Desperation: Canadian newspaper likens Naomi Klein to…. Goebbels

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Canada’s National Post has singled out Naomi Klein, sponsor of the Toronto Declaration, for a vicious hit job based on a piece she wrote when she was 19. A lot of Klein’s piece is pretty good; it’s about Jewish identity. But look how Hillel Neuer, the hatchetman, characterizes it:

Klein has nurtured a strange rage against her own people, faith and national cause, from a remarkably young age…. Interestingly, all this Goebbelslike venom — Israel as wicked, racist and depraved in its essence — as well as the article’s hysteria, rage and paranoia, are erased from Klein’s later accounts.

I can’t wait for Klein to embrace her youthful writings and expand on them, explain them. They’re excerpted by Neuer in a way I find unreliable. For now we’ve gotten this note from her:

"The wacky stalker article is riddled with errors, too many to respond to, even if I wanted to. I will say this: the article in question was  written when I was in first year university. I look forward to the follow up exposé revealing that, in that very same year, I wrote college essays about books I had not actually read."

Also, this just in, the the mayor of Tel Aviv just confirmed in an interview with a Canadian paper that film festival is part of Brand Israel campaign:"He said that while the City to City program was initiated by the festival, the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs was involved as part of its Brand Israel media and advertising campaign, which was launched last year."

That lines up with this piece, which focuses on a letter critical of the film festival that raised the issue of donors‘ influence over the festival’s purposes. Obvious, I know, but:

The open letter points out that in 2008, “the Israeli government and Canadian partners Sidney Greenberg of Astral Media, David Asper of Canwest Global Communications and Joel Reitman of MIJO Corporation launched ‘Brand Israel,’ a million dollar media and advertising campaign aimed at changing Canadian perceptions of Israel.”

An August 28, 2008, article in the Canadian Jewish News, the protest letter explains, “quotes Israeli consul general Amir Gissin as saying that Toronto would be the test city for a promotion that could then be deployed around the world. According to Gissin, the culmination of the campaign would be a major Israeli presence at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.”

28 Responses

  1. Colin Murray
    September 16, 2009, 1:43 pm

    Goebbelslike venom?!? These colonial wackos cheapen reverence for the victims of the Holocaust every time they open their mouths.

    • Citizen
      September 16, 2009, 6:08 pm

      When Goebbels was 19 he was of proven high intelligence and looking for a way to pay for University as his parents were poor. Otherwise, the most significant aspect of him
      at the time was his high scepticism of everything, especially religion. He was never a self-hating
      German, a hater of his own people, the Germans, but of how people are led around
      by the nose via the usual techniques for whatever political purpose. His claim to fame
      rests on the fact that he turned black into white and by the power of his mouthy brand of hasbara (after flirting with communism a bit)
      Germany arose as one Nazi power. Hillel Neuer’s hatchet job on Naomi Klein mirrors
      exactly by its character assasination, cherry-picking, etc EXACTLY what he accuses
      her of. He has turned white into black. Just as Goebbels learned from Bernays, Neuer
      learned from Goebbels. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

      • VR
        September 16, 2009, 8:32 pm

        These individuals have become quite adept at trying to squash any opposition, with an open international media as a hammer. There is removing statements or writing (books, articles, etc.) out of context – re-definition – vilification through false identification – shifting emphasis – straw man – lies – Non Sequitur – meaningless questions – equivocation – Euphemism – ad hominem – error of fact – changing the subject – ambiguous assertions – failure to state – use of outdated information – least plausible hypothesis – argument by scenario – moving the aim of the argument – appeal to complexity and common sense – reductio ad absurdum – pious fraud – argument by generalization- casual reductionism, etc. AND they are all in swing with these reprobates, every fallacious argument you can think of is used.

  2. Jacqueline_Hyde
    September 16, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Canadian propaganda, like Canadian nationalism is a pale imitation of US models.

    At least the spectacle of Canada’s craven leaders is mitigated by the fact that no one pays attention to them anyway.

