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There are two big opposing political memes touching on Zionism in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. One is that Europe is unsafe for Jews. This idea is the very basis of Zionism. Our site will be chronicling the upsurge in this belief because it is an important news story: more and more Zionists are expressing it. (Abe Foxman: “if France doesn’t heal itself, ultimately, the Jews will leave.”  Commentary: Muslims pose the threat of another Holocaust: “Jews in France—and, given certain trends, elsewhere in Europe, from Great Britain to Scandinavia—have to consider their literal survival.”)

The other meme is a bit quieter, but it’s out there: Israel is losing legitimacy in the eyes of the world because it discriminates on a religious basis and occupies Palestine and is causing problems for the west. The country’s claim to be a Jewish democracy is an anachronism in our age, and one that sticks out like a sore thumb in the wake of Gaza. The people who express fears about the Jewish place in Europe tend to deny that Israel’s actions have anything to do with European or Muslim attitudes about Jews. But even these advocates are painfully aware of Israel’s delegitimization.

Here are a few reports reflecting that trend. First, “Israel faces worsening isolation,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry says in a new classified report, published by Ynet:

Israel’s worsening position on the world stage is expected to decline further in 2015, claims a Foreign Ministry report, which warns that more sanctions could be on the way.

The classified document, sent by the Foreign Ministry to Israeli missions worldwide, warns of possible diplomatic damage to Israel due to “moves to mark settlement products, stop the supply of replacement parts; debates on sanctions against Israel; demands for compensation for damage caused by Israel to European projects in the Palestinian territories; European activity in Area C, under Israeli rule; and more.”

French independence of Israel is an important part of the trend, Ynet says, as BDS gains traction in Europe:

The document lists a series of economic sanctions and boycotts imposed as a result of the freeze in peace talks with the Palestinians, which are expected to seriously hurt Israel.

“The Europeans are creating a clear connection between diplomatic relations and economic ones (and) in this context, it is important to note that Europe is Israel’s main trading partner,” the document states.

This deterioration is reflected, among other things, “in independent French activity, including at the UN Security Council, and in the heightening of negative signals sent to Israel.”

And even the relationship with the U.S. is at stake!

The academic boycott against Israel could also escalate. Universities in Europe and the United States are expected to push for a halt in cooperation with Israeli academic institutes.

The classified document further warns that “American influence is successful, at present, in delaying practical decisions until after the elections in Israel. But in the wake of the systematic Palestinian policy to move the conflict to the UN arena, there’s no guarantee the US will continue using its veto rights after elections.”

These changes represent a legitimization crisis for Israel. When Netanyahu marched in Paris for political freedom last week, a Liberal Democrat British politician tweeted that the sight made him sick and, “Je Suis Palestinian.” Just tweets, you’d think. But Daniel Taub, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, sent a defensive letter to the head of the politician’s party condemning the comments:

“At a time when leaders were united in condemnation of extremist atrocities, Mr [David] Ward’s statement is a disgraceful attempt to politicise suffering, delegitimise Israel, and justify acts of terror.”

Ward and other liberal European politicians are concerned that Israel is hurting European security. As the New York Times reports, one French mosque leader says that young Muslims are drawn to extremist groups because Israel is killing Palestinian babies.

Andrew Levine at Counterpunch says that Gaza changed everything, and people are quietly running for the exits. In “The Delegitimization of Israel.” Levine says that the U.S. will abandon Israel ultimately, as liberal Zionists are forced to admit that the project was always about ethnic supremacy:

There is little doubt that, despite the best efforts of the entire corporate media system, Gaza had an impact on American public opinion. All indications are that it has had a far greater impact on public opinion in Europe. It has certainly affected the attitudes of European governments.

Something like this was bound to happen eventually. Israel has been exhausting moral capital from the moment of its inception, and there is a limit to how long a country can get by on empty.

Congress will be the last to bolt, with the White House close behind.   But bolt they will – someday…

liberal Zionists are coming to the realization that the only way Israel can survive as a Jewish state in the long run is by suppressing the political and national rights of the majority of people living within the borders it craves. It can be, as they say, Jewish or democratic, but not both.

It could hardly ever have been otherwise. Zionism was a colonial project aimed at establishing the supremacy of ethnic Jews over the land’s indigenous population.

Therefore, from the outset, Israel was an ethnocratic settler state. Liberal Zionists could deny this reality for a while; they could live with the contradiction. But those days are over.

Lastly, Orly Noy at +972 states that Israel is becoming a “pariah” state. In a piece titled, “The real reason why Netanyahu wants French Jews to move to Israel” she makes the connection between the two memes. Israeli persecution of Palestinians exploits and fosters Jewish insecurity in Europe:

On the face of it, Netanyahu’s call [for French Jews to move to Israel] is so baseless that it forces us to look for the real incentive being offered to France’s Jews. …Why move to a country that is being torn apart by internal conflict – one that is seen as a pariah in the eyes of a growing number of countries around the world? Why move to country whose belligerent actions are partially responsible for the growing lack of security among Jewish communities in Europe and other places?

I can think of one incentive alone: the privilege of formally being placed above the Muslim other. To have the right to live in a country that prefers you simply because you are Jewish. And even if you have never set foot here, this state will grant you privileges over its non-Jewish residents who have lived here for generations. Netanyahu is actually saying: in France you are a weak Jew – vulnerable and under attack. The Israeli experience will provide you with a uniform and a flag, in whose name you can rule as masters.


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  1. HarryLaw on January 18, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Strangely enough the Arab peace plan of 2002 based on the 67 borders and an agreed formula for a limited right of return would have been the basis for a majority of people of Jewish origin to govern Israel for the foreseeable future, probably on something like approx 75%-25%. This together with the prospect of peace with all its Arab neighbors and the entire Islamic world was summarily rejected by the Israeli government. They want all the ‘Land of Israel’ and they are prepared to fight and kill in order to get it, their prospects are not good, 1/The demographics are against them, many people think there is already a majority of Palestinians between the Jordan and Mediterranean, 2/The world will not put up with an Apartheid regime, 3/ The technological and military developments of their enemies grow by the day, Hezbollah have 150,000 rockets aimed at Israels vitals, Iran has an even more destructive capacity,

  2. David Doppler on January 18, 2015, 3:32 pm

    A collection of great insights here. Thank you.

    You close with Orly Noy’s connection between Israel’s self-delegitimization and its perception of rising Anti-Semitism, beneath a surface in which Israel denies such connections: “The Israeli experience will provide you with a uniform and a flag, in whose name you can rule as masters.”

    For me this triggers further reflections on the Lucifer Effect, or how ordinary people can become monsters when the social structure requires or supports it in them, especially in the context of prison guards, or masters over slaves. [See the Stanford Prison Experiment].

    This is Likud’s Lucifer Effect, as Netanyahu, the LIkudniks and the Neocons, captives of their own haywire group-think, keep doubling down on the disastrous policies they have been following for over 15 years.

    “Turns out we look a lot better fighting a religious war than we do running an occupation.”

    Ordinarily, one looks at an occupation as destroying the character of the soldier required to enforce it, but for Netanyahu and his allies, it is a deliberate policy to continue to become more the occupier, more the dominator in a cruel relationship, more the world leader instigating a century-long war of civilizations pitting Israel and the West against Islam.

    The extent to which he will go to fan those flames is astounding, and requires an international “timeout,” a very international condemnation of Israeli excesses, enough to require a change in leadership in Israel. More of the same will continue to lead in the same direction, with leaders inciting their populace to cruel excess, then competing with each other to run out ahead of the mob with further incitement.

    • Krauss on January 19, 2015, 8:21 pm

      I read an interview with Abe Foxman in Haaretz, who’s a racial ethno-nationalist, perhaps even a supremacist.

      The most interesting freudian slip in that interview – and there were many – was that he talked about the problem of “muslim growth”. And he then contrasted Le Pen as an enemy of our enemy (the muslims).

      I think this position is probably pretty mainstream within the Jewish establishment. They are filled with rage and hatred against both groups. Foxman did mostly talk about “radical islamists” etc, but he did slip in the unqualified “muslim” comment as the interview wore on and the guard was lowered.

  3. ivri on January 18, 2015, 3:40 pm

    I don`t accept the thesis here. In fact there was a great desire in Europe to distance itself from Israel problems and even when Jews were assaulted there it was addressed as an internal Jewish/Israeli–Palestinian/Arab/Muslim conflict that they are not a part of. Sometime they even went further than that in “understanding the anger” among Arabs there in view of the “plight” of their Palestinian brethren (albeit the disturbing side of that in having directing that “anger” against their Jewish compatriots). It is that separation which is probably now over and paradoxically the parallel acts in this terror assault of in a French magazine and a Jewish store have accentuated the linkage – that is, Israel and Europe are really in the same boat here.

    • MRW on January 18, 2015, 6:01 pm

      Accept it or not, Andrew Levine is capturing the whiff from the Gentile world not reported in the MSM because its fly-by-country, and no one wants to be salaited. I hope Netanyahu wins the election; I want to watch what happens. Did you see his stance in the Charlie Hebdo photo? He walked like an ape, arms and hands hung straight down. No effort to join arms with those beside him. One of his church supporters at the bar said, “Hey for a guy that wasn’t invited or wanted, he could have made some effort to show a little solidarity.”

      That from someone who likes him.

    • Bandolero on January 19, 2015, 3:57 am


      “in the same boat”?

