Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lowered himself to baiting his critics – trying to lure them into apparent displays of anti-Semitism – by paraphrasing Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler in a comment on Twitter.
He stated, in a sabre-rattling speech aimed at Iran: “The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong.”
The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 29, 2018
As you can see from the response by Evolve Politics, Hitler said something almost identical in 1923: “The whole of nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over the weak.”
The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism forbids people from stating the fact that Hitler said something almost identical in 1923:
“The whole of nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over the weak” – Hitler, 1923 Munich Speech https://t.co/EdZvPmPdp7
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) August 31, 2018
It is true that one of the examples of anti-Semitism listed with the IHRA working definition is “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”.
For some, that would be enough. We know several right-wing Labour MPs who would scream “anti-Semitism” if anybody compared Netanyahu with Hitler.
However – and this is a biggie:
The working definition of anti-Semitism itself states that examples such as that listed above are “non-legally binding”, only “to guide IHRA in its work”, and are indications of what “might” be manifestations, “taking into account the overall context”.
So – as Martin Odoni clarifies in this Critique Archives article, “the notorious ‘examples’ in the IHRA definition… are not meant to be seen as cast-iron proof of anti-Semitic attitudes. They are merely meant to be seen as clues for ‘where to look’, as it were. Where these behaviours are seen, the person or people demonstrating them might be anti-Semitic in their intentions, and so it is advisable to investigate.”
So the IHRA accepts that drawing comparisons between contemporary Israeli policy and that of the Nazis may not be inherently anti-Semitic – and one occasion in which it most certainly would not is if the Israeli prime minister paraphrased the words of Hitler.
Furthermore, such behaviour encourages unfavourable analysis of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians – not direct comparisons with the Nazis’ persecution of European Jews, although it is clear that, as Hitler believed the Jews to be weak, Netanyahu applies the same description to Palestinians.
So, in context, there is nothing anti-Semitic about this tweet by Craig Murray, no matter how much the pro-Israeli-government lobby rages about it.
A genuine statement of fascist ideology from the apartheid state which categorises its own citizens and their rights and even internal movement by ethnicity, and inflicts constant terror on the "weak" Palestinians it displaced into large fenced and blockaded enclosures. https://t.co/xne1zqteQ6
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) August 31, 2018
This one, by John Clarke, is a valid expression of opinion:
Anyone who wonders why people criticise Israel should read THIS from the Israeli Prime Minister.
He is referring to the murder of Palestinian women & children, the erasing of the very word Palestine & assuming “racial superiority” for his “race”. Not Good! https://t.co/zjkUn2b86G
— John Clarke (@JohnClarke1960) August 31, 2018
And duncanpoundcake doesn’t go far enough: Hitler had shouted this crap, long before the Nuremberg rallies:
You can almost hear Hitler shouting this crap at the Nuremberg Rallies… https://t.co/YeKufV2v8J
— duncanpoundcake (@duncanpoundcake) August 31, 2018
Marcus Chown’s comment can’t be touched because not only is he absolutely right, but he actually places Netanyahu’s remarks in their correct context:
FFS. This could be Hitler talking about the master race. This is the kind of thinking that led to eugenics. Given the suffering of the Jews under the Nazis, the PM of Israel is the last person on Earth I would expect to be saying things like this. https://t.co/4AYBNINSC2
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) August 31, 2018
But it seems the pro-Israeli-government lobby has the mass media neatly muzzled. Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice says it loud and clear:
Erasing the weak and vulnerable from history, while those with the strength to do it are "respected"!
Where is the condemnation of this lunatic rhetoric? https://t.co/sISr6Iq6k1
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) August 31, 2018
And Jill Segger teaches the lesson that Mr Netanyahu and all the supporters of his genocidal regime seem to have forgotten:
"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah. The rest is the explanation. Go and learn." — Hillel https://t.co/CBIfDH7F4s
— Jill Segger (@quakerpen) August 31, 2018
We are told – constantly – that the Nazi persecution of the Jews is, indeed, hateful to the Jews.
But the leader of what he himself has described as the “nation-state of the Jewish people” has not only embraced the rhetoric that informed that persecution – he uses it to justify doing what is hateful to his own neighbours in Palestine.
And, to their eternal shame, our mainstream news media are spineless, supine and silent.
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