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Who won the war? Surely you think I mean the recent Israeli-Lebanese war. Actually, I was referring to World War II. In Len Deighton's SS-GB, the Nazis have won the war in Britain. If that happened, we can imagine what the press would be forced to write about the Jews.

Three of the magazine covers below are from recent issues of British Journals. The fourth one is from a real Nazi publication.







New Statesman cover for article
by Pilger and Sowell.
Independent cover for Robert Fisk
article about Mearsheimer and
Walt's "Israel Lobby" "study."


Cartoon in the Guardian inspired
by the recent war in Lebanon,
Older rendtition of the same idea,
from Nazi Germany. It reads
"Behind the Enemy Powers,
The Jew."

(Photo Credits go to Harry's Place and hat tips to Jeff Weintraub and Engage Forum)

Isn't that what British magazines might be featuring if the Nazis had won? Are we living in the alternate reality? Perhaps the Wehrmacht came pouring across the channel and overran old blighty and there are no more swallows over the white cliffs of Dover.

No, that is not what happened, but under the cover of "legitimate criticism of Israel," anti-Semitism is becoming fashionable in Britain again. This is confirmed by results of the ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO ANTISEMITISM IN THE UK chaired by Denis MacShane. Anti-semitism is back, writes MacShane in the Guardian:


Anti-semitism is back. Today an all-party commission of enquiry has published a report on anti-semitism which sets out in stark terms the problem. The Commission had 14 MPs on it. None is Jewish. None is active in Middle East politics...

The conclusion is inescapable. Too many British citizens, who happened to be born Jewish, now face harassment, intimidation, and assault that is unacceptable in democratic Britain. Their synagogues are attacked. Their children jostled and insulted going to school. Their social events requiring levels of security protection that no other faith or community has to undertake.
...
e make clear that criticism of Israel is to be expected. There is a double-standard at work, in that criticism of other regimes with terrible records of human rights abuses against Muslims (or whose planes have killed scores of children as Sri Lankan air force warplanes recently did in attacks on Tamil areas of the island) never get the same front-page coverage.
...

...[W]e know of no mechanism that visits upon a community in Britain the responsibility for the actions that a sovereign state and UN member takes, however angry many are over Israel's behaviour. Our universities should be as open to Jewish students to say what they want as they are to other faiths. Our newspapers should watch language and images so that there is not a crossing of a line into attacking Jewishness. In the 1930s, the language was of the Jewish "cabal." Today, it is the Jewish "lobby" that is all-powerful. The demonisation of Jews was meant to have died in 1945. Alas it did not. [Emphasis added].


Indeed, the massive evidence accumulated by the commission makes the conclusions inescapable. Most convincing is detailed written evidence of the rise in anti-Semitism submitted by police, Catholic organizations and others. The National association of police officers reports that the violence of 2000 in Israel touched off a wave of anti-Semitic incidents, which continued to rise, and reached 375 in 2003 and 532 in 2004, according to Metropolitan Police. The Catholic Bishops conference of England and Wales writes:

We are aware of and very concerned by the increase in antisemitic incidents in this country in recent years. This increase, recorded by the Community Security Trust (CST), is possibly an underestimate and includes attacks on people, synagogues and cemeteries, boycotts of Jewish groups on campuses and other manifestations of hatred towards the Jewish people... Moreover, the increase in antisemitic incidents, is mirrored by similar even more worrying trends, in France and some other European countries.
...

Most alarmingly perhaps, the Bishops Conference testimony notes:

...we have heard members of the police explaining a slowness to pursue those who desecrated a cemetery because 'it was Muslims and not the National Front.'

Coddling of Muslim extremists, like the ambiguous anti-"Zionist" campaigns of the New Statesman, The Guardian and the Independent, is encouraging anti-Semitism. Imams are allowed to incite to genocide and murder without being prosecuted. Anti-Semitic acts are overlooked if they can be attributed to Middle East issues.

