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Islamophobia Has Gone Mainstream In the West

by Oui Sun Mar 3rd, 2024 at 06:19:00 AM EST

Soon Geert Wilders will be the first Islamophobic Prime Minister of the Netherlands as successor to right-wing free market advocate Mark Rutte, a populist who used racism and xenophobia to stay in power.


Feeding the Beast

Free market principles accept for Jungle states, specifically Iran, Russia and China. Turkey is on the precipice.

From my post ...

When All Is Lost ... Attack the Left Progressives | 24 Dec. 2023 |

No Crocodile Tears Now Ursula

Ursula you are aware the swing vote between VVD Mark Rutte and PVV Geert Wilders is the same electorate ...

Europe: Ursula von der Leyen rejects cooperation with extremist parties - as it happened | The Guardian |

The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has said she will never work with extremist parties such as AfD in Germany or Marine Le Pen's National Rally party in France, [or Geert Wilders' PVV Party in The Netherlands] no matter how big a vote they get in the next European elections.

She said such parties crossed a red line for pro-Europeans like her and the centre-right political grouping to which she belongs, the European People's Party.

"I work with pro-European, pro-NATO, pro-Ukrainian, clearly supporters of our democratic values," she said launching her official campaign for a second five-year mandate as the president of the commission.

The question of who the EPP will work with in the next EU parliament has become a critical one with the rise of extremism across Europe and polls project significant gains for populist parties in Germany, France, Italy and other countries.

"Every European election brings a change in the composition of different political parties and different political groups [in the parliament], so the content counts.

"Those who are defending democracy against the Eurosceptics, and those who are defending our values against Putin's friends, these are the ones with which I want to work," she said.

EU Last resort AI election campaign manipulation

So at last, the election rigging from the 2016 Trump campaign has gone global. Daughters from Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, Facebook w Mark Zuckerberg are the founding members in election 2024 in Europe. Russia did it!

The accord was reached just a few weeks before a Sept. 20 deadline for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his long-time chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to submit to depositions during the final phases of pre-trial evidence gathering, according to court documents.

Sheryl Sandberg Facebook negotiate with Israel for anti-semitism anti-Israel messages

Weaponizing the Antisemitism Accusation | Carnegie Middle East Center - 6 June 2023 |

In an interview, Giovanni Fassina and Alice Garcia discuss why a controversial definition is penalizing support for Palestinian rights.

Michael Young: We can agree that antisemitism is a scourge, but what is it specifically that you and your colleagues are opposing in the definition of antisemitism that has been prepared by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)? And what is IHRA trying to do with this definition?

Giovanni Fassina and Alice Garcia: Yes, antisemitism is a scourge and it must be combatted, with appropriate tools. The IHRA definition of antisemitism does not offer such a tool, as hundreds of academics, including Jewish scholars specialized in Holocaust studies, antisemitism, Jewish history, and related fields, as well as hundreds of civil society organizations, including human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have confirmed. Moreover, our research shows that the definition is overwhelmingly aimed at suppressing Palestinian rights advocates in order to silence criticism of Israeli policies and practices.

First, despite having "IHRA" in its designation, the definition was not prepared by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It was the result of a concerted effort--underway since the early 2000s--by individuals and organizations aligned with the Israeli government, to redefine antisemitism in a way that deflects and silences criticism of Israel for its human rights violations and violent repression against Palestinians. This reconceptualization of antisemitism focusing on criticism of Israel has come to be known as the "New Antisemitism" and has been documented by Antony Lerman in his 2002 book, Whatever Happened to Antisemitism? Redefinition and the Myth of the `Collective Jew'. Lerman is a former head of the World Jewish Congress' Institute of Jewish Affairs.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 3rd, 2024 at 11:04:53 AM EST
Blurring the line between criticism and bigotry fuels hatred of Muslims and Jews | The Guardian Opinion |  by Kenan Malik

Where do we draw the line between criticism and bigotry? From the uproar over Lee Anderson's remarks about the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, being "controlled" by Islamists to the condemnation of slogans used on pro-Palestinian demonstrations, it is a question at the heart of current debates about Muslims and Jews, Islam and Israel.

The distinction between criticism and bigotry should, in principle, be easy to mark. Discussions about ideas or social practices or public policy should be as unfettered as possible. But when disdain for ideas or policies or practices become transposed into prejudices about people, a red line is crossed. It's crossed when castigation of Islamism leads to calls for an end to Muslim immigration. Or when denunciation of Israeli actions in Gaza turns into a protest outside a Jewish shop in London.

In practice, though, that line can appear blurry. Claims about "Islamophobia" or "antisemitism" are often wielded in ways designed specifically to erase the distinction between criticism and bigotry, either to suppress dissent or to promote hatred.

[blah, blah, blah, blah ... circular reasoning with no starting point, nor end]

The historical roots and contemporary manifestations of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hatred are different. Nevertheless, the charge of "antisemitism" can similarly be deployed to marginalise dissent while also providing racists with an alibi for their racism.

Take the insistence that "anti-Zionism is antisemitism". It is a claim that has become increasingly accepted in recent years by mainstream politicians and organisations, from the French National Assembly to the US House of Representatives.

Zionism is a set of ideas and social practices. Yet, many who insist that Islam, as a set of beliefs and practices, should be open to robust challenge refuse to countenance similar scrutiny of Zionism.

In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) formally adopted its "working definition of antisemitism", a definition that has been embraced by many governments, universities and civil institutions. It has also become, in the despairing words of one of its own drafters, Kenneth Stern, "a blunt instrument to label anyone an antisemite".

For Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, the IHRA definition was never meant to be a "hate speech code" but developed rather to help monitor antisemitism. It has, however, become a means by which supporters of Israel now "go after pro-Palestinian speech". "As a Zionist, I don't agree with some of the speech," Stern notes, but such speech "should be answered, not suppressed".

This is particularly so because "there is a deep internal Jewish conflict about ... attitude[s] toward Israel". "For many Jews," Stern points out, "Zionism, and what it means for Palestinians, is irreconcilable with what Judaism says about treating the stranger or repairing the world."



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 3rd, 2024 at 11:05:42 AM EST
UK gone down the drain ☹

PM Rishi Sunak refuses to call racist remark as Islamophobic ... what an a££hole he is ... [same tactics used by Mark Rutte over the past decade]

Sunak stands by Indian PM Narendra Modi and war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 3rd, 2024 at 11:06:50 AM EST


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