Thomas G. Mysiewicz
Sat Jun 26, 2004 21:37


Tom Mysiewicz

Criticize Israel or Zionism and wind up in an Israeli prison? That could be the outcome around the world if recent statemennts by U.S. President George W. Bush and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan beome reality.

Max Boot and other American neoconservatives have long argued that any criticism of Israel or Zionism, even ordinary political criticism, is equivalent to anti-Semitism. George W. Bush gave his blessing to this theory at the May 18th, 2004 meeting of AIPAC, the powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group:

"You understand that anti-Semitism is not a problem of the past; the hatred of Jews did not die in a Berlin bunker. In its cruder forms, it can be found in some Arab media...Such hatred can also take subtler forms. The demonization of Israel, the most extreme anti-Zionist rhetoric can be a flimsy cover for anti-Semitism, and contribute to an atmosphere of fear in which synagogues are desecrated, people are slandered, folks are threatened."

Kofi Annan, meanwhile, at a June 18th, 2004 U.N. seminar devoted to combating anti-Semitism, called for a resolution of the U.N. General Assembly condemning anti-Semitism and stated that nothing related to the Palestinian situation justified the crime of anti-Semitism.

The problem with Annan's and Bush's comments (in Bush's case, even more of a problem since a "Hate crime" bill could soon reach his desk for signature) are best highlighted by another speaker at the U.N. seminar. Anne Bayefsky, adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, termed the U.N. "...the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism, intolerance and inequality against the Jewish people and its state." She apparently references such U.N. actions as the equating of Zionism and racism in 1975, repealed in the 1990s.

Bayefsky's use of language drawn directly from Sec. 7(a) of Basic Israeli Law, in which the Knesset defines Israel legally as "the state of the Jewish people", is an indication of where the recent frenzy to legislate on "anti-Semitism" is going. And it's soon not going to be just an inside joke among the neocons.

By Israeli definition, criticism of Israel, Zionists or any Jew anywhere in the world can be criminal if a Jew anywhere in the world claims such statements caused, say, emotional distress or mental problems. It's all contained in Sec. 13 of the Israeli Penal Code, which was ratified in 1994, and claims extra national jurisdiction of Israeli courts over offenses committed against Jews anywhere.
Sec. 13(b)(2) is straightforward:

"Special protection is granted to the life, health, freedom and property of a Jew, BECAUSE he is a Jew; and that this is without any other connection to the State of Israel."

To date, there is one thing that has stopped this very effective tool to muzzle critics of Israeli policies and Zionism around the world: the lack of "dual criminality". In order for the Israeli courts to extradite critics from other countries, equivalent statutes must first be placed on the books of target countries criminalizing the actions. Thus, if a "hate crime" statute criminalizes an otherwise noncriminal act on the basis that it causes "distress" to Jews, or "LEADS" to unrelated parties (such as provocateurs) committing a criminal act against a Jew, it can open the door to extradition to Israel. Likewise, if criticizing Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Territories or Ariel Sharon supposedly leads to a crime against a Jew, or even distresses a Jew, the door could be opened to extradition.

Just by way of comparison, the system of Israeli jurisprudence is far different from that in the U.S. The accused is essentially guilty until proven innocent. Jewish religious teachings do not recognize the testimony of non-Jews as having any legal merit. Torture is frequently employed in Israeli prisons. Prisoners can spend several years waiting for "trial". The defenders appointed for non-Jewish prisoners are either incompetent or intimidated. Convictions can often result in the DEATH PENALTY--something not available to prosecutors in many European countries. And even if acquitted by some higher appeals court, the defendant can be threatened and have the remainder of his life ruined by vindictiveness.

This is not mere idle speculation. Cleveland auto worker John Demjanjuk was wrongly accused of being the infamous Nazi camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" in the mid 1970s. Despite significant evidence indicating that he was not this guard, Demjanjuk was shipped off to Israel and convicted. During the appeal his lawyer committed "suicide" by jumping off a high building just before what should have been his triumph. By some miracle, the Israeli appeals court reviewed the evidence, said there was no way he could be that Ivan, and ordered him released in 1993. Demjanjuk was threatened by Israeli hard liners who reportedly promised to "get him anyway". On his return to the U.S., his citizenship was stripped from him for failing to properly fill out naturalization papers and he was financially ruined. Demjanjuk's major U.S. defender, populist Ohio Congressman James Trafficant was relentlessly hounded for efforts and subsequently defeated a major Federal prosecution effort to put HIM in jail. (Recently, Federal Prosecutors had more success, and Trafficant is serving a long sentence for "racketeering".)


