Tony Greenstein | 08 November 2013 | Post Views:

  Zionism’s Mediocre Academics Try to Censor

Conference on anti-Semitism

Brian Klug – Oxford don and target of the Zionist witch-hunters

On November 8-9th an international conference on anti-Semitism, is being held in Berlin. Under the name of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, (BICSA) (anyone these days can set up a Centre!) it seeks to prevent Brian Klug, one of the most thoughtful contributors to the debate over anti-Semitism from addressing the conference.

To that effect they have issued a dossier from 17 people.  The main contribution is from a Clemens Heni, whose primary objection is Klug’s refusal to acknowledge the ‘new anti-Semitism’.

Senator Joe McCarthy – Clemens Heni’s political idol

Contributors include Gerald Steinberg and Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University. A university which bars Arab students from its dormitories, because of the ‘danger’ of sexual relations between them. If the prize idiot, Clemens Heni, who heads this forlorn effort to ban Jews who are not Zionists from having a public forum, doesn’t understand what is wrong with this, then he should remember that is a short distance Berlin, where he pontificates on anti-Semitism, to Nuremberg. Because of course the Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honour was promulgated in that city in 1935.  

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But in Israel today, sexual relations between Jew and Arab is met with a hostility that would have done Goebbels proud. Three years ago, an Israeli Arab Sabbar Kashur was jailed for 18 months and placed under house arrest for two years for impersonating a Jew and having sex with a Jewish woman. He was convicted of ‘rape by deceit’. High Court frees Arab in case of ‘rape by impersonating Jew’ Ha’aretz 4.8.10.  And of course there was the case of the Chief Rabbi of Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, who issued a ruling that Jews should not rent flats to Arabs – Artists say no to Eliyahu as chief rabbi.  Yet this is the tip of a racist Zionist iceberg.

Zionism’s academic chump McCarthyite –  Clemens Heni

Gerald Steinberg’s main contribution was to call Brian Klug ‘an immoral anti-Zionist’ for denying what only anti-Semites used to argue, that the Jews were a race and nation apart.  We also have an academic and Lt. Col Kedar, who spent 25 years, by his own admission, ‘in IDF military intelligence specialising in … Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and Israeli Arabs.; i.e. he was integrally involved in the repression of Israel’s Arabs, writing in favour of banning Brian Klug.  When it comes to racism in Israel this collection of misfits are
like the 3 wise monkeys – the neither see, hear or speak of any evil.
List of Contributors to the publication
Chief Junk academic, Clemens Heni
Jonathan Hoffman & Millett – fresh from cavorting with the fascist EDL supporter of Ethnic Cleansing Ephraim Karsh
Far right-winger Gerald Steinberg

Even more absurd is the fact that the chump of chumps, Jonathan Hoffman, someone who was even denounced by fellow Zionists, was photographed dancing down the street with members of the fascist and holocaust denying English Defence League They were almost holding hands!  

So we have a Zionist publication dedicated to fighting ‘anti-Semitism’ which issues a call to ban anti-Zionist or non-Zionist Jews, containing an article by someone who has demonstrated and organised with the fascist EDL, to say nothing of Richard Millett, who was Hoffman’s bag carrier.

fascist EDL demonstrates its support for Zionism and Israel at Ahava

Then there is also a contribution from Ephraim Karsh of Kings College and the racist University of Bar-Ilan. Karsh’s main contribution to civilisation is to attack the fervently ultra-Zionist Benny Morris, for having revealed some of the truth about the Arabs of Palestine being driven out by massacre and forcible expulsion in 1948. In other words a supporter of mass murder and ethnic cleansing. There are one or two other nonentities who are not worth mentioning.

The main contribution is from Clemens Heni. 
The main crime of Brian Klug is not to agree with the neo-con definition of ‘new anti-Semitism’. Israel is the ‘Jew’ among the nations. Apparently Israel is criticised because it is a Jewish state not because of what it does. Ordinary anti-Semitism is of little concern to them. The murder of 3,000 Argentinean Jews by the neo-Nazi Junta between 1976-83 and the silence of Israel, its blocking of exit visas to Jewish left-wingers and its $1 billion arms trade with the Junta are of no concern. Clemens is one of those Germans whose guilt over the past is transferred onto the Palestinians.

Even Prof. Yehuda Bauer, of the Hebrew University Jerusalem and Yad Vashem, an ardent apologist for Zionist collaboration with the Nazis during the war and Rudolph Kasztner in particular, says that ‘Western anti-Semitism is not new. This concept of “New Antisemitism” is, I think, quite false.’ 

If you ask 99% of people to define anti-Semitism, they will say it is hatred or discrimination against Jews. Some may mention the world Jewish conspiracy theory. Most people know what anti-Semitism is. In my lifetime Israel has become transformed from the ‘hero’ of 1967 to the world’s main pariah state, supported only by US dollars. This hasn’t been because of an upsurge in ‘anti-Semitism’, quite the opposite, but because of Israel’s open attacks against its own Arab citizens.

This is the main conjuring trick of Clemens Heni and his associates like Gerald Steinberg a founder of NGO Monitor, which seeks to deprive non-governmental organisations which criticise Israel or give help to the Palestinians of their funding. Another McCarthyite is Sam Westrop of Stand for Peace, whose idea of ‘peace’ is a good example of Orwell’s doublethink. War is peace, black is white. You get the message.

And the jewel in the crown? Disgraced former MP Dennis McShameless. A crook who created invoices in order to enrich himself in Parliamentary expenses, was forced to resign from the British parliament last year. He is under investigation by the Police (though they are not exactly exerting themselves). He has set himself up as an expert in anti-Semitism. Previously he criticised the ‘anti-Semitism’ of Hugo Chavez on behalf of the US State department and is a cold war warrior, a relic of the past. 

