guy!

  16. The “flinging booger” remark reflected issues of stunted emotional development. It was the stream of obscenity-filled outbursts that was considered disgusting. Just sayin’

  17. Honey Pot ‘Dan’, you know that we do wallow in filth here at this Internet cesspool, having pointed that out to us yourself, so why in the world were you exposing your sister’s child to this sort of horrid pornography? You have to take some sort of personal responsibility for doing that! You simply must!

    But to make amends to you, I have posted the story and youtube flick of ‘The Ugly Caterpillar’ to entertain her in a more healthy manner. Enjoy at home and office!

  18. “Did you think “anti-Semitic” meant prejudice against the Jews? It does, except the Zionists behind sustaining Israel want it to indemnify their unpopular endeavor too. Anti-Semitism now means opposing Israel, although the stigma implied is of course still “Jew Hater.”

    A form of antiSemitism is the constant and obsessive singling out of Israel for perceived bad behavior and demonizing Israel, and ignoring bad behavior, often the exact same behavior, of other countries around the world.

  19. On posts about Israel, we single out US-Israel actually.

    Otherwise NMT vehemently decries “the exact same behavior” right now by the US, and Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Thank you for conceding the badness of Israel’s misdeeds.

    Why not devote YOUR singular focus to expecting better than “bad behavior” from Israel?

  20. “Why not devote YOUR singular focus to expecting better than “bad behavior” from Israel?”

    Why not devote coverage to atrocities and persecution of both Arabs and Jews committed by Arabs and Muslims, instead of YOUR singular focus on Israel? You can start with writing about widespread persecution of Christians in Gaza and the West Bank. Another topical subject is the oppression and massacres of Iraqi Palestinians. Haven’t seen anything here on the persecution of Kurds in Turkey and Syria, nor anything on Kurdish statehood. Did you know there are about 25 million Kurds seeking self-determination? What of Hamas instituting crucifixion as a means of capital punisment? And, what of Tibetans being occupied by China for half a century? What of the right of return of 900,000 Arab Jews ethnically cleansed from their Arab homes in the 1940’s and 50’s? I can supply many more relevant topics you are ignoring.

  21. Mr. dan the pedant- ( in case you have forgotten your wonderful education at NYU, a pedant is “a pedant is a person who is overly concerned with formalism and precision, or who ‘makes a show of learning’ I think this describes you fairly well and what seems to be your bourgeois attitude and upbringing. Let me refresh your memory again if needed: bourgeois means ” marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity”.Once again this seems to describe your lock step responses.You can certainly quote what your masters have given you to quote, but where is the passion, the fury the emotion? Or isn’t that programmed into you by whatever created the humorless, mediocre,pedant that you are?

  22. So, you wasted your time writing a post that merely is an ad hominem attack on me? I have a much better use of your time: Why don’t you give some thought to precisely how Zionists “stole” all the Palestinians’ land, as you have alleged? No rhetoric, no propaganda. During 400 yrs of Ottoman rule over Palestine, Jews were barely tolerated and any Jew attempting theft of Arab land would have been beheaded. Subsequently, after Palestine came under British control, the British army, no fans of the Jewish immigrants, maintained tight control over Palestine. Strict records were maintained for every house and its ownership. Jewish theft of Arab property would not have been tolerated and would have been met with severe punishment. So, please tell me when and how this alleged massive theft of Arab land took place. If you don’t, I’ll assume you could not support your allegations with factual information.

  23. ‘So, you wasted your time writing a post that merely is an ad hominem attack on me? ‘

    The problem with this logic is simply that you are not YOU, ‘Dan’. You are merely an asshole who has plugged into a military Software spamming unit for the Jewish State. As far as we know you might even be salaried and your dishonesty is such that no disavowal of that possibility will carry any weight with us at this point.

    YOU are nothing more than hostile spyware and hostile political spamware that we are unable to adequately remove form our computers. In other words, you are merely some soldier shitting on the floor in our occupied ‘house’ and scribbling racist graffiti just like IDF troops did in Gaza to Palestinians. ASSHOLE!

  24. 1.”Andrew, no offense, but, your original post was barely coherent. Your thought processes are confused, your understanding of Middle Eastern history is nonexistent, and your writing ability is infantile. It was hard enough for me to even interpret your inane scribblings, let alone give it justice ”
    2.”If you cannot debate me knowledgeably, then don’t even bother trying.”
    3. “I have a much better use of your time: Why don’t you give some thought… ”

    An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: “argument to the person”, “argument against the person”) consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the source making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim.

    This is what you do to me you whiny f…. hypocrite!!

  25. Andrew, ad hominem attacks aside, have you compiled the information I requested supporting your allegation of the widespread theft of Arab land to establish the state of Israel?

  26. “The problem with this logic is simply that you are not YOU, ‘Dan’. You are merely an asshole who has plugged into a military Software spamming unit for the Jewish State. As far as we know you might even be salaried and your dishonesty is such that no disavowal of that possibility will carry any weight with us at this point.

    YOU are nothing more than hostile spyware and hostile political spamware that we are unable to adequately remove form our computers. In other words, you are merely some soldier shitting on the floor in our occupied ‘house’ and scribbling racist graffiti just like IDF troops did in Gaza to Palestinians. ASSHOLE!

    Nice language, again. Yah, I’m part of this huge global Israeli military spyware propaganda machine, all happening with the aid of my little IBM subnotebook, which crashed when I installed Windows XP, centered in my one-bedroom apartment in NYC that I share with two other roommates. You know what you are, you’re delusional!

  27. And you know what you are? You are a LIAR. Your government is a LIAR. Your poltiical philosophy is that of LIARS. And you think that if you repeat the lies ad infinitum that they aren’t! So you are here spamming it up using the Spamware set up by the IDF and pretending not to be doing that.

    You are just like those cons that spam onto your computer and then try to sell you software to clean off their own spyware! ASSHOLE!

  28. “And you know what you are? You are a LIAR. Your government is a LIAR. Your poltiical philosophy is that of LIARS. And you think that if you repeat the lies ad infinitum that they aren’t! So you are here spamming it up using the Spamware set up by the IDF and pretending not to be doing that.

    You are just like those cons that spam onto your computer and then try to sell you software to clean off their own spyware! ASSHOLE!

    Am not! Anything you say bounces off me and sticks to you. Nya nya nya. LOL. You’re just a dumb drunk junkie slacker.

  29. All you can do is repeatedly attack me ad hominem. boo-hoo-hoo.

    Has your sister’s little girl recovered since coming across me flicking boogers at you? (I just this fictional filler that your spamware Internet Megaphone stuff always comes up with, ‘Dan’) What next?

  30. One of IDF Dan’s puppet groups, ‘Muslims against Sharia’ has now spammed forth. He is against the death penalty for those who cooperate with Nazi Occupiers.

  31. “One of IDF Dan’s puppet groups, ‘Muslims against Sharia’ has now spammed forth. He is against the death penalty for those who cooperate with Nazi Occupiers.”

    Never even heard of the organization until now. You’re paranoid and have a persecution complex. It is true that a Palestinian was recently sentenced to death for selling land to a Jew. Funny, didn’t see any posts on NMT about this Arab apartheid.

  32. I’m sure members of this web page are knowledable of the actual character of Muslims Against Sharia, but just so others can know, it is a Zionist front.

  33. To Lonley Tony Logan and Dan Chinitz
    Hate without limits or logic perhaps one day will come to DSM-4 as another type of mental disturbance. Most of Jews are like any other people who want to live safely and provide for thier families like me and hopefully like you.

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