Let's see how this works. X is angry at the Jewish sons of dogs because he believes Jewish sons of dogs should not be allowed to have their own country and because he was taught that the Jewish sons of dogs bake Matzoth from the blood of Christian children and are plotting to take over the world. All this of course is pure racist anti-Semitism. X gets legitimacy for his views not only from Imams and extremists, but from "respectable" journals like the Independent who document the imaginary "war crimes" of the "Zionists" in Jenin and Lebanon. As a result of his "anger," X is moved to beat up some Jews and burn a synagogue. The good bobby on the beat perceives that X is a Muslim, however, so he attributes X's acts to "legitimate anger over events in the Middle East.

Sadly enough, we all know the reactions that this study will elicit, protests that the demonic Jews are shutting up "legitimate criticism of Israel" as anti-Semitism. MacShane knows too. He wrote at the end of his Guardian piece:


I know what the comments below this short blog will be before they are posted. Can I just respectfully ask Cif readers to hold back a while and read our report.


The British parliamentary study documents a situation that exists all over Europe. No doubt it will be dismissed in the usual quarters with the usual litany of "legitimate criticism of Israel is labeled anti-Semitism." This is how the Mearsheimer and Walt screed about the "Israel Lobby" was legitimized. But the cover of the Independent issue that reviewed the Mearsheimer and Walt study tells us what it is really about.

The truth is out there for all to see.

Note- The full text of the guardian article is below at our Web site. You can write to Denis MacShane and thank him and encourage him to pursue the problem of anti-Semitism at macshaned(at)parliament.uk (replace the (at) with @)

Ami Isseroff
Anti-semitism is back
Denis MacShane
September 7, 2006 06:29 PM
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/denis_macshane/2006/09/post_354.html

Our parliamentary report finds that many British citizens who happen to be born Jewish face unacceptable harassment, intimidation and assault.
Denis MacShane

Anti-semitism is back. Today an all-party commission of enquiry has published a report on anti-semitism which sets out in stark terms the problem. The Commission had 14 MPs on it. None is Jewish. None is active in Middle East politics. The work was carried out in a traditional parliamentary manner - open witness sessions, scores of written submissions, visits outside London.

The conclusion is inescapable. Too many British citizens, who happened to be born Jewish, now face harassment, intimidation, and assault that is unacceptable in democratic Britain. Their synagogues are attacked. Their children jostled and insulted going to school. Their social events requiring levels of security protection that no other faith or community has to undertake.

There are not that many Jews in Britain - a total community of between 250,000 and 300,000. The Chief Rabbi told the Commission that Britain was the best country in Europe to live in. But unlike other faiths or diaspora groups in Britain, British Jews are not allowed to live easily and freely with their religion, their culture, their history and their affiliation to other Jews in other countries, notably Israel.

Already the emails are pouring into my parliamentary inbox denouncing Israel in terms that will be familiar to all readers of Cif and Guardian comment pages. (By the way, why was the Guardian's coverage of our report quite as titchy as it was? The other broadsheets gave it full whack but it was a surprise to me that the Guardian reduced an important report based on a year's parliamentary work to a tiny news story.)

But please, will those already gearing up to attack the report, read it? It is not about Israel and the Middle East. It is not about the behaviour of Israel in Lebanon. It is not about 1948, or 1967, or 1973. Nor is it about Hamas, Hizbollah, the intifadas.

What we did is what Parliament exists to do. We examined a problem. We heard witnesses. We read submissions. One MP, the West Midlands Labour MP, Bruce George told one witness : "You are describing a Britain that my constituents do not know exists."

Precisely. There is a tiny slice of Britain - less than a quarter of a per cent of the population - who feel the quality of their lives, their right to their religion, their sense of history, the causes they support is being denied to them because they were born Jews, not Catholics, or Anglicans, or Muslims or Hindus.

I understand all the anger that people may feel about what happens overseas. Many hate America. But we do not throw bricks through schools for Americans in London or seek to desecrate the graves of Americans in Britain. My constituents of Kashmiri origin feel passionately about the behaviour of India in Kashmir. But this does not lead them to attack British Indians, or jostle a British Indian citizen who wears the marks of faith or community.

