I make no comment here on the rights and wrongs of the Israeli-Arab conflict, or the appalling historical episode of which Mrs Allaf writes; I merely refer you to the source whose judgement Mrs Allaf proffers. "Israel Shamir" is the nom de plume of a writer whose real name is Jöran Jermas. So far from being, as he claims, a leading Israeli intellectual and translator, Shamir is of Russian origin, and has lived in Sweden for the past 20 years. His writings, which are widely circulated on the Internet, are unambiguously antisemitic.
9 Jul 2007 ... "Shamir", a regular on Counterpunch, is so openly pro-Nazi that even European anti-Israel activist groups repudiate him as an embarrassment ...
ISM... a Swedish antisemite (See: "Israeli writer is Swedish anti-Semite") who also passes himself off as a "Jew" (all the better to make propaganda). Known widely as the "toxic dwarf" (extreme antisemite plus low intellect), Israel Shamir (also known as Joran Jermas) is such an awful antisemite that even some pro-Palestinian Arab/anti-Zionist activists have rejected him. Read "Sue has seen the light" for more details. According to the now infamous Marxist anti-Zionist Dr. Sue Blackwell, Shamir is a Nazi
Shofar FTP Archives: Nigel Parry who runs 'The Electronic Intifada exposes Israel Shamir (wha was posing as a "jew") ...a neo-Nazi
...informed about the antisemitic book "Flowers of Galilee" of a swedish-russian antisemite who converted to be a greek orthodox and spreads his poison under the name of Israel Shamir, he changed in few years in Sweden his name twice. He was called Jöran Jermas, now his name is Adam Ermash.
Israel Shamir, the "Israeli-Jewish" enemy of Zionism (and now of Judaism too) has a secret identity which he won't deny or speak about. He just smears his critics. Here is photgraphic evidence that Shamir, the darling of White Supremacists... and other racists is a Swedish bloke called Joram Jermas.
responses to racism and antisemitism... In early February, the extreme left-wing party Rød Valgallianse (Red Electoral Alliance − RV) demanded that one of its local politicians, the teacher Hans Olav Brendberg, withdraw from the party due to numerous antisemitic statements he had made on the Norwegian Internet discussion forum KK-forum and to his close ties with Israeli anti-Zionist Israel Shamir.
Shamir also once tried to sell Nazi memorabilia to David Irving, a famous British Holocaust denier. Even Palestinian activists Ali Abunimah (who has his own pro-Palestinian website) and Hussein Ibish have denounced Shamir as an anti-Semite.
Israel Shamir... is a fringe character who apparently once tried to enter into a business arrangement for the sale of Nazi memorabilia with the notorious British Holocaust denier David Irving. Irvings web site includes his very curious correspondence with Shamir, and there is independent confirmation that Shamir was indeed involved in such schemes. (London Times, September 1, 1998; Evening News (Edinburgh), September 1, 1998)
If that were not enough, Shamir, who usually adopts a left wing persona for his harangues against Israel, has also written for extreme right-wing periodicals in Russia under the name Robert David, even denouncing Andre Sakharov as a Zionist agent. Thus, according to the late Israeli Sovietologist Mikhail Agursky, a right wing Russian journal known as Politika featured an article:
.. written by one Robert David denouncing [Andre] Sakharov. The article is full of allegations that Sakharov was a harmful Zionist agent. Robert David is presented as an "Israeli". His identity is well known. As Israel Shamir (Shmerling), he came to Israel in the late 1960s from Novosibirsk and soon became an extreme leftist.
.. Shamir now lives in Moscow under the name Robert David; and, under his own name, he now loses no opportunity to claim that Zionists are the worst enemy of the Russian people, and to call Russian liberals Zionist agents.. He glorified Saddam Hussein and indirectly calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
.. Shamir is not only in open friendly relations with Iraq and Arab terrorist organizations, but also actively participates in the campaign to delegitimize Israel. (Jerusalem Post, August 15, 1991)
It's not the first time Israel Shamir has been promoted by an extremist self-styled "traditionalist" Catholic. Back in July we had noted E. Michael Jones' "Culture Wars' Troubling Praise of Israel Shamir" (Fringewatch July 3, 2006) and Shamir's own controversial reputation among the left. Apparently once a darling of the Palestinian cause, his anti-semitism proved so toxic that he was deemed a public relations disaster and eventually disowned by his comrades (See Nigel Parry's The Israel Shamir Case and Roland Rance's Israel Shamir: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?, from the Socialist Viewpoint). One might get a sense of Shamir's worldview by his conclusion from his recent essay that: Armed with Schmitts thesis and Bauers testimony, we may conclude: "the 'liberal democracy and human rights' doctrine carried by the US marines across the Tigris and the Oxus is a form of secularised Judaism. Considering the predominance of Jews... Shamir's writings are similar to that of other anti-semites: society's ills perceived through the lens of a global Zionist conspiracy, "Talmudic" (or in some cases, secular) Judaism set against Christian civilization.