Sunday, July 03, 2011

It's all the Jews' Fault.

A disturbing letter appears in today's SMH:

Think again

The wise and timely essay by Samantha Selinger-Morris (''Old hatreds in a new medium'', July 2-3) raises an issue that should make Jewish community leaders in Australia rethink their attitudes to the growth of anti-Semitism.

Tragically this upsurge of racism is attributable directly to the perceived suffering the Israeli government has imposed on the Palestinian people. The current Israeli government is more responsible for the spread of anti-Semitism worldwide than any ratbag racist groups waving symbols of Germany in the 1930s.

To Jewish leaders in Australia, Israel can do no wrong. They have closed minds to the damage being done to the image of Jews internationally by the intransigent attitude of Netanyahu and his extremist supporters.

Intellectuals, including many more thoughtful and perceptive Jews, realise this dilemma. They should be listened to rather than dismissed as anti-Semitic.

Vincent Matthews Forestville

Get that? The Government of Israel is doing more to encourage Jew-hatred than the Nazis.

Yes, the SMH actually printed that.

The upsurge in global antisemitism must not be blamed on Israel, any more than girls wearing short skirts should be called uncovered meat and blamed for rape. I note the Islamic connection between the two arguments. Jew hatred, from Hilaly to Hamas has never been rational and it is disappointing that there are still those seeking to excuse it.

Israel's actions are simply a response to Arab antisemitism, quite clearly promoted in the Hamas charter and the Koran, both of which explicitly call for death to the Jews.
"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.".
Why wouldn't Israel fight against that, and how dare you accuse them of bringing it on themselves.

What certainly doesn't help, is obsessive demonisation of Israel in a media quick to believe every word the Palestinians say, despite their history of dishonesty and blood libel e.g. the "Massacre at Jenin" which never actually happened.

Earlier this week, the SMH happily reported that Israel was responsible for "Terrorist attacks" on flotilla boats, despite no evidence whatsoever - none. Only unchallenged claims by highly biased anti-Israel activists, taken at face value by the Fairfax correspondent.

Lies about the Jews certainly do lead to antisemitism and the media have a special responsibility, which they aren't meeting. Especially Fairfax, publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.

Every day hundreds are being killed in Syria and you'll barely read about it. Should a single 'activist' even get their hair messed up aboard the 'flotilla' however, it will be wall to wall coverage. Why the contrast? Because the tiny Jewish state is subject to a completely different set of standards, and if that isn't antisemitism, well...

Oh, and in case it wasn't completely obvious, Vincent Matthews has written plenty of letters to the editor about a certain topic. Can you guess what it is? I can only imagine how many he wrote which weren't published (must be dozens of times more based on my modest success rate). Clearly he takes human rights very seriously. Yet I didn't manage to find all those letters he's written about other countries, far, far worse than Israel. Matthews has an unhealthy obsession with the Jewish state and the SMH are happy to be its enablers.

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Anonymous Bella Ceruza said...

20% of Israel's voters are Arabs, and 20% of members of parliament are Arabs, so if we follow Vincent Mathews' reasoning, and the Israeli government's actions jusrify anti-Semitism then it should also justify hatred of 20% of Muslims living outside Israel Israel!!!

2:19 AM  
Blogger Dan said...


You're forgetting about the Christian Arabs (who live freely in Israel but are persecuted in Arab countries).

You'd have to hate some of the Christians outside Israel as well.

Absurd isn't it?

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Gerry Gee said...

Now, if I wrote a letter to the SMH stating that Arabs deserve to be despised in this country because of their past support of vile, despotic regimes like those in Libya, Syria and Egypt, not to mention the suicide bombing, genocidal Palestinian regimes through the PLO and Hamas and that the Arabs deserved that hatred or that the Islamic religion preaches hatred, would the SMH publish?

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees."

I thought the day of judgement would have been in June 1967 when the collective Arab assault assembled 100,000 Egyptians, 75,000 Syrians, 55,000 Jordanian on the Israel border, supported by 1000 tanks, 2 fighter squadron and plenty of artillery.

Can I assume you lost that war in 6 days because you were all looking out for Jew trees and not the skies? Or perhaps that wasn't an official Allah authorised judgement day?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

It was an Ambush, Chistery, there were two Jews.


1:39 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Speaking of Jews, trees and skies, I love how an Israeli, Eli Cohen worked as a Mossad agent in Damascus, Syria under the alias of Kamal Amin Ta'abe.

He very nearly became the Syrian Deputy Minister for Defence.

While touring Syrian fortifications, he suggested that the Syrians should plant some trees there to give the soldiers some shade. They did so (Australian Eucalypts actually) and the Israelis then knew where all of the fortifications were.

2:53 PM  
Blogger TimT said...

It would be easy-peasy to churn out so many letters, a la Vincent Matthews. Just make yourself a letter template in word and fill in blanks:


The latest outrage in Israel regarding _____________ is truly outrageous. When will we admit that Israel is a rogue state operating in contravention to UN conventions __________________ and _________________? Until they allow the (long-suffering/victimised/brave/noble) Palestinian people the right to return to their territories, the bloodshed will continue.

Yours repetitively, Vincent Matthews.

8:43 AM  

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