Tag Archives: antisemitism

Where were you social warriors?

As bad as I feel for the family of George Floyd, I have a question for you. Where were you when millions of Jews were murdered? Where were you when an Israeli student was beaten unconscious on the subway for allegedly speaking Hebrew on his phone in Berlin? Where were …

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Covid-19 and the plague of online antisemitism.

The Covid-19 virus has produced sickness and death, turmoil and disruption, around the world. It is a silent stalker of human fragility. But it has brought with it another virus, an older but virile plague, one with no known cure, and no limits to the amount of dead bodies it …

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From Israel: “Incredible Irony”

Today we mark a momentous historical event that is not sufficiently recognized: Following WWI, the victorious Allied powers met to determine the allocation of territory that had been captured from a defeated Ottoman Empire. The first meeting, held in London in February 1920, established, among other matters, that Palestine would …

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Antisemitism is at its core a conspiracy theory.

Antisemitism is at its core a conspiracy theory.  It is based in the irrational belief that “the Jews”, a numerically tiny and historically marginalised ethnic and religious group, have been conspiring to cause harm to others, undermining and manipulating, for their own nefarious purposes.  It is not what Jews do …

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Covid-19 and the ethno-nationalist vultures.

Extremists of all stripes look to times of economic uncertainty, social unrest, and political turmoil as opportunities for them to take power.  Whether it is the fascists and communists fighting it out in Weimar Germany or during the Great Depression, or in dozens of other countries at other times, extremists …

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Jews of York.

After the Norman Conquest of 1066, a number of Jews came to England from Rouen in France.  The early Norman kings needed to borrow money to build castles and secure their kingdom, but money-lending was forbidden to Christians.  It was, however, permitted to Jews.  These French-speaking Jews were protected by …

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We want to call out antisemitism, so why won’t they let us?

As a very public Free Speech advocate (I am a Spokesperson for the Free Speech Coalition) I took claims that people would be silenced by Wellington City Council’s proposed adoption of the IHRA’s (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism extremely seriously. After pressure from a variety of groups, …

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The threat posed by right-wing extremism to Australia.

The contemporary far-right in Australia is best described as a conglomerate of different ideas and ideologies, held with varying intensity and activity, but connected by certain political positions.  These positions, in general, include ultra-nationalism and racism, and opposition to multiculturalism, homosexual rights, equality for females, “the Left” and, in many …

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Report: Antisemitic Incidents in Australia 2019.

Although Australia remains a relatively safe and free environment for its small Jewish population, there have been some disturbing trends in anti-Jewish incidents over the past year. There were major spikes in some categories of serious incidents – especially in incidents of verbal abuse, harassment and intimidation of Jews, and …

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From Israel: The Ultimate Balancing Act!!

The world of politics: It would be wrong to say that there is never clarity of purpose inspired by high ideals. But it is rare. Much of the time there are shifting scenarios, and complex, conflicting motivating factors at play. Rivalries, certainly. We find pretence (allegedly, for good reason). And …

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Antisemitism kills: From Hitler to the Khamenei.

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Antisemitism kills. We survived the Holocaust. What did we learn? During Roman times Jews made up 10% of the population of the Roman Empire.  Today, there should be 200 million Jews. Today, there are only 14 million Jews because of thousands of years of prosecutions, persecutions, pogroms, ghettos and shtetls, …

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