by Alan Simons
The 10th. Annual Israeli Apartheid Week is now in full swing. Initiated by global demagogues of the far-left, extreme right and various Islamist groups, it continues to be promoted throughout the month of March in many parts of the world. Collectively, their sole aim is to incite hate, intolerance and antisemitism through all sectors of society through blatant lies, misinformation and propaganda.
These racists- let’s call a spade a spade- profess to be utterly convinced that their knowledge of the Middle East and of Jewish history is boundless. Coupled with their convoluted conspiracy theories, they are unshakable in their hatred not just of Israel, but of all Jews.
Throughout the year, we must continue to hold these harebrained miscreants accountable for their virulent Judeophobia and bigotry. Any slight passivity from us will be taken as a sign of weakness, thus helping their cause further.
Don’t be mislead by the various comments emanating from a number of Jewish sources that Israeli Apartheid Week is losing its momentum and strength. I call it “regrouping.” The Jew-haters, after 10 years of plodding their way around the globe have more than ever consolidated their objectives and strategy. Strengthening Israeli Apartheid Week, together with building their Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and recruiting well-known journalists to their cause, have made successful inroads that must be recognised. Media coverage at its best!
Fortunately, there are occasions where media openly rise in support of honest reporting. Here’s one example written by Greg Sheridan and published recently in The Australian. Its headline is: “Evil and deeply untrue.” Here in part, is what Sheridan has to say:
“WE are living in a time of infamous lies against the state of Israel and the Jewish people. We are witnessing, even in Australia, a recrudescence of some of the oldest types of anti-Semitism. One of the worst recent examples of anti-Israel propaganda that led directly to anti-Semitic outbursts was the Four Corners episode Stone Cold Justice, purporting to be about treatment of Palestinian children in the West Bank.
The program featured as a guest reporter John Lyons, of this newspaper. I have the greatest respect for John. He has produced some outstanding journalism in his time. In the aerolite he wrote for this newspaper on February 8, he made some of the same allegations that were made on Four Corners. I found the allegations at best unproved and generally unconvincing.
However, the Four Corners program was a disgrace, a crude piece of anti-Israel propaganda that revived some of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes. In the year 2014, are we really going to allege again, on the basis of the flimsiest non-evidence you could imagine, that Jewish soldiers systematically physically crucify innocent children? Is there a school of anti-Semitism 101 operating out there? Do you not think that before you would air an allegation like that, if you had any real sense of editorial responsibility, you would be 100 per cent sure that it was true; you would track down the people alleged to have done it and get their testimony? The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council has produced exhaustive rebuttals of virtually all the allegations in this program and I recommend readers visit the AIJAC website. The whole program was full of uncorroborated and intensely unlikely allegations.”
The article, in its entirety, can be read by >>> Clicking here <<<. I urge you to read it.
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