Tolerance cannot be measured in terms of degrees of intolerance. I am essentially opposed to burning books even when they incite others to violence. But freedom is either an absolute or it is conditioned on not inciting others to violence. Anything else is rationalized bigotry.
Egypt gave the world the Muslim
Brotherhood, the institution that has spread across the globe as a cross
between the Institution of the Inquisition and the Knights Templar. Its most
recent activist successor is Islamic State. It is noteworthy that in a country
without Jews to blame, Muslims blame Christianity for the failure of the Arab
The Muslim Brotherhood was the
creation of Hassan al-Banna, in Egypt
in 1928.Its fountainhead was devoid of
any connection to Zionism or Jews. It was (and is to this day) socially
regressive. It was created in response to British colonial attempts at reform.It demanded as it continues to demand the
elevation of sharia law to a position of domination over everyone.
Zionism also had an idealised
foundation.But whereas the Muslim
Brotherhood attempted to establish a solid link between seventh century Islam
and the contemporary world, the philosophy and vision of Zionism was in complete
contrast to Islamism’s latest radical creation in a never ending progression of
extremist Islamist positions.Zionism rejected
superstition, it discarded bigotry and it rebuffed any inclination towards a hegemonic
religious, totalitarian vision.Zionism
created a Declaration of Independence which forms the inspiration behind Israel’s Basic
laws.It is worthwhile to repeat part
of that founding Declaration:
“The State of Israel will ….be
based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel;
it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its
inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture…”
It is something that has skewered
Israeli political and moral thinking. In Israel, realistically, equality
exists in law but not in practice. That does not make Israel unusual
or unique. It just makes the State of Israel normal.Democratic institutions strive to create a
consensus towards equality but it is an ongoing dialogue that is continuously
being tested under changing conditions. That is the frailty and the strength of
Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger (1973-77) lived the American dream but never escaped the nightmare of
anti-Semitism. He admitted to confronting social prejudice at every stage in
his career even as he became one of the most influential people in America. And as
a Jew, he could always be put in his place.Nevertheless, the greatness of America is that he was able to
dream, and minus the Presidency (he was foreign born), he could reach for the
Courage is a pivotal requirement
in achieving any dream, and peace is impossible without it.But peace between Israel
is becoming more difficult to achieve with every day and it is because of
ongoing incitement.If there is no
violence or threat of violence then people can and do live freely
together.Settlements are nascent
villages and towns – they can become the core of inter-communal reconciliation.But incitement, because it creates fear also
demonstrates a negotiation conducted in bad-faith. This is because people who are frightened
forge maximalist positions to protect themselves from their enemy.As gaps grow and positions harden the
possibility of reconciliation decreases.
Palestinians never cease to
incite hatred of Israel’s
Jewish population while promoting demands reminiscent of their previous periods
of historical prejudice.President for
Life Mahmoud Abbas tells the world that his country will be Judenrein (Cleansed
of Jews). He rewrites our history to eradicate Jewish history.Western liberals, if they acknowledge this
war-crime, this cultural ethnic cleansing, perhaps see it as no more than a negotiation
tactic.That is naïve at best and at
worst it is telling the victim to trust his abuser. The nullification of anything
precludes its negotiation. It is an aggressive strategy created in that same bad-faith.Fatah honoured its jailed leader Marwan
Barghouti because he had killed “61 Zionists”.When we glorify killers we also send out a message.Sticks and stones will break your bones but
with words begin the slaughter. It is argued that Yasser Arafat had more blood
on his hands – he killed Muslims as well as Jews indiscriminately.But grandstanding, telling your supporters
that someone who killed 61 Zionists is to be honoured has a parallel, wholly
negative message to the seven million or so Zionists who live in Israel and to the tens of millions of Zionists
living outside of Israel.
Our enemies understand the
importance of the War of Ideas in winning over the hearts and minds of
world-wide public opinion. We do not. In
2016, Belgian lawmakers across the political spectrum nominated the mass-murderer,
Marwan Barghouti, for the Nobel Peace Prize. They were expressing support for
Palestinian violence; a tactic that Europeans selectively applaud.To many Israeli’s it must seem to be stating
that murdering Jewish civilians, either singly or in mass-killing events, is
legitimate, which given European history, is a position laden with irony; unfortunate
if not historically consistent in its bias.
President Mahmoud Abbas received
his doctorate by denying the Shoah and associating Zionism with Nazism.He later justified his position with
reference to the ongoing state of war between the two peoples (Jews and
Muslims) and “in 2013 he reasserted the veracity of the contents of his thesis.”
Let’s be clear on this issue of
incitement:Someone who predicates their
position vis-à-vis the other by engaging in Holocaust Denial and historical
revisionism is ill-placed to demand trust from Israelis of all affiliations, Jews,
or for that matter, from anyone of moral standing.
