Back in May 2016 the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) released a working definition of anti-Semitism and the UK have decided to adopt this definition as their own, British Prime Minister Theresa May revealed this at the Conservative Friends of Israel lunch on the 10th of December 2016, you can read the full text from her speech here.
Whilst i do agree that we do need a law abiding definition of anti-Semitism, i do not agree with all which is in this definition, this definition stands more to protect israel and it’s ongoing crimes against Palestinians, here are some key points, with my views in red text:
Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred
toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed
toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
community institutions and religious facilities.”
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the
religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology
or an extremist view of religion.
This is a fine definition of anti-Semitism, wanting the death of a Jewish person just because they are Jewish is Xenophobic and is indeed anti-Semitism.
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such
or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a
world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other
There are many talented Jewish people in high positions of power, some are bankers, some are actors, producers etc, but that does not mean the ‘Rule’ the government or media, there are just as many Christians in similar positions, why do they not get the same label ?
So indeed this is another fine definition of anti-Semitism.
Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a
single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
The Jewish did this, the Jewish did that, so many myths with zero proof, one such myth is that the Jews did 9/11, which of course is a ludicrously insane accusation and another fine example of anti-Semitism.
Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the
Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices
during World War II (the Holocaust).
Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
I am not sure what sort of small minded creature you would have to be to deny the Holocaust, this is a well documented crime against the Jewish people at the hands of an evil man, any spiteful hateful person who would deny what happened to the Jewish people during WWII is indeed anti-Semitic.
Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews
worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
Stating a Jewish person is evil or to say derogatory things to them because of the crimes of israel is indeed anti-Semitic, but to state a person loyal to israel is indeed being loyal to israel, is not anti-Semitic.
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence
of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
1.) No one should deny the Jewish people their right to self determination and no pro-Palestinian i know denies that either, Jewish people have every right to live, just as Muslims, Christians and any other religion does, but not by stealing land and murdering its inhabitants.
2.) Stating that israel is racist is not a lie, there is quite a lot of proof that they are indeed racist against Black Jews, then there is the proof of what they have done and are still doing to Palestine, this is fact, there is insurmountable proof, to deny any of the facts of the racism of the state of israel is to be on the same level as those who deny the Holocaust, there is zero anti-Semitism in calling israel out on its crimes, it is no different than calling out the UK for its crimes across the world, more recently those it committed in Ireland in the past 200 years.
Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other
I do not understand this point, every other democratic nation is expected to respect its citizens, israel does not respect its African Jewish citizens and it does not respect any citizen of Palestine.
Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing
Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
This also confuses me, israel claims that Bethlehem, Jerusalem and all such Palestinian places belong to them, was this not where Jesus was born and murdered?
Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
This is the most insane definition of anti-Semitism, Hitler and the Nazi’s murdered millions of Jewish people as well as other minorities, there were Jewish Ghetto’s in Poland, were Jews were rounded up and taken to concentration camps, there homes destroyed, property stolen, family members killed, In Palestine the Gaza strip has been turned into a Ghetto as has the West-Bank, where Palestinians are murdered, their houses demolished, members kidnapped and taken away to prisons, the lists goes on and on, so no, there is no way that anyway that comparing israels ethnic cleansing to Nazi Germany’s ethnic cleansing is anti-Semitic.
There are many Jewish people who are against what israel is doing to the Palestinians, are the also anti-Semitic?
Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel
Indeed saying all Jews are evil or hating all Jews because of the criminal actions of israel is indeed anti-Semitic.
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust
or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
You can take what you want of the points above and make your own assertions, but in my opinion it is more to protect israel against any criticism than it has to do with protecting the Jewish people as a whole, israel deserves to be criticised for it’s crimes against Palestinians and against those in Syria’s Golan Heights, just in the same way USA deserves to be criticised for its ethnic cleansing of the Native Americans or Great Britain deserves to be criticised for its crimes across Africa and Asia, no country or nation should be exempt from criticism.
My final part of this article goes on to talk about something which May said during her speech at the lunch linked above:
And it is a special time, for we are entering the centenary year of the Balfour Declaration.
On the 2nd of November 1917, the then Foreign Secretary – a Conservative Foreign Secretary – Arthur James Balfour wrote:
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
It is one of the most important letters in history.
It demonstrates Britain’s vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people.
And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride.
His majesties government nor anyone from the Conservative party kept their promise of the Balfour Declaration, the civil and religious rights of all non-Jewish people in the country have been prejudiced, they have never been protected against the aggressions of the ‘Jewish National Home’, they non-Jewish people were left at the mercy of a military force which to this day continues its aggression against them, wanting to protect the non-Jewish people in israel or Palestine is NOT anti-Semitic, it is human.
Source – The UK’s new anti-Semitism definition is more about protecting Israel than British Jews
Source – May’s speech to the Conservative Friends of Israel – full text
Source – Working Definition of Antisemitism