Friday, October 14, 2016

Israel and ISIS, the genesis of a new antisemitic motif

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Leah Hagelberg @ Jerusalem Post:
In Europe one of those who spread the hate message early was non-practicing Dutch Muslim Yasmina Haifi, an employee of the Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV. Haifi had been a candidate for the Labor Party in the 2012 parliamentary elections, although of very low rank. In August 2014, she tweeted, “IS has nothing to do with Islam... it is a plan of Zionists who want to blacken Islam.” Haifi thus attempted not only to whiten the Islamic character of the world’s most extreme Islamist movement, but in addition, to spread a conspiracy theory about Jews. A Facebook site supporting her went up that has 11,000 likes and is active to this day.

In the same month Mohammad Shabbir, aide to MP Naz Shah of Labour, tweeted the question: “Is IS serving a purpose to create a pretext for Israel to invade Syria and Iraq? Has quest for greater Israel started?” Another member of the Labour Party to make such assertions was Salim Mulla, former mayor of Blackburn. As is so often the case among Muslim anti-Semites around the world, in addition to attacking Israel he also incited against Jews, writing, “Zionist Jews are a disgrace to humanity.” Beinazir Lasharie, a Labour councilor in Kensington posted a Facebook message saying: “Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind IS. I’ve nothing against Jews... just sharing it!” On the extreme Right of the political spectrum, David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan whose anti-Semitic slurs frequently involve conspiracy theories, wrote an article titled “Horrors of IS created by Zionist Supremacy.” It lists a “series of planned deliberate actions, all initiated by Zio-Supremacist fanatics who seek to spread disunity infighting and turmoil among all non-Jews, and particularly those neighboring their international headquarters of Israel.”

Allegations are not only being spread across the political spectrum, but also across the world. A top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Prokhanov, claimed in 2014 that the Mossad was training ISIS to undermine Russian interests in the Middle East. A Polish nationalist website called Justice4Poland posted a widely-circulated article by Makia Freeman that opens with the sentence: “IS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue.” This same article has been posted on left-wing and free-press sites such as GlobalResearch and that of Paul Craig Roberts, former associate editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

This is a preliminary selection of the charges made by those connecting Israel with ISIS and represent only some of the antisemitic smears linking the two. Others include that Israel is the main buyer of ISIS oil, that ISIS’s rise is due to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and that the tactics of Israel and ISIS are the same. As time passes on more will develop.

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