    • James
      September 16, 2009, 3:34 pm

      the national post came into existance with a fanatical nut case – conrad black who passed the baton over the canwest global ( the asper family – a wealthy jewish family from winnipeg who control a good chunk of media here in canada) and us ”normal’ folks got to watch a paper burn itself into the ground with bullshit right wing ideology… for what it’s worth one of the things i also detested about the national post was its love for everything american… that is another part of the scary movement to the right here in canada… we apparently need to be more like the nuts to the south of us…

      as for canuck nationalism, we tend to not get caught up in all the rah rah, we are the greatest country in the world, patriotism and all the rest of that rot as it is generally pretty counter productive… we can always look to the south to see the pitfalls in leading a country blindy into the ditch with the same sense of nationalism, or patriotism as the folks in the usa like to call it… you can keep it, lol…

      for a more neutral view on canada, check out the globe and mail which is really the only canuck national newspaper… the national post tries, but they are a horrible imitation of anything resembling anything to do with the majority here in canada.

  3. Oscar
    September 16, 2009, 1:51 pm

    It’s time for TIFF to disclose what financial arrangement it has with Brand Israel to permit the second most important film festival in the world (behind Cannes) to be hi-jacked by the highest bidder. Can anyone even imagine the Cannes Film Festival being beholden to propaganda monies?

    Meanwhile, the dude that started it all — John Greyson — has struck back at Robert Lantos for the Lantos hissy fit that had, well . . . Goebbelslike venom.

    Check it out:
    link to

    • Oscar
      September 16, 2009, 1:53 pm

      PS – Jewish Voice for Peace has collected 6657 signatures in support of the Toronto Declaration in less than 24 hours. Sign it if you haven’t already, and send the link to everyone in your address book:

      link to

  4. Margaret
    September 16, 2009, 2:09 pm

    Londonstani could use some help at abu muqqwama.

    link to
    September 16, 2009 | Posted by Londonstani – 9:51am

    Threats to public safety and national security in the UK come from a variety of sources; and not all of them are Islamic.

    We have seen the newly energised extreme right wing of UK politics flex its muscles on the streets of several cities. The last being the planned demonstration in front of a mosque in northwest London. While other extreme political strands like radical Islam make their hostility to mainstream British life clear. The extreme right-wing undermine it while claiming to defend it.
    There is a tendency to focus so intently on Islamist extremism that “the enemy of my enemy” approach makes people who consider themselves open minded suddenly get up and go share a bench with those who admire Hitler.
    Preserving and strengthening the kind of communities and country we want to live in involves guarding against those who seek to undermine both overtly and covertly.

  5. marc b.
    September 16, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Klein has nurtured a strange rage against her own people, faith and national cause, from a remarkably young age…. Interestingly, all this Goebbelslike venom — Israel as wicked, racist and depraved in its essence — as well as the article’s hysteria, rage and paranoia, are erased from Klein’s later accounts.

    A brilliant bit of pathology. He first libels Klein as a traitor to her race, then links her, metaphorically, to the racist National Socialist state. What demons are racing around in Hillel’s little head, one can only guess.

    • Citizen
      September 16, 2009, 6:16 pm

      Hillel has mainlined Nazi Goebbels himself and projected his own Zio-nazi nature onto Klein.

  6. Richard Witty
    September 16, 2009, 2:37 pm

    I think Klein is guilty of negligence, nowhere near “Goebbels”.

    The significance of “Goebbels” is more specific than just calling her a nazi. Its that he was the orchestrator of propaganda. Its a bad comparison. But, I think it is accurate to state that she spins.

    And, I’m saddened that she has not expanded her sympathies, instead apparently replacing them.

    A self-identified Jew sympathizes with humanity, with neighbors/other, and with their own family of family.

    It requires an intersection to not betray a complete picture of justice. A selection just won’t do.

    It is reasonable to criticize policies, especially if one has a practical proposal for an alternative.

    • James
      September 16, 2009, 3:43 pm

      may as well call the national post “Goebbels” then, as it isn’t news coverage! it’s just a propaganda rag that i thought you would like!!!

