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Yesterday, Israel held a commemoration ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. The date of the commemoration day is supposed to be the 27th of January, not the 23rd – Poland will be holding its own commemoration on Monday. Geopolitical concerns and conflicting Holocaust revisionist narratives meant that Poland’s President Andrezj Duda did not get a speaking slot at Yad Vashem, and thus turned down the invitation. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, was a main speaker in Jerusalem.

Let’s not be too romantic or sentimental. The Yad Vashem museum is a political battlefield, and the Holocaust is being exploited as a collective memory in selective ways, for nationalist purposes. Israeli attorney and activist Eitay Mack wrote in Haaretz that the place has become a “laundromat” for the whitewashing of crimes:

For decades, Yad Vashem even became a compulsory place to visit for dictators, murderers, racists and fascists who visit Israel to close weapons deals and win the U.S. ally’s mantle of legitimacy and moral kashrut. Therefore, there’s no more appropriate place to collectively launder all the crimes of these countries against substantial parts of the world population than at the Yad Vashem museum.

Alright, not everyone is a Genocider (although many are, besides the Nazis). But there are other crimes that can be whitewashed. Crimes such as incitement against immigrants who are considered “non-Western”. This is also why Israel has so many right-wing nationalist friends – the idea of a “Western”, “only democracy in the Middle East” serves many Islamophobes and xenophobes with their own nationalist agendas. As a bonus, they get to be whitewashed of anti-Semitism, and indirectly of bigotry in general, because how could you be a friend of Israel and a bigot or anti-Semite at the same time?

That brings me to Denmark.

On the eve of her trip to Israel, the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gave an interview to the Danish daily Politiken – the largest circulating paper in Denmark. The title of the paper version was “We see anti-Semitism’s ugly face from many directions”, and its cover photo showed a worker cleaning up paint from Jewish tombstones in Randers – where Neo-Nazis had desecrated graves last year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The electronic version appeared to be more direct and sinister in its title: “There is an ugly anti-Semitism in Denmark today, which wasn’t there earlier. Because of immigration”.

The theme was anti-Semitism, it mentioned her trip to Israel and the Holocaust ceremony at the top, and it circled around this fight against anti-Semitism. And somehow, the distinct association engineered by this cocktail, was that immigrants are somehow associated with Nazis, and that memory of the Holocaust is linked with uprooting their hatred. Oh, in Israel we’ve seen portrayals of Palestinians as Nazis, like in the revenge-fantasy of Yoaz Hendel (centrist Blue White co-leader). But how could a Social Democratic Danish leader do such a thing?

Indeed, there is a white-supremacist incitement that has flourished in Denmark, as it has in many other European countries in the recent decades, which suggests that Danes are essentially white-European people, and the term “immigrant” is even ascribed to following generations who were born here, as in “second-generation immigrant” – if they are not of “Western heritage”.

In this modern-day form of racism, Jews are generally incorporated in as “white”, and this incorporation manifests inside a “Judeo-Christian” perception of superiority, which then essentially deems Islam to be the “other”, representative of the inferior, the darker and the backwards. We see this in the US today in full color. This is why the right-wing Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party) always portrayed a staunch support of Israel and Zionism. This should be no surprise – Israel is good friends with Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte – Israel is a good laundromat.

Last year, a new government was elected, and it’s a Social Democratic one. You would think that this meant a turning away from the rightwing nationalist turn that had befallen Danish politics in the past two decades. But think again. In a recent debate in parliament with the Dansk Folkeparti former leader Pia Kjærsgård, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen congratulated Kjærsgård for having had vision concerning immigrants, and that she herself had come to change her view. Kjærsgård warned in her opening statements of an alarming number of “immigrants or descendants of immigrants” from “non-Western countries”, framed this as the beginning of a “population exchange, driven by immigration, child births and marriages and family reunifications”, and said that “it is the 11th hour for Denmark’s survival as a homogeneous nation and for our Fatherland of the Danish people”. You don’t need to translate that to German for it to sound chilling. But those politicians sit there quietly and politely – this rhetoric has become mainstream.

Frederiksen responded with a long run on immigrant problems, saying that when she was in kindergarten, only one out of a hundred was an “immigrant of non-Western heritage”, but that today five out of a hundred babies have a mother who is an immigrant (of “non-Western heritage”) or descendant (of immigrants). She summarized, saying:

Yes, Social Democrats have changed attitude in this area (of immigration), I have done so myself. Better late than never. And I want to credit that there were some who had seen this more precisely – and here I look to the promoter (Pia Kjærsgård) – than I did. Today we stand together in the same spot in relation to running a tight immigration policy, and that is crucial.

In 1999, then Social Democratic Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen famously said to Pia Kjærsgård during a debate: “You will never be legitimate!” – those were the days.

In 1998 the Islamophobic and xenophobic Dansk Folkeparti won 7.4% of the vote. In 2001 it won 12% and became the third largest party. In 2015 it won the largest support with 21.1% of the vote. Its founder Pia Kjærsgård became the speaker of the parliament in 2015-19. And since the Folkeparti’s, other even more extreme parties, outflanked it from the right.

Another worrisome example of the shift in Danish politics is the fact that the Social Democrats now seek to have Denmark adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism, as we are told in the interview. The definition has been notoriously used to attempt to silence critique of Israel. Notice immediately the “Holocaust” idea. The definition conflates critique of Israel with hatred of Jews, and 7 of its 11 examples are to do with Israel.

In the interview, Frederiksen mentions the “extreme-left” alongside Neo-Nazis, in one breath:

We see anti-Semitism’s ugly face from various directions. Now we have some concrete examples in Denmark throughout the recent times with desecration of tombstones and vandalism in conjunction with Kristallnacht. We also see initial signs of it in the most extreme left-wing, and we see it in parts of the immigrant community in Denmark.

Frederiksen does not provide any concrete example of these “initial signs” in the “most extreme left-wing”, nor in the “immigrant community”, a fact which makes her assertions suspiciously vague.

Randers citizens, including the society Randers Against Racism, have written an open letter condemning Frederiksen’s stigmatizing immigrants in her recent interview. They note that her only actual examples are concerning acts committed by the extreme-right:

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has in a comment to Politiken conflated anti-Semitism in Demark with immigration and parts of the left. This is very far from the truth which we have experienced here in Randers.

They note that the anti-Semitic incidents experienced have been “claimed with honor” by the “anti-immigrant organization Nordfront”.

The letter noted how Frederiksen is enabling racism by confronting it disingenuously:

Mette Frederiksen incites Islamphobia with her incorrect claims concerning anti-Semitism and immigrant communities. When she conflates anti-Semitism together with immigration, she is part in supporting the racist voices aimed at immigrants. Thus she ends up supporting other immigrant-hostile organisations as for example Nordfront, which is clearly anti-Semitic.

This is a cynical manipulation of events by the Danish Prime Minister. Of course, ultra-nationalist Zionist organizations like Med Israel For Fred (With Israel For Peace) immediately reproduce such pieces as the Politiken interview, this is right up their alley. A year ago MIFF prevented a Palestinian leader from attending their public event which they held at the Copenhagen Synagogue (because he might ask a question) – to the shame of the entire Jewish community in Denmark.

Pointing the finger at Labour in UK

Labour under Corbyn has been a pet project of Israel apologists. Since he was seen as too pro-Palestinian and too socialist in general, Blairite and other conservative forces concocted an “anti-semitism crisis” in Labour, a crisis which never was. Despite the Emperor walking fully naked, the wave of hysteria in parts of the Jewish community as well as the mainstream press managed to create a sense in many that Corbyn and Labour were just not reliable. The implicit message was, that if you are critical of Israel, we’ll take you down on anti-Semitism. Recently, the conservative British Jewish Board of Deputies issued “10 Pledges” that any aspiring Labour leader should abide by, including a wholesale subscription to the IHRA defintion – and nearly all of them did so within hours.

Politiken:

Towards the elections in December the [Labour] party was hit by an unpleasant internal discussion and a party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who was criticized for not being clear enough in his condemnation. Labour lost the election with a bang.

Mette Frederiksen, about her ”sister party”:

I think that we have grown far apart from each other today. It has – seen from outside – been hard to say the only thing one can say: that one takes distance from any form of anti-Semitism, and that one doesn’t accept it. One doesn’t condone it, and one doesn’t support it.

Politiken asks more precisely:

Does that include also Jeremy Corbyn, who is still a leader, although he is outgoing?

Frederiksen:

Yes, it does, unfortunately… One needs to take a more decisive position than that which Labour has taken.

How much anti-Semitism is there really, and how serious is it?

In a recent interview in Weekendavisen, former Danish Chief Rabbi Bent Melchior speaks with Martin Krasnik about anti-Semitism in Denmark:

We had these incidents around Kristallnacht, the 9th of November last year, where tombstones were painted in Randers and some posters were put up. It was supposed to be an organized campaign, and that was all that became of it. Seven to ten people with paint and posters in the veil of night. So, there is not much anti-Semitism, we are doing well! People were saying that now Jew-hatred had come to Denmark, but you can always find such a little fringe.

Kristian Klarskov and Johan Blem Larsen of Politiken note, to their credit, the “Muhammed Crisis” of 2015, where the daily Jyllandsposten published a series of cartoons mocking Islam, and reflected whether the same mocking could be applied to Jews. The crisis represented a supposed fight of liberalism against religious Islamic fundamentalism:

It is 15 years since culture editor Flemming Rose wrote in Jyllands-Posten, that Muslims in a secular democracy like the Danish one should tolerate “mocking, despise and ridicule”. Accompanied by a series of drawings of the prophet Muhammed, which not long after set large parts of the Middle-East as well as Denmark’s reputation aflame. The question is, whether also Jews in today’s Denmark must tolerate the same mocking, despise and ridicule. Whether there is a lower limit of insignificance for anti-Semitism. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has no definite list for, when something is anti-Semitic or not. Of course Jews in Denmark should be subject to satire, drawings, comedy and those kinds of things, she says, but she opines that one should not give space to “ordinary humor and slapstick comedy”, when it concerns Jews. Additionally, the threat against Jews and signs of rising anti-Semitism in Denmark and the rest of Europe is too serious, says Mette Frederiksen.

So, there is actually not much anti-Semitism, and Jews should be treated more sensitively than Muslims…

Israeli policy and anti-Semitism

Frederiksen appears to be aware of the problem of conflating Israel with Jews:

I am of course worried about the conflation that can occur between the Israel question and protecting the Jewish minority in our own countries in Europe, as we see for example in parts of the left-wing.

Politiken wonder:

But isn’t it also about Israel having moved far to the right after decades with Benjamin Netanyahu as the dominating figure?

Frederiksen:

There are several things to say about that. If I look at it with Social Democratic glasses, I of course like better the political Israel wherein the Labor party is strong and part of making the agenda. But that does not change the fact that Israel, in opposition to just about all other countries in the Middle East is a well-functioning democracy.

Now this is real nonsense, for various reasons. First of all, Mette Frederiksen does not seem to have gotten the memo that the Israeli Labour party, which was once the dominating one politically, is now barely making it above the electoral threshold of 3.25%. Joining up with forces on the further Zionist right and on the further Zionist left (Meretz), the entire Zionist left manages to maximally reach about 10 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. That “well-functioning democracy” is not managing to build a government, and a big part of it is that Zionists don’t want the Palestinians in government, and the political marginalization of Palestinians in general has of course been achieved by “demographic engineering” including ethnic cleansing – which Mette Frederiksen’s “sister party”, the Israeli Labor, has been a chief engineer of. In Israel, national rights are afforded only to Jews. Palestinians who are citizens have citizenship rights, but no national rights – if they’re less fortunate they are occupied, and if less fortunate they are ethnically cleansed and denied return, or seasonally massacred in their concentration camp – Gaza. That’s the “well-functioning democracy” that Mette Frederiksen speaks of. This is Hasbara. She has no idea.

So both Politiken and Frederiksen appear naïve about the bigger story. The prominent Israeli historian Tom Segev cuts through a lot of these illusions in a recent interview with the Danish Weekendavisen:

There is no difference between the settlements in Hebron and the first Zionist kibbutz that was established in Degania in northern Israel [Palestine, ed.] in 1910… Because that’s what Zionism is about. To fill up the country with Jews. It is the same process, and it is not over yet. For the same reason, I believe that it is historically wrong to separate between what happened before 1967, and that which happened after. Why is the Palestinian tragedy in 1948 lesser than that which occurred after the war in 1967?

What a breathtaking point. I’m proud to also have made it in my first piece for Mondoweiss 4 years ago.

Anyhow, Politiken asks further about the anti-Semitism-Israel nexus:

Can you understand Palestinians’ frustration over Netanyahu’s settlement policy?

(I point the reader back to Segev’s comment, adding that the settlement enterprise since 1967, as well as annexations, have been the acts of both the left and the right. The ‘liberal’ rival to Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, is now competing with Netanyahu over who will annex the Jordan Valley first).

Frederiksen:

I can easily understand, that Palestinians and Israelis are in disagreement over many things. But I have no understanding for, and I want to say, that one takes this conflict to Denmark. As in no understanding whatsoever. This is what I hear once in a while in some immigrant communities. That because one doesn’t like Israel, one doesn’t like Jews. I have no sympathy or understanding for that. That’s anti-Semitism, and that won’t pass.

Well, in principle I agree that Israel and Jews should not be conflated. But does Mette Frederiksen understand what it means, that the Jewish Community hosts an Islamophobic Israel-apologetic organization like the mentioned MIFF, in its main synagogue facility? This should just not happen. That’s “taking the conflict to Denmark” and putting it smack in the midst of the Jewish Community – the Jewish Community did that itself – shame on the Jewish community, for real. Furthermore, if conflation between Israel and Jews is wrong, why does Mette Frederiksen want to apply the IHRA definition? And we’ll have to talk about Zionism one day, where Israel is the self-proclaimed “Jewish State”. For another day.

Zionist bias

Zionism is very strong in Denmark, and it certainly taints the press. Rabbi Melchior’s interviewer, Martin Krasnik, is the chief editor of Weekendavisen, and he calls himself a “super-Zionist”, adding that “everyone should be”. Yes, everyone – including Palestinians, apparently (strongly assuming Krasnik sees them as humans) – Palestinians should be super-Zionists and congratulate their own dispossession. This Zionist arrogance and chauvinism is completely mainstream in Denmark, and is even rewarded with credibility.

And the late Herbert Pundik, who was chief editor for Politiken for 24 years (died last year), he told the publisher when entering the job in 1970:

As long as I am chief editor, Politiken would identify with Israel’s destiny.

Pundik claimed that he stopped being a Mossad agent at that point, although he was both a journalist and a Mossad agent up to it. He was also a volunteer soldier in the 1948 war (as was rabbi Rabbi Melchior), and was in the Aleksandroni brigade which committed the horrid Tantura massacre. But he didn’t really witness anything, he said, because he was just a “young boy from Hellerup”:

You shouldn’t forget, that here comes a boy, young boy from Hellerup [northern suburb of Copenhagen, ed.], who cannot manage the language and goes around like a foreign soldier amongst the Israelis – my witnessing is compromised by my background. I couldn’t speak Hebrew, I couldn’t ask anyone, and I didn’t know anything.”

Lasse Ellegård of Information, who interviewed Pundik, reflected about the spy history and how easily it passes:

Had Herbert Pundik not been a Zionist, but rather a communist for example, then he would be more grinded in the media machine, maybe even in the legal machine.

And so we have Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spouting Zionist propaganda in the mainstream newspapers, and she seems to have credibility – she even gets respect from the racist Dansk Folkeparti now, because she’s congratulated them for their “vision”. And all that is lining up for her pandering to Israel, where she uses the cynical ‘anti-Semitism’ tool to further marginalize and incite against immigrants, and extend Islamophobia.

These are sad, sad days.

Thanks to Ingerrethe Riis, Jørn Tolstrup, Zlatko Jovanovitch

Jonathan Ofir

Israeli musician, conductor and blogger / writer based in Denmark.

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  1. echinococcus on January 25, 2020, 9:31 am

    Ofir,

    Apart from all that, not one of the politician shits who went there can justify commemorating a genocide that took place in Europe by gathering in a place without any connection to the events, in a state entity that did not exist at the time, hosted and directed by thugs who did not participate in the fight against the Nazifascists.

    Of all the people in Europe, only one has the good sense to have the commemoration meeting exactly where it belongs: Warsaw! It’s all the others who should be called to account.

    • CHUCKMAN on January 25, 2020, 10:14 pm

      Indeed, the Holocaust was an event involving two groups of Germans, the Ashkenazi Jews who spoke a dialect of German, Yiddish, and many other Germans who turned to Nazism in despair over effects of the WWI Versailles Treaty and the Great Depression.

      It had nothing at all to do with the Middle East. either contemporary or Biblical.

      But, then, we have so many blurred and confused situations in the world today. So much of our geopolitical environment is a manufactured one.

      And the fact simply reflects the impact of America’s postwar global drive for empire, not exactly one of the world’s great causes for human and democratic rights

      Quite the opposite, indeed. Empires suppress others. They could not exist otherwise.

      And what is contemporary Israel but a highly privileged American imperial colony in the Middle East?

  2. Vera Gottlieb on January 25, 2020, 12:02 pm

    For shame!!!