      Why the EU and the US tried to oust Assad? Because Israel and it’s lobby want that, because Iran, Syria and Hezbollah reject zionist colonialization of Palestine.

      Whom does Israel think to ally with for that purpose? Al Qaeda.

      “The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran,” he said.

      This was the case, he (outgoing ambassador to the US Michael Oren) said, even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated to al-Qaida.

      So, that’s declared Israeli policy: better have Al Qaeda ruling Syria than Assad. What does Israel do?

      Syrian opposition activists in southern Syria say Israel has played a vital role in Jabhat al-Nusra’s (Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing) recent gains in Quneitra and Daraa.

      So now that Al Qaeda has risen thanks to the policies wanted by Israel to oust Assad, Al Qaeda struck in Paris and Netanyahu sheds crocodile tears over the murderous terrorism and anti-semitism of Al Qaeda.

      And after he went to Paris Netanyahu commited an act of murderous state terrorism in Syria to prevent Hezbollah and the Syrian army to fight Al Qaeda terrorists, who have save havens in Israeli controlled territory and come from there to Syria to commit acts of terror:

      Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said that the Israeli aggression in Quneitra was not a single act, but a continuation of the Israeli support to armed terrorist groups that are listed internationally as terrorist organizations.

      Believe me, ivri, more and more Europeans are as fed-up with Al Qaeda as they are fed up with fighting wars for Israel, with Israeli support for Al Qaeda, with Israeli aggressiveness, with the bullying of Israel lobby and with Israeli disregard for justice,peace and human rights.

      • Walid on January 19, 2015, 5:45 am

        “Why the EU and the US tried to oust Assad? Because Israel and it’s lobby want that, because Iran, Syria and Hezbollah reject zionist colonialization of Palestine. –

        Bandolero, that’s one of the reason but not the main one. It’s mostly about a pipeline that needs to cross Syria to a terminal on the Med to short-circuit Russia’s dominance of supplying Europe’s gas and oil needs, which also explains Russia’s desperate hanging on to Syria.

        There are 2 pipeline projects on the drawing board and both of them concern Syria and need Syria to make them happen. The first proposal involves the 3500-mile long “Islamic Pipeline” Iran-Iraq-Syria natural gas line to supply gas to Europe, which is favoured by Syria. There is a second proposed Saudi/Qatar-Syria-line that would go to Turkey and from there to Europe which is favoured by the US, the EU and Israel, which Assad is opposing.

        Interestingly, the very first government overthrow of an independent Syria happened in 1949 and it was also the very first international operation of the CIA and even more interestingly, the reason behind the CIA’s overthrow was over Syria’s refusal to allow the Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline) from crossing Syria. Immediately after the overthrow, the new government propped up by the US signed the agreement to allow the Tapline to happen.

        This may explain all this current Saudi-Qatar-Turkey-Israel-Europe-US joint effort in the Syrian war. Syria is a poor country with very little natural resources that would be of interest to any other country, but it’s of a primordial importance because of its geographical location that could negatively affect Russia if the West is allowed to build a pipeline there. A Saudi-Qatar-Syria line would include having Israel tapping into it.

        History is now repeating itself.

        About the proposed pipelines:

        About the CIA’s 1949 overthrow of Syrian governement over the pipeline:

      • Bandolero on January 19, 2015, 7:04 am


        I know about the pipelines. However that falls far short of an explanation. Energy policies are formulated in the service of Israel, not the other way round. It’s clear that Nabucco project was started when the US decided to attck Iraq, so that Nabucco could have been feeded via Iraq (where the installation of a US puppet government was planned) with the Qatari North Dome gas. But, the gas pipeline was not the reason for the attack on Iraq. It was a commercial byproduct.

        Gas diversification for the EU is not the main issue: if the EU really wanted gas for Nabucco, Iran could easily supply that from the very same Iranian/Qatari South Pars/North Dome gas field. But it’s not done because Israel and it’s lobby do not want that, because Iran, Syria and Hezbollah reject zionist colonialization of Palestine. Instead the Israel lobby and it’s US/EU puppet governments support regime change in Syria. The gas feed from Qatar to Nabucco would be a nice commercial byproduct, but gas diversification for the EU is not the main reason. If the EU wanted gas diversification, Iran would be happy to deliver it to Nabucco, but it’s not done because Israel and it’s lobby do not want that.

        And even now, when everybody understands, that there will no gas South-North-gas-pipeline across Syria, because insecurity will last for long in Syria and Al Qaeda may even take over in the case of regime change, the US/EU-policy is still regime change in Syria, because Israel and the lobby want that. I hope that clarifies my point why I think that US/EU energy policy is formulated in a way that it suits the wishes of Israel and the lobby and not the other way round.