Jews also do not always practice peaceful
or even a sensible inter-communal dialogue. The Irgun had a maximalist approach
to Jewish land claims prior to 1948.There
are many people on the radical Right who retain the conviction that the
Palestinians in Judea and Samaria
can be simply ‘wished away.’Ultra-orthodox
Jews who were powerless for so many centuries are now partners in political
power and have ensured that their own maximalist religious demands are met,
even when they violate the democratic and secular principles that govern Israel. The
ultra-left has adopted a Western and frankly anti-Semitic agenda in its
adoption of a post-Zionist position towards the conflict. What is anti-Semitic
is that it nowhere demands the same post-national requirement of any other
nation or group, anywhere; therefore the Jews of Israel are uniquely expected
to renounce their equal human rights.And trust to whom, in the face of which precedent, to protect them?
The Left is an elitist amalgam of
old-school egotists unable to relate to the electorate it (the Left) must
attract in order to have any chance of winning back power.It is unelectable because it refuses to
discuss the unique circumstances that make Israel’s local political landscape
so challenging. Israel’s
calamitous political soap-opera lacks a strong, credible opposition that can
provide an alternative to a political Right wing which disrespects any
divergent points of view.
Since 1977, Labour has governed
between the years of 1984-1986, 1992-1996 and 1999-2001. That is eight years
out of the previous forty years. Realistically, the longer a party controls
political power the less responsive it becomes to human rights and the general
good of the people it was elected to serve.Being positively responsive to democratic principles (i.e.
accountability, transparency and political tolerance) fades as the length of
rule grows.Those that hold onto power
for too long close their hearts as well as their minds to all but the
supporters they manipulate in order to retain their control.Tyranny begins with there being an incomplete
restraint on an abusive relationship between stake-holders.It inevitably leads to enslavement because it
becomes increasingly more difficult to rein in the unreasonable demands of a
privileged minority.Any corrupt
ideological process nurtures a culture of dependency and a sense of exclusive
entitlement is central to any narrowly focused world view.
The importance of having a
credible opposition is that the party in power is unlikely to make the hard
decisions that are required to advance peace when it does not feel its hold on
political power is under threat from its political rivals.While our enemies re-write history and
intimidate us into silence it is only as a united society that we can
effectively argue for justice for us too.It becomes increasingly difficult to make peace with our external
enemies when we are disunited and when internal debate is heavily circumscribed
in order to mitigate an ever more acrimonious atmosphere of tribalism and
Zionism does not preclude sharing
the land. Islamism, Arabism and the Boycott movement (BDS) do.Israel, in becoming a post-Zionist,
me-centric society is unable to put together cogent arguments to combat its
enemies’ segregationist, maximalist and anti-Semitic arguments.
failure of democracy occurs when a lawfully elected individual is
denied legitimacy by his or her opponent who then continues to
agitate for that non-recognition. It is not fascism to disagree with
a result, nor is fascism defined by a desire to want to change the
present system of government or the electoral system. But when a
consistent policy of questioning; of undermining a result in order to
repudiate that result, occurs, then eventually violence will become a
logical call to arms in defence of opposition to what will be seen,
to be, an unjust result.
suppression of free speech is a key component of the fascists bag of
tricks. There are many ways to suppress free speech and I am not
calling for it. I would however, like to provide people with one of
the myriad definitions of fascism, with thanks to Zack Parker: In its
simplicity and categorical consistency, in its visceral emotion and
outrage, and, in its stereotyping, (in this case, by the labelling by
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, of Republican voters as ‘the
Deplorables’) it places into a category of (sub) humanity those
people who voted for Donald Trump - (‘the enemy’).
this makes it much easier to establish a narrative of grievance, to
ennoble that narrative and then, to suppress any opposition to the
only ‘correct’ narrative, in the name of fairness. All this is
what makes it fascism. Today, the Democrat Party is the polite face
is not to say that the opposition to President Donald Trump are wrong
about the threat his populism poses, but equally, taking every
opportunity to deny the legitimacy of the President of the United
States not only threatens the life of that President but also damages
the institution of the Presidency itself. Because the United States
of America is the world’s leading democratic nation, discrediting
one discredits all and in its place, strengthens the followers of
fascism (and theocratic totalitarianism).
the concerns of the everyman and the everywoman is not smart nor
progressive but contemptuous. And that probably cost the Democrats
the election. It isn’t rocket science. Calling 50% of the
electorate “deplorables” was an unforgivable insult to 50% of the
electorate. I am not comfortable with the idea that dismissing the
result of the presidential election because they were uncomfortable
with the persons personality (behaviour) is democratically
acceptable. In fact it is fascism.
is ironic that I accused Trumps supporters of inciting violence
during the presidential elections (Donald Trump and the Race for the
is the Democrats who now pose the greatest threat to American
interests at home and abroad. I feared Trumps supporters but it is
now the Democrats I fear most.
It was decided that the
Oxford dictionaries international word of the year for 2016 was
post-truth.” It reflected the ‘highly-charged’
political environment of the previous 12 months. The Oxford
Dictionary defined the word as an adjective ‘relating to
circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in
shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.’ Does it sound
familiar? Post-truth is an integral tool in the spread of the fascist
is with some
embarrassment that I
connections, even here.