  3. Ossinev on January 25, 2020, 1:50 pm

    NB
    For Jewish Zionists an “Anti Semite” is no longer someone who hates Jews. An”Anti – Semite” is now categorically someone who Jewish Zionists hate.

    • Talkback on January 25, 2020, 4:06 pm

      A is accused of commiting a crime.
      Court: Hm, let me check if your accusation against A is true. If not, it’s false and slanderous.
      Jewish racist: Hm, let me check if A is Jewish. If yes, the accusation is false and slanderous/antisemitic.

  4. Misterioso on January 25, 2020, 4:18 pm

    Speaking of Holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of a specific group of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of 10-12 million Congolese by “Christian” Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State. One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

    As well as mass murder, the unspeakable horrors Belgium inflicted on the natives of the Congo, including amputations of arms below the elbow and beheadings, were prompted by pure greed and chronic racism, i.e., to force them to work like slaves in order to harvest natural rubber on rubber tree plantations, which prior to the invention of the synthetic version, was in huge demand in Europe and America to manufacture tires for the burgeoning automobile industry.

    Written by Adam Hochschild and published in 1998, “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” provides an excellent source to learn about King Leopold II and his monstrous crimes against humanity.

    • RoHa on January 25, 2020, 9:20 pm

      Naaah. The Congolese have little influence on Western elections or the finances of Western media.

    • CHUCKMAN on January 25, 2020, 10:21 pm

      It was indeed a terrible event.

      Kept quiet in our press and histories to a considerable extent.

      I had no idea the number of victims was so great.

    • vwbeetle on January 28, 2020, 1:04 am

      I have read the book, but you can forget about a movie being made about the Belgian genocide in Congo. No Congolese in Hollywood.

      Also, isn’t is interesting that so many Israel loving right wingers bang on about Muslims coming to Europe and trying to take over, yet this is EXACTLY what the Eastern European Jews did in Palestine in the first half of the 20th century.

  5. RoHa on January 25, 2020, 11:53 pm

    Whoever wrote the script for her carefully avoided noting that Israel is an object lesson in the dangers of unrestricted immigration.

    (As can be said about Australia, NZ, and the Americas.)

  6. Ossinev on January 26, 2020, 12:54 pm

    @Misterioso
    “Speaking of Holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of a specific group of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of 10-12 million Congolese by “Christian” Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century when King Leopold II ruled Belgium.”

    Oh dear Oh dear. Isn`t it blatantly “Anti- Semitic” to claim that there were other genocides in history worse than the Holocaust ? Surprised that it hasn`t yet been incorporated into the
    IHRA. Perhaps Zio Central are having a well earned rest ( certainly here in the UK )from frontline Hasbara duties now that they have gotten rid of that terrifying “Anti-Semitic” monster Jeremy Corbyn and all the new contenders for the Labour Party leadership have sold their souls to the .04% of the UK population which appears to have the ruled the roost in British politics and certainly the MSM in the last 4 years.

    • Talkback on January 26, 2020, 3:41 pm

      Ossinev: “Isn`t it blatantly “Anti- Semitic” to claim that there were other genocides in history worse than the Holocaust?”

      No, it isn’t, but but even if the death toll was about twice as high as the number of murdered Jews during the Holocaust it wasn’t the result of a deliberate policy of extermination, but the worst form of capitalism and inhuman exploitation, forced labor, famine, deseases, etc. So I don’t think that this legally counts as a genocide, because there wasn’t an intent to exterminate them. And don’t forget the Nazi’s industry-stile method of mass transporting and mass murdering which happpened in a quarter of the time. Nevertheless it was also a crime against humanity of massive proportions.

      So maybe the mass media just doesn’t want to remind us of this part of the history of capitalism, because of some of its aspects and consequences still exist in third world countries.

    • RoHa on January 26, 2020, 11:28 pm

      “all the new contenders for the Labour Party leadership have sold their souls”

      Assumes fact not in evidence.

  7. Brewer on January 26, 2020, 3:38 pm

    Mette Frederiksen has flexible principles don’tcha know:
    “Likewise, party colleague and political spokeswoman Mette Frederiksen has been vocal in her opposition to private schools in the past, but has now enrolled her daughter in one………………
    …….According to Jyllands-Posten newspaper, 14 percent of Danish children are enrolled in private schools overall, while that figure increases to 24 percent for children of MPs. More than half of the Social Democrat MPs who have school age children have put them into private schools.”
    http://cphpost.dk/news/politics/opposition-under-fire-for-picking-private-schools.html

    • RoHa on January 26, 2020, 10:07 pm

      A politician with flexible principles?

