Is Netanyahu Right When He says ‘Anti Semitism Is Becoming Fashionable Again’

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aka Bibi’s exaggeration in speeches and threats to neighboring countries is not anything new. But the exaggeration is nevertheless newsworthy since it comes from one of the most powerful politicians in the world.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aka Bibi’s exaggeration in speeches and threats to neighboring countries is not anything new. But the exaggeration is nevertheless newsworthy since it comes from one of the most powerful politicians in the world.

In his latest statement, a pre-recorded address to the opening session of the Global Forum For Combating Anti-Semitism 2013, Netanyahu said that anti-Semitism is becoming fashionable again. He discussed the three fallacious arguments put forward by the anti-Semites and shed some light upon them.

The First Argument:

The first is that Israel is guilty of war crimes. We, who fight war criminals with measured means, whose cities are attacked by terrorists who fire from built-up areas and try to pinpoint the rocketeers – we are accused of war crimes by the war criminals. That is one facet of the vilification that we experience.”

The Second Argument:

The second is that we are expansionists, we don’t want peace, we never agree to compromise. That’s patently false.”

The Third Argument:

The third argument is that we are violators of human rights. Did you hear that? Israel, the one country in the vast expanse that recognizes the rights of everyone – women, minorities, every individual – who have access to the best court system in the world. Israel has a free press and a vibrant democracy and Israel is accused of violating human rights.”

So these were his arguments. But what the world has been witnessing all these years and reading in the news suggests otherwise.

War Crimes:

A United Nations Human Rights panel in January this year called on Israel saying that its practices in occupied Palestinian territories could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes.

Expansionists:

Jewish Voice For Peace, developed a statement condemning Israeli settlements (expansions) in West Bank that had been signed by over 150 theater and film professionals representing some of the most respected and renowned artists in Israeli theater, film and television. It also included Four Pulitzer Prize winners, several recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Medal of Honor,and scores of recipients of the highest U.S. acting honors, including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, GrammyAwards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards,and the Oscar.

Human Rights Violation:

It may be true that Israel recognizes the rights of individuals living in the state. But Amnesty International USA stated in a report that ‘the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory (the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) is in its fifth decade and the undercurrent of violence and inherent abuses of fundamental human rights and disregard for international law.’

Just this week a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, statedthat Israel is committing serious Human Rights violations, and called on Tel Aviv to stop its settlement construction activities, and to release Palestinian political prisoners.

We can’t comment whether Anti-Semtism is on the rise again or not but we are sure that all the three arguments that Netanyahu put forwards are not true in any sense.

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