The Jewish people have
been called ‘the canary in the coal
mine’ for a
very long time and it is because fascism
targets their liberties
first that it
is always Jews and Judaism that initially,
suffer most(because of their acute
awareness of its corrosive impact on their human rights).
The BDS movement has
by Western universities. BDS
is the ideal example of
a fascist conspiracy to ‘own’ the truth and suppress at any cost,
any and all contrary narratives. And
it is only
because of the success
of the anti-Zionist narrative, which is in its essence, a
‘post-truth’ antisemitic movement, that the
concept of post-truth
has infiltrated and
taken hold throughout
When the lie can so easily become the truth and the truth so easily
the lie then we are living George
Orwell's dystopian future.
have been manufacturing
the news. But while
their target was
only the Jewish State of Israel
and its supporters,
no one seemed to care.
Jews and Zionistshave often been
propaganda; through controlling the dissemination of largely
false or inaccurate information
via universities and international organisations, the
response has been at
and at worst, encouragement.
of CNN’s reporters openly boasts that she has the right to
to interpret the news –
she omits the
detail that she and her fellow
the right to manufacture
the news based on their
unequal interpretation of an ethical standard that would
never be acceptable under a Western legal system. That
legal system is theoretically
anchored in the
concept of equal
justice for all. But if by laying claim to a progressive agenda,
can dismiss what is termed ‘an inconvenient truth’ and only
report what they care about, then they also
exercise the right to betray
any person, group
or nation they ‘decide’ are at fault.
quote Christiane Amanpour: “There are some situations one simply
cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an
accomplice. Objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It
means giving each side a hearing,” so she argued in response to
criticism. The issue here is that historically, journalism has rarely
suffered honest reportage. As Christiane indicates by the above,
that dishonesty is no different today.
started this blog by discussing my fears about the failure of
democracy. Many on the Left are crying that the Russian Federation
has undermined American democracy though a putative, an alleged
connection between Vladimir Putin (former director of the FSB) and
Donald Trump. They fear a kleptocratic conspiracy between the
Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States of
America! In a nation that is obsessed by conspiracies it is an
unparalleled classic of deception. We can take issue with the
President of the Russian Federation. It is always possible that the
FSB (the main successor agency of the KGB) interfered in the US
presidential elections. It is also possible that the FSB did nothing
but leak disinformation implying that it interfered in those
elections. The British Intelligence officer could also be part of a
false flag operation meant to help to undermine American stability.
all, in both the cases I refer to above, a destabilized America is a
win for its rivals.
is obvious that between prominent Democrats refusing to acknowledge
the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential result and the media campaign
against Donald Trump, American democracy is being undermined.
is time to move on from the elections and stop denying the legitimacy
of the result.
Milliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee,
former British Foreign Secretary and former head of the British
Labour Party) boasted that Britain “led the drive to codify the
rights of refugees after the Second World War.” If
that includes taking responsibility for the UN abomination that is
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East (UNRWA)
we have nothing of which to be proud. But more about that later.
were tens of millions of refugees after the war. Germany accepted
twelve million ethnically German refugees from European countries.
“Between 13.5 and 16.5 million Germans were expelled, evacuated or
fled from Central and Eastern Europe, making this the largest single
instance of ethnic cleansing in recorded history.” (Deaths are
estimated at between half and three million people).
UN Refugee Agency claims however that the largest single mass
migration (expulsion) in history occurred after the partition of
India in 1947. Some 14.5 million refugees fled or were exchanged
between India and the newly created state of Pakistan.
expelled millions of Japanese after the war.
terms of scale the Jewish – Arab population exchange is relatively
to two million people in roughly equal numbers (over
a period of 26 years,
between 1947 and 1973).
Over 600,000 Mizrahi Jews came to Palestine-Israel. At least
300,000 more went, predominantly, to France but also to Britain and
the USA. Jews integrated into their host societies. It
has to be a conscious choice to do so.
conspiracy, if one exists, is that at no time was there ever any
intent to integrate Arabs from Israel into the host countries that
absorbed them. It was fundamental hostility to the non-Arab, and
Arab anti-Jewish racial prejudice, that created a desire to flee an
independent Jewish polity. Arab refugees remain uninterested in
integration; unless it helps them create a virtue out of their
self-inflicted victimhood. And the United Nations, instead of
solving global conflicts, perpetuates them. The Palestinian Arab’s
greatest collaborator in undermining resolution of the Israel-Arab
conflict is UNRWA.
Arab and greater Muslim world is afflicted by ages old prejudice and
this prejudice is fed by its successes throughout the history of the
last 1,400 years during which they conquered vast tracts of land and
enslaved tens of millions of human beings. We rarely publicly speak
of it and we do not ever teach this silent history.
