Has Jew hatred morphed into insanity/mass hysteria?

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Guest column by Diane Weber Bederman

What ties people of all races, colours, creeds and sexual orientation?

Jew hatred.

I think Jew hatred has now reached a worldwide case of hate-based insanity. Here is the definition of insanity: madness, and craziness characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. And we can add mass hysteria, culturally acquired psychosis, and the internalization of a Jew hating cultural meme. It could even be a dissociative disorder; a mental disorder that involves experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life. Or perhaps it is collective obsessional behavior or  a “phenomenon of collective suggestion” or “moral panic.” This is a sociological concept that refers to the phenomenon of masses of people becoming distressed about a perceived — usually unreal or exaggerated — threat portrayed in catastrophizing terms by the media.

Social media has allowed this “mental illness” to spread everywhere; right into your living room and bed room. No corner left untouched.

After two hours of speeches and prayers at the vigil for the Muslim family that was killed, Imam Munir El-Kassem of London’s Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario was invited to the stage to give closing remarks, in front of PM Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh and other elected officials and went on to attack the JEWS.

“There’s a reason why they say the world is a small village. Every country has a foreign policy. I just want to say, whatever is happening in Jerusalem and Gaza is related to whatever happened in London, Ontario. Period.”

The crowd could be heard cheering  following El-Kassem’s remarks. No stone left unturned when it comes to the Jews.

Does that mean If Israel did not exist – this Muslim family would be alive?

This has to be a case of hate-based insanity. Right? Because if it is not insanity then it is brazen, pure, unedited, unadulterated hate for Jews for the crime of being Jewish.

Jew hatred has been with us for as long as the Jews have been a people – about 3500 years. Today, it’s different. Because today we have social media and the hate is at your fingertips 24/7.

One would have thought that after the Holocaust Jew hatred would go away – or at least move underground. But, no. It is everywhere. There is no shame in Jew hatred-no calls of racist. No doxing or canceling. No naming and shaming. It must be mental.

Take a look at this short list. I would have made it longer  but in this day and age of short attention span…

Amazon is selling controversial anti-Israel merchandise, even though it violates corporate policy banning certain “offensive and controversial” materials.  There are products promoting the “Free Palestine” movement, including a phone case with the hashtag “Gaza Under Attack,” a hoodie with a Google look-alike asking if the person searching “Israel” meant “Palestine” and a T-shirt with the Palestinian political cartoon character “Handala.”

Handala has become a widespread symbol of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement — a movement aimed at destroying the state of Israel.

Amazon also has carried items accusing Israel of being occupiers.

Merchandise with the phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a chant used by both pro-Palestinian demonstrators and the terrorist organization Hamas, has been available for purchase. What does that mean? That means they want Israel wiped off the map – with the Jewish people. But that’s OK.

Facebook has permitted quotes attributed to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and the statement “Hitler was right.”

That’s OK on Facebook, but Donald Trump-not so much!

Did you know the BBC is run by Jews?

Across Canada and the United States, anti-Semitic attacks are up by 40%.

In the United States alone, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has collected 222 reports of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and violence from May 10 to May 23. These ongoing incidents include antisemitic vandalism on synagogues in American cities, the physical assault of Jews on the streets by anti-Israel gangs, and calls for the genocide of Jewish people. In a statement, B’nai Brith Canada said the number of antisemitic assaults so far in May 2021 “easily surpasses” the total for all of 2020 (which already saw a record (pdf) 2,610 cases, up 18.3 percent from 2019). This follows a concurrent surge in antisemitism in the European Union and United Kingdom.

In Tucson, Arizona, a Chabad center was vandalized with graffiti, including a swastika and the words, “Dirty k–e.” In Brooklyn, New York, an enraged assailant stormed into a Jewish-owned pizzeria, flipping over tables and throwing items at diners. In London, England, a Jewish children’s school bus had its tires slashed. In Ulm, Germany, a man tried to set a synagogue on fire. And in France, a prominent politician espoused a repugnant conspiracy theory about the 2012 shooting attack at a Toulouse Jewish school.

