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The Harper doctrine: You're all anti-Semites
Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | David Akin

Posted on 01/20/2014 3:25:22 PM PST by rickmichaels

JERUSALEM — In a historic speech here, Prime Minister Stephen Harper rolled out a new definition of anti-Semitism — name-calling that will be controversial at home and on the global diplomatic circuit but which will make him into a mega-star in Israel.

Two Arab-Israeli members of the 120-seat Knesset thought Harper's speech was objectionable enough even before he got around to this controversial re-definition. They walked out on his speech, loudly hollering at the Canadian prime minister about injustices to their communities.

Harper's speech was historic because it was the first ever by a Canadian prime minister to the Knesset. It was just as historic for Israel in that it was the first time two MKs — Members of the Knesset — walked out on a visiting foreign dignitary.

But, of course, there has never been a speech to the Knesset like Harper's speech.

It was blunt. Angry. Honest, perhaps, to a fault. Full of admiration for Israel. And full of scorn for those in Canada and around the world who organize academic boycotts and Israel apartheid rallies. "Quite simply, weak and wrong," he called those fools.

It was precisely at the point where Harper was dismantling the "sickening" logic of the use of the term "Israeli apartheid" that Ahmad Tibi and Talab Abu Arar, one half of the Ra'am-Ta'al-Mada caucus in the Knesset, walked out.

They missed a remarkable finish to Harper's speech in which he extended the definition of anti-Semitism to include a great many more people.

Basically, in Harper's formulation, you're an anti-Semite if you criticize Israel. And no, I don't believe I'm exaggerating.

"Of course, criticism of Israeli government policy is not in and of itself necessarily anti-Semitic," Harper began, sounding reasonable and accommodating.

After all, calling someone an anti-Semite is to say they are ignorant, that they harbour hateful and prejudiced views. It's not a nice thing to say about anyone.

After that opening came a series of questions and tests with which he hoped to force this issue.

"What else can we call criticism that selectively condemns only the Jewish state and effectively denies its right to defend itself while systematically ignoring or excusing the violence and oppression all around it?" Anti-semitism.

"What else can we call it when Israel is routinely targeted at the United Nations and when Israel remains the only country to be the subject of a permanent agenda item at the regular sessions of its human rights council?" Why, anti-semitism, of course.

"Any judgment of Israel's actions must start with this understanding: In the 65 years that modern Israel has been a nation, Israelis have endured attacks and slanders beyond counting and have never known a day of true peace." If you don't understand that, well ... you're a you-know-what.

"Neither Israel's existence nor its policies are responsible for the instability in the Middle East today." That last bit surely is an arguable point but argue it and you'll risk Harper calling you out for "weak and wrong" new-style anti-Semitism.

"One must look beyond Israel's borders to find the causes of the relentless oppression, poverty and violence in much of the region, of the heartbreaking suffering of Syrian refugees, of sectarian violence and the fears of religious minorities, especially Christians, and of the current domestic turmoil in so many states."

In other words, there's nothing to see here in Jerusalem. Move along.

In Israel, they love this. An enthusiastic standing ovation in the Knesset, front page newspaper headlines and approving editorials here are proof of that.

But how can Israel and the Palestinians find peace when Mssrs. Tibi and Abu Arar can't even stand listening to a 30-minute speech by a Canadian prime minister? If all sides are calling each other names, who will reach out for peace and understanding first? Harper or Tibi and Abu Arar?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: davidakin; harperisraelspeech; iran; israel; jihadistshill; judeophobe; judeophobia; judeophobic; keystonexl; stephenharper; torontosun

1 posted on 01/20/2014 3:25:22 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels
"Any judgment of Israel's actions must start with this understanding: In the 65 years that modern Israel has been a nation, Israelis have endured attacks and slanders beyond counting and have never known a day of true peace." If you don't understand that, well ... you're a you-know-what.

Yes, I believe you are.

how can Israel and the Palestinians find peace when Mssrs. Tibi and Abu Arar can't even stand listening to a 30-minute speech by a Canadian prime minister?

Exactly.

2 posted on 01/20/2014 3:29:55 PM PST by marron
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To: rickmichaels

I can’t find anything I disagree with Harper on in the speech.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 3:31:12 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: rickmichaels

he is correct

and we can still criticize Israel on abortion, for instance


4 posted on 01/20/2014 3:34:49 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: rickmichaels; BillyBoy; GeronL; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

Sounds like an excellent speech.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 3:36:40 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: rickmichaels

Very refreshing. And absolutely true.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 3:37:54 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rickmichaels

Wow...Harper gets it

It is anti-Semitic the way Israel is treated


7 posted on 01/20/2014 3:40:38 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: rickmichaels
Basically, in Harper's formulation, you're an anti-Semite if you criticize Israel. And no, I don't believe I'm exaggerating.

I'd like to hear Mr. Akin's thoughts if the words "Harper", "anti-Semite" and "Israel" were replaced with the words "Obama", "racist" and "the President".

8 posted on 01/20/2014 3:45:02 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: rickmichaels

>>But how can Israel and the Palestinians find peace when Mssrs. Tibi and Abu Arar can’t even stand listening to a 30-minute speech by a Canadian prime minister? <<

The author is right, but not for the reason he thinks.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 3:48:58 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Indeed. Akin is a douche.


10 posted on 01/20/2014 3:49:16 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

And having Stephen Harper at the helm for Canadians has been a blessing for that country.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 3:55:44 PM PST by maica (We are seeing an interesting mixture of malice and incompetence at healthcare.gov)
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To: rickmichaels

I am not an antisemite. I am definitely an antitermite. Count on me to be against all bugs.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 4:02:42 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: rickmichaels
Basically, in Harper's formulation, you're an anti-Semite if you criticize Israel. And no, I don't believe I'm exaggerating.

