Hating Jews

17 10 2009

Moses_by_GENZOMAN

Every human group in history has engaged in hateful bigotry about some “other” group(s). Anthropologists, such as Sir Arthur Keith, say this is inherent in human nature.

Hatred of Jews, however, is something different in that it is so old and so persistent, raising its ugly head again and again through the course of human history to our present day.

Like you, I’ve puzzled about this enduring vile phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The best explanation I’ve found is Kyle-Anne Shiver’s. Here are excerpts from her article of January 21, 2009:

…hating Jews is as old and entrenched as, well, as old as the Bible.  Long, long, long before Africans enslaved other Africans and sold them to European and American traders, there was Jew hatred…. Way, way, way, way before there was the Holocaust, there was Jew hatred.  Jew-hatred runs through the 7th century’s Koran like a consistent thread.  Karl Marx himself was a self-loathing Jew.  George Soros is a modern day version of Karl Marx.  Louis Farrakhan thinks Hitler had the right idea.  So does David Duke.  So does Ahmadinejad.  So does that American Muslim woman standing on the street in Fort Lauderdale.

Isn’t it about time someone, somewhere explains exactly what it is about the Jews that inspires this vile, purely diabolical hatred.… Hate this vile doesn’t just spring out of pure air.

Jew-hate is the elephant in the room of humanity.

…What if that whole whopper of a tale spun in the Bible is actually true.  What if there is one, indivisible, ever-living God.  What if that one, indivisible, ever-living God decided – all on His own, without any consultation with humans – to reveal Himself in a burning bush to Moses.  What if this one God, creator of all that is seen and all that is unseen, took it upon Himself, unbidden by humanity, to pick a people, call them His own, and then set about to reveal His own nature to them little by little, over centuries, through dire punishments and heavenly rewards and provident manna.  What if these people this One God picked were the Jews.

Now, supposing this is all true, then what other creature is there in the Bible that would just be madder than hell’s fury at that one people, those chosen ones? …Satan.

Jew hate…stems from God-hate. And I must admit that if I were Jewish, and I didn’t even believe in God, then I would hate being Jewish more than anything I could possibly imagine.  Because as long as there is God, there will be Jew hatred.  And the only cure is loving God, which inspires loving every other human exactly the way one loves oneself.

I’m not the first to say that.  Jesus, the Jew, said it first.

…Maybe, just maybe, God Himself has a litmus test.  And maybe, just maybe, it’s the Jews.

A prime attribute of Evil is deception or lies. Jew haters traffic in lies about Jews and the state of Israel. Below is the latest example.

~Eowyn

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ANATOMY OF A SWEDISH BLOOD LIBEL

Allegations of Israeli organ theft are ugly, false, harmful — and they spread.

By Andrea Levin – October 14, 2009 – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574470712953449876.html

Allegations that Israel plunders and trafficks Palestinians’ organs are ugly, false, and harmful to peace efforts. No less dangerous—such libels spread.

The Aug. 17 story by Donald Bostrom in Aftonbladet, Scandanavia’s leading daily, has quickly metastasized to mainstream Muslim media, spawning cartoons of Jews stealing body parts and drinking Arab blood. These have been published in Syria, Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, to name a few.

In early September, Algeria’s al-Khabar newspaper echoed Mr. Bostrom in a new fantasy claiming Jewish-directed gangs of Algerians and Moroccans round up Algerian children, spirit them into Morocco and thence to Israel to have their body parts harvested and sold. On Sept. 17, Iran’s PressTV breathlessly declared “an international Jewish conspiracy to kidnap children and harvest their organs is gathering momentum.”

Hate-filled Web sites have also taken up the theme. Almost invariably, wherever such permutations on the idea of Israeli organ theft appear, Aftonbladet is cited.

Of course, Mr. Bostrom has enjoyed newfound acclaim in some quarters for his article. As the fresh rumors of child-snatching and organ theft circulated in Algeria, the National Federation of Algerian Journalists welcomed him last month to bestow an award for excellence, and promised support for his work.

Meanwhile, editors at Aftonbladet have neither acknowledged nor corrected any of the factual errors that litter the article, and instead react with indignation to charges of misconduct. In a perversion of journalistic standards, Editor-in-chief Jan Helin admitted on his own blog on Aug. 19 that Aftonbladet had no evidence for the incendiary charges against Israel. Nevertheless, according to another Aftonbladet editor cited in Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper on Aug. 20, Mr. Helin’s publication “stands behind the demand for an international inquiry” into Israeli actions.

In his original article, Mr. Bostrom wove a tenuous web of guilt by association among unconnected events, in the classic mode of conspiracy theorists. He linked a criminal New Jersey group—that included several Jews—engaged in organ-trafficking, to sweeping charges against Israel’s supposedly unethical medical establishment. Into this he injected a lurid event from 17 years ago involving Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinian Bilal Ahmed Ghanem, whose organs Mr. Bostrom says were later removed for trafficking.