(The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East) uniquely
a Palestinian refugee as “persons whose normal place of residence
was Palestine during the period 1st
June 1946 to 15th
and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the
1948 conflict.”...“The descendants of Palestine refugee males,
including legally adopted children, are also eligible for
means that any temporary worker who resided in Israel (or can “prove”
that they did) during a two year period that ended on the 15th
May 1948, became a refugee even when they had a home to return to;
better, in terms of eligibility for money transfers from Western
nations to Arab nations.
also means that they have no incentive whatsoever to ever forgo their
I were David Milliband I would not boast about UK
complicity in the creation
so easily speculate that setting up UNRWA was a
Western European conspiracy to undermine regional stability in the
Near East (with
a secondary antisemitic aim to overthrow Jewish self-determination)
by creating an organization
that could only ever be a force for lasting regional conflict.
inheritance of refugee status, in perpetuity, is an ongoing act of
can be no other explanation for the United Nation’s active
in the creation of a unique, perpetual Palestinian victim-hood.
UNRWA created an Arab (Palestinian) underclass, infected by hate and
viewing re-conquest of Israel as a pan-Arab racial obligation; as
political and Muslim theological imperative. UNRWA has inculcated
generations of refugees with a
undiluted, blind, passion for
revenge against a Jewish enemy it has always held in religious
ridicule; colonial domination and pure
reason to want to return to the ugly conditions of permanent,
status and intermittent persecution under
too many centuries they
and died at the caprice of others.
has only ever been a vehicle for Arab grievance and a message to any
minority in the Arab colonial enterprise that minority aspirations
for freedom from Arab persecution is a non starter. UNRWA is
nothing less than a European
– Arab cabal
chaos and precludes
reconciliation between Jew and Arab. It exists to prevent the
modernization of the Arab world, which in turn would end Islamism in
the Arab world.
order to understand modern day Turkey and the instability it is
helping to promote throughout Europe, it would be useful to
understand its ‘recent’ history.
Bey (1291-1326) – founded the Ottoman Empire. He took a peripheral
fiefdom in the far west of the Islamic empire, on the border between
the Islamic and Byzantine (Christian) empires, and made much of it
his dominion. Constantinople was the Capital of the Byzantine Empire
and the Centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. When Mehmet 2nd
captured Constantinople in 1453 he is reported to have let loose his
troops on the city’s
Christian residents and
over 3 days they
and murdered the city’s
celebrating this ‘great lesson’ (of
how defiance to conquest would be rewarded) show
rivers of blood.
(1299-1923) incorporated colonialism
with Jihad; justifying conquest and slavery, centuries before White
Europe did the same.
Battle of Vienna, in late 1683, saw the end of Muslim-Ottoman
Century Turkey maintained
its territorial integrity but
mainly because of divisions within a
was obsessed by
Africa and the Far East.
February 3, 1830 an international conference in London led to a
guarantee of territorial integrity for an independent Greece.
Britain, France and Russia were its guarantors. The Greek revolt
against Muslim rule was the Colonial eras first war waged against
foreign rule. The two bookends of colonial independence (Greece in
1830 and Israel in 1948), suffered terribly under Turkish misrule.
Yet when we rage against colonialism we see only
Western crimes and not their equivalent
enterprise,of which the Islamic slave
trade was a key enabler. It is a bizarre and
inexplicable omission that gives the Muslim world an aura of
respectability and revolutionary virtue as an “oppressed people”
though it is simply not justified.
made several attempts to prop up the corrupt Ottoman Empire.
Turkey’s predecessor was a Muslim empire 5.2 million square
kilometres in land area (2 million square miles) compared with
Turkeys’ current territorial base of 0.8 million square kilometres
(0.3 million square miles.) Turkey’s collapse simply whet the
appetite of Arab dictators across the Near East.
dissatisfaction and enmity that suffuses the Arab world today is a
direct result of the disintegration of the Ottoman empire. It left
local Arab leaders baying for blood and empire, fed by Muslim myths
and tales of violent slaughter. That slaughter of infidel peoples is
a guide to modern behaviour modelled on the brutality of Islam’s
founders and their subsequent conquering aspirants. It helps to
explain the fanaticism that drives the killers of Islamic State.
That we fail to connect the dots between their willing executioners
and the Western World’s Muslim Fundamentalists is therefore
1878 the Treaty of Berlin was signed, in order to protect minorities
throughout the Turkish (Ottoman) Empire from persecution. It was
needed. It was also ignored. An indirect result was that in 1895-96
Abdul Humid, the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, (also
known as the Red Sultan or Abdul the Damned) murdered up to 200,000
Armenians in a campaign that was intended to ensure submission for
Armenians fled to Europe and the USA. Dispersal and exile is common
enough for survivors. But perhaps, the Ottoman empires Armenians
(those who remained behind) thought they would be protected by
Britain, France and even their enemy, Russia.
systematically discriminated against the church and to this day they
refuse to recognize the 1890’s organized murder of the Armenians.
