Palestine Solidarity Campaign believers have just hit Twitter with a flurry of upbeat, positively Hasbaraesque tweets – presumably to convince us all that today’s AGM was a resounding success.
PSC updates PSC Great AGM today. Excellent programme of work continuing our campaign to FREE PALESTINE! Make sure you get involved in the PSC campaign
Exactly how P.S.C. intends to FREE PALESTINE is not clear.I wasn’t at the AGM but this much I know: before the PSC can FREE PALESTINE from Zionist occupation it had better first free itself!
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: Francis Clark-Lowes, an academic, former Chair of the National PSC and former chairman of the Brighton branch for Palestinian Solidarity, appealed today to the PSC AGM against his recent expulsion from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.
Clark-Lowes has been maintaining, for a while. that the opposition to the Jewish State and Zionism, should attempt to grasp the true nature of the Jewish State and Jewish ideology. Being a leading UK Palestinian solidarity activist, Clark-Lowes has challenged the notion of the ‘primacy of Jewish suffering’. This was apparently enough for the PSC’s Executive Committee to expel him last year on the ground of ‘anti Semitism’.
I tend to believe that the PSC’s Executive Committee has lost its way. In the last year it repeatedly bowed to Zionist pressure groups. Together with some Jewish anti Zionist bodies, it expelled and marginalised some of UK’s leading activists and thinkers. At a certain stage, it was even applauded by the notorious Zionist Jewish Chronicle.
Instead of being an umbrella organisation that encourages open debate and pluralism on issues to do with Palestine and the conflict, the PSC’s central body has become a narrow-minded political indoctrinating instrument, engaged primarily with the fight against anti Semitism. This is very tragic indeed, but at least it is all in the open.
The PSC’s Executive Committee should be reminded that political battles come to an end, but ideas, spirit and truth remain.
Read Francis Clark-Lowes beautiful words and judge for yourself.
Appeal Speech to PSC AGM Delegates, 21st January 2012
by Francis Clark-Lowes
So, here I stand before you, ex-Chair of PSC, founder and ex-Chair of Brighton & Hove PSC, accused of being a racist, an anti-Semite, a Nazi sympathiser, a capitulator to Zionism, a pre-judger of Jews, an ‘upper-class fascist twit,’ a ‘Holocaust’ denier.
I’ve stopped defending myself against such descriptions, and have even, paradoxically, embraced them at times. How else do you challenge the simplistic mindset from which they arise?
From my background in German-Jewish Studies, I have come to believe that a major contributor to that mindset is a story of innate Gentile hatred of Jews, and consequent perennial Jewish suffering.
Zionism was consciously constructed on the foundation of this same unlikely story, and therefore required its maintenance and protection.
The carefully nurtured and moulded ‘Holocaust’ narrative has done a good deal of that job since the Second World War. But more fundamental is the prohibition on all discussion of Jews which does not accord with their own collective view of themselves – that is of a uniquely talented and uniquely suffering people. Hence the extraordinary move to ban any questioning of the ‘Holocaust’ narrative at this AGM.
Of course there are Jews who challenge elements of Jewish ideology. But these exceptions don’t invalidate, in principle, generalisations about Jews. That would be like saying you mustn’t describe dogs as quadrupeds because some of that species have lost a leg.
Put simply, the idea that Gentiles have an anti-Semitic gene, the story of Jewish suffering, the ‘Holocaust’ myth, Zionism, Jewish chauvinism, and anti-racist rhetoric have combined into an ideology which, because it is virtually unsinkable in its own terms, is immensely powerful. Breach one compartment of the vessel, and bulkheads protect the others to ensure the ship stays afloat.
Consequently, whatever we may say, no ambitious Western leader will be foolish enough to propose effective action against Israel, let alone to criticise the concept of Zionism. To do so is to risk being accused of anti-Semitism and enabling (quotes) ‘another Holocaust’. That’s a career stopper!
I am taken to task for capitulating to the Zionist narrative. Instead I should join forces with anti-racists to eliminate prejudice and thereby prove the Zionist story false. But what Zionist, let alone any intelligent person, is going to accept that generalisation, a crucial function of the brain, can be extinguished?
With all the difficulties there may be in defining groups and their cultures, and in estimating their power, without doing so we cannot make sense of the world. For a group to exist it must make itself recognisable, to its members and to others, and if a group can be recognised, then it can also be judged – positively, neutrally or negatively.
PSC’s acquiescence in the tendency to regard dislike of groups a cardinal sin is weakening ‘our,’ or should I already be saying ‘your’, organisation. Campaigning organisations turn to in-fighting when the force they seek to overcome appears insuperable. ‘If you can’t beat them, blame your comrades,’ seems to be the thought.
But the key to resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict lies in our hands. Instead of cowering in fear at the use Zionists might make of what we say, and desperately scouring every word uttered on this subject to root out supposed anti-Semitism, we should be challenging Jewish ideology. Anything less does the Israelis’ work for them and exposes the Palestinians to yet more grinding oppression.
I understand your reluctance to agree with me, but I am still prepared to work within PSC. All I ask is that you respect my right to free thought and speech. Readmit me, and you will have taken a step towards creating a more effective broad-based organisation.
One man who apparently thinks the answer is “Yes” is Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times. (By the time this article of mine is posted will he be the former owner and publisher?)