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Greater Israel -- What Does It Really Mean?
Mon Apr 14 02:38:41 2003


Greater Israel -- What Does It Really Mean?

The U.S. led war on Iraq... and eventually many other Muslim nations may be part of an Israeli plan to let others die for the goal of its expansion into Greater Israel. Extremist Zionist sympathizers in Bush's administration are the perpetrators of this scheme to have American military men and women die for Israel. See the arguments below for this claim.

Are Arabs and other Muslims really "crazy"
to believe that the War on Iraq may be part of
an Israeli and American "Zionist" plot to
dominate the entire Middle East?


Bin Laden said an attack on Iraq would be followed by U.S. "aggressions" against more Arab countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Iran and Syria for the benefit of its ally Israel.

"This attack on Iraq is part of a new crusade to prepare the region, after dividing it, for the creation of a Greater Israel. This means the whole region will be ruled by Jews," he said.


The man behind the Bush Zionists in U.S. --
Sharansky in Israel
(who tells Cheney and Wolfowitz what to tell Bush to say)

Date: Fri Jul 5, 2002 10:53 am
Subject: Coincidence? Parts of Bush speech match Sharansky proposal

Washington Post
July 2, 2002
A Sound Bite So Good, the President Wishes He Had Said It
By Dana Milbank


[excerpt of article follows]

Is Natan Sharansky working in the White House speechwriting office?

Sharansky, Israel's housing minister and deputy prime minister, is the former Soviet dissident and head of a right-wing Russian-immigrant party. But by coincidence -- or something more -- the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan Sharansky published in the Jerusalem Post on May 3 sounds a lot like the peace proposal Bush delivered in the Rose Garden on June 24.

"The time has come for new leadership" for the Palestinians, Sharansky wrote. "The Palestinians must be encouraged to form an open and free society that is not burdened by the fear, hatred, and terror that have been sown in recent years by Arafat and his leadership."

Here's Bush's version: "Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership so that a Palestinian state can be born. I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror."

Sharansky wrote that his seven-point plan "cannot happen overnight" and called for a "three-year transition period."

Bush, in turn, said a final agreement "could be reached within three years from now."

Sharansky envisioned an "international coordinating body" headed by the United States that could, with a Palestinian Administrative Authority, "develop the infrastructure for democratic life among the Palestinians." There would also be an "international economic fund" for industry and infrastructure.

And Bush? "I've asked Secretary Powell to work intensively with Middle Eastern and international leaders to realize the vision of a Palestinian state, focusing them on a comprehensive plan to support Palestinian reform and institution building." The president said the United States would work with the World Bank and international donors on "a major project of economic reform and development."

Finally, Sharansky argued that only a "free and open" society "can serve as a solid guarantee for normal relations between the two peoples." For this reason, "we owe it to ourselves and to our future to help the Palestinians help themselves."

Bush, seven weeks later, submitted that "a stable, peaceful Palestinian state is necessary to achieve the security that Israel longs for." Israel should "take concrete steps to support the emergence of a viable, credible Palestinian state," he added.

The Sharansky and Bush plans are not entirely the same; notably absent from Sharansky's version was Bush's call for Israel to freeze its settlements in Palestinian territory. Still, Sharansky themes began to tumble from the lips of Bush officials.

Speechwriting director Michael Gerson did not return a phone call asking about the coincidence.

Profile OF Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky
Israel's great dissembler

Who runs Bush & the USA?

Partial list of Jews in the Bush Adminstration:
(March 26, 2003)
Richard Perle
One of Bush's foreign policy advisors, he is the chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. A very likely Israeli government agent, Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson's office in the 1970's after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one the above mentioned pro-Israel thinktanks, the AEI. Perle is one of the leading pro-Israeli fanatics leading this Iraq war mongering within the administration and now in the media.
Paul Wolfowitz
Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle's Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the above mentioned Jewish thinktank, JINSA. Wolfowitz is the number two leader within the administration behind this Iraq war mongering.
Douglas Feith
Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle and the others, Feith is a pro-Israel extremist, who has advocated anti-Arab policies in the past. He is closely associated with the extremist group, the Zionist Organization of America, which even attacks Jews that don't agree with its extremist views. Feith frequently speaks at ZOA conferences. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm's own website stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith "represents Israeli Armaments Manufacturer." Feith basically represents the Israeli War Machine. Feith also came from the Jewish thinktank JINSA. Feith, like Perle and Wolfowitz, are campaigning hard for this Israeli proxy war against Iraq.
Edward Lutt

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