Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Comparing Islamists and radical leftists

Following on from previous posts which looked at the difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and what leftists really believe, it is also worth now looking at the difference between Islamists and radical leftists. As the following table shows (updated from last year) there is clearly nothing in common between these two groups.


What Radical Leftists believe
What Islamists believe
America is evil and its power must be destroyed
America is evil and its power must be destroyed
Capitalism is evil and must be eliminated
Capitalism is evil and must be eliminated
Zionism/Israel is evil and must be eliminated
Zionism/Israel is evil and must be eliminated
9/11 was an inside job
9/11 was an inside job
Palestinians are the world’s ultimate victims
Palestinians are the world’s ultimate victims
No ideology other than theirs can be tolerated
No ideology other than theirs can be tolerated
There can only be true peace in the world when every living person adheres to their ideology
There can only be true peace in the world when every living person adheres to their ideology
The idea of the nation state is flawed - a new single world order based on their ideology is inevitable
The idea of the nation state is flawed - a new single world order based on their ideology is inevitable
International borders are an unnecessary, artificial invention created by capitalists, imperialists and Zionists.
International borders are an unnecessary, artificial invention created by capitalists, imperialists and Zionists.
Their ideology (socialism) should control every aspect of your life
Their ideology (Islam/sharia) should control every aspect of your life
Americans, western imperialists and Zionists are the source of world inequality and division,  and the exploitation of all Muslims
Americans, western imperialists and Zionists are the source of world inequality and division,  and the exploitation of all Muslims
Colonialism – except when it means the spread of their ideology – is evil
Colonialism – except when it means the spread of their ideology – is evil
Muslim colonialism in the west will enable their ideology to win at the ballot box
Muslim colonialism in the west will enable their ideology to win at the ballot box
All forms of social stratification must be dismantled and all forms of hierarchy must be abolished. The exception is that the leaders of the revolution will provide ultimate guidance.
All forms of social stratification must be dismantled and all forms of hierarchy must be abolished. The exception is that the leading Imams will provide ultimate guidance.
Zionists control the world banking system, which must be replaced by one based on the principles of their ideology (socialism)
Zionists control the world banking system, which must be replaced by one based on the principles of their ideology (sharia)
Violence is necessary in order to enforce their ideology, and any non-believer is a legitimate target
Violence is necessary in order to enforce their ideology, and any non-believer is a legitimate target
Their ideology is the very definition of perfection and so cannot be challenged in any way. It is the only basis for correct human endeavour
Their ideology is the very definition of perfection and so cannot be challenged in any way. It is the only basis for correct human endeavour
Their ideology provides a complete blueprint for every aspect of how people should lead their lives and how societies should function
Their ideology provides a complete blueprint for every aspect of how people should lead their lives and how societies should function
Their ideology is based on communitarianism: all possessions must be shared by all - no man shall have more possessions than any other man (this is despite the fact that its most prominent advocates are among the most wealthy men in the world and fully enjoy their wealth)
Their ideology is based on communitarianism: all possessions must be shared by all - no man shall have more possessions than any other man (this is despite the fact that its most prominent advocates are among the most wealthy men in the world and fully enjoy their wealth)
Their idiology is spread by indoctrinating children and students with propaganda and lies.
Any views contrary to their ideology must be ruthlessly suppressed.
If you critise them you are a racist
Their idiology is spread by indoctrinating children and students with propaganda and lies. Any views contrary to their ideology must be ruthlessly suppressed.
If you critise them you are a racist 
Enemies and dissenters of their ideology must be intimidated, boycotted and ultimately ruthlessly eliminated
Enemies and dissenters of their ideology must be intimidated, boycotted and ultimately ruthlessly eliminated
Their ideology supersedes the notion of family. Loyalty to the ideology must always come above loyalty to family members.
Their ideology supersedes the notion of family. Loyalty to the ideology must always come above loyalty to family members.
Global warming fears can be used as a means for worldwide wealth redistribution to further their ideology
Global warming fears can be used as a means for worldwide wealth redistribution to further their ideology
Osama Bin Laden was a great hero for standing up to the Americans and Zionists
Osama Bin Laden was a great hero for standing up to the Americans and Zionists
George Galloway is simply a great hero
George Galloway is simply a great hero

For a different spin on this, see Confronting the ludicrous claims that leftists are similar to Islamists

See also: What Muslims believe

Monday, May 25, 2015

The anti-semitism v anti-Zionism question revisited

Streetwise is an organisation whose website says that it "works nationally with Jewish schools and Community organisations, enhancing the personal safety and personal development of young Jewish people to support their safe, physical, and emotional wellbeing." All very well meaning. But last week at a Jewish school in London the Streetwise 'training' told pupils that "anti-semitism was completely different to anti-Zionism". This suggests Streetwise is part of the problem, not the solution and it prompted me to produce below an updated version of a posting I did a while back. 