In his weekly newspaper Adler listed three options for Israel “to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons”. (Never mind that, unlike Israel, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons and that the latest assessment of Israel’s intelligence community – an usually honest assessment – is that Iran has not yet taken a decision to go nuclear for weapons).
- Option 1 according to what Adler wrote “is to launch a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah.”
- Option 2 “is to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
- Option 3 “is to give the go-ahead for US-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.”
To make sure his readers got the message, Adler added this:
“Yes, you read ‘three correctly’. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If you have thought of this Tom-Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”
Adler has since apologized for what he wrote.
“I very much regret it,”
he told the Jewish Telegraph Agency.
The American Jewish Committee in Atlanta declared that his proposals were
shocking beyond belief.” Dov Wilker, director of AJC Atlanta said: “While we acknowledge Mr. Adler’s apology, we are flabbergasted that he could ever say such a thing in the first place. How could he even conceive of such a twisted idea? He surely owes immediate apologies to President Obama, as well as to the State of Israel and his readership, the Atlanta Jewish community.”
But the biggest blast of condemnation came from Abe Foxman who, as National Director of the so-called Anti-Defamation League, leads the Zionist campaign to smear all who criticise Israel as anti-Semites. He said:
“There is absolutely no excuse, no justification, no rationalization for this kind of rhetoric. It doesn’t even belong in fiction. These are irresponsible and extremist words. It is outrageous and beyond the pale. An apology cannot possibly repair the damage. Irresponsible rhetoric metastasizes into more dangerous rhetoric. The ideas expressed in Mr. Adler’s column reflect some of the extremist rhetoric that unfortunately exists – even in some segments of our community – that maliciously labels President Obama as an ‘enemy of the Jewish people.’ Mr. Adler’s lack of judgment as a publisher, editor and columnist raises serious questions as to whether he’s fit to run a newspaper.”
I have two thoughts to offer Mr. Foxman.
The first is that what is happening in America on the Republican side of the fence has about it the smell of what happened in Israel in the countdown to the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin by a Zionist fanatic. What do I mean?
There is today general agreement, even in Israel I think, that Rabin’s assassin was driven at least in part by an atmosphere of hatred for Rabin that was created by his political enemies led by Netanyahu. With the exception of Ron Paul, the Republicans who want to be president are creating an atmosphere of contempt for if not hatred of Obama on the grounds that he is
“too hard on Israel (what a joke!) and not tough enough with its enemies.”
By obvious implication the Obama of Republican campaign rhetoric is or could be a threat to Israel’s existence.
The second thought I have to offer Mr. Foxman is this. The answer to Wilker’s question of how Adler “could conceive such a twisted idea” is simple. He is brainwashed by Zionist propaganda.
As for my headline question, the answer is another question. Who knows?
(G) Sir Goldstein
(Zionist) Anti-semite Finder General!
(M) ‘Alleged Anti-semite’ man
(B1, B2, B3) Bloggers one, two and three
Bloggers: We have found an anti-semite! ( Anti-semite! Anti-semite!)
denounce him denounce him!
Blogger 1: We have found an anti-semite, may we denounce him?
G: How do you known he is a anti-semite?
B2: He looks like one!
G: Bring him forward
Man: I’m not a anti-semite! I’m not anti-Semitic at all!
G: ehh… but you talk like one.
M: They put those words in my mouth!
All: naah no we didn’t… no.
M: And this isn’t my blog, it’s a fake one.
(G pulls up web page)
B1: Well we did fake the Blog.
G: The comments?
B1: …And the comments, but he is an anti-semite!
(all: yeah, denounce him denounce him!)
G: Did you put those words in his mouth?
B1: No! (no no… no) Yes. (yes yeah) a bit (a bit bit a bit) But he is suspicious!
(B3 An he does ask questions that he should not. Look here he uses the word ‘if..?’)
G: What makes you think he is an anti-semite?
B2: Well, he doesn’t like Seinfeld!
(B2 pause & look around)
B2: Well who does.
B3: Denounce him anyway! (Denounce him Denounce him Denounce him!)
(Zionist walks in)
G: There are ways of telling whether he is an anti-semite.
B1: Are there? Well then tell us! (tell us)
G: Tell me… what do you do with anti-semites?
B3: Label them! Insult them! Ban their books (Lock them up)
G: What do you lock up apart from anti-semites?
B1: More anti-semites! (B2 nudge B1)
G: So, why are anti-semites dangerous?
B2: Cuz they… ask questions that are not allowed?
(crowd congratulates B2)
G: So, how do we tell if he hates jews?
B1: Ask him what he thinks about Alan Greenspan?
G: Ah, but not liking Alan Greenspan does not mean that you hate all jews?
B1: Oh yeah…
G: Do Jews believe they are just like other peoples?
B3: No. They are the chosen ones!
B1: Let’s throw comments at him via a blog! (yeah yeah ya!)
G: What also is chosen by God?
B3: Lady Gaga
B2: Justin Bieber
(G looks annoyed)
B1: The Pope
(all look and stare at the Zionist)
G: Exactly! So, logically…
B1(thinking): If he believes that Jews are not a special case and chosen by God and that Israel was not chosen for the Jews by God… he’s suspicious and therefore…
G: And therefore,
(pause & think)
B3: An anti-semite! (B1: anti-semite)(B2: anti-semite)(all: anti-semite!)
G: Let’s ask him about Israel.
All: Anti-semite! Anti-semite! Anti-semite!
Loosely based on the Monty Python’s “She’s a witch burn her” sketch.
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