August 2010 Blog Archive

  • Antisemitism and anti-Israel racism

    26 Aug 2010 by CST

    Disputes and arguments over alleged antisemitism have a habit of quickly heading down a dead end of accusations and counter-accusations, leaving no common understanding or resolution. A derogatory comment about Jews, or Israel, or Zionism is made; the person who made it is accused of antisemitism;…

  • Pig's head left at Lithuanian synagogue

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

    A pig's head adorned with a Chasidic hat and fake peyot (side-locks), and with a Star of David carved on its forehead, was left outside a synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Saturday. EJP reports: Lithuania's Jewish organisations on Monday condemned an apparent neo-Nazi attack in which a pig's head was…

  • Arab European League fined for Holocaust Denial cartoon

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

    A Dutch appeals court has found against the Arab European League for publishing a Holocaust Denial cartoon on its website in 2006, according to Reuters:  A Dutch Muslim group was fined 2,500 euros ($3,200) for publishing a cartoon which suggested the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated by Jews, a Dutch appeals…

  • The SWP's blind spots

    20 Aug 2010 by CST

    A Socialist Workers Party editorial reveals (again) the manner in which the party’s anti-Israel fervour prevents it from acknowledging antisemitism in any such setting. The SWP understands the significance of the Holocaust upon support for the mere continued existence of Israel. However, this does not change the fact that …

  • What Antisemitism Is (And Isn't)

    17 Aug 2010 by CST

    Ben Cohen, Associate Director of Communications at American Jewish Committee, has written another excellent and thought provoking piece: this time on the nature of antisemitism. His penultimate paragraph echoes much of CST's current work on the vexing topic of antisemitic discourse ...many of the grand myths of our…

  • Why can't the American media copy the Guardian?

    13 Aug 2010 by CST

    An article in the Guardian newspaper (“Obama alone can’t make the US see the Middle East anew” 11 August 2010) by columnist / roving Middle East reporter, Jonathan Steele, provides yet another example of the potential antisemitic pitfalls that are risked by heaping everything on Israel’s shoulders. In this spe…

  • Status Check: Global Terrorism

    12 Aug 2010 by CST

    Matthew Levitt, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, provides a very interesting article concerning the U.S. State Dept's recently released Country Reports on Terrorism for 2009.    It begins as follows The State Department's recently released Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 (CRT 2009) reveals…

  • Comparing Antisemitism

    11 Aug 2010 by CST

    There are many varying opinions concerning the current state of antisemitism; and how we might compare it with previous times. Last week, CST blog reproduced an interview with Anthony Julius from the Israeli newspaper, Ha’Aretz, in which Julius answered some such questions regarding the UK situation, (in …

  • My Jewish Optician Might Shoot Me

    5 Aug 2010 by CST

    It is neither CST’s desire nor role to act as a public relations outlet for Israel. However, when antisemitism arises, directly, because facts have been deliberately omitted from an anti-Israel article, we will say so. Today’s Independent provides one very small example of this. In this instance, the a…

  • Anthony Julius on Antisemitism

    4 Aug 2010 by CST

    The website of Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz features the below interview with Anthony Julius, author of the indispensable "Trials of the Diaspora. A History of Anti-Semitism in England". In the interview, Julius makes a strikingly cogent and coherent analysis of modern and historical British antisemitism, as well as associated attitudes…

  • Kvetch Update: Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain

    4 Aug 2010 by CST

    I hate to kvetch further about Christina Patterson and The Independent (see blog posting immediately below, "Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain"), but today's Indy carries a front page trailer for the latest round in Patterson's dissection of her orthodox Jewish neighbours in Stamford Hill. The trailer…

  • Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain

    2 Aug 2010 by CST

    In the Monty Python sketch, “Hell’s Grannies”, an earnest TV documentary presenter investigates ruthless gangs of grannies, who rule the streets by spreading fear and terror amongst healthy young men and women, clobbering people with their handbags and walking sticks. I was reminded of the sketch when re…

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