Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's not anti-semitic if you say "Zionists" instead of "Jews", right?

I've borrowed that heading (with slight modification) from the ever-acute David Hirsh at Engage, who zeroed in on the key point as usual. He was commenting on the item below. It comes from six months ago, via Gene at Harry's Place, but this sort of thing never seems to go out of style, and I'm afraid that David's point is always timely.  —Jeff Weintraub

Gene (Harry's Place)
July 11, 2012
Making it obvious

The following item appeared on the website of George Galloway’s Iranian employer Press TV  [JW: the official Iranian government news service—they were reprinting and circulating a piece that originally appeared on an anti-semitic US website here] ...

...until it was replaced by this:

However, [in the text of the article] they forgot to change “the Jewish Banking Cartel” to “the Zionist Banking Cartel” and “the Jewish Mafia” to “the Zionist Mafia.”

[JW:  E.g., "the IMF serves as an arm of the Jewish Banking Cartel, which itself is the primary component of the Jewish Mafia. [....]  After the nation’s most valuable assets are sold, the Greek people will face an indefinite period of economic extortion and social reengineering at the hands of the Jewish Mafia."  Etc.]


(Via the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism)