While Jews are slaughtered, the Left worries about Islamophobia

Brendan O’Neill, in The Australian, writes a brilliant summary of the left-wing and their response to building and growing anti-Semitism.

THE parallel moral universe inhabited by Europe’s chattering classes and celebs was starkly ­exposed last week.

In Paris, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an extremist stormed a kosher store, terrorised its patrons, and murdered four of them. Their crime? Jewishness.

And yet as this act of anti-Semitic barbarism was taking place, what were the opinion-forming set and the right-on glitterati worrying their well-groomed heads about? Islamophobia. The possibility of post-Charlie Hebdo violence against Muslims.

They fretted over violence that hadn’t occurred, rather than violence unfolding before the world’s eyes in a store frequented by Jews.

So we had the bizarre spectacle of British newspapers thundering about a possible outburst of anti-Muslim madness at precisely the moment an outburst of anti-­Semitic madness was taking place. Beware “Islamophobes seizing [the Charlie Hebdo] atrocity to advance their hatred”, hollered The Guardian as an anti-Semite was seizing a kosher shop to advance the world’s oldest hatred.

The day after the assault on the kosher store, three of the top 10 most-read articles onThe Guardian’s website were dire warnings about potential Islamophobic violence post-Charlie Hebdo. Some folk seemed more concerned about possible attacks on Muslims than they were about actual ­attacks on Jews.

We saw exactly the same thing in Australia, where they even made up a hashtag from a false story that the luvvies all bought hook line and sinker.

They find it easier to fantasise about a mob-led war on Muslims than to confront the real, growing problem of Jew-baiting.

We saw this last year, too, when there were numerous anti-Semitic outbursts during the Gaza conflict. Those who pose as progressive, who instantly reach for political placards whenever Muslims or ­another minority suffer abuse, didn’t say much.

They fidgeted, ermed and aahed, or, worse, offered an apologia for the new anti-Semitism. “If Israel didn’t treat Palestinians so badly, maybe Jews wouldn’t get ­attacked”, they hinted. This ugly excuse-making for anti-Semitic violence reared its head again this week when a BBC reporter in Paris, Tim Wilcox, said to a shaken French Jewish women that “the Palestinians suffer hugely at ­Jewish hands as well”.

In short: maybe there’s a logic to anti-Semitic violence. Maybe it’s just a reaction to Israeli — or as Wilcox put it, “Jewish” — wickedness. Maybe you deserve it. Wilcox expressed a common view in right-thinking sections of society: that anti-Semitism isn’t quite as bad as other forms of racism because it’s often misfired anger with Israel.

Even Jimmy Carter blamed the attack on Charlie Hebdo on the Israeli/Hamas conflict.

We’re witnessing the terrifying meshing together of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, with those who claim merely to hate Israel often slipping into expressions of disdain for “the Jews” and targeting Jewish shops for boycotts.

Indeed, if Amedy Coulibaly, the killer in the kosher store, thought a simple shop was an appropriate place to act out his foul radicalism, it isn’t hard to see why: anti-Israel protesters have been targeting Israeli-linked or just Jewish-owned shops for years now. Jewish produce, Jewish shoppers — all fair game, apparently.

The increasingly unhinged nature of many leftists’ loathing for Israel has led them to problematise the Jews themselves. They speak darkly of Jewish lobbies, of super-powerful forces making our leaders kowtow to Israel. Their swirling, borderline conspiratorial fear of Israel means they often cross the line from yelling at Israel to wondering about the trustworthiness of the Jews.

It’s a rehabilitation of the idea of the Jewish burden. Once, Jews were made to carry the burden of having “killed Christ”; now they’re forced to shoulder responsibility for everything Israel says and does. They’re marked, suspect, not as sympathetic as other minorities.

This is really why many ­European leftists find it hard to stand up to the new anti-Semitism: because they played a key role in unleashing it.

