Whenever I poke my head above the parapet and claim that the anti-Israeli posturing one sees on the Left is thinly disguised antisemitism (a contention that has overwhelming evidence to support it) I am always treated to the unedifying spectacle of some oh-so-self-righteous academic or another, clenching their buttocks portentously and proclaiming that being critical of Israel is not the same as antisemitism.
Just for them, I offer this column from Melanie Phillips, who says much that is uncomfortable but nonetheless true about the Left, the BBC, and the general hypocrisy adopted by the chatterati towards the whole subject of Jews and Israel. But just in case you find her a little bit hysterical (which I do, quite frequently) she suggests that anyone who thinks the Mid-East debate is simply about land and territory rather than a racist and antisemitic war of annihilation should go read the Hamas Charter.
So I did, and so can you. It’s here. Quite a lot of it is very long-winded, as you’d expect from any charter, and a lot goes into much interesting detail about the Koran and the precepts of Islam. Amid the waffle, though, some things shine out very clearly. Here is part of Article 13 (and if you think my quotes are selective, you can of course read the whole thing for yourself).
Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. ... There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
And from Article 15:
The day that enemies usurp part of Muslim land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim. In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.
So much for all those who shout loudly, including BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen, on the Today programme this morning, that the only solution will be diplomatic and political. Had Mr Bowen read the Hamas charter, as you’d expect, you’d think he’d either have more sense or not be quite so biased. But we all know where the BBC’s heart lies. It is now well known that Arab news agencies recycle photos of atrocities elsewhere and pretend they come from Gaza. Today it was reported that a BBC correspondent, Jon Donnison, alleged on his twitter account that a picture of atrocities from the Syrian conflict was taken in Gaza. Either Mr Donnison doesn’t check his sources or he’s stooging for Hamas.
But I digress. Article 22 perpetuates the hoary old canard that a cabal of Jews is orchestrating world history for their own ends. I apologise for the lengthy quote.
For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.
If you can bear any more, here is part of Article 28:
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.
This looks very much like that old lie,
Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an antisemitic slur long revealed as a Tsarist hoax, but apparently still believed in the Arab world. It also seems very much alive in the Guardian, to judge from this cartoon from Steve Bell who has Benjamin Netanyahu acting as a puppetmaster behind Tony Blair and William Hague. Well, I know from bitter personal experience how antisemitic the Grauniad can be, so no change there, then.