By Alison Weir. The European Jewish Congress has launched a worldwide social media campaign against “antisemitism” (which, in EJC eyes, includes opposition to Israeli human rights abuses). The man behind the campaign, EJC President Moshe Kantor, is a Russian-Israeli oligarch known for “unscrupulous business dealings” who says BDS is antisemitic, calls for severe punishment of “intolerance,” and is the founder of numerous international entities.
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IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”
A new, “improved” definition of antisemitism still fails to acknowledge the history of Palestinian dispossession, preferring to focus on Israeli Jews’ desire to just live their lives, liberated from any obligation to provide Palestinians with actual equality or dignity.
The Alliance for Israel is behind today’s Washington, D.C. rally “No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People.”(Live coverage here.) The rally was largely initiated by a desire to defend Israel over criticisms of the state’s recent violence against Palestinians. (Some groups refused to participate)
A Jewish American exposes the often-used tactic of deflecting criticism of Israel by viewing it falsely through a lens of antisemitism. Even some supporters of Palestinian rights miss the sleight-of-hand that casts this negative light on their own movement and have mistakenly attacked longtime activists…
The Israel lobby needs to turn our attention away from the slaughter in Gaza. Its strategy: deceptively edited videos and dubious allegations of “antisemitism” against Palestine solidarity activists. Thanks to dubious ADL claims and unquestioning media coverage, Jewish Americans supplant Gazan children as victims.
Major Jewish organization call on Biden to adopt an Israel-centric definition of antisemitism for use by all federal departments and agencies… the definition defines many criticisms of Israel as ‘antisemitic’… some groups oppose the action, calling its use an ‘attack on academic freedom& free speech’
A new executive order is the latest step in a long-running campaign to embed a nontraditional, Israel-focused definition of anti-Semitism in public institutions, thereby preventing negative information about Israel from reaching the public… and impeding the growing movement for Palestinian human rights.
A group of US lawmakers from both houses of Congress introduced legislation on Wednesday to apply an Israel-centric definition of anti-Semitism to the American educational system. If passed, this would likely be used to to censor information on Israel-Palestine on U.S. campuses.
Ha’aretz reports that a man who knocked over 120 headstones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last year wasn’t motivated by antisemitism. He “acted alone, was angry over a personal matter and was under the influence of drugs when he committed the offense.” This follows the discovery that the rash of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish institutions were hoaxes by an Israeli teen unmotivated by antisemitism. Reports of an alleged “rise” in antisemitism are sometimes used to pass anti-Palestinian legislation…