I have written to Streetwise asking "In what way are you preparing Jewish students, for example, for the tsunami of hatred they will face when they go to University given that 100% of the hatred will be dressed up as anti-Zionism rather than what it really is?"



Antisemitism
Anti-Zionism



Official Definition
Hatred of Jews
Hatred of the Jewish state
What vociferous proponents really want
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish race
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish state
What is the core belief
The Jews are the root cause of most suffering in the world
The Jewish state is the root cause of most suffering in the world
What it based on
The singling out and demonization of Jews based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of Jews
The singling out and demonization of the Jewish state based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of the Jewish state
How is it currently sustained
Continued and incessant lies about Jews – much of it emanating from Muslim countries and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web – that is rarely if ever challenged
Continued and incessant lies about the Jewish State – much of it emanating from Muslim countries and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web– that is rarely if ever challenged
Typical media presentation
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jews killing non-Jewish children.
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jewish soldiers killing Arab children
Who currently are the most virulent proponents
Muslims,  left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews
In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 96% of the population ‘hate Jews’
Muslims,  left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews
In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 98% of the population ‘hate Israel’
Most common beliefs
·         Jews are baby-killers;
·         Jews did 9/11
·         Jews control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
·         Jews control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
·         Jews bake the blood of Christian children in their Passover matzos;
·         Zionists are baby-killers;
·         Zionists did 9/11
·         Zionists control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
·         Zionists control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
·         Zionists bake the blood of Arab children in their Passover matzos;
Tactic 1: Deligitimization
The message that the Jews are a depraved, illegitimate, ‘invented’ race. Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
The message that the Jewish State is depraved, ‘invented’ and illegitimate. Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
Tactic 2:Boycott
In the 1930s the Nazi singled out Jews – and Jews only – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott (antisemites still do this informally)
Singling out the Jewish State - and only the Jewish State – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott
Economic boycott in practice
Boycott Jewish businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Boycott Jewish owned Israeli businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned Israeli shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Cultural boycott in practice
In Nazi Germany Jewish artists, performers, writers and sportsmen were not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Jews were banned
Jewish Israeli artists, performers, writers and sportsmen are not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Israel are shut out or shut down
Use of the Law
In the 1930s special Nazi laws introduced to both outlaw Jewish-owned businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Special EU and Arab laws introduced to outlaw Jewish-owned Israeli businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Secondary boycott tactics
In Nazi Germany Non-Jews visiting Jewish houses and businesses were publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they did not cease their interaction with Jews
In today’s West Non-Jews visiting the Jewish state and doing business with it are publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they do not cease their interaction with the Jewish state
Labelling and taxes
The Nazis forced Jews to wear the yellow star while Muslim countries have always forced  Jews to pay a ‘dhimmi’ tax
The EU now forces Israel to put a special label on goods produced by Jewish-owned businesses (and only Jewish owned businesses) and also imposes additional taxes
Typical everyday behaviour
·         Criticizing Jews for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in all other ethnic and religious groups
·         Criticizing Jews for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence and business acumen) as in ‘The Jews use these traits to trick and steal from non-Jews’
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in all other countries
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence and business acumen) as in ‘The Zionists use these traits to trick and steal from the Arabs’
Beliefs about the Holocaust
The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists against the Palestinians
The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists against the Palestinians
What especially angers proponents
·         Jews defending themselves from attack; 
·         Any Jewish success in science and culture
·         The Jewish state defending itself from attack;
·         Any Israeli success in science and culture
What they have never heard of or must never be mentioned
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
About the killing of Jews by Arab terrorists
If it really happens then the Jews must have had it coming to them
If it happens at all it is a natural reaction against Zionist crimes
About violence generally
Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Zionist Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Who are their heroes
Hitler, George Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim bigot you can think of -  because they “stood up to the Jews”
George Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim bigot you can think of – because they “stood up to the Jews Zionists”
Mandatory reading
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Popular phrase
“Jews back to Palestine”
“Jews out of Palestine”
What happens if they ‘win’
Millions of Jews were killed in the Holocause, but it did not help the Nazis in any way at all
Millions of Jews will be killed, but it will not help the Palestinians in any way at all
What is their current most hated thing in the whole world
The State of Israel
The State of Israel