As an atheist,
I do not regard Judaism as any more rational than any
so why is this page almost entirely in defence of Jews?
The reason is that
Judaism itself has a benign
(indeed very impressive)
but other religions have an appalling history of
inexplicable violence towards Jews.
This page is really about those other religions.
Criticising religion is an important right.
But what is the difference between criticism and hatred?
What is the difference between
criticising Judaism as yet another supernatural meme
and simple anti-semitism?
Or criticising Catholicism and
hatred of Catholics?
Or criticising Islam and hatred of Muslims?
- The Jews smear blood on their doorposts
and God does not kill their first born.
But he kills the first born in all the other houses that do not do this.
And people would worship a God that does this??
Such a God is clearly evil.
circumcision of male infants,
while not the end of the world,
does display astonishing arrogance on the part of the religion,
that it is willing to permanently "brand" the bodies of people too young to know what is happening to them.
The Jews (and Romans) murdered the preacher Jesus
in the 1st century.
This noble martyrdom for his beliefs is rather spoilt by the fact
that his followers have
murdered millions of innocent Jewish men,
women and little children in revenge -
centuries of European anti-semitic killings
culminating in the bloodlust of the mid-20th century.
Now granted, Jesus could hardly have known this was going to happen.
But it still makes it hard to admire him -
or see his life as a simple tale of suffering and martyrdom.
The church canonised many "saints" who were supposedly "martyred" by the Jews
in "ritual murder"
(to obtain Christian blood for their cakes, or something).
Huge numbers of innocent Jewish men, women and little children were killed in response,
often by being burnt alive.
Embarrassingly, the church
has since discovered that these supposed "ritual murders" never happened.
About the Jews, Luther urged:
"First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt
whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them ...
Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed"
was a killer too of course.
He burnt the thinker
alive in 1553
because his ideas differed with Calvin's own superstitious beliefs.
"Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are."
In the 16th century,
Pope Paul IV
first forced the Jews of Rome to live in a ghetto.
There is of course a direct line traceable from the medieval Jew burning
through to the modern Holocaust.
In no way can we say that the Holocaust
can be entirely divorced and separated from Christianity.
National Socialism and Anti-Semitism in the Arab World,
Matthias Küntzel, Jewish Political Studies Review, Spring 2005.
- "Anti-Semitism based on the notion of a Jewish world conspiracy is not rooted in Islamic tradition but, rather, in European ideological models. The decisive transfer of this ideology to the Muslim world took place between 1937 and 1945 under the impact of Nazi propaganda."
- Extracts from the Arab press translated into English.
Read their appalling ideas for yourself -
their hatred of the Jews,
their support for the killing of
Israeli and Western civilians,
their fundamental immorality,
their conspiracy theories,
their hatred of western human rights and human freedom.
Why they deny the Holocaust, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, December 16, 2006
- "On top of nearly constant anti-Semitic propaganda,
much of the Muslim world hasn't even heard of it."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali herself never even heard of it until she was age 24
and got asylum in Holland.
"As a child growing up in Saudi Arabia, I remember my teachers, my mom and our neighbors telling us practically on a daily basis that Jews are evil, the sworn enemies of Muslims, and that their only goal was to destroy Islam. We were never informed about the Holocaust."
As she points out about the sick freak show of the
International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust
"What's striking about Ahmadinejad's conference is the (silent) acquiescence of mainstream Muslims. I cannot help but wonder: Why is there no counter-conference in Riyadh, Cairo, Lahore, Khartoum or Jakarta condemning Ahmadinejad? Why are the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference silent on this?"
Again, as before, as always, "moderate" Muslims are silent.
2 year old
has his mummy and daddy killed in front of him,
for no reason other than they are Jews and the jihadi killers are racists.
The Rabbi and the Terrorists, Dennis Prager, December 02, 2008.
"The question is why?
Why would a terrorist group of Islamists from Pakistan whose primary goal is to have Pakistan gain control of the third of Kashmir that belongs to India ... devote so much of its efforts - 20 percent of its force of 10 gunmen ... - to killing a rabbi and any Jews with him?
The question echoes one from World War II: Why did Hitler devote so much time, money, and manpower in order to murder every Jewish man, woman, and child in every country the Nazis occupied? Why did Hitler ... weaken the Nazi war effort by diverting money, troops, and military vehicles from fighting the Allies to rounding up Jews and shipping them to death camps?"
The Arab world
is openly anti-semitic,
and is not ashamed of it.
Europe hates Israel too, but claims
that this is different.
Europe has a long history of Jew-hatred,
culminating in the Holocaust.
In living memory, Germany, with the collaboration of France and other European countries,
and the support of many intellectuals,
rounded up millions of Jews for extermination.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
expresses well the point that anti-semitism has always
It is not about what the Jews do.
It is about imaginary things.
Hitler's fantastical complaints about the Jews
were no more
based on reality
than the medieval complaints about the Jews
"causing" the Black Death.
Almost all complaints about Israel today are of the same
What Israel does and does not do
is simply irrelevant
to the lives of almost everyone in the Arab world.
And yet it consumes so much of their attention,
as if Israel and the Jews are
to blame for the fact that they are poor, unfree
The entire Arab world is in the grip of a
that achieves nothing.
The best thing Arabs can do is simply forget about Israel.
Yes, of course
one can criticise Israel without being anti-semitic.
As many Israelis do - there is a vibrant democracy
with furious internal debate.
But among non-Jews,
I would say that
more than 95 percent of criticism of Israel
Ironically, Martin Luther King Jr.
is named ultimately after
the vicious anti-semite.
Put it this way.
If you're a westerner, and Israel is one of the main countries
you criticise, then you're an anti-semite.
As a westerner, your main targets should be places
like Sudan and North Korea.