We make clear that criticism of Israel is to be expected. There is a double-standard at work, in that criticism of other regimes with terrible records of human rights abuses against Muslims (or whose planes have killed scores of children as Sri Lankan air force warplanes recently did in attacks on Tamil areas of the island) never get the same front-page coverage.

We are where we are with Israel. But we know of no mechanism that visits upon a community in Britain the responsibility for the actions that a sovereign state and UN member takes, however angry many are over Israel's behaviour. Our universities should be as open to Jewish students to say what they want as they are to other faiths. Our newspapers should watch language and images so that there is not a crossing of a line into attacking Jewishness. In the 1930s, the language was of the Jewish "cabal." Today, it is the Jewish "lobby" that is all-powerful. The demonisation of Jews was meant to have died in 1945. Alas it did not.

Instead we have to examine the acts against Jews and see them for what they are: racist attacks on individuals of a faith. We need to look at language and images especially those available on the internet, or via satellite and DVDs. Liberatarians will have no problem with copies of the hideously anti-semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion being on sale in Arab shops in London's Edgware Road.

But as someone who has fought against racial prejudice and language that demeaned British citizens of black or Asian backgrounds, and as someone who denounces and exposes islamaphobia, I cannot stand silent when I see anti-semitism back in 21st century Britain.

I know what the comments below this short blog [refers to MacShane's Guardian blog] will be before they are posted. Can I just respectfully ask Cif readers to hold back a while and read our report. If you write to me at the House of Commons I will send a hard copy or you can look at it on http://www.thepcaa.org


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Thank you for bringing this to our attention, if it is allowed to continue unabated it will become like pre-world war two and for the future of my children and grand children and everyone elses,will be at risk, I hope that what you are doing is going to be very successful.

Myra Franks, Tuesday, September 19th


I am afraid I have to disagree with Jakester. Having worked in various part of the public sector in UK, it was noticeable from the mid 1990's that anti-semitism was on the rise in certain quarters. Perhaps surprisingly I noted it amongst people who claimed to be at the forefront of bringing about equality in society.
I suspected that many of the liberal left found association with the Palestinian cause a convenient mask for the anti-semitism they inherited from their parents. Their anti-semitism is not of the violent type. Instead it involves exclusion and isolation of colleagues, service users and other stakeholders. The cost to UK is likely to be considerable. Within my own limited direct experience, South London lost approximately £220,000,000.00 of potential inward investment funds due simply to the fact that key senior public servants would not deal with Jews. The funds were not even from Zionist Jews, but strict Ultra-Orthodox Jews who themselves deny the legitimacy of Israel. Sad to say no in a senior position was willing to openly deal with this matter and it was swept udner the carpet. I have heard of similar experiences in East London, another area of deprivation. What was especially sad was that as Jakester right points out the majority of people are not anti-semitic, and in Inner London many of the working class are very fond of Jewish people. Additionally sad is the fact that these Ultra-Orthodox investors are far more socially committed to assisting the disadvantaged than the average investment company, and are far less greedy and more patient.
I remember long ago when I lived on the Tyne, finding a little Jewish boy crying at the bus stop. After I had taken him home to his family at Wolfstone Yeshiva, it struck me that anti-semites always attack Jews if they are weak and defenceless because they are scared to take on strong Jews.
However, it never ceases to amaze me that these very people, who hate Israel and then take it out on ordinary Jews, do not seem to realise that their actions validate the need for Israel, and an Israel willing and able to aggressively defend itself.

Rod Davies, Tuesday, September 19th


So now we are becoming as thin skinned as the Muslims? Someone posits a link between Zionists and Bush, does that mean the trains to Auschwitz just pulled into the depot? England is hardly a hot bed of Jew hatred, except for the usual (Muslim) suspects

Jakester, Tuesday, September 19th


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