ISRAELI MINISTER CALLED ACCUSATION OF ‘ANTI-SEMITISM’ A TRICK TO SILENCE CRITICISM OF ISRAEL.

Israeli minister called accusation of “anti-Semitism” a “trick” to silence criticism of Israel [VIDEO]

Israeli minister called accusation of “anti-Semitism” a “trick” to silence criticism of Israel [VIDEO]

By Alison Weir

On August 14, 2002, Amy Goodman interviewed former Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni on the radio and television program Democracy Now. During the interview, Aloni said:

Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-Semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power…” (Video and full transcript below)

Aloni was a major figure in Israel. She had been Education Minister, served in the Israeli parliament for 28 years, authored six books and numerous articles, and produced a radio program.

Aloni was known as “the founding mother of civil rights in Israel.” For decades she worked for ethical humanism, against discrimination, and opposed the Israeli occupation. She was outspoken on a number of topics, including criticizing organized tours of Israeli high school students to Holocaust concentration camps on the ground that such visits were “turning Israeli youth into aggressive, nationalistic xenophobes.”

In 2000, Aloni was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize “for her struggle to right injustices and for raising the standard of equality.” In 2005 she was votedthe 57th-greatest Israeli of all time.

Aloni passed away in 2014 at the age of 85.

For more information on Aloni go here and here. Prominent Israeli journalist Anat Saragusti made a documentary about Aloni in 2008, but this no longer appears to be available on the Internet.

Below is a video of Aloni’s statements on Democracy now:

TRANSCRIPT:

Amy Goodman: Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-Semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power, which is okay. They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things, and their attitude is “Israel, my country right or wrong,” identification. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is justify everything we do to the Palestinians.


The full segment with Aloni on Democracy Now can be viewed here.

ISRAELI MINISTER CALLED ACCUSATION OF ‘ANTI-SEMITISM’ A TRICK TO SILENCE CRITICISM OF ISRAEL.

Israeli minister called accusation of “anti-Semitism” a “trick” to silence criticism of Israel [VIDEO]

Israeli minister called accusation of “anti-Semitism” a “trick” to silence criticism of Israel [VIDEO]

By Alison Weir

On August 14, 2002, Amy Goodman interviewed former Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni on the radio and television program Democracy Now. During the interview, Aloni said:

Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-Semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power…” (Video and full transcript below)

Aloni was a major figure in Israel. She had been Education Minister, served in the Israeli parliament for 28 years, authored six books and numerous articles, and produced a radio program.

Aloni was known as “the founding mother of civil rights in Israel.” For decades she worked for ethical humanism, against discrimination, and opposed the Israeli occupation. She was outspoken on a number of topics, including criticizing organized tours of Israeli high school students to Holocaust concentration camps on the ground that such visits were “turning Israeli youth into aggressive, nationalistic xenophobes.”

In 2000, Aloni was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize “for her struggle to right injustices and for raising the standard of equality.” In 2005 she was votedthe 57th-greatest Israeli of all time.

Aloni passed away in 2014 at the age of 85.

For more information on Aloni go here and here. Prominent Israeli journalist Anat Saragusti made a documentary about Aloni in 2008, but this no longer appears to be available on the Internet.

Below is a video of Aloni’s statements on Democracy now:

TRANSCRIPT:

Amy Goodman: Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-Semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power, which is okay. They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things, and their attitude is “Israel, my country right or wrong,” identification. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is justify everything we do to the Palestinians.


The full segment with Aloni on Democracy Now can be viewed here.

TORY MP WHO THREW A NAZI THEMED STAG PARTY ‘ NOT RACIST OR ANTI-SEMITIC’INQUIRY FINDS

THIS PEACE OF DOG SHIT IS NOT ANTI-SEMITIC SO RULES THE INQUIRY. YET JEREMY CORBYN IS. Thought, I WONDER IF ITALK HAS THE BALLS TO COMMENT ON THIS. LET ALONE DENOUNCE THIS PEACE OF SHIT FOR WHAT HE IS, AIDAN BURLEY .WE SHALL SEE . JC

Tory MP who threw Nazi-themed stag party ‘not racist or anti-semitic’, inquiry finds

Conservative MP Aidan Burley – who was sacked as a ministerial aide over the 2011 episode – found to be “stupid and offensive” but not racist or anti-Semitic

MP Aidan Burley and banned Nazi uniform

MP Aidan Burley, left, supplied his groom Mark Fournier with banned Nazi uniform, similar to that pictured, right Photo: PA/ALAMY

A Tory MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France was “stupid and offensive” but is not racist or anti-Semitic, an internal party inquiry has found.

The verdict on Aidan Burley – who was sacked as a ministerial aide over the 2011 episode – has been released because French prosecutors have concluded their investigation.

Groom Mark Fournier – for whom Mr Burley acted as best man – was fined 1,500 euros (about £1,200) for wearing the SS uniform and insignia supplied by the MP, which is outlawed in France.

A court in Albertville also ordered 33-year-old Fournier to pay 1,000 euros (about £820) to an organisation representing the families of Holocaust victims.

Neither Mr Burley nor any of the other 10 guests who attended the party in the Alpine ski resort of Val Thoren in December 2011 were prosecuted.

But the Conservatives had halted publication of the findings of a disciplinary investigation by Tory peer Lord David Gold while legal proceedings were continuing.

It shows that Lord Gold accepted the assurances of the Cannock Chase MP – once seen as a high-flier – that there was “no political motivation whatsoever” in the choice of theme.

But he said his “unacceptable and offensive actions” threw into question his judgment and that it was right that he was sacked as parliamentary private secretary to Philip Hammond.