Nor do they recognise the next stage in Armenia’s tragedy.
Disarmament, elimination of anyone who might be in a position to
fight back, and resettlement, were all weapons intended to facilitate
the final Armenian solution.
a frightening rehearsal for Hitlers organized and multiple genocides,
towns were systematically cleansed of Armenians. Death came quickly
but disease also took many of those waiting to die. There is
general agreement that between one million and one and a half million
Armenians died. Atrocities were documented by numerous diplomatic
missions and interested parties. Foreign records of the events are
undeniable. Extermination had one added advantage for the Turkish
government. Muslims could be housed in the homes of the dead; houses
left fully furnished, unless pillaged by former friends and
justification could be made at every stage of the process. Slavery,
all these things were meant and are still meant to demonstrate, in an
unambiguous and tangible way, the superiority of Muslim civilization.
property is the material right of ownership
of the global Islamic nation. Retribution
a message that
a terrible price, one
which will be seared
into ethnic memory.
important than that message is the lesson
State learnt from
the inaction and the indifference of other nations.
Armenian genocide took place between 1915 and 1917. Greek and
Assyrian Christians were also targeted as part of a policy of ethnic
then we have the Kurds. The Kurds of the Near East have been denied
any justice by the global community. Kurdish persecution has been
ignored partly because their ethnic geographical boundaries transect
the borders of four competing bully empires (Iran, Iraq, Syria and
Turkey). Fear of the effects of destabilising the three remaining
political entities can be better appreciated when we look at Syria
after almost six years of civil war. Syria had a population of 22
million people and today 11 ½ million of them are either internally
displaced or refugees now residing in other countries. The remaining
three nations have a combined population of almost 200 million
Turkish and Iranian political ambitions are never questioned unless
they threaten to impede the flow of oil to Europe. If no-one will
stand against them then it is also clear that no one is safe.
at least three
thousand Kurdish villages since
the 1980’s and
evicted millions of Kurdish people from their ancestral homes. There
are over three million Kurdish refugees. Turkey
tortured tens if not hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people and has
37,000 of them (since the PKK’s armed uprising began in 1984).
the Kurds any right to
then we have the Turkish conquest of Northern Cyprus. All but
ignored by European nations that usually grovel before an
expansionist Turkey, they ensure nothing offensive is ever passed at
the United Nations; nothing that might offend Turkey’s neo-Ottoman
rulers. Turkey has invaded
Christian Cyprus and replaced the population it killed or expelled by
the forcible transfer onto the land it conquered with Kurds it
from elsewhere in Turkey. This is in direct violation of Article 49
of the Fourth Geneva Convention but the United
will never invoke Article 49 because it has
only ever done
the Jewish state, with Israel.
Fourth Geneva Convention on the Rules of War was adopted in 1949.
Switzerland, the Depository of the Fourth Geneva Convention profited
more than any other nation from the hell that was the Second World
War. Switzerland must agree to call a special meeting of the High
Contracting Parties (representatives of states who have signed or
ratified the treaty). It has met only three times since the
Convention was enacted. That is three times in sixty-seven years. On
each occasion it was convened to condemn Israel. There have been
hundreds of wars since WW2 ended and over 50,000,000 deaths
attributed to those wars. The total number of deaths in
Israel-Palestine represent less than 1:1,000 of the total and yet as
indicated by the Swiss example the relevance of the UN to solving or
preventing human conflict is non-existent.
of the wars that took place since the second half of the Twentieth
Century took place because of poverty. The wars have been
politically or religiously inspired. Many secular causes display
religious devotion based on either a single catechism or a series of
devotional texts that must be accepted without question and that are
overseen by a secular ecclesiastic body of political purists.
Alon in “A Blood Dimmed Tide” describes a theology of conflict
made worse by the collapse of the Soviet Union. This is because the
conflicting racial and colonial ambitions of Islam’s warrior clergy
has seen Turkey and Iran clamour for control of their geopolitical
neighbourhood. And to those I would add Iraq, Saudi Arabia and
Jordan. All have exercised their expansionist colonial ambitions at
a cost of hundreds of thousands of human lives.
following is from an article by the Henry Jackson Society: “Turkey
is to the Syrian jihad what Pakistan was to the Afghan jihad or
Azerbaijan was to the Chechen jihad—or indeed Syria was to the
Iraqi jihad. A rear-base from which fighters can enter the battle,
but to which they can take shelter to hide, recuperate, fundraise,
and organise.” Turkey will
probably never be called to account by any international community.
expansionismisdriven by a theologically
Turkey a threat to world
peace precisely because it instructs and therefore infects the nation
and as the previous
paragraph indicated, it
contaminates not just its
hinterlands but the nations it comes into contact with.
Inbari, writing in the journal of the Jerusalem Center for Public
Affairs (Can Israel and Turkey Reconcile?) said “Turkey is in the
midst of defining its identity – as Turkish first or Muslim first
with a “neo-Ottoman underpinning. If Turkey chooses its “Turkish”
identity, a true Israeli-Turkish reconciliation may be possible, but
if Erdogan chooses his neo-Ottoman Muslim path, obstacles may block
would disagree with Pinhas on the simplicity of his statement.
