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Saturday, 21 November 2009

The BNP Warmly Welcomes Israeli Interior Minister's Racist Remarks

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is no bleeding-heart liberal. He is a supporter of Israel's right-wing coalition. Nonetheless he joins an increasing number of Zionists embarrassed by the support of Britain's main fascist party, the BNP, for the racist remarks of Israeli Ministers and their attitude to Israel's Arabs and migrant workers in Israel. Note that Schochet isn't complaining about the remarks per se, which he probably agrees with (after all he is a right-wing Zionist) but at the fact that they are publicly expressed, thus undermining the position of Britain's Jews. What is interesting is that despite the Board of Deputies criticising the remarks I made on the BBC's Big Questions last Sunday:
'It is regrettable that Mr Greenstein doesn’t feel that there was any justification for the rallies. Fortunately we know of at least 17,000 people between London and Manchester who would disagree with him.'
in reference to the (far smaller rallies) called on behalf of all Britain's Jews, even the most right-wing Zionists recognise that the actions of Israel and their association with British Jews are helping to create anti-Semitism where there is none.
Note how Schochet talks about 'red lines' and asks whether racist Zionists like Elis Yishai are 'oblivious' to the consequences on the streets of London or New York. This is, despite the Board's bluster, an open admission that the actions of Israel and its representatives have consequences for British Jews. Exactly what I was saying!! Tony Greenstein

British rabbi hits out at Israeli 'xenophobia' after BNP's backing
By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2009

A senior United Synagogue rabbi will use his sermon tomorrow to condemn comments made by Israel’s Interior Minister, which were cited approvingly by the BNP.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, of Mill Hill Synagogue, who is chair of the Rabbinical Council of the US, hits out at the “extreme xenophobic” remarks made by Eli Yishai, who said that foreign workers would bring diseases to Israel and threaten Israel’s Jewish identity.

According to a text of his Shabbat address, he also fears that the incident shows that Israelis “don’t care” about the possible consequences of what they say for diaspora Jews.
Rabbi Schochet makes clear that generally diaspora Jews should not be seen criticising Israel and “when a member of my family misbehaves, I’m not going to criticise him publicly”.

He goes on: “But there are red lines — and when they’re crossed then I have to distance myself from those remarks, from those actions — to make the point to everyone else that what they have said or done is not a reflection on the rest of the family, lest we all become guilty by association. ”

The rabbi complains:
“When an interior minister verbalises extreme xenophobic sentiments, that then feed the BNP in this country to substantiate their abhorrent racist arguments, then that in itself demonstrates ever so forcefully how what happens there has direct bearing here.

“Are they truly oblivious in Israel that what they say and do has consequences for the Jew walking the streets of London or New York? I think so. I think they don’t care. That goes against the grain of a basic fundamental Jewish principle of all Jews being responsible for one another.”
He continues:
“As much as we have to appreciate that our identity as a nation is bound as one with the land, they have to understand that their identity as a medinah [state] is bound as one with the people.

“And when things emanate from there that are in direct contrast to basic Jewish values, then we have to stand up and be counted. And when diaspora Jewry stays quiet, then there is something fundamentally wrong with our whole approach and attitude. Then indeed we share in the guilt and the shame.”
Reacting to Mr Yishai’s remarks on the deportation of illegal migrants, the BNP had said that Israel’s demand to remain a Jewish state matched its own for Britain to be an “ethnically majority” British state. Mr Yishai’s spokesman last week denounced the BNP as “a factory for anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish hatred”.

November 12 2009


joe90 kane said...

I noticed you left a comment on the media lens messege board TG. Good stuff.

The comments on Atzmon began by this notice of Atzmon's 'review' of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme investigating Britian's pro-Israel lobby -
'Britain must de-Zionise itself'
November 17, 2009, 4:29 pm

There has since been other threads.

I have used some of your articles in present my evidence and arguments.

Needless to say, it doesn't matter how much proof there is that Atzmon is racist and has no buisness in UK Palestine solidarity, some people just refuse to believe what's in front of them.

By the way, I did reply to your comment re. Goldhagen etc in the post below, but it seems to have got lost in transmission -
Atzmon's Holocaust Denial Leaves Him out in the Cold

It was nothing very interesting anyway, if I remember rightly.

Tony Greenstein said...

Yes I did leave a comment on Media Lens. Haven't read Atmon's latest nonsense since I think most people are now wise to him.

I seem to have had one or 2 comments disappear into the ether. Twice they have appeared and then disappeared by themselves!