“Mr Burley is not a bad man, still less a racist or anti-Semite,” the report found.

“However, his actions were stupid and offensive, and the conclusions and recommendations reflect that.”

Mr Burley – who also visited Auschwitz on the recommendation of Lord Gold – will face no further disciplinary action, the party confirmed.

Lord Gold said that despite accepting that he left the dinner in protest at one guest raising a Nazi-themed toast, Mr Burley failed to make it “explicitly clear” that he objected.

“Given the standards expected of a Member of Parliament, he should have done so.”

The investigation also accepted that Mr Burley was not in a pub later in the evening where Nazi names were reportedly chanted, that no formal complaints were made during the dinner itself about the party and that Mr Fournier only made a Nazi-style salute “at the prompting” of a journalist who was there and broke the story.

The initial French probe also looked at allegations of defending war crimes or crimes against humanity, promoting racial hatred and making racist insults but no action was taken.

Mr Burley caused another storm in 2012 when he branded the Olympic opening ceremony “leftie multicultural crap”.

Fellow Conservative MP Michael Ellis defended his colleague.

“Aidan is a hard-working MP who is committed to his constituents in Cannock Chase and I do not believe Aidan is at all anti-Semitic,” he said.

“He has paid a heavy price for his foolish behaviour over two years ago and has rightly apologised repeatedly for his error of judgment.

“I am confident he will be an effective representative for the people of Cannock Chase and he has a lot to offer in public life.”

A Conservative party spokesman said: “Two years ago, the party investigated this matter.

“The findings of that investigation were that Aidan Burley behaved in a manner which was offensive and foolish, and that his behaviour was completely unacceptable.

“What he did was wrong. That is why, two years ago, he was removed from his post as parliamentary private secretary. He has since apologised publicly and sought to make amends, including by visiting Auschwitz.”

The report confirmed that “as best man, Mr Burley purchased the costume alongside the flights and other costs associated with the trip on behalf of the other attendees.

“Mr Burley argued strongly that the choice of costume was inspired by the British comic association with aspects of the war,” it said.

“He categorically denies that there was any political motivation whatsoever.

“He argued that the purchase and wearing of the Nazi costume is legal in the UK and that he was unaware that wearing the costume could be an offence in France.

“He regrets the offence caused by the wearing of the costume.”

In a letter of apology sent to the Jewish Chronicle shortly after the incident, Mr Burley said he wished he had left the party “as soon as I realised what was happening”.

“What was happening was wrong and I should have completely dissociated myself from it,” he told the newspaper.

“I had a choice, and I made the wrong choice not to leave. I apologise for this error of judgment,” he added, saying being “so far from home made leaving early more difficult”

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Outrage Over Plans To Rename Costa Del Sol Towns

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Outrage Over Plans To Rename Costa Del Sol Towns.  Several local towns could be given British names in a bid to boost dwindling tourist numbers.

Outrage Over Plans To Rename Costa Del Sol Towns

Outrage Over Plans To Rename Costa Del Sol Towns

Costa Del Sol residents, ex-pats, and some tourists are expressing concern and confusion over plans to rename some local towns.  Marbella County Council made the shock announcement as part of their drive to boost British tourism on the Costa Del Sol, which has seen an unprecedented decline over the last six months.

British tourists

British People Like Familiarity

Enrique Edificios is the head of the council’s committee responsible for maintaining tourist numbers and satisfaction.  He told Costa Del Sol Update “British people are people of habit.  They like familiarity.  We need to make them feel more welcome here, and that means creating a more familiar environment.  Many struggle to pronounce place names like Benalmadena and Marbella.  By renaming these towns after popular towns in Britain, we will be able to create a sense of comfort and familiarity for British tourists.  We have calculated that this will increase tourist numbers by at least 6.9% over a 12 year period”.

Barnsley

New Names For Costa Del Sol Towns

The towns which are likely to be renamedhave been announced already. These are:

  • Marbella to be renamed “SCUMTHORPE”
  • Fuengirola to be renamed “New BAGOFSTOOLS”
  • Benalmadena to be renamed “CRAPTON”
  • Calahonda to be renamed “BIRMINGHAM”

Calahonda

Outraged Expats

Reaction to this news has been largely negative.  Anne Fernandez runs a Facebook protest group, where her members express their outrage over crucial ex-pat concerns including whether cafes should add milk to tea before the hot water or add hot water to tea then add the milk.

Anne says “My members are outraged.  There is a financial cost to consider here.  As soon as it was announced that Calahonda was to be renamed Birmingham property prices crashed.  You can now buy a 2 bed terraced house there for €74, which is only slightly more than property in the real Birmingham in the UK”.

Second Hand Shoe Shop

Costs to Local Businesses

Business owners are concerned about the financial implications of the renaming.  Chris Myass is originally from Birmingham and now runs a second hand shoe shop in Benalmadena.  He says “Actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Solihull.  How much is this going to cost?  We’ll have to have all our signs remade, our websites rebuilt, where will it end?  There’s no way this is going to help anyone”.

Salvador Estafador from the Department Of Unnecessary Expenditure addresses these concerns.  “Yes, there will be some disruption and additional costs, but we will keep these to a minimum.  We’ve spoken to Google about the map things, they hung up on me a few times but I’ll keep trying.  As for new road signs, business signage, websites, and things like this… my son just happens to run a business which can carry out all this work, at a very competitive price”.

Do you think it’s a good idea to rename towns on the Costa Del Sol to boost tourism? Have your say in the comments section below!

Written by Kirstie Allsopp, Costa Del Sol Update

Andrew BOGSHITE. YES I think it is a wonderful idea, how about bogland for Mijas, or jipland for Estepona or Maupuff for Marbella.