If Israel is just one of at least 60 states
that you criticise,
and your worst criticism is of non-democracies,
then you may not be an anti-semite,
and your criticisms may even make some sense.
"hostility to Jews is strongest among those on
the Left who claim to be fighting racism"
She notes the deep need Europe has to get over its guilt about the Holocaust:
"Europe has waited for more than half a century for a way to blame the
Jews for their own destruction.
So instead of sounding the alarm over
genocidal Islamist Jew-hatred,
Europeans have eagerly embraced the
Nazification of the Jews"
Comparing a western democratic government like the US or Israel to the Nazis,
or their police to the Nazis,
is a form of Holocaust denial.
It is a way of saying that the Nazis were not so bad.
That the things they did were like the things that modern liberal democracies do.
Comparing trivial things
- like restrictions on young people from the police or teachers
- to the Nazis
is also a form of Holocaust denial.
It makes one imagine that the person doing it has no idea what the Nazis were like.
It says that killing millions of innocent women and
children by shooting them in pits
or putting them in ovens
is "just like" telling some young person
that he can't stay up late, or demonstrate
on certain streets.
"Bush equals Hitler" adds up to holocaust denial
by Jonah Goldberg
- "If your son is murdered and I claim that it never
happened, I am denying the existence of a crime.
But if your son is murdered and I compare that
tragedy to losing your car keys, that is a form of
It is not just
that engage in this
left-wing trivialisation of the Holocaust.
It is a firmly established part of left-wing politics
and demonstrations to compare free countries like
America and Britain
- and, most unforgivably,
- to Nazi Germany.
A vile cartoon,
November 14, 2008,
student newspaper, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA,
compares Jews to Nazis.
Obviously, being prevented from killing Jews
is the same kind of thing as being herded into a ghetto for extermination.
What kind of mind can regard the life-saving Israeli wall,
which has led to a massive drop in suicide bombings,
as similar to Nazi walls?
I don't remember the Jews of 1940 suicide-bombing German civilians in coffee shops.
I don't recall that the Germans herded them into ghettos in order to
protect the German people.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: “I condemn the targeted assassination of Ahmed Yassin. Such actions are not only contrary to international law but they do not help the search for a peaceful solution.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed Osama bin Laden’s death as a key turning point in the struggle against terrorism.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, described the assassination as “very, very bad news”.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “I would like to congratulate the U.S., pay tribute to its determination and efficiency in reducing the threat posed by terrorists and underline the close cooperation between the EU and U.S. in the fight against terrorism.”
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: “Israel is not entitled to go in for this kind of unlawful killing and we condemn it. It is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said that bin Laden’s death would “bring great relief” around the world.
French President Jacques Chirac “unreservedly condemned” Israel’s assassination of Hamas terror leader Yassin. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous also said: “France condemns the action taken against Sheikh Yassin, just as it has always condemned the principle of any extra-judicial execution as contrary to international law.”
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on that bin Laden’s death is a “victory for all democracies fighting the abominable scourge of terrorism. France, the United States and European states work closely together to fight terrorism, so I’m overjoyed at the news.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen: “This act will contribute to increased tensions in the area and will make it more difficult to implement an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre called the death of bin Laden “a break-through in the fight against terror”.
“The Holy See unites with the international community in deploring this act of violence that cannot be justified in any state of law. Lasting peace cannot come from a show of force.”
Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said that while Christians “do not rejoice” over a death, bin Laden’s death serves to remind them of “each person’s responsibility before God and men” and “bin Laden must answer to God for having killed an innumerable number of people and exploiting religion”.
Tears for Yassin in the Irish Times in 2004.
Their editorial of
23 Mar 2004
describes his killing as "state terrorism".
But no tears for Bin Laden in the Irish Times
when their hero Obama kills him in 2011.
Their editorial of
3 May 2011
notably does not describe his killing as "state terrorism".
Instead of the simple, true headline:
"Hamas shoot Palestinian protesters, killing one",
Reuters title their story:
"Palestinian youth killed in protest at Gaza border".
We all know why.
Reuters say the dead protester
"was accidentally hit by a bullet fired by Hamas Executive Force officers trying to keep the crowd under control."
As the once-great
Charles Johnson said:
"When was the last time you saw Reuters give Israel the presumption of innocence like this?"
The BBC's West Bank correspondent
actually wept for the butcher of Jews
"when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound,
I started to cry ... without warning."
"In 63% of the stories about Israeli operations, Israel or the IDF were named directly. Typical headlines were: 'Israelis kill militants in Gaza', ...
and 'Israeli strike kills four in Gaza.'"
"On the other hand, of the 7 stories concerning Palestinian attacks, none were written in the same style. The headlines took the responsibility for the attacks away from those who instigated them. ... typical headlines such as: 'Rocket injures dozens in Israel,' 'Gaza explosion kills two children', ... 'Two killed in clash in Gaza Strip,' and 'West Bank clash leaves three dead.' ... Since terrorist groups took responsibility for the attacks, why weren't they named in the headline?"
BBC's biased headlines almost never mention that the Palestinians
carried out the violence.
Israel just gets hit by "attacks" from somewhere:
The BBC says:
"Abu Jihad - whose real name was Khalil al-Wazir - founded the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) with Yasser Arafat
and was blamed for a string of deadly attacks on Israelis."
"Was blamed for"??
As if there is some doubt!
As if this is something Israel merely claims.
points out, the Palestinian Authority has quite openly celebrated Abu Jihad carrying out these attacks!
The PA openly declares he was a terrorist killer of innocent Jews, and is proud of him for doing that.
And yet to the BBC, he is merely "blamed for" these attacks.
"The Huffington Post: Bias In Pictures."
shows the kind of bias in reporting on Israel that is found throughout the western media.
From Huffington Post Monitor.