    • Citizen
      September 16, 2009, 6:23 pm

      Propaganda is propaganda, spin is spin, as in Brand Israel-worthy of Bernays/Goebbels. Klein merely points this out. Response by likudesque Zionist morality? Same as response by Nazi morality. In terms of universal morality and ethics, Klein’s the least negligent.

      • Kathleen
        September 16, 2009, 7:22 pm

        this is just more efforts to distract from what Naomi and the rest are pointing at. The effort to rebrand Israel and celebrating Israel at a film festival that should be attempting to be neutral not promoting a certain city, country, agenda etc. The focus should be on the fellow who allowed this to happen not Naomi

  7. marc b.
    September 16, 2009, 2:56 pm

    Richard, Neuer’s amateurish forensic psychoanalysis of Klein is embarrassing. His chronology of Klein’s self-loathing starts at age 12 and his narrative of her ‘transgressions’ focuses an article from her freshman year at college. I have my own criticisms of Klein, independent of her opinion of Israel, but the statute of limitations on ‘negligence’ has run in this case, if you are referring to the evidentiary core of Neuer’s article.

  8. VR
    September 16, 2009, 3:40 pm

    Once again the Israelis (for the most part) and their supporters want to reduce the issue to the ridiculous, like little children name calling on a school playground. That is because there is no argument for their behavior – ZERO, none. If you want to talk about propaganda look at the now turning stupid hasbara express – from the blatant to the shaded, they are all the same. Trying to confound the atrocious acts of Israel with the entire Jewish people, and trying to stick together with lying glue that criticism and a call for Israel to stop these atrocities or they will meet the people with the force of their displeasure, trying to confuse this with antisemitism. Enough is enough –


  9. marc b.
    September 16, 2009, 3:53 pm

    trying to stick together with lying glue

    Lying glue, you say. Fascinating.

  10. MRW
    September 16, 2009, 4:09 pm

    Hillel Neuer, who wrote that article, is head or director or something of UN Watch in Geneva, along with a raft of Zionist compatriots. UN Watch claims it is ”promoting human rights“ as it keeps its eye on the UN. Neuer should start with Israel’s backyard and clean up that mess before he lectures, or vilifies, anyone else.

    v…, that YouTube video you cited directly, which YouTube calls “Apartheid Israeli Style. Auschwitz of our time in Palestine,” is so powerful, and moving.
    link to

  11. MRW
    September 16, 2009, 4:10 pm

    correction: “that YouTube video you cited directly” should be “that YouTube video you cited directly above”

  12. BradAllen
    September 16, 2009, 4:16 pm

    The National Post is not CANADIAN. CANWEST which owns the paper and other local media outlest is owned by the ASPER family, founder ISRAEL ASPER. IZZY as he used to be liked to be called, not sure why, was a very close friend of B-Yahou and publicly instructed his media to be pro Israel on their reporting, something like the idiot Murdoch. Both these guys had no fear of showing their alliances with the Zionist state and openly declared their loyalty to this movement. IZZY, before his death, invited B-Yahou to visit him in Canada and when B-yahou stopped in Montreal to give a talk to a local university he started a riot with many students deciding to break things and become very loud. IZZY was incensed by this and instructed his media outlets, the TV part, GLOBAL TV to do a “documentary” on the incident in Montreal calling it, get this “trying to control the media”. He openly criticized the students of trying to block and control information…duh!!! Like the kettle calling the pot, well you know that stupid racist saying.
    The National Post hires mostly pro Israel employees who openly declare their willingness to publish pro Israel info. CANWEST is not a popular organization and many of its low level employees call it racist and unfair in its treatment. Also, if you are a prominent Jew and need a job and are pro Zionist, they will provide you with a platform, point in case, Linda Frum, who was recently appointed as Senator as a favour to her brother David Frum, a close friend of PM Stephen Harper. Sounds like a SOAP, it is. Don’t ask how the MOSAD asked and received several Canadian Passports to use in their intelligence operations. A local EX Mosad agent blew the whistle on this and is now living in Ottawa Canada.
    The NATIONAL POST, and THE OTTAWA CITIZEN, Canada’s capital only national newspaper are the voice and opinion of ISRAEL ASPER and his family, no more no less. The only good thing about this is that CANWEST is facing bankruptcy. The ASPER boys who took it over from their father just did not have the business know how. Many rumours in Winnipeg where they reside about lavish spendings and well, gossip.