MacShane and his partner-in-crime John Mann MP, who were given their license to libel by war criminal Tony Blair, were ‘expert’ witnesses in the recent Employment Tribunal case brought against Britain’s Universities College Union. The tribunal savaged McShane & Mann:

‘Both gave glib evidence, appearing supremely confident of the rightness of their positions. For Dr MacShane, it seemed that all answers lay in the MacPherson Report (the effect of which he appeared to misunderstand). Mr Mann could manage without even that assistance. He told us that the leaders of the Respondents were at fault for the way in which they conducted debates but did not enlighten us as to what they were doing wrong or what they should be doing differently. He did not claim ever to have witnessed any Congress or other UCU meeting. And when it came to anti- Semitism in the context of debate about the Middle East, he announced, “It’s clear to me where the line is … ” but unfortunately eschewed the opportunity to locate it for us. Both parliamentarians clearly enjoyed making speeches. Neither seemed at ease with the idea of being required to answer a question not to his liking.’ [my emphasis]

And that sums it up in a nutshell. Academic impostors like Heni only get away with their nonsense because they are never held to account for their views. When MacShane and Mann took the witness stand they were incapable of defending their nonsense. But to the academic propagandist Clemens Heni, who would no doubt have presented an equally ardent defence of the Stasi if circumstances had been different, a refusal to acknowledge his pet theory is in itself anti-Semitic.

One can judge the academic bona fides of Clemens Heni from his description of Independent Jewish Voices as ‘an anti-Israel group’. Quite the contrary, it has developed into a Jewish group mainly concerned with the (lack of) human rights in Israel. It is a group that has rejected the equation of Israel’s barbarities, its torture, the Apartheid Wall etc. with Jews in the West. Other than that it has no consensus on the question of Zionism.

It is blindingly obvious, as the Zionist Community Security Trust’s statistics make clear, that attacks on Jews increase when Israel bombs and kills a few hundred more Palestinians. Instead Clemens Heni concentrates on an obscure Saudi Arabian and his anti-Semitic poem. Strange that Saudi Arabia and Israel have an unwritten alliance and that the USA is the main supporter of the corrupt Wahhabi rulers. But as Herzl wrote ‘the anti-Semites will be our friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies’ (p.84 Diaries)

What passes for ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Arab world is primarily a reaction to Israel. The anti-Semitism that led to the annihilation of Europe’s Jewish communities in the holocaust has no comparison in a region of the world where Jews lived peaceably for centuries. The only countries under Nazi and Vichy rule in the war where 99% of the Jews survived were the Arab countries and Muslim Albania (& Denmark)).

Clemens Heni and his gaggle of witch-hunters aren’t interested in anti-Semitism per se. As Heni complains ‘For him [Brian Klug], antisemitism only exists in marginal neo-Nazi groups or among people who promote obvious antisemitic conspiracy myths.’ Yes it’s quite a good start but one can understand why Heni doesn’t find this so ‘interesting’. After all most fascist and far-Right parties in Europe are pro-Israel. From the BNP and EDL in Britain to Poland’s Kaminisk and Latvia’s Robert Ziles (who marches each year with the Waffen SS veterans). See Conservatives Anti-Semitic Friend Declares his Undying Sympathy for Israel

Brian Klug’s main crime is that he exposed the European Union Monitoring Committees Definition of anti-Semitism as a bogus Zionist construct. The EUMC’s successor, the Fundamental Right’s Agemcu, has now dispensed with what was only a working definition, foisted on them by the American Jewish Congress, a Zionist group and removed it from it from its web site. (see SWC to EU Baroness Ashton: “Return Anti-Semitism Definition Document to EU Fundamental Rights Agency Website”.

Just what type of idiot heads the Berlin Centre for anti-Semitism can be gauged by Hen’s comment that ‘Neo-Nazis killed Muslims in Germany in recent years not because they were seen as Muslims, but because they were seen as non-Germans or immigrants.’  I don’t recall Americans or Britons being killed for being non-German!  But this comes from someone who believes that if the Palestinians kill a bible bashing settler from Brooklyn, then that is automatically ‘anti-Semitic’ because the settler was Jewish.  Israel should therefore be given unlimited impunity for whatever it does. 

If you criticise an Israeli kindergarten for refusing to admit an Arab child, because they are Arab, then that is anti-Semitic!  It no surprise that Zionism’s Junk Academic Clemens Heni describes in his witch-hunting article ‘the security fence in Israel (which is in some regions a wall) as ―Apartheid wall.’  The fact that it deliberately carves deep into the West Bank is irrelevant.  In fact it doesn’t even exist in many Israeli localities, so much for the ‘security’ pretext.  But no doubt the International Court of Justice was also being anti-Semitic when it ruled that the Apartheid Wall was illegal under international law.

I must confess that I know Brian and occasionally meet up for a drink or meal.  Brian is not an anti-Zionist but a non-Zionist like Tony Lerman who was witch-hunted out as Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.   We have many disagreements but on one thing we agree – the days when people could be intimidated by accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ are over.

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1 Comment

  1. Gert on 09/11/2013 at 2:10pm

    "We have many disagreements but on one thing we agree – the days when people could be intimidated by accusations of 'anti-Semitism' are over."

    True but that doesn't stop them from trying and from some of us having to waste resources refuting the accusations.

    Please note that one of these clowns, Jorg Rensmann, wrote a pamphlet called 'The Nakba Myth', undoubtedly worthy publishing on

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