Saturday, July 19, 2008

The European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism

This think-tank has had its launch in London, which is apt considering the UK’s bleak reputation in this area. There are an increasing number of incidents of Jewish people being assaulted and insulted, attacks against synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish property, and arson against a Jewish school. The state broadcaster ignores discrimination against Jews and fails to report attacks upon them; national newspapers denigrate Jewish symbols in ways they would not contemplate doing to crescent moons; British academics vote to boycott Israel while ignoring some of the world’s most abhorrent regimes; and a Muslim MP gets away with referring to Muslims as ‘the new Jews’.

The need for such an institute is clear, if only to distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. And one wonders if they shall clarify that Shem did only beget the Jews.

The Jerusalem Post carries the story:

”The academic boycott of Israel is ignorant on so many different levels; it's ignorant, as it will achieve nothing, it's ignorantly ineffective, it's ignorantly motivated and it's driven by politics," UK Minister for Europe Jim Murphy said this week at the launch of a new think-tank dedicated to examining the growth and development of anti-Semitism in the world today.

Speaking at the launch of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism (EISCA) in Parliament, Murphy highlighted the extremes of both Left and Right, and spoke about the legitimization of contemporary anti-Semitism by other faiths.

EISCA director Dr. Winston Pickett said the institute's goal was "to become a leading think-tank on anti-Semitism, generating new strategies to counter and overcome it. Its research trajectory seeks to analyze anti-Semitism as a global phenomenon with deep historical roots and a resilient ability to adapt to present circumstances.

"Our aim is to provide clear thinking on anti-Semitism - and this means regarding it as central to understanding contemporary prejudice and racial hatred today."

In keeping with this goal, Pickett said, the think-tank plans to offer a Web-based network for the most comprehensive scholarship in the field and toward solutions-oriented research that explores ways to address anti-Semitism in all its forms.

At the launch, Murphy enumerated two motives behind right-wing anti-Semitism: the tangible hatred of "the other" and the conspiracy theories of influence, which he said the far Left had also utilized.

"For the extreme Left, I would argue it is their unresolved relationship with Israel which drives their philosophy," he said. "The idealistic dreams of Israel as a potentially enduring socialist and collectivist state were strong. But particularly during Israel's second decade as a state, some international anti-imperialists came to a different conclusion. Israel's relationship with the US was part of this. And for a tiny minority, anti-Israelism took on an air of anti-Semitism."

Murphy stressed that "being critical of Israel in no way makes you an anti-Semite, any more than Zionism equals racism." But he said there were those who had "gone beyond criticism of Israel into the entirely darker sphere of anti-Semitism."

"Once you set aside the legitimate criticisms people have of Israel, then you can only come to one conclusion, which is, for the vocal minority, [that] they are driven by anti-Semitism," he said.

Murphy also talked about the anti-Semitism championed in the Islamic world.

"In addition to the anti-Semitism of political extremes, there is also, of course, the anti-Semitic pulse from a minority in the Islamic world," he said. "President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad of Iran is the highest-profile proponent, but he is not alone. Sections of the Islamic media tolerate and on occasion advocate anti-Semitism."

Murphy called for wider research on anti-Semitism and talked about the need to be much better at collecting statistics on anti-Semitic incidents throughout Europe. He made it clear that the British government was fully committed to supporting the new initiative and had already provided some financing for the think-tank, via a £20,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government, to publish a report later this year on anti-Semitic discourse, stemming from a key recommendation of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism.

"Our commitment is absolute," he said. "That is the reason we welcomed the All-Party Inquiry into Anti-Semitism and its important recommendations to the police, the Home Office, government departments, schools and universities on steps to take to monitor anti-Semitism better and to reduce levels of abuse. In particular, the report calls for further research on the correlation between conflict in the Middle East and attacks on the Jewish community."

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Stephen Pollard, chairman of EISCA, said he felt Murphy's speech set down an important marker.

"Jim Murphy stressed that the government is committed to leading the fighting against anti-Semitism," he said. "That is good news, but it is terrible that in the modern world such a commitment is necessary. That is why EISCA has been formed - to study, analyze and act against the roots of contemporary anti-Semitism."

13 Comments:

Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
I agree with everything that is said here. But there is the point that I have made before on your blog, which the article ignores.

Some of the criticism of Israel from the white Left is neither anti-semitic, nor legitimate. There is a 3rd type of motivation that this article ignores: that some white people have a kind of self-hatred, a hatred for all that is white and successful. And some of the criticism of Israel is driven by an inability to see Israelis as anything but white and powerful, and a desire to help the poor brown people of this world rise up against the oppressor. Condemning Israel makes these people feel better about themselves.

To omit this point, in what was otherwise a fine article, is to misunderstand in a fundamental way the journeys of the psyche when dealing with issues of race and religion. And the fight against anti-semitism is all the weaker for it.