It’s now acceptable to have Jew hating political parties in the West: the Labour Party in Britain, and the Democrat Party in America.

Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida lashed out at fellow Democrats and said their anti-Israel rhetoric is contributing to the latest wave of anti-Semitic attacks across America.

“If your position is that there’s no place for a Jewish state, there are people in the United States who hear that the entire state of Israel is some unacceptable creation … and all this is the fault of the Jews, then the anti-Semites take to the streets in New York and [Los Angeles], and then Boca [Raton] and Bal Harbour.”

Deutch singled out Democrats in Congress who are vocal in their anti-Israel incitement, citing representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush.

“Attacks like that against Jews have led to anti-Semitism and expulsion, and violence around the world.”

ADL chief Greenblatt said,

“When you make unhinged claims  (Greenblatt seems to be going with the insanity plea) and conspiratorial accusations that, for example, the Jewish state is systematically slaughtering children or intentionally committing genocide, don’t be surprised when unhinged people act on those conspiracies.”

Greenblatt  noted that the condemnation of the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks is weak when compared to reactions to anti-Asian and other bigotry.

The NDP in Canada supports BDS whose sole purpose is to see the eradication of the state of Israel.  Can you name a political party in the West that stands against Islam? Of course not. That would be Islamophobic.

And of course attacking Jews on campus is di rigeur.

After condemning the rise in antisemitic attacks, the chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick apologized for the hurt his message had caused.

“In hindsight, it is clear to us that the message failed to communicate support for our Palestinian community members. We sincerely apologize for the hurt that this message has caused.”

I should live long enough for someone to apologize for the hurt caused by Jew hating comments.

In Princeton, dozens of faculty members signed a letter condemning “Jewish supremacy” without any mention of Hamas’s genocidal program against Jews.

The City University of New York (CUNY) faculty union is voting on a resolution to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and accuse Israel of “crimes against humanity” and “ongoing settler colonial violence.” NY – the home of Jews.

Seen on Subway in New York

The leadership of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is expected to vote in September on a resolution to stop US aid to Israel and to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against “apartheid in Israel.”

Jew hatred is so ubiquitous on campus that a group of 19 Republican members of Congress  sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona highlighting rampant anti-Semitism at American colleges and universities, and urging him to apply Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect Jewish students as it would towards racist actions against other minorities. Not only do Jewish students on campus face anti-Semitic attacks from students but also often from their professors – learned well from the Nazis.

Nothing says Jew hatred like desecrating the Torah in…Germany!

BLM leader-past leader Patrisse Cullors, now multi millionaire, once called for the destruction of Israel.

Palestine is our generation’s South Africa and, if we don’t step up boldly and courageously to end the imperialist project that’s called Israel, we’re doomed.

Can you imagine calling for the eradication of Rwanda?

And then you have groups like Antifa, very famous in America, who call for the annihilation of the Jewish nation and the Jewish state. They chant “From the river to the sea, ‘Palestine’ will be free.” Guess they can get their merchandise from Amazon.

It looks and sounds like mass hysteria, doesn’t it? A worldwide mental illness. It’s like an obsessive compulsive disorder.

Except it is not. Jew hatred is not a mental illness or moral panic. Jew hatred is the timeless fallback position for every race, colour, creed and sexual orientation who needs a scapegoat.

And why not? There are 7.8 billion people on the planet; billions of whom are unhappy and only 14.7 million Jews, a statistical error in a Chinese census.

“Who ya gonna call out?”

There is no cure for Jew hatred. None. Zero. Nada.

But we aren’t going anywhere. We will be the thorn in your side, the pea under the mattress, until all of you realize that you are not victims. That you have agency to be the best you can be. And you will, if you walk away from “leaders” who constantly tell you that you are victims as they make millions of dollars off you suffering.

The Jewish people are called stiff-necked. Our presence on earth speaks to that. You can be stiff-necked too.

Letter Sent to Mayor of Saskatoon

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Mayor Charlie Clark

222 3rd Ave N,

Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5

Dear Mayor Clark,

On June 9, 2021, a man was videoed allegedly harassing a group who were painting a LGBTQ crosswalk in preparation for a Pride celebration.

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We are contacting you because this is a recent incident, but our letter is certainly not restricted to Saskatoon, it is applicable for all areas of Canada.

According to the Pride event organizers, homophobic and racist comments were heard by the man in the story, and he allegedly attempted to incite violence.”

This is distressing, but not uncommon in our current climate. Advocating violence is never acceptable, and we hope this man has acknowledged his error.

There is much anger against everyone by everyone in our world today. In the case of the Pride event, our municipal, provincial and federal leaders must keep in mind that there is a  diverse mixture of citizenry in Canada.

These include people that, for religious or ethical reasons, do not agree with the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Their reasons may not be discounted, and perhaps they are feeling marginalized for their beliefs.

The Muslim, Christian and Orthodox Jewish communities are examples of groups that are not in agreement with the lifestyle, and it must be acknowledged that Canada has many citizens within these groups.

Wael Shehab, as head Imam of Toronto Masjid, was quoted as saying “Same-sex marriage, on the other hand, imposes serious dangers to the family institution, lacks social support, endangers the real lovely family life, and breaks the social order of the human community.”

Dr. Charles McVety, chairman of Canada Christian College and a well known Evangelical in Toronto, Ontario is known for his stance on marriage between a man and a woman.

Mrs. Bronya Shaffer, a noted  lecturer on Jewish women’s issues has stated: “We know that among other sexual behaviours, Torah law expressly forbids the specific act of male homosexuality.”

Again, these views are not necessarily wrong, they are religious convictions. Unless hate speech and violence becomes an issue within these communities, these people deserve to have their convictions and opinions respected.

The city might be well advised to assign certain time slots for Pride events in the public square, and after the completion of the event, repaint the crosswalks the standard white and remove other items that may have been put up during this event, as these are public spaces and are used by all members of the public. This is respecting everyone.

This could go a long way in alleviating feelings of marginalization on both sides. All human beings should be treated with dignity.

Our aim is to defuse hate, while reconciling the very diverse citizenry of Canadian society.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

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Letter to the Law Society of Ontario

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June 15, 2021

Law Society of Ontario

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6

To whom it may concern,

It has come to our attention that Ontario lawyer Stephen Ellis, on the current list of barristers of Ontario, has demonstrated words and actions that are in contradiction of his Hippocratic oath as a lawyer.

The oath includes the following phrases:

“I shall champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons.”

“I shall strictly observe and uphold the ethical standards that govern my profession.”

Mr. Ellis, a North York barrister, and solicitor is an activist connected with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions pro Palestine movement. He is seen frequently supporting their efforts in and around Toronto.

He has participated in anti-Israel demonstrations, including Al-Quds Day Rallies and Nakba Day of Action. During these demonstrations, calls for the death of Israel are a common chant. “We will sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine” is also frequently heard. Please see the references below.

Toronto protest: “Viva intifada”, “We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine”

Toronto Protest: “Viva, Viva Intifada, Free Palestine”

In August of 2019, Mr. Ellis suggested picketing in front of the Israeli Ambassador’s house in Ottawa.

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Stephen Ellis suggested picketing in front of the Israeli Ambassador’s house in Ottawa

In April 2021, Mr. Ellis Advocated the following chants: “Long live the intifada” and “Globalise the intifada.”

Reference:

Stephen Ellis shares meme supporting Palestinian “resistance”

Following is some background of the intifada:

Hammam Farah: “The Intifada: my language”

On June 15, 2021, Stephen Ellis posted on Facebook:

“The Canadian and Israeli flags represent apartheid and genocide. If you see these symbols anywhere, the only moral thing to do is destroy them.”

