That which you tolerate, you proliferate | CAEF Bulletin October 1, 2021

Intolerance in Corporate America

There are countless examples of antisemitism in corporate America, now well documented by Stop Antisemitism and referenced here.

It is almost impossible to keep up with the haters, especially when the tech giants both allow or disseminate the Jew hatred, rarely remove anything that isn’t totally violent against Jews and then do remove articles and information that indicates where antisemitism is coming from. Their shut down of topics and people they deem “conservative” violates their own moral code but it seems pervasive. Members of our own online community have at times been shut down or temporarily removed from a social media platform and nothing posted has been lethal, to say the least. It seems like controlling the discourse is the sole goal, limiting criticism of favoured view points, preferencing their chosen facts and projecting the voices that honour them while eliminating their critics works well while bolstering antisemitism on line.

A recent ad posted by FLAME, Facts and Logic About the Middle East, gives an example of corporate antisemitism, and reminds us why we must not ignore this, at our peril. While Ben & Jerry’s spoiled ice cream for us by announcing their boycott of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, Not of China, Iran, Turkey, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Libya, or other ignoble regimes (if they even sell in these places), FLAME makes it clear that we should hold Unilever, the corporate giant that owns B &J, responsible and boycott all of their products. Thankfully there are 35 US states that have anti-BDS legislation and several have initiated action against Unilever and/or taken their products off of government purchase lists. It’s important not to tolerate the BDS campaigns.

Don’t Ignore Ben & Jerry’s Antisemitic Policy; Even if You Don’t Like Ice Cream

Read ILF’s legal analysis of this antisemitic boycott.

Will Wonders Never Cease?

The above phrase, first printed in 1775, must have had the Arab-Israel normalization in mind, because it is a wonder, surprise, and delight to see that the Abraham Accords have held fast and are bringing true normalization between Israel and several Muslim countries. So, how far might the Abraham Accords extend? Read about the call from 300 Iraqi notables to have Iraq sign such an accord with Israel.

Sadly, as of the date of writing this article, we learn that the government of Iraq is seeking to arrest all of the signatories to the call for normalization. Many Kurdish notables are staying on in the Kurdish northern province of Iraq for their own safety. Embedded in Iraq culture is the message that they should hate Jews and negate Israel.

Another Positive Bit of News

From the Ukraine we learn that “thanks to a majority of 283 lawmakers out of 450, antisemtism is illegal but further the law now proscribes antisemitic sentiment as illegal. Most countries with laws against antisemitism, such as Germany, France and the Netherlands, criminalize various expressions of antisemitic hatred but not the condition of harboring it.

The Law on Prevention and Counteraction to Anti-Semitism in Ukraine defines antisemitism as ‘a certain perception of Jews, expressed as hatred of Jews.” It lists examples of this, including Holocaust denial and “calling for, concealing or justifying the killing or harm of persons of Jewish origin.’

The law does not mention Israel rhetoric, but Ukraine is a cosignatory to the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which defines some anti-Israel speech as antisemitic. The bill also does not address the growing phenomenon in Ukraine of glorifying Nazi collaborators as national heroes. And it does not stipulate punishments for those found guilty of violating the law.”

Read here

How about a New Solution?

Two of our favourite experts, Dr. Mordechai Kedar and Brig General Amir Avivi (res), among others are proposing a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that must be considered. It is the establishment of Palestinian Emirates and can be found on their website. Remember to hit translate to English when opening the website. In sum, here is the Palestinian Emirate Program for peace and security:

“Against the background of peace agreements with Arab countries citizens of the State of Israel also seek a solution to the Palestinian issue, and when the Palestinian Authority loses legitimacy among the Palestinian public there is one alternative to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"!

“The Palestinian Emirates Program is a political program that offers about two million Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria, to be citizens of eight independent state cities, based on the thriving model of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf and various emirates in Europe, such as Majorca, Menorca, Sardinia, Virgin Islands, Vatican, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, San Marino, Andorra and more.”

“The 8 emirates are the cities: Hebron, Jericho, Ramallah, Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Nablus, Jenin and the Gaza strip.”

Is it Islamophobic to Identify Antisemitism among Imams? What is Islamophobia?

To criticize Islam, to call out Islamic injustices, to name Muslim organizations as terrorist or terror supporting, to identify Jew hatred in the Quran, to argue against Sharia Law or the restrictions on freedoms under such law, can all be called “Islamophobia,” and are so called. But, if one cannot share an opinion on this faith, challenge specific views or beliefs, practices or customs, nor criticize a preacher of such views and practices, then it is freedom that is at stake, and not the religion of Islam.

In a recent study, conducted by an American Muslim, of sermons given by a core group of Imams in the US he found there is significant “linkage between the nature of antisemitism among Islamists and that of the Nazi regime in Germany.”

The professor, Mohammed Al-Azdee, did not expect this to be the case, rather believing that views about Israel, Jews and Judaism would not be so linked, but he was candid in presenting his findings at a conference on antisemitism hosted by the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (ISCA) at Indiana University, Bloomington.

The article by Ben Cohen that appeared in the Algemeiner of July 20, 2021 can be read here.

This begs the question as to what is to be done about this hateful spread of Jew hatred and how wide is the practice in Canada for we are rarely that far removed from the US on any subject?

The list of conference topics and participants can be found here.

What is Islamophobia?