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Anti-Semitic Commentary Cloaked as Legitimate Criticism of Israel (September 19, 2011)

by Mike Fegelman

 

UPDATE (Sept. 21, 2011): This just in, according Ambrosia Natural Foods and Best Brand Appliances, these companies claim they never advertised on the Canadian National Newspaper website. To recall, in our release yesterday, we exposed and condemned this website which hosted hateful anti-Semitic commentary. In our release we noted several companies whose logos appeared on this website with hyperlinks back to their own sites. Only, it would seem that the Canadian National Newspaper (A.K.A. – Agora Cosmopolitan) had without permission, placed these ad’s purportedly to portray their site as being credible and potentially more attractive to new advertisers.

We can’t say that we’re surprised that a website like this would stoop this low.

 

 
 

Anti-Semitic Commentary Cloaked as Legitimate Criticism of Israel

 
 
 
 
By: Mike Fegelman, Executive Director                                                                     September 19, 2011

 

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Dear HonestReporting Canada Subscriber,

 

At the annual Al-Quds rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto last month, we saw how anti-Semitism cloaked itself in supposed legitimate criticism of Israel.

At the rally, Israel was described as “a cancer”, accused of “sucking resources and blood”, all while flags of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah were waved by participants.

This kind of vitriolic hate usually doesn’t make an appearance in the Canadian media, but with the emergence of citizen journalism, the proliferation of hate and anti-Semitism on Canadian websites is all too commonplace. In the past, hate mongers were ostracized to the fringes of our society due to their inability to access a viable platform to promote their hateful ideologies, but now, so long as they’re picked up by the Google News crawler, their toxic commentaries have the potential to go viral and to be read by our politicians, neighbours, and our students.

Case in point, a website called “The Canadian National Newspaper” which dubs itself as “Canada’s socially progressive and cross-cultural national newspaper,” carried an op-ed on September 12 ostensibly about the unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence. The op-ed was written by Dr. Abdul Ruff, a supposed “specialist on State Terrorism; Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs” whose anti-Semitic commentary couldn’t be concealed under the cover of legitimate criticism of Israel.

Here are some of the hateful comments that Ruff made:

 

“Pro reactionary Israeli (Zionist) strategists and Jewish lobbyists cum criminals, continue to have upper hand at White House.

“These big cheats (Obama-Netanyahu), are guilty of genocides of innocent Palestinians.

“Israel’s Mossad agents and other powerful Zionist lobbyists well-settled in USA, financing the US polls and politicians, are pushing Obama also, like his predecessor Bush Jr did, to visit Israel and deliver the “talks” invitation himself.”

Zionistic fascism is still not satisfied with the amount of Palestinian blood it has drunk for years.

“Fascist Israel also kills defenseless Palestinians and uses the corpses as a bargain chip with the Palestinian leadership…”

Ruff refers to Zionists collectively as “criminals” who commit “crimes against humanity”, while Zionism, the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their historic homeland, is equated with “fascism”.

In another posting on August 1, Ruff described Israel as a “Zionist criminal state“. He also accused America, alongside Israel, of “engineering terror(ism)” saying that the “apartheid-inspired Israeli regime continues to go on rampage in illegally occupied Palestine, killing the defenceless Palestinians at will.

Bringing the matter of viral anti-Semitism to the fore, following meetings at the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism hosted in Canada in 2010, the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism stated that We are alarmed by the explosion of antisemitism and hate on the Internet. According to the text of the Protocol:

“We reaffirm the EUMC – now Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) – working definition of antisemitism, which sets forth that: “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:…

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 societal institutions

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

Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel”

We’ve seen these classic Jewish libels and conspiracy theories before. We’ve witnessed how Israel and Jews collectively are demonized, deligitimized, and are met with double standards. According to Ruff, Jews control and bankroll the American government, all Zionists (read Jews) are criminals, and the victims of a genocide by the Nazis are now the perpetrators of a deliberate and systematic attempt to eliminate all innocent Palestinians. Evoking the lexicon of the notorious Durban summits, Israel and Zionism are equivalent to “fascism”. Last but not least, Ruff couldn’t resist including the classic blood libel of Jews drinking “Palestinian blood” and using “defenceless Palestinians… corpses as a bargain(ing) chip.

According to Natan Sharanksy’s 3D test of anti-Semitism: “… classical anti-Semitism is aimed at the Jewish people or the Jewish religion, ‘new anti-Semitism’ is aimed at the Jewish state. This anti-Semitism, as we witness here, can hide behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel.”

Internally, we debated the merit of exposing Ruff’s and the Canadian National Newspaper’s odious screed. Would we be giving this fringe website and its hateful commentator an undeserved profile and platform that they certainly seek, or, would this incident serve as an important reminder of how the scourge of online anti-Semitism is very much alive and that it often seeks to disguise itself in a more politically correct expression of criticism of Israel? For the sake of better understanding the very real climate of hate that exists on Canadian websites, we felt it was our responsibility to not only expose this website’s hateful commentary, but also to publically condemn it in the strongest possible terms. In doing so, we hope that the following companies (see below) that have advertisements on the Canadian National Newspaper’s website (Wing Machine, Panzerotto Pizza, Ambrosia Natural Foods, Canadian Men’s Clinics, and Best Brand Appliance) will promptly disassociate their reputable brands from this website which hosts hateful anti-Semitic commentary.

UPDATE (Sept. 21, 2011): This just in, according Ambrosia Natural Foods and Best Brand Appliances, these companies claim they never advertised on the Canadian National Newspaper website. To recall, in our release yesterday, we exposed and condemned this website which hosted hateful anti-Semitic commentary. In our release we noted several companies whose logos appeared on this website with hyperlinks back to their own sites. Only, it would seem that the Canadian National Newspaper (A.K.A. – Agora Cosmopolitan) had without permission, placed these ad’s purportedly to portray their site as being credible and potentially more attractive to new advertisers.

We can’t say that we’re surprised that a website like this would stoop this low.


 
 

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