US Draft Resolution Falsely Equates Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Vitally needed criticism of apartheid Israel is unrelated to anti-Semitism. Equating the two legislatively is all about wanting legitimate views silenced – the hallmark of totalitarian rule.
Anti-Semitism is world’s apart from criticizing ideologically extremist Zionism and apartheid Israel, ruling Palestinians by brute force, contemptuous of what just societies hold dear.
Like the US, Israel is a fantasy democracy, not the real thing. The scourge of Zionism threatens Jews and non-Jews alike. Israeli persecution of Palestinians is well documented.
Occupation harshness enforces institutionalized state terror. Fear is constant, collective punishment official policy.
High crimes are committed against Palestinians daily – unaccountably because the world community does nothing to challenge them, letting Israel get away with mass murder and much more.
Palestinians are denied their fundamental civil and human rights, Gazans under politicized suffocating blockade harmed most of all.
Israeli high crimes repeat without redress. Wanting to live free in sovereign Palestine is considered terrorism. So is self-defense when assaulted or otherwise brutalized.
State terror, occupation harshness, settlement construction on stolen land, politicized mass arrests and detentions, torture and targeted assassinations, militarized control over an entire population, and perpetual Kristallnacht conditions define daily life for persecuted Palestinians.
On Wednesday, undemocratic House Dems introduced a resolution condemning anti-Semitism – targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar’s justifiable criticism of Israeli apartheid viciousness without mentioning her by name.
The resolution is all about turning a blind eye to Israeli high crimes, wanting views critical of its actions silenced – falsely equating them with anti-Semitism, along with other language, saying:
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) acknowledges the dangerous consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes; and
(2) rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
Anti-Semitism in America is a shadow of its scourge many decades earlier, notably pre-WW II. Today it’s a minor issue, unrelated to justifiable criticism of Israel, what the House resolution is all about, wanting it suppressed.
Where’s the congressional outrage over real issues, notably racist hatred of Blacks and other people of color, demonizing Muslims for praying to the wrong God or from the wrong countries – along with high crimes of state against nations targeted for regime change, and eroding freedoms in America for ordinary people!
Why hasn’t Congress taken the lead in criticizing Israeli brutality against Palestinians, its wars on defenseless Gazans, its illegal blockade, its terror-bombing and cross-border incursions, its high crimes gone unpunished, US support for its ruling authorities instead of condemning them!
Polls consistently show popular dissatisfaction with Congress, serving privileged interests exclusively, contemptuous of ordinary people at home and abroad.
Money power runs America. Ordinary people have no say over how they’re governed, why half or more of the electorate opts out most cycles.
Why participate when voting is a waste of time, when most discretionary spending goes for handouts to business, militarism and naked aggression, when most foreign aid supports Israeli state terror against defenseless Palestinians – why criticizing its ruthlessness is vital.
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