Before the Islamic political revolution began to take hold in Turkey,
it was a secular society governed along strict lines of separation
between Mosque and State. But still it was awash with racism,
ethnic-religious belligerence and chauvinism. Tolerance of
intolerance creates the atmosphere that eventually leads to fascism,
and fascism is the handmaiden of dictatorship.
politics, to negotiate from weakness is a sign of capitulation. The
Muslim world understands this far better than we do. Terrorism
is a political act, never a moral choice even when people use
simplistic arguments in their attempt to create justification for it.
The Western world is economically vulnerable and exposed to
every means of blackmail that the Muslim world can throw our way.
Threats of violence, terror and fear of economic and terminal decline
are powerful enablers for acquiescence to positive discriminatory
treatment towards the faithful, especially when they also tap into
ancient prejudices that have never been eliminated.
assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara just over two weeks ago is a symptom of
is a lesson that Israel and the rest of Western Society must learn
from. And Israel must never drop its guard in its awareness of the
threat posed by fundamentalism, either from Turkey or, from within
its own society.
Monday the 19th of December a Turkish police officer,
smartly dressed in civilian clothes, walked up to Andrei Karlov, the
Russian ambassador to Turkey. As the ambassador spoke at the opening
of an art exhibition in Ankara the off-duty policemen calmly murdered
him. The killer said in his native Turkish “Don’t
forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you
won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone
who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”
also shouted in Arabic: “We are the one who pledged allegiance to
Muhammad, to wage jihad.”
is a sad but timely reminder that Islamist Turkey can as much be
trusted as theocratic, traditionalist Iran or Saudi Arabia.
that fair? Political murders have taken place in Britain, Sweden,
Norway, the USA and Israel to name just a few of the Western
countries afflicted by acts of political violence against the state
and its civilian population. Italy had the Red Brigade, Germany had
Baader-Meinhoff and Japan had the Red Army.
and atrocities against civilians have always been part of
revolutionary politics. The difference today is that radicals,
progressives and others on the fringe of Western society try to
justify the immorality of their cause (s) through their control of
the electronic media. They are able to then embrace the war crimes
committed by those terrorists they choose to call “friend,” to
move peripheral political ideology into the centre.
share a contempt for the rule of law which must be bent to
accommodate their political vision and ignored when it fails to
conform to their ignorance and their prejudice.
makes the new fascist Left no different to the Inquisitors and
Jihad-is of previous generations is their blind obedience to the
Cause. They daily demonstrate this latter fealty by controlling the
narrative. And they control it by their suppression of freedom of
speech and association, occasionally by violent means but with
increased frequency as their successes grow.
makes this generation empowered in ways that previous generations
were not is that the internet has enabled the every-man and
every-woman with any talent for exploiting the electronic media to
spread so much poison that no-one is safe. Because there is no
regulation there is no difference between the lie and the truth and
because the fascist (left) has no respect for the inconvenient truth
they will use every means to suppress it. Unfortunately, our
inability to internalise this lesson is our great failure.
Mert Altin said “Don’t
forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you
won’t enjoy security.” The
Russians have been bombing rebels which
will include supporters
of Islamic State. The
issue for the Turkish Islamist is that many of them support the aims
of Islamic State. When Altinshouted in Arabic: “We
are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad” he
was declaring that “WE” (Turkey) will
judge you. It is one of
those truly frightening declarations
of fanaticism that mark out radical, fascist movements. Altin may or
may not have been acting alone but Turkey is the ideal incubator for
the creation of regional, if not global instability. Its size,
population and theological indifference
that there are far more people like Altin, many of them sitting
within the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
have a dishonourable expression in the English world: “One man’s
terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” to that I would add
that “One man’s Serial
Killer is another man’s
Warrior for God (or the
latter is the Turkish view of their “glorious” history. But
the history of modern Turkey is an execrable one (and I will explain
why in my next blog).
US-Turkey partnership was a product of the Cold War. The two nations
never shared a special affinity but both feared the communist enemy.
Turkey has changed in terms of strategic orientation and national
purpose since that partnership was formalised in 1947 with the
passage of the Truman Doctrine. It has gone from being a secular but
racist and jingoistic society to one that is dedicated to an Islamic
neo-Ottoman revival. America has failed to recognise the threat
Islamist Turkey poses to world peace. It has tried to pacify the
Muslim threat through policies of appeasement while doing everything
possible to antagonise Russia. Instead of focussing its energies on
bringing Russia into a European-Western alliance that would isolate
the Islamists it has managed to re-invigorate the Cold War and give
them a European champion.
is not Europe. It will not accept the view that the original sin of
its creation myths are not just soaked but also nourished in rivers
of blood. It is violently opposed to granting human rights to its
minorities. It persecutes its Kurds. Christians and Jews fear for
their lives and are occasionally murdered because they are hostages
to Islamic mood swings of intolerance and conditional benevolence.