  13. Koozie
    September 16, 2009, 4:32 pm

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, and we know that TIFF is an instrument of Brand Israel, I would like to quote parts of a poem by ee cummings which I think is terribly appropriate called I Sing of Olaf, which goes…

    I sing of Olaf glad and big
    whose warmest heart recoiled at war…
    …Olaf (upon what were once knees)
    does almost ceaselessly repeat
    “there is some shit I will not eat”.

  14. Chris Moore
    September 16, 2009, 4:32 pm

    A typical, almost laughably desperate Zionist hatchet job, but this National Post Hasbaranik has the chutzpah to lie right off the bat, claiming in the very first paragraph that the boycott of TIFF is “for the crime of showing films from Tel Aviv…”

    Yeah, sure. That’s all it’s about. These anti-Zionists are in a rage because a film is being shown from the Jewish state. Why, next they’ll be haranguing a theater near you for showing a film made by a Jewish director. Islamofascism on the march! Terrorists! Terrorists!

    This characteristic of ethnocentric Jews flipping out, flying into a rage and declaring war every time one of their tribe refuses to role over for their misdeeds has grown exceedingly thin. I’m really surprised they’ve been able to keep it together is as long as they have. Little wonder so many Jews just end up walking away.

  15. Shmuel
    September 16, 2009, 4:58 pm

    “A piece she wrote when she was 19.”

    I knew Hillel Neuer when he was 9, and he was already a pest then. Case closed.

  16. jawad
    September 16, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Hey Roger Ebert changed his mind about TIFF after we wrote to him. This would not have happened in the pre-Gaza world. Dan from this comments section helped me.

    “I’m writing this the day after first posting this entry. I now regret it. The point I make about artists is perfectly valid but I realize I wasn’t prepared with enough facts about the events leading up to the Festival’s decision to showcase Tel Aviv in the City-to-City section. I thought of it as an innocent goodwill gesture, but now realize it was part of a deliberate plan to “re-brand” Israel in Toronto, as a pilot for a larger such program. The Festival should never have agreed to be used like this. It was naive for the plan’s supporters to believe it would have the effect they hoped for. The original entry remains below. The first 50 or so comments were posted before these regrets.”

  17. Kathleen
    September 16, 2009, 7:11 pm

    Now Naomi is experiencing what it has been like for anyone who challenges the policies of Israel or those who support those policies. Naomi Klein will rip up their weak arguments. She is brilliant, calm and full of a commitment to justice.

    We are right behind you Naomi…

  18. Rehmat
    September 16, 2009, 8:07 pm

    The National Post is known as the “flagship” of Zionist lobby in Canada. The newspaper is most nptorious in Muslim-bashing and is always full of crap on Islamic regime in Tehran.

    Had the idiot compared Naomi with Mrs. Magda Goebbels – it would have made some historic similarity – because Magda too had Jewish roots. Naomi Klein is a fair-headed writer. However, I have no respect for her father-in-law, Stephen Lewis, who is a ‘Islamophobe’ and along with his David Lewis was quite active in supporting Baifra rebellion against Nigeria’s Muslim majority.

  19. cogit8
    September 16, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Philip and Adam,
    I’d really like to see more coverage of The Push for War with Iran. While you are discussing worthwhile topics, The Lobby and all the fish in the school are swimming and slanting the news in one direction. You should be covering your people’s Party Line: “If the sanctions are not tough enough, Israel will be forced to attack Iran”. This crock of war-monger shit is being spread all over the MSM, as you guys discuss smaller issues.

    I’d also like to see more emphasis on how the Jew-inspired War on Islamic Terror has sucked up major amounts of the US budget that could have been used to improve the health-care system and pull the country out of recession. A lot of your people calling for the crucifixion of Iran are sitting in the Promised Land of Palm Springs (or wherever) just trying to stay afloat in their pools filled with milk and honey, as the rest of the country sucks wind.

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