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Abusing the Term ‘Fascism’‎ in Relation to Israel

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s eponymous website,

It is now a worldwide phenomenon that left-wingers and increasing numbers of liberals regard ‎Israel as a fascist state. Such nonsense is highlighted in Haaretz, the Israeli post-Zionist daily newspaper, ‎illustrating the extent to which ‎even Jews will demonize Israel.‎

Their defamation includes accusations of war crimes, occupation, apartheid, the deliberate ‎killing of children, suppressing freedom of expression and denying Palestinian statehood. In a ‎nutshell — fascism.‎

Joseph Goebbels ‎demonstrated that if one constantly repeats a lie, people begin to believe it.‎

In truth, while we are not perfect, no country is more democratic. And this, despite three ‎major obstacles:‎

  • From its inception, Israel has been an oasis of stability and peace surrounded by ‎tyrannies committed to its destruction. ‎
  • Israel must allot more of its budget for defense than any other nation. ‎
  • Most of Israel’s founding population fled persecution and had no experience with ‎democratic government. ‎

But the drumbeat of delegitimization ignores these factors:‎

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered concessions far beyond the late ‎Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s red lines and has ‎offered to negotiate without preconditions.‎
  • Accusations that Israel executes Nazi-like genocide against the Palestinians is an ‎extension of medieval blood libels. ‎
  • Accusations of racism and apartheid are bizarre, given the freedom and level of ‎integration enjoyed by Israeli Arabs. ‎
  • Accusations that Israel denies freedom of expression are ludicrous, stemming from ‎attempts to cut government support for anti-Israel “cultural” activities, remove from the ‎curriculum a novel praising Hamas, and deny entry into schools to organizations that ‎besmirch the IDF with anonymous accusations of war crimes.‎
  • The Supreme Court is the most interventionist High Court in any democracy. ‎
  • Freedom of expression is unbridled in Israel. What other government under siege would ‎tolerate the treasonable outbursts of MKs such as Joint Arab List MK Hanin Zoabi identifying with those ‎seeking the state’s destruction? ‎
  • Less than 3% of the disputed territories outside of Jerusalem are devoted to the ‎settlements. And the only place in the world where a Jew is considered a war criminal ‎for building a home is in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem.‎
  • Many of the nongovernmental organizations subject to the new transparency law played a prominent role in ‎demonizing Israel, accusing Israel of war crimes, apartheid and genocide, and ‎promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. It is unprecedented for purported friendly foreign governments to ‎generously fund NGOs seeking to besmirch and overthrow a democratically elected ally.‎

Despite the overwhelming challenges, Israel remains one of the liveliest democracies in the ‎world.‎

Little can be done to change the behavior of our enemies. The anti-Semitic Islamists, the ‎delusional Left and conventional anti-Semites will continue to pursue, through the hostile ‎media and the internet, the perennial accusation that Jews — or today, the Jewish state — are ‎the source of all evil.‎

What is disconcerting is that, with U.S. President Barack Obama’s encouragement, much of ‎this propaganda is beginning to penetrate American liberal circles, including some people who ‎were deeply supportive of Israel. This already includes the left wing of the Democratic Party ‎and there are ominous signals that bipartisan U.S. support for Israel may not survive the ‎onslaught.‎

It thus essential to constantly speak out and refute the lies and communicate with open-‎minded liberals, especially young people, to prevent them from being drawn into the left-wing ‎anti-Israeli maelstrom where they can be brainwashed into believing the lies about Israelis ‎becoming fascists. That will not be achieved by remaining silent or obsessively maintaining a ‎bipartisan relationship by accepting the lowest common denominator.‎

 

Isi Leibler

Denmark Bans Meatballs to Accommodate Muslims

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

One of the largest hospitals in Denmark has admitted to serving only halal beef — meat that is slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic guidelines — to all of its patients regardless of whether or not they are Muslim.

The revelation that Danes are being forced to eat Islamically slaughtered meat at public institutions has triggered a spirited nationwide debate about how far Denmark should go to accommodate the estimated 250,000 Muslim immigrants now living in the country.

The halal food row erupted in July when the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported that Hvidovre Hospital near Copenhagen has been secretly serving only halal-slaughtered meat for the sake of its Muslim patients, for the past ten years. The hospital serves more than 40,000 patients annually, many (if not most) of whom presumably are non-Muslim.

Halal — which in Arabic means lawful or legal — is a term designating any object or action that is permissible according to Islamic Sharia law. In the context of food, halal meat is derived from animals slaughtered by hand according to methods stipulated in Islamic religious texts.

One such halal method, called dhabihah, consists of making a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck that cuts the jugular vein, leaving the animal to bleed to death. Much of the controversy involving halal stems from the fact that Sharia law bans the practice of stunning the animals before they are slaughtered. Pre-slaughter stunning renders the animals unconscious and is said to lessen their pain.

Amid a surge of public outrage over the decision to serve only halal beef, Hvidovre Hospital’s vice president, Torben Mogensen, has been unapologetic. “We have many patients from different ethnic backgrounds, which we must take into account, and it is impossible to have both the one and the other kind of beef,” he says.

“First,” Mogensen adds, “I do not think that a slaughter method as such has anything to do with faith. Second is, of course, that all chickens in Denmark are halal slaughtered, and it has to my knowledge not caused anyone to stop eating chicken.”

Mogensen also says the hospital is not trying to “push the Islamic faith down the throats of non-Muslim patients”

In a press release, Hvidovre Hospital states, “We introduced halal meat both for practical and economic reasons. It would be both more difficult and more expensive to have to make both a halal version and a non-halal version of the dishes. Then we have two production lines. It requires more people, more equipment and more money.”

The hospital advises non-Muslims to take it or leave it: “We always have alternatives to halal meat such as pork, fish or vegetarian dishes. It is a question of attitude.”

According to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, there is no comprehensive inventory of the number of hospitals in Denmark have halal meat on the menu. But officials at the University Hospital in Aarhus, the second-largest urban area in Denmark after Copenhagen, say the decision by Hvidovre Hospital to serve only halal is an example of political correctness run amok.

In an interview with the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Ole Hoffmann, the head chef of Aarhus University Hospital says: “We have never had a patient ask for halal meat, and therefore it is an issue that we have never discussed. I think it is a strange decision. If there was a desire to serve halal meat, then we would of course consider it, but we would never completely eliminate non-halal meat.”

 

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

Soeren Kern

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/denmark-bans-meatballs-to-accommodate-muslims/2013/08/18/

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