Recently we have witnessed the rise of the New Left which identifies Israel with the establishment, with acquisition, with smug satisfaction, with, in fact, all the basic enemies … Let there be no mistake: the New Left is the author and the progenitor of the new anti-Semitism. (Former Israeli former minister Abba Eban, writing in the American Jewish Congress Bi-Weekly in 1973).

By Richard Mather…

Berlin, Paris, Brussels, London, Manchester, Malmo. Just a few of the European cities where the hallmarks of fascism are routinely exhibited by the radical Left. Irrational, emotional, anti-Semitic, and engaged in violent confrontation against the Jewish people and democratic institutions – say hello to the exponents of left-fascism.

Driven by an extreme post-Marxist, post-colonial ideology, left-fascists are engaged in a long war against Israel – both as a state and as a collective noun for the Jewish people. Viewed as an agent of imperialism and a model of obsolete “Old Testament” principles, Israel is fair game for post-Marxist intellectuals and activists who despise Jewish self-determination and Judeo-Christian ethics.

Left fascism – which is best exemplified by the boycotts, divestments and sanctions movement – is an infantile philosophy that views the world in crude dialectic terms: Israeli/Palestinian; rich/poor; fair/unfair; the West/Islam; war/peace; strong/weak.

It is no surprise, then, that Israelis are seen as rich, powerful Westerners (despite the poverty of many haredi Jews in Israel). The Palestinians are poor, defenceless Muslims (which overlooks the fact that many Gazans are millionaires). This type of thinking, far from being progressive, is curiously blinkered and reactionary. It leads to situations where the post-Marxist Left finds itself excusing Saddam Hussein for the simple reason that he was a symbol of resistance against America and Zionism.


2014 may turn out to be the year when Europe’s Jews faced the most sustained attack since the Second World War. Boycotts of Jewish businesses, arson attacks, physical and verbal abuse – all of this is the culmination of a sustained campaign of hatred which began more than forty years ago when a bomb was placed in the Jewish Community Centre in Berlin. The date was 9 November 1969, the anniversary of Kristnallnacht.

The group responsible for the (failed) attack on the Berlin Jewish community was the Tupamaros West-Berlin, a German-Marxist organization, which was trained by Palestinian terrorists in Jordan. A year later, members of the group joined the equally vile Red Army Faction, a violent revolutionary cell that operated in Europe until 1990s.

Ulrike Meinhof, co-founder of the Red Army Faction, equated anti-Semitism with anti-capitalism, and attempted to justify the Holocaust in crude Marxist terms: “Auschwitz,” said Meinhof, “meant that six million Jews were killed and thrown on the waste-heap of Europe, for what they were considered: money-Jews.”

The Left’s obsession with money and Jews might explain why today’s BDS radicals are so keen to disrupt the economy of Israel. By attacking “money,” they attack Israel and vice versa. (In 1979, the Workers Revolutionary Party accused Britain of selling out the Palestinians to “Zionist money power.”) The equation – “Israel=(blood) money” – is a repackaging of the old canard that Jews control the banks, the film industry, America, the world. Jewish businesses are justifiable targets (in the view of anti-Semites) because Jews are never just Jews, they are “money Jews.”

Does the Far Left believe that anti-Semitism actually benefits socialism and that capitalist democracy can only be defeated by wrecking Jewish businesses? The answer, it seems, is yes. The overlap between the boycott of Jewish shops and the violent demonstrations against G8 and Nato summits is confirmation that a dangerous populist ideology is being played out on the streets of Britain and Europe.

Robert Wistrich, professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University, observed this trend back in 2004. In an interview with Manfred Gerstenfeld he asserted that globalization has given rise to an anti-globalist Left that is “viscerally anti-American, anti-capitalist, and hostile to world Jewry.”

Indeed, it is alarming how many intellectuals and activists on the hard and soft Left believe that America –apparently in cahoots with the so-called Jewish lobby – is some kind of imperialist capitalist monster that creates war in order to finance the military-industrial complex.

This racist attitude toward the US and American Jews is best typified by an feverish speech made by George Galloway MP at the start of the second Iraq War.

According to Galloway, it was “vitally necessary” that the Left ally itself with radical Islam. This is possible, he said, because both “have the same enemies.” These enemies include the “Zionist,” American and British “occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries.” In Galloway’s worldview, both the Left and Islam share the same goal of opposing the “savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world.”

The convergence of left-fascism and Islamic extremism is probably the biggest threat facing Jews today. It is, of course, reminiscent of the Nazi-Soviet pact in which both Hitler and Stalin (two of the 20th century’s biggest anti-Semites) agreed to mutual non-belligerence. But while the non-aggression pact lasted a mere two years, the contemporary red-black alliance (which has little in common except for their hatred of Jews and capitalist social democracy) has lasted a great deal longer and is actually strengthening. The relentless boycotts of Jewish businesses by anarchists and Islamists is proof of this.

In an age where political discourse is dominated by name-calling, it is important that left-fascists are called out for what they are: anti-Semitic anarchist thugs who are violently opposed to Europe’s social democracies. Likewise in the 1920s and 1930s, the Nazis were opposed to Germany’s post-WWI Weimar Republic, which was seen as decadent, bourgeois and “Jewish.” The collapse of the Weimar democracy led to the horrors of war and the mass killing of Jews and other “unacceptable” minorities. In the 21st century, we must be on guard against those who wish to plunge us back into the chaos of anarchy and murder.



By Richard Mather…

Simon Cobbs, co-founder of advocacy group Sussex Friends of Israel, has stated that Fifa’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is a huge problem for footballs fans who are concerned about the country’s human rights record and its funding of terrorist groups.

In an interview with the Jewish Media Agency, Mr Cobbs said that unless the Qatari government renounces terrorism and improves working conditions for foreign labourers, then the World Cup should be taken away from them. Terrorism should not be rewarded, he declared.

Sussex Friends of Israel and other pro-Israel activist groups are urgently calling on football fans to speak out against the Qatari government’s links with terrorist organisations and the “slave labour” conditions endured by construction workers who are building the World Cup infrastructure.

“There is growing evidence that Qatari is supporting the Isis movement. But it is unequivocal that it supports Hamas,” says Mr Cobbs.

According to a report in the The Telegraph, Qatar is aiding fundraising efforts for Islamic State terrorists who are killing and looting in Syria and Iraq. Qatar, however, denies any involvement.

But there’s no disputing the fact that Qatar is sheltering exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and is a major financial supporter of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the territory since 2007. It is claimed that Hamas has used aid money to build terror tunnels. Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor has publicly stated that the tunnels “were funded by Qatari money.”

Mr Cobbs and Sussex Friends of Israel are also concerned about Qatar’s abysmal  human rights record, which presents an ethical dilemma to football fans who are appalled by the deaths of foreign labourers. Hundreds of migrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and India have perished as they worked 12-hour shifts in the blistering heat. Last month, 44 Nepalese workers died from cardiac arrest and workplace accidents.

Then there is the question of how to deal with Qatar’s rampant anti-Semitism. According to Arutz Sheva journalist Giulio Meotti, Qatar is “actively encouraging jihad against the State of Israel.” Meotti cites a Qatari television show – based on a book by late Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani – which features a Jewish prostitute denying the Holocaust and caricatures of Israelis demanding the deaths of Arabs. Qatar also hosts conferences in which Jews and the State of Israel are demonised.

There is also the unresolved issue of whether an Israeli stamp in a passport will bar someone from entering Qatar. And although the Qatari government has said it will let the Israel national football team participate in the World Cup on its territory, there is no getting around the fact that Israeli passport holders are still officially banned from entering the country.

In the background, there are accusations of corruption and bribery. The Sunday Times has found evidence allegedly showing that Mohamed bin Hammam, a member of of Fifa’s 24-person executive committee, paid more than $5 million to soccer officials to secure support for his country’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Activists fear that all these issues – corruption, terrorism, slave labour and anti-Semitism – will be brushed aside for the sake of expediency. It would be embarrassing and hugely expensive for Fifa to admit it made a mistake. “People are whitewashed by the lure of the World Cup,” observed Mr Cobbs.

To highlight these issues and to put international pressure on Qatar, Sussex Friends of Israel and affiliated groups have embarked on a campaign to highlight the country’s continued “disregard of international law in supporting terror groups and its direct involvement in countless deaths and enormous suffering in countries around the world.”

Campaigners have already made their presence felt. On Friday afternoon a flash mob dressed in orange jump suits were photographed outside the Qatari embassy in London. And on Sunday there will be a football-themed protest outside the embassy. Sussex Friends of Israel has asked various Jewish leadership groups to lend their support to what is described as an “incredibly important opportunity to show our disgust at Qatar’s continued refusal to stop funding terror.”

“We’re asking people to wear football shirts or team colours at the protest on Sunday,” said Mr Cobbs. “We’re asking lovers of football to come along and say not in our name.”

The message is loud and clear: it’s time to kick terrorism out of football.


By Richard Mather…

A plan to build homes for Jews triggers international outrage. A scheme to build homes for east Jerusalem’s Arab populations is virtually ignored by the international media? Why the disparity?

When Israel recently declared its intention to develop 400 hectares of land in Gush Etzion (an area settled before 1947, destroyed by the Arab Legion in 1948 and recaptured in 1967), the world loudly condemned it as a “land grab.” But when Jerusalem’s building committee announced 2,200 new homes for Arabs in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Arav al-Swahara, there was almost total silence.

The message is loud and clear. Despite residing in the land of Judea and Samaria for millennia, today’s Jews are now forbidden to live there at all.  Arabs, on the other hand, are endowed with a natural entitlement to “Palestine.” It is no surprise, then, that the Obama administration has officially demanded Israel reverses its land appropriation in Gush Etzion, saying it is counterproductive to the so-called peace process.

If Obama had any sense he would he see that Israel’s appropriation of land is both practically and legally comprehensible. Israel’s decision to bring the land under state control is simply an attempt to create contiguity between the Green Line and the settlements in Betar Ilit, Kfar Etzion and Gevaot. It is widely understood that this land will one day form part of an agreed land swap between Israel and the Palestinians.

Plus, if Obama knew his history (and he obviously doesn’t) he would know that the “West Bank” isunclaimed land. Contrary to popular opinion, Israeli settlements are entirely legal as long as they are within the parameters of the 1922 Mandate of Palestine. This is the same mandate that legalized and encouraged the immigration of Jews to all parts of historic Israel.

Israel’s critics may be surprised to know that the 1922 Mandate has never been superseded in international law, not even by the United Nation’s 1947 partition plan. Because the Arabs refused to recognize the partition of “Palestine,” the legal status of Judea and Samaria reverted back to the 1922 law . The capture of Judea and Samaria from Jordan in 1967 was the first step in the restoration of the territory’s true legal status.  It also means that Israel’s recent “land grab” is actually the fulfilment of the original 1922 Mandate.

(Quoting the Fourth Geneva Convention to argue that the settlements are in fact illegal is nonsensical. The Fourth Geneva Convention pertains only to cases of occupation of a sovereign entity. Because of the Arab refusal to reach an agreement between 1947 and 1949, the area popularly referred to as the West Bank never became the legal territory of any sovereign entity – not even Jordan, despite its occupation of the territory until 1967. Only Israel has a legal entitlement to Judea and Samaria.)

If anyone is in any doubt, they would do well to consult a document boasting the signatures of over 1,000 respected diplomats and legal experts from around the world, ranging from South Africa and Canada to Norway and Brazil. The file was delivered to the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in the form of a petition just over a year ago.

According to these legal experts, it is factually incorrect to refer to the settlements as illegal for the simple reason that the term “1967 lines” does not exist in international law. The pre-1967 lines are in fact 1949 armistice lines, and are not recognized lines or security lines. Moreover, the issue of borders is on the agenda of the peace talks and is subject to final status negotiations.

All of which means that the Palestinian claim that statehood is an unassailable right should not be taken at face value. Arab hatred of Israel has never been about the settlements or even about land. The primary obstacle is an ideological refusal to recognize the Jewish people’s deep-rooted historic, cultural and legal connections to the entire land of Israel. Until the Arabs and the rest of the world accept that the Jews have an inalienable and legal right to live in Judea and Samaria, there will never be peace.


By Richard Mather…

Palestinianism is the most anti-Semitic ideology since Nazism. But it is an ideology that has been nameless, as if designed to escape detection. But Palestinianism is real and it poses an enormous threat to Israel and the Jewish diaspora.

The Palestinianist ideology is particularly dangerous because it draws strength from a range of sources. You don’t have to be an Arab or a Muslim to be a Palestinianist. A large number of western socialists, liberals, conservatives and even neo-Nazis can be described as Palestinianists. Many Presbyterians, Methodists, Quakers, university academics, trade unions, NGOs and charities also deserve the epithet. All share an irrational hatred or distrust of Israel and/or Jews.

What is disturbing about Palestinianism is that it comprises many stripes of anti-Semitism. Christian and Muslim Palestinianists believe in replacement theology in which their respective faiths supersede or make obsolete the Jewish faith. Liberal Palestinianists dislike Israel because they perceive the Jewish state as exclusivist. Socialist Palestinianists abhor Israel because it is a military power with close links to the US.