        Regarding the 1949 CIA coup in Syria, I know it. The CIA’s habbit to see democracy as a form of government easy to manipulate, to hijack and to overthrow is, I think, one of the main reasons why it’s hard for countries opposed to Israel/US/NATO like Syria to develop and maintain a stable democracy. Autocracy is less easy to manipulate, to hijack and to overthrow from the outside. As soon as democracy develops, the US will try to use that opening to install a puppet government.

      • Walid on January 19, 2015, 7:59 am

        Bandolero, Kurdish and ISIS oil is already flowing through the pipeline that’s runing through ISIS controlled areas from Iraq to Turkey with a lttle more ISIS oil from Syria to Turkey. I agree about the Israel factor in determining policy; this is obvious in Lebanon whose offshore gas reserves are greater than those of Israel but are 10 years away from being developed while Israel starts producing gas this year. Outside influences from the east and the west are preventing Lebanon from advancing in its gas extraction. Same problem with Gaza’s gas that’s not being discussed. Last time we heard about it, the PA had signed off something or other about it to Israel.

  4. Blownaway on January 18, 2015, 6:33 pm

    Israel feels the European heat and is preparing…JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called “Islamisation” in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia.

    Europe is Israel’s biggest trading partner, but deepening diplomatic disputes over policy toward the Palestinians and anti-Jewish incidents such as a Jan. 9 attack by an Islamist gunman on a Paris kosher deli have triggered Israeli worries.

    Netanyahu, who is also finance minister and a free-market champion, cast his courting of China, India and Japan over the past two years as a partial response to European developments.

    He was due to host a Japanese government and business delegation led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.

    “I put emphasis on markets to the East not because we want to give up on other markets. But we definitely want to reduce our dependence on certain markets in western Europe,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in remarks at which reporters were present, without naming specific countries.

    “Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, and of anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, and we want to ensure that for years to come the State of Israel will have diverse markets all over the world.”

    Netanyahu, who is stressing his security credentials ahead of a March 17 election in Israel, said his government was also working to facilitate Jewish immigration. The Paris attack has stoked French Jewish interest in the option of moving to Israel.

    According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Europe accounted for 45.8 percent of imports and 35.8 percent of exports in the first 11 months of 2014. Asia accounted for 22.5 percent of Israeli imports and 25.4 percent of Israeli exports.

    Israel’s parliamentary TV channel aired the results of a poll in which respondents were asked “Can Israel do without exports to Europe and pursue policy that is liable to bring about an economic embargo?” Sixty-two percent of Israelis said no, 32 percent said yes.

  5. just on January 18, 2015, 6:44 pm

    “Israel and Europe are really in the same boat here.”

    That’s completely ridiculous, ivri. The only “same boat” that they are in is the same boat of aggression, colonialism, etc. The rest of the Anglosphere has the same problem.

    This is a super article Phil~ many thanks.

  6. Kay24 on January 18, 2015, 9:19 pm

    It sounds like the hasbarats will be out like gnats swarming websites very soon. Apparently Chickenshit the war criminal has much to be afraid of, as the ICC is going to investigate his war crimes. That moral army we keep hearing about will soon be seen as immoral.

    “Netanyahu to launch media campaign against ICC
    PM took decision despite specific recommendation by Foreign Ministry not to directly attack International Criminal Court, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to launch a media campaign directed against the International Criminal Court in The Hague and its Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, according to sources at the Prime Minister’s office. Netanyahu took this decision despite a specific recommendation by the Foreign Ministry not to refer to the prosecutor and court in negative terms and not to attack…” Haaretz

    They attacked the UN the same way, now it is the turn of the ICC.

    The arrogance of some when they have the backing of sugar daddy.

  7. fayez chergui on January 19, 2015, 9:24 am

    Zionist Israelis have a history of false flag terrorist attacks in many countries, even against fellow Jews, to encourage Jews to immigrate to occupied Palestine (Israel), to gain sympathy for their occupation of Palestine, and to push Western Christian government to wage crusading wars, as George Bush described them, against Israel’s enemies; Arab and Muslim World in the Middle East, as we have seen in the terrorist attacks of 911 in the US and the 7/7/2005 London bombing, 11/3/2004 Madrid bombing. It seems that the Paris terrorist attack carry the same finger prints. What a convoluted Zionist ideology!

  8. tidings on January 19, 2015, 8:12 pm

    Ironic unforeseen consequences of Charlie Hebdo attack: freedom of expression is one thing but a countervailing thread emerges from those not impressed by the conceptual content of the cartoons and/or who see the cartoonists as self-indulgent, provocateurs or juvenile, irresponsibly taking advantage of their freedom to publish. Once the initial shock of the attacks subsided, some? many? only a few? could see things from the Muslim point of view: not to endorse or support the attackers’ actions but to stop for a moment and say: “You know what, they do have a point.”

    Only time will tell how widespread or lasting this is.

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