Not just European leftists, our own ones here are at it as well. John Minto is a prime example, Keith Locket and the Bradbury twins are others.

They may stand with terrorists, islamists, jihadists, criminals and thugs, but I stand with democracy, freedom and with Israel.


– The Australian


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  • jude

    We have seen that here, very recently.
    The left encouraged a ‘Hate John Key” campaign and stressed his Jewish and money trading background.
    New Zealanders saw that for what it was.
    The MSM can try all they like to try to change public opinion, but the public are not so naive as the left want to believe!

  • conwaycaptain

    When one considers how many Jewish people are in the Left Wing Parties it astounds me. Milliband x 2 for example.

  • thehawkreturns

    “They may stand with terrorists, islamists, jihadists, criminals and thugs, but I stand with democracy, freedom and with Israel.”
    Israel is rated as the most democratic and free of all Middle East countries yet is constantly vilified by the left who, consequently, must be seen to prefer authoritarian thugocracies and Islamic evil.
    How long must I wait for ANY NZ politician to iterate your statement? I am not holding my breath.

  • Doc45

    There are other factors too. Much of the problem arises from jealousy. Jews have been successful in many fields. Since the Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901 approximately 193 of the 855 honorees have been Jewish (22%). Jews make up less than 0.2% of the world’s population. They have achieved in finance, in the corporate world as well. They are the butt of endless jokes which can lead to derision and dislike.

    • thehawkreturns

      The leftists take these successes as reasons for the Jews to be murdered in the name of Islam. Hitler was a socialist, never forget.

      • Kevin

        Himmler (I think) made himself very rich running State-own factories manned with slave labour. Typical socialist business model if there ever was one.

    • Kevin

      Jews went into banking and money-lending because the Church didn’t let them own land. Sometimes you just can’t win.

      • anonymouse

        Also, at the time Usury was considered sinful by the Church, so good Christian folk thought such professions as distastful
        Additionally the trade and craft guilds would not allow jewish members, further restrictinf job opportunities…

  • Kevin

    Every time there’s an attack by Muslims (yes, Muslims) on Westerners there’s howls from the Left about how there’s going to be violent hate-filled rampages against ordinary Muslims. And every time in never happens. Instead we get follow up anti-semitic attacks which are either underreported or not reported at all.

    It’s actually head-shaking unbelievable if it wasn’t true stuff. It’s like after a vicious gang-rape the Left predicting there will be hordes of women running around with knives cutting random mens’ testicles off.

    • Simon Brown

      That ties in nicely with my point. It’s the same reason that the left supports criminals being released to a neighbourhood without telling the neighbours. We can’t be trusted not to commit a violent act on the ex criminal, but the criminal is to be trusted around our families and children.

      • OneTrack

        Lefty logic.

  • Alright

    You say: “They [many on the Left] may stand with terrorists, islamists, jihadists, criminals and thugs, but I stand with democracy, freedom and with Israel.”

    So do I. Not partly. Totally. Unequivocally. 100 percent.

  • Eiselmann

    The jews really have themselves to blame , this desire to have a homeland for themselves and then have the audacity to defend themselves against their neighbours who several times have tried to drive them into the sea and still have that as a stated aim.
    Then there’s the whole prosperous democracy and continued success that they have worked for ….unforgivable …….Israel should be a repressive basketcase of a country like their neighbours, they would then be living the left dream of equality with the lowest common denominator …and what’s with all these nobel prize winners that’s just showing off.

    • Yes, how dare they prosper, the cheek of it.


      Shabbat Shalom, Eiselmann!

    • spanishbride

      Exactly, where do they get off living peacefully in Israel with people of different religions and tolerant of homosexuals and everyone has equal rights. They are Middle Eastern for goodness sake, show us some oppression please and make sure women know their place.Why are they democratic when all the other countries around them are not? They are a tiny country. Why do they think that they can stand up to all the others? How dare they be so brave and determined.