All these beliefs are rooted in what is perhaps the biggest political fraud in history, that the Jews “stole” land that didn’t belong to them.  The absurd notion that the “Palestinians” are the indigenous people of a country called “Palestine” is a fabrication designed to undermine the moral and legal foundations  of the world’s only Jewish state. Unfortunately, the land libel, as I call it, is spreading like wildfire. In much  the same way as Jews were accused of killing the Son of God or using the blood of Christian children for ritual purposes, the Jews are now accused of stealing land and committing genocide. Hence the detested chant: “Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea.”

It is ironic that the same people who spend their lives claiming Jews stole someone else’s land spend an equal amount of time trying to deny and falsify the Jewish people’s historical, legal and cultural ties to the land of Israel. Part of this approach involves the rewriting of history and appropriation of Jewish identity. Palestine usurps Judea, while Jerusalem is retitled al-Quds. Judea and Samaria – an ancient geographical term for the land west of River Jordan – is now the West Bank.

While Zionism is thousands of years old, Palestinianism is a recent invention. It was born out of the Arab defeat of the Six-Day War in 1967. The realization that the Jews would not be “driven into the sea” meant that the Arabs (and their left-wing sympathizers) had to find another way of destroying the Jewish inhabitants of the Holy Land. Yasser Arafat’s invention of the Palestinian people was the answer to the Arab dilemma. In other words, Palestinianism is the ideological response to the astounding success of Zionism.

If Zionism is an ancient concept, Palestinianism is a superficial construct built on a lie about stolen land. The fact that Palestinianism has no culture or history to build on may explain why Palestinians are unable to establish functioning institutions in Gaza and the West Bank. For how can a state be built on a lie? In reality, Palestinianism isn’t about building a Palestinian state. It is a propaganda tool designed to undermine Israel. As such, it is hysterical, irrational, disproportionate and explicitly anti-Semitic.

One can perhaps understand why Arabs and Muslims hate Israel. After all, Arab nationalism and Islamic imperialism gain much of their strength from anti-Semitic rhetoric in the Quran and Hadith literature. Several verses in the Quran describe the transformation of Jews into apes and pigs as punishment for breaking the Sabbath or “worshipping evil.” Before ordering that every adult male of a particular Jewish tribe be killed, Mohammed referred to the Jews as “brothers of monkeys.” So it is no surprise that today’s Islamists refer to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine,” or why Hamas says that Jews are sub-human.

What is alarming is the fact that so many liberal-minded people in the West have bought into the Palestinianist myth. After all, Israel is a democracy, with equal rights for women, gays and ethnic minorities like Arabs and Druze, and is a world-leader in the innovation of medicine, irrigation and green technology. It is curious that liberals and socialists, who in other circumstances champion democracy and equal rights, are apologists for reactionary organization like Hamas and Hezbollah. The only explanation for this paradoxical behaviour is that such people are anti-Semitic.

The boycotting of Jewish shops in the UK and the Kristalnacht-type behaviour in continental Europe are manifestations of the Palestinianist ideology. And it is an ideology that must be named and defeated. Anti-Semitic boycotts and attacks on synagogues in the 1930s were clearly identified as acts of fascism or Nazism. Boycotts, sanctions and Jew-hatred in the 21st century must be seen for what they are – acts of Palestinianism.

And as we come face to face with those who hate us on the streets of Manchester, London and Paris, we must clearly identify such people as Palestinianists.


By Richard Mather….

I recently came across a rather strange letter from a man called Philip Sandland. The letter was sent to a parochial English newspaper called The Sentinel, which usually deals with minor concerns like the local football scores. Here it is:

“MAY I be allowed to say a few words in answer to Margaret Browns letter on June 19? She says that Sunni and Shia Muslims have been fighting for more than 1,000 years. This is only partly true. When strong leaders such as President Assad or Saddam Hussein were in control, peace usually was the norm – minorities like Christians and Druze were left pretty much in peace. I believe that the fly in the ointment is Israel. The West has allowed the Zionist Jews to establish a state in Palestine, which enraged much of the Muslim world, and this is understandably so! How would the average British citizen feel to be thrown out of his rightful home and sent packing? The violent attacks by certain Muslims on Western targets is I believe due to a servile approach by the U.S. and sadly Great Britain to the misdeeds of the Israeli state, which invariably go unchallenged.”

