Friday, May 12, 2017

Belgium: Government-sponsored anti-Semitic campaign draws criticism

Note: The Association Belgo-Palestinienne Wallonie-Bruxelles (ABP) was set up 42 years ago - it is very likely the oldest running anti-Israel organisation in the world.  It has the backing of the Wallonie-Brussels establishment... and is headed by Pierre Galand, a socialist and the head of the European Humanist Association (you couldn't make it up, or could you?). More on Pierre Galand HERE.   

Via Regards:

History professor Joël Kotek reports that the Federation Wallonia-Brussels (the French-speaking Belgian Community which does not include Flanders) - ruled by a Socialist-Christian coalition - is proudly sponsoring a campaign that, to say the least, is nauseating. 

Joël Kotek contends that, if you take a close look at the campaign arguments, it advocates the obliteration of Israel, a sovereign State and a member of the Community of Nations since 1948.

Kotek argues conclusively that this is precisely the meaning of the slogan released by its promoters: Palestine, "50 years of occupation, 70 years of dispossession, 100 years of injustice".

Not content with delegitimizing the existence of Israel, the campaign also plays on the worst anti-Semitic clichés, as Father David Brombart pointed out in a letter to Cardinal Joseph De Kesel.
"The theme of the campaign is "Undo the Occupation, not the Palestinians"(...), and the poster portrays a Palestinian child writing on a blackboard covered by the shadow of an armed Israeli soldier who no doubt is ready to "erase" this girl as soon as he is given the order. This is the standard antisemitic cliché of the Jewish child-killer".
The Association Belgo-Palestinienne Wallonie-Bruxelles draws on the codes of traditional anti-Semitism, notwithstanding the fact that it is supported by Christians (MOC), Socialists (PAC and Socialist Solidarity) and a far-left Jewish fringe group (UPJB).

Benoît Bourgine, a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, sent a letter to the secretary general of the Christian Labor Movement (MOC) stating that 
"... under the pretext of defending the Palestinians, this image bears the hallmarks of an anti-Semitic-based manipulation ... since it reduces the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a face-to-face confrontation between a soldier and a little girl ... Do you still see no connection with the archetype of the killer-Jew that goes far back a long way in the collective memory? ".
Koted fully agrees.   He draws the attention to the strange similarity of this poster with numerous Nazi caricatures. In Germany in the 1930s, children were equally presented as the ultimate target of the Jews in a register that is found in this poster. 

Professor Kotek also writes about Luc Descheemaeker (aka O-Sekoer), an antisemitic cartoonist named 'cultural ambassador' for a Belgian town...

By the way, the Belgian people are not taken in by the heinous campaign. So far only 1140 people have signed the petition...

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