Reference:

Stephen Ellis: “The only moral thing to do is destroy them” [Israeli, Canadian flags]

As a barrister committed to upholding the rule of law, calling for the destruction of the Canadian and Israeli flags seems to impugn the validity of the oath that he took.

We are aware that he participated in these events during his free time, but with Mr. Ellis being a public figure, we believe it is genuinely concerning to be advocating for violence, particularly in today’s climate.

We trust that you will investigate this issue, and we are confident this behaviour will be rectified.

Fighting not only hate but also incitement to violence in all areas of Canadian life is imperative.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

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Letter Sent To Mayor Of Montreal

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The Honourable Valerie Plante

Mayor of Montreal

It has come to our attention that the recent conflict regarding Israel and Palestine has spilled over into Canada as well as the rest of the world.

During a protest held in Montreal on May 29, 2021, hundreds of pro Palestine protesters gathered in Montreal to protest what they described as apartheid and oppression.

The protest did not stop at that. A song was played over the PA system with extremely concerning words, some are as follows:

“Walk tall in Al-Aqsa [Mosque], walk tall

Roar in the face of the [Jewish] settler

If he [Jewish settler] thinks about walking leisurely into the yards [of Al-Aqsa Mosque]

Surprise him with the sharp sword

Strike [him], strike [him], strike [him], strike [him]

Do not allow him to approach the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]”

The song was composed by Al-Wafa’ band, a Gaza-based group composed of operatives of Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, a group that is designated by Canada as a terrorist entity.

Please see reference here:

Song played at Montreal protest: “Surprise him [Jew] with sharp sword, strike [him]”

We believe lyrics like the ones quoted above, written with definitive connections to Hamas is not only detrimental to peace and harmony in Canada, but also promotes a designated terrorist organization via its music. It can also be seen as incitement to violence against the Jewish community in Canada.

We strongly request that an investigation into the organizers and their activities be carried out. For subsequent protests, we ask that firm boundaries are put in place. If the boundaries are crossed, appropriate action should be taken by law enforcement.

Fighting hate in all areas of Canadian life is imperative.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

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Letter Sent To The Toronto Star

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To the editor,
On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, the Toronto Star ran a story on their front page concerning the terrible tragedy in London, Ontario.
The link above is for the online edition. Your hardcopy edition is in the photo below.
The reason we are writing you this letter is we believe there is the potential for incitement with the front page headline in the hardcopy.
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Feelings within our community are very high right now, and to deliberately play ‘favoritism’ on a front page headline is unwise. We are aware that the author was quoting someone who was referring to the family who lost their lives, but the headline and the photo do not reflect this.
We noticed your online version has been modified, and this is good. But, the hardcopy has been distributed, and damage has been done.
This letter is a reminder to the editor of their role in not only bringing the news to the public, but doing it in a responsible manner, so as not to incite more hate and division.
Thank you for your attention.
Sincerely,
Fighting Hate In Canada

Letter sent to PM Trudeau and Other Dignitaries

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June 9, 2021

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau                           

Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

 

Yesterday, a vigil was held in London to honour the family who lost their lives in a horrendous attack on Sunday evening.

The vigil included many dignitaries, including yourself. London Imam Munir El Kassem also spoke a few words in which he equated the tragedy in London to the conflict in Israel/Gaza.

 

Munir El-Kassem says events in Palestine related to murder of Muslims in London, ON

This is a dangerous precedent to set and could put the Jewish community in London as well as throughout Canada in danger. In the past several weeks, the Jewish community has been under escalating attack,  physically, verbally and mentally because of the conflict in Israel and Gaza. These attacks have been happening for years, but escalate especially during and surrounding  Al Quds day. Bringing the Jewish/Palestinian conflict forward during this time of mourning is unacceptable. 

Remembering the victims of Sunday’s tragedy by inadvertently putting blame on an already marginalized segment of the population is dangerous and counter-productive.

Fighting hate in all sectors is imperative.

We ask that you address this as Canadian leadership.

 

Respectfully,

Fighting Hate in Canada