Jonathan Cook at his most despicable concluding with a classic piece of conspiratorial anti-semitism at the very end - "It is an unholy pact, and one in which Jews are being used to oil the wheels of a failed, impotent and increasingly authoritarian politics of the center".
But I track back through his litany of tropes, lies and innuendo.
1. "The long history of crimes against Jews that led to Israel’s establishment took place mostly in Europe." Yes, it is so convenient to forget the diminution of Jews for centuries in Muslim lands, just because it wasn't quite as bad as what Christianity had inflicted upon the Jews in Europe.
2. "the great purges of native Palestinians carried out by European Jews in 1948 and 1967". Cook is saying it was only the Europeans who fought defensively in 1967 as Israel Arab neighbours attacked Israel from all sides? No, the Sephardim were there too defending their new-found homeland.
3. The word "malevolently" is used maliciously and dishonestly to describe the sincere efforts by those who can see the global rise of anti-semitism that is fuelled by the likes of Mondoweiss.
4. "Israel was entrenching the occupation by illegally transferring its own civilian population into the Palestinian territories". Professor Eugene Kontorovich has put paid to this ruse.
5. "it is increasingly being accepted that anti-Zionism and antisemitism are two sides of the same coin". This is a deceptive remark that prevails upon the false suggestion that ALL criticism of Israel is being construed as being anti-Zionism and therefore anti-semitic. This is Cook's insinuation; he is trying to delude us into believing that criticism of Israel is the same as being anti-Zionist when they are not.
For example in an article in The Guardian "Particularly in sections of the left, anti-Zionism has more and more appropriated, often unrecognised, antisemitic tropes. All this is undeniably true. Yet, it remains important to resist the equation of anti-Zionism and antisemitism." in Antisemites use the language of anti-Zionism. The two are distinct
and as the Working Definition of Antisemitism points out clearly "criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic". However the kind of "criticism" that emanates from Cook's poison pen and his mates at Mondoweiss goes way beyond being criticism like that leveled against other countries where hellish actions by truly heinous regimes abound virtually unchallenged by those who damn Israel incessantly.
6. Cook is conveniently concocting a definition of anti-Zionism to get himself and his supporters off the anti-semitic hook. He is lying as to France having any intention to equate anti-Zionsim and anti-semitism when in fact France is taking steps to define "anti-Zionism as a modern-day form of anti-Semitism". That is to say that anti-Zionism when it coincides with anti-semitism, as it often does these days, should be considered as criminal.
7. "it is more likely that an anti-Zionist holds his or her position for entirely rational and ethical reasons". Here is Cook making a purely opiniated, unsubstantiable assertion. One only has to have wintnessed the hate-filled rants of the extreme left whose style of debate and discussion is the very opposite of rational.
8. "entitles all Jews to superior rights over all Palestinians". Cook seems to forget that Israeli Arabs who are citizens of Israel have the same entitlements under Israel law and have achieved position and status in Israel that makes accusations of apartheid in Israeli society a sick joke.
9. Cook makes reference to self-hating Jews as though they are some kind of myth. Sadly they exist in dangerous numbers; many lurking around at Mondoweiss. The old testament has stories that testify and warn us frequently that our fellow Jews are our own worst enemies.
10. "most (French Muslims) feel hostility towards Israel because of its role in displacing and oppressing Palestinians". In fact most Muslims feel hostility toward Israel because that is how they have been brought up and educated. To paraphrase Israel Katz Muslims as do the Poles "suckle anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk".
11. Cook tries to fob off the anti-semitism that has emerged from the Yellow Vests movement and the institutionalised anti-semitism that pervades the British Labour Party, refuting all indications and trends that plainly indicate what is going on, contrary to what is actually happening. His statement, "all evidence suggests that there is very little antisemitism among Labour members – and less than in the ruling Conservative party" is laughable.