Turkey will once again reassert it’s hegemonic geopolitical
strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey was inspired by
pragmatism. And this is where the problem lies. An Islamic nation
with its historic legacy of
ridicule for its
and human slavery is continuously reinforcing an internalized image
superiority over its
non-Muslim neighbours. It is
a world view that
is not congruent with
any relationship of equality.
and not just Israel must not trust Turkey.
issue that defines the problem separating western political violence
from Turkey’s problem is that the outlier (the radical,
‘progressive’ or the extremist) does not define the relationship
within Western orientated nations (even if they are trying to make it
so). With Turkey it does. Turkey’s past is one of genocide, ethnic
cleansing and fascism. Any crime is justified through the prism of
Islamic triumphalism and an irredentist philosophy. Islamic
fundamentalists do not desire peace, what they do desire is glory and
at any cost to those that oppose them.
Turkey is willing to banish fundamentalism forever (and not as an
expedient to maintain full access to Europe and America) it cannot be
trusted, not as an economic partner or, as a strategic military ally.
Karlov’s assassin represents the activist for the new Turkey. We’ve
Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, was laid to rest at Mt. Herzl in
Friday 30th September 2016. Writing in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Achranot,
David Grossman said: “Peres’s entire being stood facing the future. In a
country that is being sucked ever deeper into a mythological, religious and
tribal narrative, he turned towards the universal, towards science, rationality
and the democracy of open information. He cast himself as an anchor on the seabed
of the future, the distant, invisible, imagined, utopian and optimistic future,
and began tugging himself towards it.” (The article was also featured in the UK’s major anti-Zionist
media outlet, The Guardian).
Shimon Peres was a
contradiction.Secular but respectful of
religious faith he was humble to the detriment of his political ambitions.He was a private individual in a job that
celebrated public participation. His staff made sure that his every move was
posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He relentlessly pursued the
fulfillment of his ideas on economics, science and defense, along the way helping
to build Israel
into a stable and strong country. But he was viewed in Israel as
secretive, and therefore untrustworthy.Ridiculed
at home he was admired abroad; described as an international statesman in the
same class as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.Domestically, he was a serial loser whose
first electoral victory, at the age of 84, occurred when he was elected President
If Shimon Peres was
contentious, what has emerged from his death and funeral is the work that
Israel must urgently undertake to marginalize and exclude the Arab apartheid activists,
their Israeli fellow travelers on the far left and those foreign critics for
whom, we can do no good.
There are those people who
live to remember his failures (and ours) and their hatred is not just our
problem but the world’s.In their
eternal denigration of “our kind” this type of person will forgive every abomination
the anti-Zionist or antisemite commits while rarely, if ever, acknowledging our
According to the headline in a
Times of Israel article published the day of Shimon Peres’s funeral, Ayman
Odeh, head of the 13-MK (member of the Knesset) anti-Zionist political bloc the
“Joint (Arab) List” extended condolences to the late president’s family but
also made it emphatically clear that his group had ‘no place’ in this ‘day of
Like every nation, the Arab
world has its problems.The first is a
racial ideology that places “the Arab” above all other human beings. Most Arab
countries reflect this prejudice within their national legal system.Not just the Arab nations.Many Muslim countries are in competition with
the Arab world in providing proof of their religious purity.They are disadvantaged in terms of
theological credibility because of their Jonny-come-lately status vis-à-vis
their “post-Arab” adoption of Muslim faith.
The second issue is a
theological conquest narrative ordained by the Prophet that gives each Muslim
the task of not simply defeating the infidel but also humiliating them along
the way.Then the victor refashions
their conquered foes history to claim ownership of any good done by their
For much of the last two and a
half centuries and especially in the 21st Century the Islamist message has been
incongruent with a Western (and now) a secular, pluralistic and
internationalist outlook that continues to spread its gospel across the globe. A modern, Western, democratic and secular orientated
model for human society stands in contradistinction to an Islamist theology.And yet, the multiculturalists choose
inexplicably, to ignore any misbehavior, to excuse every atrocity carried out
in the name of Islam, or worse, to explain away such behavior.Islamism has given the world Wahhabism (18th
Century), Salafism (19th Century), the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda (20th
Century) and now in the 21sth Century, Islamic State.Human misery and death is their shared and
Modern Israel was
founded along Zionist lines of secular, universal, utopian principles meant to
benefit all people.Being secular, Israel’s Jewish
pioneers failed to see and they then failed to acknowledge the religious and
racial dimensions of Arab opposition to Jewish self-determination.They did not appreciate the historical
baggage that the Arab conquest narrative endowed them with.It blinded most Arabs to ever considering an
accommodation with the inferior Jew.That
same Arab blindness rules opposition to the state of Israel more so now than before.This lack of understanding was and remains
Zionism’s failure because it prevents us from confronting it.