    • Steve

      Seriously, I’m struggling to work out what is sarcasm and what may be a genuine sentiment with this and the related replies. But 56 upvoters seem to have it figured out. Time to turn off the lamp and get some sleep.

      • Eiselmann

        Pure sarcasm aimed at those who always diss and dismiss Israel as their default stance…..I can’t make sense of those who genuinely believe that Israel defends its citizens from rockets equals bad….Islamic terrorists protect their rockets with people is good ,,,yet there are people who totally believe that and some of them have real influence in our society…sleep well :-).

  • Mikex

    An example of this MSM ability to sidestep and tip toe around reality is demonstrated by Stuffs report of the incident in Belgium.
    Two “terrorists” or “extremists” are killed. They manage to report the whole thing in detail without once using any phrase containing the word “Islam’. Obviously had nothing to do with it.

    • Steve

      That is Stuff sanitisation…

      In the Netherlands it’s being reported like this:

      “….VERVIERS –

      Bij de anti-terreuroperatie in het Belgische Verviers zijn twee verdachte jihadisten om het leven gekomen. Een derde is aangehouden. Dat heeft het Belgische parket bekendgemaakt op een persconferentie donderdagavond in Brussel. De drie zouden teruggekeerde Syriëgangers zijn die banden zouden hebben met Islamitische Staat. Ze schoten minutenlang op de politie….”
      De Telegraaf Jan 15th

      or for the uninitiated in the Dutch language:

      VERVIERS –
      In the anti-terrorist operation in the Belgian Verviers two suspected jihadists have been killed. A third was arrested. That the Belgian prosecutor announced at a press conference Thursday in Brussels. The three were returned Foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War that tires would have Islamic State. They shot minutes at the police.

  • dgrogan

    For the record, I am Islamophobic. But what exactly am I scared of?

    I’m scared that Europe’s politicians are failing to curb the Islamafication of their territories and that already, they may be powerless to reverse it.

    I’m scared of the spreading religious/lifestyle intolerance by Islam, throughout the western world.

    I’m scared that New Zealand’s politically motivated progressives (the left) will actively try and shut down our citizens’ right to voice their concern about this apocalypse.

    I’m scared we may be forced to give up challenging the beliefs and dogma of every ridiculous fundamentalist religion that man has ever invented – because our right to true freedom speech is under threat.

    I’m scared the ideological politically correctness already enshrined in our HRC laws will impede our progress in meeting this threat to our freedom.

    I’m NOT scared to stand up for my beliefs.

    • Alright

      Hear, here.

  • Emjay

    The MSM here and overseas don’t hold back when a ‘white’ cop shoots a ‘black’ teenager in the US, why not apply the same standards to terrorists/extremists?


    So if the left is not ‘protecting’ the (deadly silent) muslim majority, who will……..

  • bubitboy

    Phobia – an irrational fear.
    Islamophobia – an irrational fear of Islam.
    I would suggest that a fear of barbaric animals who will shoot you or preferably behead you because you draw a picture they do not like, or otherwise disagree with them in any way, is completely rational.
    Islamophobia? Give me a break, just another label to try and shut down our voices.
    Just as if you disagree with climate change you are a denier.
    Well call me that too if you so wish, lefty label makers.

  • Wallace Westland

    ” I stand with democracy, freedom and with Israel.”
    Me too.

    • Tony

      and me

    • I.M Bach

      Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,
      so that every mouth can be fed.
      Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

      Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,
      So that every mouth can be fed.
      Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

      My wife and my kids, they are packed up and leave me.
      Darling, she said, I was yours to receive.
      Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

      Shirt them a-tear up, trousers are gone.
      I don’t want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde.
      Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

      After a storm there must be a calm.
      They catch me in the farm. You sound the alarm.
      Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

      Poor me, the Israelite.
      I wonder who I’m working for.
      Poor me, Israelite,
      I look a-down and out, sir.

      • Wallace Westland

        Wow. Long time since I heard that. TY.