      I’m shocked!

      Shocked!

      But I’m sure you can only find such politicians in Denmark.

      • Brewer on January 27, 2020, 2:37 pm

        Kia ora my Aussie mate.
        Up until just recently, Denmark was judged the least corrupt country in the World. That position is now occupied by Aotearoa New Zealand.
        Austruckinfailure comes in at number 13, 11 places below Denmark.
        Ka kite anō au i a koe Ahitereiriana .
        https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2017

      • Mooser on January 27, 2020, 7:09 pm

        “But I’m sure you can only find such politicians in Denmark.”

        Ask Marcellus about it. He’ll tell you.

      • RoHa on January 27, 2020, 10:33 pm

        Are you cheeky Kiwis suggesting that such people as Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie are not shining examples of decency, honour, probity, and integrity, totally dedicated to serving the Australian people without a thought for themselves?

        Keep that up and we’ll stop pretending you exist.

      • Brewer on January 28, 2020, 2:04 pm

        Ha! We send you clowns like Morrison from time to time. It is a deliberate policy that raises the average IQ of both countries.

  8. Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 27, 2020, 4:21 pm

    ” Of course Jews in Denmark should be subject to satire, drawings, comedy and those kinds of things, she says, but she opines that one should not give space to “ordinary humor and slapstick comedy”, when it concerns Jews”

    I remember the Danish cartoons ‘scandal’, and remember so many people saying that Jews would never be mocked and their religion caricatured in such a way. Mette Frederiksen is now more or less confirming that I was right – some religions, and their followers, are simply more sacred than others.

    Speaking of which, am I right in saying that the term ‘Judeo-Christian’ is a new, one, ie, post WWll? Because for most of history, Judiasm and Christianity certainly were not considered one cozy culture – quite the reverse.

    • Mooser on January 27, 2020, 7:21 pm

      “Speaking of which, am I right in saying that the term ‘Judeo-Christian’ is a new, one…”

      Here is a recent article about the term.

      And here the author, Mark Silk, explains the present-day use of the term:

      ” Judeo-Christian terminology was being adopted enthusiastically by the Christian right, which burst onto the American scene at the end of the 1970s. In his best-selling 1980 manifesto, Listen America!, Jerry Falwell, Sr. praised the refusal of the state of Alabama to participate “in any conference that did not establish traditional Judeo-Christian values concerning the family.” I suspect that Falwell used “Judeo-Christian” rather than “Christian” for the same reason that he called his organization the Moral Majority: to make the case that his was not a sectarian movement intended to undermine church-state separation but rather an exercise in civilizational protection, comparable to the struggles against fascism and communism. The enemy now was secularism, or secular humanism, embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, the gay rights movement, legalized abortion, the banning of state-sponsored prayer from the public schools, and so on. “Judeo-Christian values” became, and remains, the shibboleth of the conservative side of that clash of civilization we call the culture war.”

    • RoHa on January 27, 2020, 10:36 pm

      ‘Judeo-Christian’ does, indeed, seem to be a recent invention. I don’t remember it being used much when I was young.

  9. oldgeezer on January 28, 2020, 1:04 am

    Je suis Charlie.

    If the archives were searchable it would show I stood against that.

    It was fake then. It’s fake now.

    It was just yet another dog whistle for racists and Islamophobes. The funniest part of it was that the leading row was an assortment of the most vile and murderous racists on the planet. Including the smiling and waving nutty, pm of the outlaw state of Israel.

    • oldgeezer on January 28, 2020, 1:08 am

      On a related note, Denmark has always been noted as the most racist of the nordic states.

  10. Ossinev on January 28, 2020, 1:45 pm

    @Talkback
    “So I don’t think that this legally counts as a genocide, because there wasn’t an intent to exterminate them”

    I think there has been and continues to be a lot of high level legal debate about what constitutes “genocide” one of the main arguments being that with eg the slave trade and the Belgian Congo horrors there was an “intention to exploit rather than exterminate”. So I understand your point about the “intent to exterminate element” however I would argue that at the stage where the intention to exploit “was clearly leading to the deaths and the direct killing of defenceless innocent people then from thenceforward it became genocide. As such for example the Nakba IMHO clearly qualifies as genocide as does the continued brutalisation and killings of the native Palestinian people by foreign colonists.

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