Delegitimization of Israel at the UN, antisemitism on Facebook

It’s become the latest fashion, everyone’s favourite game, with Israel being made to play “it” – the unwilling target.

Starting with the UN, once again it doesn’t let us down in our low to zero expectations of it whenever it comes to Israel. The story this time is the outrageous UN disqualification of an Israeli exhibit about Zionism, Jerusalem and Israeli Arabs that was disqualified by the UN:

“By disqualifying an exhibition about Zionism the UN is undermining the very existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” Danon satted on Sunday.  “We will not allow the UN to censor the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital,” he continued.

The exhibition was set to open this Monday, but due to the decision to remove elements of the heritage of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, Danon decided to display the banned elements of the exhibit exposing what he termed as “contemptible censorship enacted by the UN.”

“According to this scandalous decision, Zionism is not worthy of the UN, so we are taking appropriate measures,” the Danon noted.  “We will make sure that these banned exhibits will be viewed by millions around the world.”

“Forty years ago the UN General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism.  The resolution was reversed sixteen years later. With this decision, the UN is de-facto enacting this old resolution, is defining Zionism and Jerusalem as “unacceptable,” and is disqualifying key elements of the heritage of the Jewish people,” Israel’s delegation to the UN said in a statement Sunday.

“The UN must reverses this outrageous decision and apologize to the Jewish people.  Zionism and Jerusalem are the foundation-stones and the moral basis upon which the State of Israel was founded,” Danon stated.

The article reminds us that this is not the first time that the UN has cancelled an Israeli exhibit. In early 2014 UNESCO cancelled an Israeli exhibit about the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, and despite it being eventually allowed to go ahead, the word “Israel” had to be removed from the title of the exhibition!

The Elder of Ziyon informs us that despite this new exhibition begin cancelled, the Arabs are still freaking out that the exhibit itself still exists at all!

Even though the UN banned the exhibit, Arabs are upset that it could even exist.

In a hilariously unhinged article about this, Alwset News writes that the idea that Jews are indigenous to Israel is their “latest fraud.”

The author was upset over all of the censored posters, but the first one especially rankled:

The newspaper writes:

There are no limits to Israeli Zionist propaganda and fraud in its ongoing quest to justify the Nakba and robbery of Palestine and the dispossession and uprooting events all as nothing more than the process of the return of “the indigenous people” to their historic homeland. A popular way of thinking in literature and research politics and sociology in the twentieth century is to restore the right of indigenous peoples who suffered from Western colonialism…. The use of this expression in the official propaganda of the Zionist marks a major shift in its advertising and media discourse.

The article never gets around to saying why the fact that Jews are indigenous to the region is not true.

Both the Elder and Ynet show us the pictures that are bothering the UN and the Arabs so much:

 UPDATE: The “Zionism” part of the exhibit has now been allowed, but not the section on Israeli Arabs or Jerusalem. The UN has issued a mealy-mouthed excuse for the cancellation, calling it a misunderstanding:

Hours after the exhibition opened Monday morning, an initially banned display panel about Zionism was added. But the U.N. stood firm in banning two other panels that Israel had proposed — one about Arab Israelis and another about Jerusalem. The panels are several-feet tall standing boards with images and texts.

“The panel on Zionism was not disallowed. There was a misunderstanding … and so it was initially communicated to the Mission that the panel could not be displayed. That was immediately revised and it was then clearly communicated to the Mission shortly after the first message that the panel could be displayed,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary general, wrote Monday afternoon in an email follow-up to a telephone conversation with JTA.

For his part, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., called the allowance of the Zionism panel a “clear win for Israeli diplomacy and a victory for the truth about Israel” in a press release Monday.

The Jerusalem panel describes the Jewish people as “indigenous to Israel” and states that “Jerusalem has been the center and focus of Jewish life and religion for more than three millennia and is holy to Christians and Muslims as well.” The panel on Israeli Arabs calls the group “the largest minority in Israel, making up 20 percent of Israel’s population.” Israel Arabs are “equal citizens under the law in Israel,” the panel says.

I would have thought that the pictures of Israeli Arabs in particular would davka have pleased the UN.  They obviously cannot abide the thought that Israel really is a democracy for all, and that contrary to all the propaganda, Arabs are free with full civil rights in Israel.

Facebook is no better than the UN, as it permits overtly antisemitic pages to remain up as “they don’t violate Facebook’s community standards” – even a page posting the Blood Libel as real news:

I reported on Tuesday that an Arab newspaper published a lurid antisemitic article, posting the blood libel as fact. It also posted the article on its Facebook page along with medieval paintings of Jews murdering children.

Replace “Easter” with “Passover”. The “Dracula” part is obvious. The article said that Israeli Arabs (“48 Arabs”) are terrified that Jews will kidnap and murder their children by placing them in nail-studded boxes to drain their blood to make matzah – “Zionist Pie” – before Passover.

Commenter Ben complained to Facebook that this was hate speech (and so did I.)

Facebook responded by saying that, no, accusing Jews of murdering Arab and Christian children to eat their blood is not a violation of community standards at all!

Apparently there is nothing you can say that is so antisemitic that Facebook would consider it beyond the pale.

There is another possibility. Facebook might have given the page to an Arabic speaker, who then made the decision that accusing Jews of the blood libel is not offensive.

If Facebook is not forced into a retraction and an apology at the very least we all ought to consider boycotting Facebook altogether. How many times have they removed pro-Israel pages because they cause “incitement”, and yet outright antisemitic blood libels are permitted?!

So here you have it ladies and gentlemen: delegitimization of Israel plus overt classic antisemitism brought to you by the UN and Facebook.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply detach from all of them and let them all drown in their own hatred?

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2 Responses to Delegitimization of Israel at the UN, antisemitism on Facebook

  1. Reality says:

    I’m amazed Arabs are prepared to use Facebook at all, considering its owned and was started by a Jew.On that point, shame on Zuckerberg for allowing the blood libel posts and for backing anti Semitic /Zionist posts.
    Re the UN, nothing surprises me anymore,they are totally UN-believable,and irrelevant.I still say Israel should leave the UN

    • anneinpt says:

      Agreed about the UN. As for Facebook do you know how many Israeli or Jewish or pro-Israeli pages ahve been taken down because they’re “incitement”. Even MEMRI and CAMERA. They got them back up again but only after complaints. It’s beyond a disgrace. We ‘re the ones who should boycott FB not the Arabs.

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