As breathtakingly naive as it is ostensibly nice.
For this goes far beyond condemnation of attacks on individuals who happen to be Muslim, and gratuitous baiting of members of the Muslim community, disgraceful behaviour which most decent people deplore.
I am hardly the only Australian Zionist concerned that Jews are giving aid and comfort to those who hate Israel, and that Jews are helping to muzzle free debate on an ideology that is widely regarded as misogynistic, antisemitic, and violent, and at odds with Western democracy, let alone that Jews are abetting the concept of “Islamophobia”.
The latter is, as Australian Jew Michael Burd put it in the Australian Jewish News (26 December)
“an over-used term … meant to shut down all debate and leave many an innocent person feeling like a racist”.
This post by the ‘Online Hate Prevention Institute’ has received “Likes” on Facebook by people who, frankly, should know better.
The attitude seen represents the thin end of a wedge which might well lead Australian Jewish leadership organisations to ban the likes of Dr Mordechai Kedar from addressing communal audiences, as the British Board of Deputies recently did.
“None so blind as those who won’t see”, as the old saying goes.
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First posted at the Daphne Anson Blog