There are many things that I could say about this letter and none of them would be complimentary. According to Mr Sandland, Muslim-on-Muslim killings in Syria are the fault of “Zionist Jews.” Why the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 has any bearing on centuries-old hatred between Sunnis and Shias is unexplained. But of course, Mr Sandland doesn’t need to explain his reasoning. He just needs to blame Israel.

This letter is a typical indication of the level of political discourse in Britain. And it is also typical of a highly unpleasant mental condition called Israelophobia, which is quite simply a political variant of anti-Semitism. Perhaps Israelophobia, like anti-Semitism in general, should be categorized as a kind of mental illness, quite possibly a neurosis or morbid fear. As psychologist Carl Jung said, I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life.”

In some cases Israelophobia appears to take on the characteristics of psychosis – paranoia, delusions, denial and the loss of contact with reality.

Whether it is neurotic or psychotic, Israelophobia can be defined as the hysterical, spiteful, hyperbolic and irrational fear or hatred of Israel. The unhealthy fixation with the State of Israel and Zionism is sometimes referred to as the “new anti-Semitism.” The “new anti-Semites” have merely substituted the word “Jew” with the word “Israel.” This is why Israel is sometimes called the “Jew of the nations.” All the old religious, economic and nationalist prejudices about “the Jew” are reinterpreted for a modern audience. Israel-bashing is merely a way of expressing and legitimizing irrational feelings about Jews. This can be seen in Mr Sandland’s bizarre letter.

As with all irrational prejudices, Israelophobia is intolerant and obsessional. The fact that Israelophobia attracts people from across the ideological, cultural and political divide is a good indication that it is unreasonable and confused.

In any other circumstance you would be hard pressed to find a situation in which Islamists, neo-Nazis, socialists, liberals, radical Islamists, Quakers and people who believe in shape-shifting aliens agree on anything. But when it comes to Israel and “the Jews,” all these factions share the same demented prejudice. Moreover, the disproportionate focus on Israel by the UN, the media and university campuses clearly indicate that Israelophobia is an obsession. And an obsession is a neurosis.

Even after the horrors of the Holocaust and the several attempts by Arab nations to annihilate the Jewish state, otherwise sensible and intelligent people are not immune to Israelophobia. It is amazing how many people romanticize the Palestinians and make unpleasant and ill-informed references to Jews and/or Israel but deny they are anti-Semitic.

Many people hide their anti-Semitism (even from themselves) by accusing Israel of outrageous things such as war crimes, apartheid and imperialism. This is no different from accusing Jews of poisoning wells or of using the blood of Christian children to make Passover bread. To any sane mind, accusations of well-poisoning and apartheid are entirely devoid of truth-content.

Sadly, Israel-bashers are completely immune to facts and statistics. I could mention the fact that the 1920 San Remo Conference and the 1922 Mandate of Palestine endorsed the creation of a Jewish homeland in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). I could point out that Israeli Arabs have the vote. I could present a dazzling assortment of photographs of Gaza’s five-star hotel, its luxury shopping mall and beautiful beaches. But Israelophobes would still insist that Gaza is a prison camp.

But as Orwell said, “If you dislike somebody, you dislike him and there is an end of it: your feelings are not made any better by a recital of his virtues.”

You can always spot an Israelophobe when he is ready to jump to conclusions. So when a Palestinian child is killed by a stray Hamas bullet but it is reported that Israel was responsible, then this will confirm the Israelophobe’s suspicion that the Jewish state is evil.  Even when the truth comes out and the newspapers reluctantly bury the correction on page 12, the people who believed the misinformation will still cling to their anti-Israel prejudices.

Why? It is because Israelophobes are anti-Semitic. They are not anti-Semitic because of Israel’s perceived wrong-doings. They are Israelophobesbecause they hate Jews. In short, Israelophobia is asymptom of anti-Semitism and not the other way round. In fact, I would go far as to argue that Israel-bashers do not want a political solution in the Middle East because that would remove their excuse to demonize the Jewish people.

This may explain why the Arabs have rejected a two-state solution on several occasions. Demonizing Israel and advancing the Palestinian cause without ever solving it is politically useful to Arab regimes and Islamic fundamentalists who are inspired by the Quran to hate and kill Jews.

In the end, there is no reasoning with these people because they don’t want to be reasoned with. Such people persistently deny they have a problem by refusing to admit they are anti-Semitic. But denial is just another sign of their madness. If these people weren’t so dangerous, I would pity them.