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Swedish anti-Semite published in Austria:
Definition of Anti-Semitism

From Karl Pfeifer in Austria
Searchlight Magazine, June 2005

A new working Definition of Anti-Semitism of European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia of January 28, 2005 [1] provides a practical guide for identifying incidents, collecting data and supporting the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and / or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collective.

Anti-Semitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for "why things go wrong". It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism 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.

  • Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a 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 imagines wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, of even for acts committed by non-Jews.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Denying the Jewish people right to self-determination, e.g. by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavour.

  • Applying double standards b requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (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.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

A book has been published recently in Vienna corresponding exactly to above definition.

ProMedia, the Austrian left-wing publisher has issued a book, "Flowers of Galilee", by the Swedish anti-Semite Israel Shamir. Shamir, who in 2001 changed his name to Jöran Jermas [2] and has claimed to be "be one of Israel’s leading intellectuals", is no stranger to the pages of different Media which has exposed his links with other anti-Semites and loony conspiracy theorists.

Despite the man’s bogus claims and dubious connections, Fritz Edlinger, the general secretary of the Austro-Arab Friendship Society and the former representative of the Austrian Social Democrats on the Socialist International’s Middle East Committee has edited the book and written a foreword insisting that Shamir is a "leftist and a radical democrat".

The ravings on his website give an insight into just what kind of "intellectual" Shamir, who professes to be a Greek Orthodox Christian – he previously claimed to be a Jew – really is. For example, he writes: "The Jewish supremacy forces and the greed worshippers united again to crucify Christ. The US, this New Rome, again gives hand and agrees to become the executioner. Now it is our turn to decide. …they will destroy the Mother Earth herself, turn her into waste lands of Mordor. They need this victory to bind us together by the dark forces of domination. Let us deny them, this time." [3]

Elsewhere, he rants that "The Jews are forever fighting Christ and the Church; there is no chance for peace in the Holy Land unless the position of the Synagogue is undermined and the Jews saved by the Church" [4] and repeats the infamous blood libel that Jews have used the blood of Christian children whom they murdered to produce unleavened bread. [5] Bizarrely, Shamir has also claimed that even if the notorious Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion are a forgery they are nevertheless true. [6]

Edlinger has also published in the book a German translation of Shamir’s article "The Shadow of Zog" – nazi-speak for "Zionist Occupation Government" and a term employed by hate groups and anti-Semites – in which Shamir says: " The Occupation Regime in Iraq was installed by the US army in the interests of Zionists, and it may be rightly called ZOG, Zionist Occupation Government if anything. However, this ZOG is also a Zog, a servant of Darkness and Annihilation, for its first step was the destruction of Baghdad’s libraries and museums. […] The problem is, the US people have no way out of the Zionist takeover. […] The prominence of Jews in Western discourse causes the same sort of trouble that you would experience if you were to refuel your diesel car with petrol." [7]

Shamir, the author of this shameless anti-Semitic frenzy is not reticent about collaborating with fascists. Indeed, despite being more or less unknown until recently, his articles are published and his books praised with increasing frequency on revisionist homepages and print medias. [8]

Shamir himself notes on his German homepage that the ZOG article was translated into German for the so-called Deutsche Kolleg, an intellectual outfit whose active leaders, Reinhold Oberlercher and Horst Mahler, found their way from the radical left to the nazi right. [9] The purpose of the Deutsches Kolleg is to act as a nazi ideological and linguistic training centre. Oberlercher and the ex-terrorist Mahler want to ban Jewish communities and their declarations often amount to nothing less than anti-Semitic and racist tirades.

Criticizing Israeli policies and Zionism by intertwining anti-Semitic motifs and challenging the legitimacy of the State of Israel and its right to exist has become characteristic for many "anti-Zionist" agitators. Shamir, for his part, incorporates the themes typically used, for example, by the National Bolshevik Party in post Soviet Russia. This toxic catechism of anti-Semitism claims that Jews are the enemy, that capitalism is Jewish and that the Jews rule the USA.

Shamir depicts the Jews as being totally malign by nature with negative traits that are incorrigible. Because of their "bad nature", he thinks that Jews have to be seen not as individuals but as a collective, that they remain essentially alien in their surrounding societies, that they bring disaster to their "host societies" or even the whole world. Because the Jews allegedly exercise their influence secretly, he evidently feels obliged to "unmask" their conspiratorial character.

This so-called "new anti-Semitism" has insidiously made its way into wider political debate and is much favoured by Islamists and Arab nationalists who reject any chance for peace in the Middle East.

No wonder that Israel Shamir is together with Hanan Ashrawi, Ilan Pappe and Lea Tsemel member of the board of  "remember Deir Yassin" [10]

Today, it is not crude fascist-type street politics that mainly characterises anti-Semitism but rather a heavily coded and implicit drip-drip-drip arguments – almost always accompanied by a pre-emptive disavowal of any anti-Semitic intent – that the world’s problems, including September 11 (and even the Tsunami) have their origins in the policies of and the existence of Israel, that Israel can get away with it because the USA gives it carte blanche and does so because its own government is under pressure from, or is itself, ZOG. This kind of argument, in turn, is a key ingredient of simplistic; everything is black or white, assessments of events in the Middle East, especially the Israel-Palestine issue.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories can be found also on the left, in parts of the peace movement and among opponents of globalisation, especially in so-called "anti-imperialist" circles in Austria, Italy and France.

That is precisely why this kind of thinking is so dangerous. Horst Mahler, who calls himself a "national marxist", openly propagates a "red-brown alliance". And the fact, that Austrian leftists can publish Shame’s crude anti-Semitic rubbish suggests that this approach has already gained a small measure of success.

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[1] English:
[2] For example: "Israeli writer is Swedish antiSemite" Searchlight May 04:  

[8] For example: Shamir is defending the neonazi  "National Alliance" in the USA:
[10] 20-05-2005

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