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June 27, 2012 0

Sabeel Attacks Israel From All Angles In Its “Cornerstone” Publication

The Spring 2012 edi­tion of Cor­ner­stone, a pub­li­ca­tion of the Sabeel Ecu­meni­cal Lib­er­a­tion The­ol­ogy Cen­ter, is a full scale assault on Israel’s legit­i­macy from all angles. The Sabeel Cen­ter is a dri­ving force behind the cam­paign by main­line Protes­tant churches to divest from Israel, includ­ing a num­ber of pro­posed res­o­lu­tions being con­sid­ered at next week’s Pres­by­ter­ian Gen­eral Assembly.

The pub­li­ca­tion depicts Israel as sys­tem­at­i­cally racist, employs offen­sive Holo­caust imagery and uses the­o­log­i­cal argu­ments to demo­nize the Jew­ish State.

An arti­cle titled The Role of the Prophet, writ­ten by Sabeel Cen­ter co-founder and exec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Jonathan Kut­tab, notes that “Judaism brought [together] the two cor­rec­tives of the Law and the Prophets.” It then describes Israel as an unjust and racist coun­try that approves “laws that vio­late the inter­ests and free­doms of the indi­vid­ual or the minori­ties liv­ing among them.”

Kut­tab blames most Jews in Israel for what he per­ceives as unfair treat­ment of the Arab pop­u­la­tion, say­ing, “the major­ity of Israeli Jews, act­ing through their duly elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives are the archi­tects of these laws.”

An arti­cle sub­mit­ted by Mos­sawa, the advo­cacy cen­ter for Arab cit­i­zens of Israel, is titled Anti-Democratic, Anti-Arab Leg­is­la­tion in Israel. The syn­op­sis states “there are at least 35 laws which dis­crim­i­nate directly or indi­rectly against Arab cit­i­zens of Israel.” The arti­cle lists “four key leg­isla­tive mea­sures” as evi­dence, cit­ing as one exam­ple the Cit­i­zen­ship law, which Mos­sawa claims “dis­pro­por­tion­ately affects Arab cit­i­zens,” although it applies to all Israelis.

An Open Let­ter to For­eign Mis­sions by Taiseer Khatib, an Arab cit­i­zen of Israel, tells a story of his wife and chil­dren hav­ing prob­lems obtain­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dency inside of Israel. This prob­lem, Khatib con­tends, is a result of the Cit­i­zen­ship Law, which he claims shows Israel’s racism since its goal is allegedly to “dimin­ish the num­ber of the Arab pop­u­la­tion.” He adds that this “should remind Jews in Israel of dark times in their own his­tory, when they were them­selves sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies, never to see them again.”

A poem titled Hear O Israel by Jew­ish Voice for Peace activist David Glick also makes claims that Israel is inher­ently racist and com­pares the coun­try to Nazi Ger­many, say­ing, “But what O Israel/Have you become?/The Nazis made me fear­ful to be a Jew/but you [Israel] have made me ashamed.” He then writes “Time to con­front the dark­ness we have become./With the Holo­caust it is Never Forget/but with Deir Yassin it is Never Mind.”

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May 23, 2012 0

Anti-Semite Dieudonne In the News in France

Update: Dieudonne ran unsuc­cess­fully for French Par­lia­ment as the Anti-Zionist Party can­di­date from Dreux. He was elim­i­nated in the sec­ond round of the elec­tion, receiv­ing just 1.14% of votes castHis film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Anti-Semitic per­former Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala has gar­nered some media atten­tion in France since he announced on May 18 that he will be run­ning for Par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of the Anti-Zionist Party (Parti Anti-Sioniste or PAS) in upcom­ing elec­tions. Dieudonne is known for his per­for­mances which rou­tinely include Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic language.

This is not Dieudonne’s first time run­ning for polit­i­cal office. Most recently, he stood as a can­di­date for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Anti-Zionist Party, receiv­ing 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to its web­site, the Anti-Zionist Party’s pri­mary goal is to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France.

Dieudonne, one of four PAS mem­bers run­ning for Par­lia­ment, hopes to rep­re­sent the city of Dreux, 50 miles west of Paris. The other PAS can­di­dates are run­ning in the 8th and 13th dis­tricts in the North as well as the 14th dis­trict in the Rhone region.

While Dieudonne has repeat­edly been pros­e­cuted for his racist and anti-Semitic per­for­mances and com­ments, none of his crim­i­nal con­vic­tions ren­der his can­di­dacy ille­gal. Accord­ing to an arti­cle in the French edi­tion of The Huff­in­g­ton Post, even if his cam­paign mate­ri­als incite hatred or racial vio­lence, the penal­ties would be sig­nif­i­cant (€45,000 fine and five years in prison) but would not make him inel­i­gi­ble for Parliament.

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May 18, 2012 2

Anti-Semite Dieudonne’s Tour Cancelled in Montreal

Update: Dieudonne’s film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Four sched­uled shows in Mon­treal by French come­dian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose act rou­tinely includes Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic lan­guage, were can­celled last week by Quebec’s largest con­cert promoter.

The can­celled shows were part of Dieudonne’s first attempt to seri­ously pro­mote his first fea­ture film L’Antisémite, released ear­lier this year, in North Amer­ica. The film, report­edly funded in part by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, makes no attempt to con­ceal its mes­sage. The film’s trailer shows Dieudonne declar­ing, “It’s clear the Jews con­trol every­thing — media, finance, pol­i­tics. We no longer have a choice,” before arriv­ing to the appar­ent punch line, “we must exter­mi­nate them.” Another short clip from the film mocks the dis­cov­ery of the gas cham­bers at Auschwitz, sug­gest­ing that they were a fabrication.

Dieudonne has been the sub­ject of much con­tro­versy in Europe where he has been con­victed of incit­ing hatred in France and is under inves­ti­ga­tion in Bel­gium for “incit­ing racial hatred and xeno­pho­bia” dur­ing a per­for­mance ear­lier this year. Addi­tion­ally, Bel­gian author­i­ties recently forced Dieudonne to can­cel two shows in Brus­sels, and French police stopped Dieudonne mid-performance on May 9 for break­ing local defama­tion laws.

In addi­tion to his per­for­mances, Dieudonne makes his views known out­side the con­text of his sup­posed com­edy, includ­ing run­ning for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Parti Anti Sion­iste (the Anti-Zionist Party), which received 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to the party’s web­site, its pri­mary goals are to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France, denounce all politi­cians who advo­cate for Zion­ism, and to erad­i­cate all forms of Zion­ism from France.

In April 2010, Dieudonne was inter­viewed on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV, where he claimed that Zion­ism has orga­nized “all the wars and dis­or­ders on the planet.” He also argued that the stock mar­ket and the unem­ploy­ment that resulted from its crash are part of the “Zion­ist project” and that Zion­ists manip­u­late the film indus­try using movies as Jew­ish propaganda.

Dieudonne, the son of a French mother and a Cameroon­ian father, is also noto­ri­ous for a grotesque provo­ca­tion in 2008 in which he had his assis­tant, dressed as a Jew in a con­cen­tra­tion camp, present an award to Robert Fau­ris­son, a seri­ally con­victed Holo­caust denier, at a show at the Zenith The­ater in Paris. Dieudonne was fined €10,000 for the inci­dent, which was con­sid­ered a “pub­lic insult of peo­ple of Jew­ish faith or origin.”

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