Post 1948, some of the early
Arab Israeli leaders not only accommodated but also embraced the nascent state
of Israel.Their children, people such
as Basel Ghattas (Christian) and Haneen Zoabi (Sunni Muslim) went in the
It was no-one’s fault. Israel was a
wasteland that had been abused and desolated by over a thousand years of willful
neglect. Arab and Bedouin marauders destroyed any possibility for material or
physical progress; the Ottoman Empire in its last few hundred years was
relentlessly corrupt and just let the gangs get on with extorting whatever they
could from whoever they could.“To a
very large extent Palestinian Arab middle and professional classes ‘emigrated’
with most of their property as soon as it was proposed that a Jewish state
should be established in the country.” (“Whose Land” by James Parkes). The
issue here is that a group of people without leadership soon descends into anarchy.
Leaderless, the people will listen with eagerness to any demagogue who will
offer them a way, any way. If they were told to flee by their Arab brethren,
they would do so.
Israel in 1948
had a nation to build, with few resources and always under threat of violence
from its Arab enemies. Israel
had to find a way to feed and protect its people against a bellicose enemy. That enemy talked itself out of any peaceful
debate through its perceived hostility.The Arab world used triumphal and irredentist rhetoric and religious bigotry to preclude
debate with their Jewish enemy (as Palestinians continue to do today) and it ethnically
cleansed all its Jewish citizens.A
people who, just a few years earlier, had suffered the slaughter of a third of
their number was threatened by the Arab world with “finishing the job.” Consolidation
and protection took precedence over creating an integrated society.Israel’s mutually antagonistic
ethnic groups incrementally grew more distant with each passing decade. The
dominant Ashkenazi Jews dictated government policy while doing nothing to
discourage separate non-inclusive identification. A melting pot takes multiple
generations, a collective will to integrate and it requires a national dialogue
which with one exception (Mizrachi-Sephardi society) did not exist.
Religious groups remained
wholly uninterested in integration and therefore accommodated each other only to
the degree that self-interest dictated their engagement with the state.
It is therefore hardly surprising
that the Joint (Arab) List as referred to earlier is primarily interested in
sowing discord between Israeli Arab and Israeli Jew.A person born in Israel is an Israeli by
nationality, whether they are ethnically Arab, Circassian, Jewish, or anything
else.The politics of division is meant
to create a fractured society that will become unstable and inevitably
Arab MKs like Ghattas and
Zoabi and religious leaders such as Raed Salah of the Islamic Movement’s
Northern Chapter preach division. They want separate education, cultural
autonomy and administrative independence from the Jewish state. Arabs live
throughout the state. A Jew could only ever aspire to live among the Arabs if
he or she first converts to Islam. Violence is the Arab response to physical
co-existence with Jews.The apartheid
that exists in Israel
is Muslim, it is Arab and it is essentially unchanged from its pre-1948
prejudiced origins. It is the same bigotry that greeted The First Aliyah
(between 1882 and 1903).It is the same
religious hatred that has greeted successive waves of Jewish immigration to the
Holy land for over one thousand years.
In 1948 and beyond, the State
of Israel had neither financial resources nor the concentrated intellectual
focus to address the integration issues of all its citizens. Many of them were
waiting for the state to fail and the victorious Arab armies to destroy the
Jewish Republic.Suspicion, fear and the
politics of sectarian advantage dominated the first phase of development.
While Ashkenazi and Mizrachi
Jews now intermarry at a rate that is greater than 50% there will always be
those people who will want to point out that the cup is almost half empty
rather than greater than half full. Dissatisfaction and discord encourages the
bureaucracy of state to buy off the professional malcontent.
Israel may not be
able to solve the intractable conflict between the Jewish state and Arab
Palestine but it must address the Jews as well as Arabs who sow discord in
society by emphasizing our differences. The MKs who refused to participate in Israel’s day of
national mourning did so but their excuses are mendacious at best. They could
not forgive a Jewish state its existence if it was located on the dwarf-planet
The next phase in the
development of the state must address prejudice and inequality from every
quarter of society and that includes the ultra-orthodox bigots who deny
Mizrachi children places in their schools, as well as the people who fear the
Arab moving in next door.It includes
the racist who chants abuse in football matches and MKs who rejoice at our
enemies’ successes against us.
The MK who urges separation from
and subsumation into the greater Arab world does not desire peace or justice
but the next phase in an Arab conquest story that should shame them but only
inspires them to greater degrees of prejudice.The Jew who wants to keep the faithful loyal to a narrowly interpreted
sectarian image of circumscribed piety does not care for the survival of the
state but only for his own narrowly tribalistic and dysfunctional world view
that can only, counter-intuitively inhibit Jewish spiritual growth in the reborn
The next phase in Israel’s
development must see every effort made to integrate all sections of society
into a Zionist state for all its citizens.That is what the dreamers saw, on both Left and Right, in the original
Zionist vision.Shimon Peres would smile