That is not even close to what Harper said. Harper layed out several very reasonable litmus tests which I bet Mr. Akin and many of his colleagues fail. In Akin's mind he and his ilk are not anti-semetic just because they have come to the cultured, nuanced, well educated decision that Israel needs to be destroyed.

13 posted on 01/20/2014 4:15:50 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: rickmichaels
The significance of 2 arab muslims in the Israeli Knesset shows what a lie the apartheid accusation is.
14 posted on 01/20/2014 4:23:09 PM PST by RginTN
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To: maica

You have no idea. Since 2008 Canada has been governed by a conservative economist and has reaped the benefits. In that time the US has been governed by a marxist community organizer. Do the math.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 4:24:04 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: rickmichaels

Dominant neo-marxist left-wing media in Canada are in a seething mad rage at hearing this. Their animus is in overdrive.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 4:52:48 PM PST by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks rickmichaels for all three:

Harper right on Israel & Palestine
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3113760/posts

Stephen Harper vows loyalty to Israel in speech to Knesset
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3113762/posts


17 posted on 01/20/2014 5:01:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: rickmichaels
"What else can we call criticism that selectively condemns only the Jewish state and effectively denies its right to defend itself while systematically ignoring or excusing the violence and oppression all around it?" Anti-semitism.

"What else can we call it when Israel is routinely targeted at the United Nations and when Israel remains the only country to be the subject of a permanent agenda item at the regular sessions of its human rights council?" Why, anti-semitism, of course.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is right on the above... He's calling it like it is...

18 posted on 01/20/2014 6:25:57 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Former Proud Canadian
You have no idea.

I have a very good idea. My pension is from working in Canada, and its value in US dollars has appreciated very much during the Harper years.

But I hear that Canadians are looking forward to having another Trudeau to be its leader. That is as crazy as what New Yorkers have just done.

19 posted on 01/21/2014 4:39:48 AM PST by maica (We are seeing an interesting mixture of malice and incompetence at healthcare.gov)
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To: maica
Baby Trudeau will not become PM. Even the dullest realize he is simply a dilettante, playing at politics.
20 posted on 01/21/2014 5:36:53 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Impy
I can't figure out why the heck bigotry against Jews is referred to as "anti-Semitism" in our culture. It makes no logical sense. One time someone asked Palestinian sympathizer Helen Thomas if she was "anti-Semite", and she pointed out of the obvious: she IS a "Semite" because of her Lebanese heritage. Most of the Muslims in the Middle East that want to wipe Israel off the map are from Semitic cultures as well (including all native Arab speakers, since Arabic is a Semitic language). Seriously, it's about as logical as accusing an Italian-American who chants "Deport all Mexicans" of being "anti-Latin" or "anti-Catholic"

Anyway, back on topic... Israel's actions lately have made me distance myself from being huge fans of their government and giving them lots of American tax dollars. I can't believe a bunch of freepers were gushing about how wonderful Ariel Sharon was, and ignoring his treasonous record as PM because he had been a great general years earlier (so was Benedict Arnold, but nobody gets all misty eyed about him) I never bought all this stuff that evangelicals blather about how we must "Stand with Israel" on everything they ever say or do and how they're "God's chosen people" and all Jews are outstanding examples of freedom and democracy, blah blah blah (really don't understand the mentality, especially since these same groups argue elsewhere that anyone who doesn't accept Jesus as their savior is going to hell...)

Now, that being said -- Stephen Harper is absolutely right that most the world spends their time beating up on Israel and being biased in favor of the Muslims, which makes no logical sense given that the Muslims have about 98% of the land in the Middle East and want to cry about how unfair it is and how oppressed they are because they don't have 100%. I've even argued this point with a Catholic palestinaian sympather, asking her why the Jews should have to give back the land they "stole" from the Muslims, but the Muslims NEVER are expected to give back the land THEY stole from the Christians, even though it's 20X as much land area. She had no answer for that but changed the subject continued to rag on Israel.

Even Israel's "allies" who CLAIM to be staunch defenders of the Isreali state (George W. Bush administration, I'm looking at you), constantly take the Palestinian's position that Israel needs to stop building "settlements" in the West Bank because it "offends" the Muslims, blah blah blah. I'm honestly sick of that. We have no right to dictate to another country about where it puts its people, and no matter how the Muslims don't like, the fact is that West Bank and the Gaza strip are still part of Israeli territory and not part of an imaginary "Palestinian state". Israel is a tiny sliver of a country and the idea they should have to give up half their land to have "peace", but the Muslims NEVER have to give up ANY of the huge tracks of land they have control over, is the biggest load of BS I ever heard.

In summery: all this crap about "anti-semetism" and how Israel is a shining role model for the world and can do wrong is BS (as Harper pointed out, you certainly CAN criticize Israel and NOT be an "anti-semite"). But at the same time, the idea that the rest of the world can bully Israel around and dictate how they should run their affairs is also total BS. Israel is a sovereign state that has a right to control its own borders, and will remain so no matter how much Palestinian sympathizers cry about it.

21 posted on 01/21/2014 10:54:32 AM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: BillyBoy

Re Semites:

Yeah that’s dumb. Arabs are Semites.

“Latin” for Spanish speaking countries but not Italian is also dumb. And what about French and Romanian? Those are romance languages too. ;d

“Homophobia” is another one.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 11:04:35 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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