I am not anti-Semitic

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But I am anti-evil bastards.

Apparently the mere mention of Hitler in the same sentence as anything remotely connected with Judaism is a clear sign you are anti-Semitic to the core. It seems that lots of people who weren’t, now are. In fact, if the media is to be believed, every man Jack of us has been up to our necks in prejudice and bigotry against the Jews since Methuselah was a lad. Utter nonsense of course along the same lines as using the words cow and vegetarian together makes you anti-cabbagist.

There must be a word for it when people get really worked up about something, incandescent with rage, that has all the hallmarks of ‘bearing false witness’ and stirring up mischief simply to, well, get someone into trouble for something utterly spurious and almost certainly untrue, or at the very least a bit bendy, but the perpetrators know the tabloid press will be all over it like monkeys in a cake shop, making up even more stuff, compounding the nonsense, gilding the tarnished lily, on the basis that the more far-fetched and outlandish their coverage, the more likely the whole saga will revolve full circle and re-enter the real world by the back-door magically transformed into the Indefatigable Truth.

So, before I say anything more I want to make it very clear indeed that like most people, I am not anti-Semitic. I don’t even know anyone who is or was. What’s more, I have yet to meet anyone who does not recognise the significance of the Holocaust for Jewish people.  I am equally aware of the untold millions of black people, Asians, Arabs, Freemasons, the handicapped, homosexuals, the mentally ill, gypsies and many other people from targeted ethnicities and cultures murdered in death camps by Nazis.  Furthermore, alongside millions (if not billions) of Humanitarians, I have undertaken to do whatever I can to prevent such atrocities happening again. Ever.

So, no, I am not anti-Semitic, but I am anti-evil bastards. Particularly those who commit crimes against humanity.  Specifically, Leaders of those militarised States supported by shamelessly immoral politicians and business people in Russia, Europe, and the United States, who propagate the repression of civilians in their home territories, who conduct illegal occupations and blockades and carry out genocide by stealth or, god forbid, by other more expedient means.

Regarding Israel, in common with everyone else, I am bound to accept the findings concerning the siege of Gaza by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories: “Such a massive form of collective punishment is a crime against humanity, as well as a gross violation of the prohibition on collective punishment in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

It is clear that Palestine is not a conflict between two equal sides, it is an occupation by a powerful military state, armed by the West, against an impoverished, stateless and displaced people.

Israel’s crimes against humanity are so grave, so dehumanising, so contrary to the viability of human beings as an elevated species, it is unthinkable that anyone should be prevented from calling to account those who choose to support Israel’s conduct whether by reason of religious association, political affiliation, trade agreement, arms dealing, even by shirking responsibility and doing nothing, simply because two or three so-called provocative words might be employed in the same sentence.

In all engagements, how you do something is as important as what you do.  Words count for very little indeed.

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Picture: ClownHitler is the photographic nightmare of French-born photographer Eolo Perfido.  The image is intended to be offensive to supporters and followers of Adolf Hitler and a prompt for them to seek professional help without delay. Hitler is represented as a loon, a figure to be derided and humiliated. In no way is it a call to arms for transgender, transvestite, camp, homosexual, heterosexual, mentally disadvantaged, completely sane or any other character type of cream-faced loon Hitler impersonator.
ALSO, by Israel, I mean the Government of that potentially beautiful country, the Leaders and Policy Makers who direct the atrocities against Palestine as well as their officials, officers, and supporters.

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