19 July 2008 at 11:19  
Anonymous mickey said...

"There are an increasing number of incidents of Jewish people being assaulted and insulted, attacks against synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish property, and arson against a Jewish school."

Really? Well, I live in an area of North London with many synagogues and if this is happening it's not making the papers hereabouts.

Please appreciate that Zionist supporters living outside Israel may have a vested interest in shouting about anti-semitism.

19 July 2008 at 12:12  
Blogger Willy Wombat said...

One is reminded of the famous couplet that goes "How odd of God / To choose the Jews."

The Jewish rejoinder is usually "Not odd of God. / Goyim annoy 'im." which makes a lot of sense.......

19 July 2008 at 12:13  
Blogger Lilith said...

Figures from the office of national statistics for England and Wales 2005.


Number of reported victims of racist violence:


white 75,9122.
Asian 28,6343.
other 10,4464.
black 7,4085.
Jewish 82
Now compare this to expectation of victimisation %, in other words how the media and Government portrays racism to create myths as to who believe they are likely to be victims:

Perceived expectation of victimisation (not actual victimisation) -

Jewish 24.87%2.
other 24.84% 3.
black 24.40%4.
Asian 23.98%5.
white 1.9%

Now for the ACTUAL percentage of victimisation rather than perceived victimisation, in other words who actually gets violently attacked rather than who just thinks they are likely to get attacked.

Actual victimisation -

whites 61.98%
Asian 23.38%
other 8.53%
black 6.5%
Jewish 0.068%

19 July 2008 at 12:48  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Unless you are a Muslim, I can't see what there is to be anti-semitic about. I personally devote zilch thought to Jews and the Jewish faith. I am sure if you mention Jews to the average man on the street you will get that glazed over look of "BORING".

19 July 2008 at 13:19  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Well jim, who decides if "critisizm"is legitimate?And as h kissinger says"if you have been kicked out of one country after another for the past two thousand years,you must be doing something wrong"If we are such great "friends"why do they call us cattle?who controls the five biggest oil companies in the world?who controls our media,who forces a rich diet of vile pornogrophy upon our children,who controls the output of hollywood?who wrote the protocols of zion?

19 July 2008 at 13:23  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

This Post

Gives ample evidence who the real powers are behind the Eurabian project, The whole of Europe is suffering at the hands of Jewish Politics and the Jews cry?

19 July 2008 at 13:26  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Other quotes by Henry Kissenger:

Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.

Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.

High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.

Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.

While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

It [The New World Order] cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change its perceptions. Just like Zishan says.

Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people; control money and you control the world.

America doesn't have friends, America only has interests.

I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people.

Even a paranoid has some real enemies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger

19 July 2008 at 14:19  
Blogger Margo said...

Mickey said: "Please appreciate that Zionist supporters living outside Israel may have a vested interest in shouting about anti-semitism."

Even inside Israel, Mickey, to wit:

Q:. you said often in the past that you believe that what is needed for the vitality, for the survival of the Jewish people, is immigration to the State of Israel.

A: PM Sharon: The main target of the government I lead is Jewish immigration to Israel. And we believe that the answer to our problems here is first of all immigration. And we put a target that within 12-15 years, we will have to absorb here another million Jews, according to the Law of Return.

Address by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the Foreign Press Corps in Israel - Jan 11- 2004


I have been to Israel, Palestine, the Holy Land or whatever name your political stance requires and they would have to shoehorn in the 1,000,000 more inhabitants, thereby pushing more Arabs out. The architecture is hideous -- nothing more than warehousing people in soviet style drab apartment buildings, or for the more adventureous -- the settlements in the occupied territories.

In light of Lilith's statistics, Mickey may have a point there.

I don't know about the UK, but in the States, you cannot criticize Israel without cries of anti-semitism.

21 July 2008 at 21:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANTI-SEMITISM IS A SPIRITUAL THING, THE SPIRIT BEHIND IT?
SATAN OF COURSE!

21 July 2008 at 21:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archbishop Cranmer, you are a magnet for Jew haters. Every time you write an article about Jews or Israel you consistently get a slew of uninformed and malicious comments, many more than I have ever seen on the US or Canadian blogs. Many of them (based on the names and writing style) seem to be written by Brits.

I can see why the British media has a strong anti-Israel bias - there are a large number of Muslims living in the UK. You have to write articles that people will be want to read. That doesn't explain the rampant British anti-Semitism of the last several centuries however.

Britain is not a Jew friendly country. It is said that Hitler admired Britain for this very reason.

23 July 2008 at 19:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lilith, I am not buying your comment that whites are more likely, by a nearly three to one margin, to be the victim of a violent and racially motivated attack in the UK.

I will accept that victims of simple violent crime in the UK are more likely to be white, just like victims of violent crime in China are more likely to be Chinese, victims of violent crime in Nigeria are more likely to be black, etc etc.

23 July 2008 at 20:08  
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