On the ‘new antisemitism’ Israeli narrative

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“ The Israeli government has been quick to pounce on every antisemitic attack in Europe to promote Jewish immigration to Israel, but we’ve heard nothing but crickets in response to the uptick of anti-semitic hate acts in the United States since Trump’s election. The reason is obvious: Israel is eager to promote the narrative that radical Islam is the most serious antisemitic threat in the world. They’ve been far less eager to protest the rise of the radical right in Europe, and now in the United States, because Israel’s own political culture is increasingly dominated by the far right (…) Public figures are essentially saying, ‘I can’t be antisemitic, I support Israel.’ Then right-wing Jewish organizations, which spend a lot of time accusing BDS activists of being antisemitic, don’t make a peep when those kinds of excuses for these acts are thrown out there. Actual acts against Jews in the United States become de-prioritized; the only measure of anti-semitism is how much you support the state of Israel ”

Rebecca Vilkomerson & Rabbi Brant Rosen & Jason Farbman, ‘The Uses and Abuses of Antisemitism’, Jacobin Magazine

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On Sean Spicer’s astonishingly ignorant remarks on Hitler and Assad

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“ First, Spicer’s sweeping claim that even Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical arms is just flat out wrong. In fact, Hitler used chemical weapons – gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and Zyklon B – to kill more people than anyone in history. Second, Spicer’s attempt to clarify his remark by saying that, unlike Assad, Hitler didn’t gas his own people is also mistaken. Hitler killed more than 200,000 Germans – both Jews and non-Jews ”

Ofer Aredet, ‘Sean Spicer Got Three Things Wrong About Hitler’s Use of Chemical Weapons’, Haaretz

On why Israel and the alt-right get along with each other so well

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“ this ideology – that ethnicities should be separate and that minorities should be expunged – is precisely what is driving the alt-right. This allows us to understand why the alt-right can simultaneously hate Jews and love Israel. The alt-right is fine with Jews, as long as they’re over there, far away from the United States ”

Amir Fleischmann, ‘An Unholy Alliance’, Jacobin Magazine

On Trump’s foreseen exploitation

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” Governments ask themselves, how can the arrival of an impulsive, inexperienced and self-important American president be exploited for our benefit? Russia, Israel and potentially China exemplify this approach ”

Simon Tisdall, ‘Appease or oppose? How the world’s nations are reacting to Trump’, The Guardian