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15 memorable anti-Israel whoppers

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As Hamas fired deadly missiles at Israel for 11 straight days, Israel’s critics fired one verbal salvo after another.

Unable or unwilling to distinguish between a terrorist organization, Hamas, seeking Israel’s destruction, and a democratic country trying to deny the group’s wish, they went for the jugular.

Here are 15 of the most memorably outrageous accusations:

  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, discussing Israel’s actions in Gaza on CNN, stated, “They’re losing the media war despite their connections…” CNN anchor Bianna Golodryga laudably pushed back, “What are their connections?” The minister laughed and said, “Deep pockets.” The anchor followed up: “What does that mean?” The minister replied, “Well, they’re very influential people, they control media.” (May 20)

This is classical antisemitism — the spurious notion of Jews “controlling” the media (see AJC’s Translate Hate Glossary). By the way, if we did, we’re doing a pretty lousy job, judging by the daily fare we’ve witnessed from BBC,The Guardian, The New York Times, MSNBC, etc.

  • Chinese Communist Party-Affiliated Chinese TV Host Zheng Junfeng:“Some people believe that U.S. pro-Israeli policy is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews in the U.S. and the Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy.” (May 16)

Another egregious example of classical antisemitism, alleging that “wealthy Jews” wield inordinate influence on the policies of a government. Echoes of the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which attributed demonic powers to a Jewish “cabal.” Incidentally, Jews are two percent of the U.S. population, hold a multiplicity of views, and, like fellow Americans, are active on many sides of many causes. And please take note: Unlike the case in some other notable countries, the American Constitution invites citizens to “petition the government.”

  • Member of Irish Parliament Richard Boyd Barrett: “We must demand the dismantling of the Israeli state.” (May 15)

There are 193 member states of the United Nations. Mr. Barrett is proposing the dismantling of Israel. Are there any other UN member states he is proposing to dismantle? If not, which appears to be the case, could it possibly have something to do with the fact that Israel is the lone Jewish majority nation on Earth?

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: “[Israelis] are murderers, to the point that they kill children who are five or six years old. They are murderers, to the point they drag women on the ground to their death and they are murderers, to the point they kill old people…They only are satisfied by sucking their blood.” (May 17)

Yet another blood libel from one of the world’s foremost antisemites, who might usefully spend more time addressing urgent issues closer to home, such as........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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