His account also contains errors concerning Israel, its physicians, laws and military. Take the overarching claim that Israel’s medical establishment is grossly “unethical.” Mr. Bostrom asserts Israel “is the only western country with a medical profession that doesn’t condemn the illegal organ trade.” Yet, as of eighteen months ago, Israel has one of the most stringent laws in the world regarding human organs. It prohibits receiving compensation for organs, bans the sale of organs from the dead as well as the living and minutely defines “compensation” to prevent evasion of the law. Unlike laws in other countries, it prohibits the use of insurance for pre- and post-operative treatment for those Israelis who go abroad and receive purchased-organ transplants. But Mr. Bostrom omits any mention of this.

In seeking to underscore Israel’s supposed pariah status in the medical realm, the reporter cites a Jerusalem Post story from 1992 which, he claims, reported Israel being ostracized by France for its “unethical ways of dealing with organs and transplants.” But the June 29, 1992 article only recounted that, like Italy, Israel was being dropped from a European organ-coordinating group because it had contributed too few organs in proportion to the number used for transplants. No hint is given of unethical activity in the Jerusalem Post story. That charge is invented by Mr. Bostrom.

Francis Delmonico, a Harvard surgeon and international transplant specialist who was quoted in the Aftonbladet article on the issue of organ theft in general, told me he found the Aftonbladet charges completely inconsistent with his extensive interaction with Israeli doctors. Dr. Delmonico said he considered their professional conduct exemplary, and described physicians in the Jewish state as “noble and caring.” He added: “[Mr.] Bostrom has a responsibility to validate his assertions or withdraw them.” Like many others, Dr. Delmonico noted that Mr. Bostrom’s scenario in which Ghanem was supposedly shot before having his organs removed for trafficking was “not feasible from a surgical vantage.”

This indifference to the facts is telling with regard to the article’s depiction of Ghanem. Contrary to the reporter’s version, Ghanem was not an innocent “stone-thrower.” Rather—according to sources that include the Jerusalem Post, Agence France-Presse, and a United Nations casualty summary—he was wanted for kidnapping and assaulting other Palestinians at a time of rampant internecine Palestinian violence.

There are also inventions out of thin air, such as Mr. Bostrom’s connection of an ordinary 1992 campaign in Israel aimed at enlisting future volunteer organ donors to alleged abductions and organ theft committed against Palestinians. The reporter declares: “While the campaign was running, young Palestinian men started to disappear from villages in the West Bank and Gaza. After five days Israeli soldiers would bring them back dead, with their bodies ripped open.” Mr. Bostrom adds, “There were rumors of a dramatic increase of young men disappearing, with ensuing nightly funerals of autopsied bodies.” But evidence for this netherworld is, again, non-existent.

In one of the most seemingly damaging charges, Mr. Bostrom claims Ghanem’s family itself accused Israel in 1992 of killing the man and removing his organs. However, according to recent in-person interviews with the family by the Jerusalem Post, Ghanem’s mother, Sadeeka Ghanem, “denied that she had told any foreign journalist that her son’s organs had been stolen.” Another relative agreed, saying the family never told Mr. Bostrom Israel stole organs from the dead man’s body.

Still, Aftonbladet‘s culture editor Asa Linderborg, in whose section the article appeared, wrote in a semi-hysterical Aug. 21 defense of the piece entitled “Examine Israel!”: “In the black of night, [Mr. Bostrom] takes a unique photograph of the mangled body, cut open and stitched from the chin down to the groin, while the boy’s frantic relatives are crying and screaming that the Israelis are plundering their son’s organs.” Fevered imaginations seem to be prevalent at the paper.

While visiting Algiers to pick up his award last month, Mr. Bostrom added embellishments to his original story, announcing that fully 1,000 Palestinians had endured the “harvesting” of body parts, and that all this began as early as 1960. The reporter has evidence for not even one case of organ theft, yet he’s now charging 1,000 cases.

Rational and responsible editorial judgment would have discarded Mr. Bostrom’s surreal story at the outset. Such judgment would also have considered the real world effects of inciting yet more enmity in a volatile conflict, stoking misconceptions and raising greater hurdles to reconciliation.

But Aftonbladet‘s view of the parties involved appears strikingly crude, perceiving a realm populated by evil stick-figure Israelis preying mercilessly on romanticized Palestinian “stone-throwers.” One cannot in this context forget Aftonbladet‘s unsavory pro-Nazi sentiments during the Hitler regime. This past seems to have done little to inoculate the paper against related bigotries today.

In an age of diminishing communication barriers, when false images and ideas can mislead hundreds of millions of people in minutes, it is more important than ever to reinforce the tenets of honorable journalism, and to expose malfeasance for all to see.

Behold, Aftonbladet.

Ms. Levin is executive director and president of CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.

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2 responses

5 02 2010
Maxxed Out

You my friend, are a biblical illiterate and an ass.
If anyone hates God, it is those who crucified him.
The original practitioners of deicide.

Now that, is straight from Satan.

5 02 2010
giovanniworld

And here I thought Satan had to work the weekend shift at McDonalds. On top of that, Satan flunked-out of school in like the 2nd grade, so where did he learn to type?

Gio-

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