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Criminalizing Free Speech in France

Pro-Palestinian activists arrested over their support of BDS.

In France, a boycott campaign against Israeli products is gathering support, a glimmer of hope that a peaceful end to the occupation of Palestine may yet be possible. Now, in a desperate attempt to halt the growing movement even at the cost of silencing nonviolent free speech, criminal charges have been filed against ten key organizers at EuroPalestine alleging that boycotting Israeli goods is anti-semitic.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was officially launched in 2005 by an international coalition of peace organizations, calls upon “people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.” Hitting Israel where it hurts – its economy – is the best chance we have for breaking down the wall of Israeli intransigence. Diplomatic relations have failed, and the violence promoted by certain Palestinian factions is not the answer. In BDS we have the potential to build a truly international coalition through completely legal and ethical action – a nonviolent means to strike against a system of asymmetric power and high-tech violence.

BDS has worked before, and it will work again. The key, as the organizers at EuroPalestine are demonstrating, is inspiring people and showing them that through solidarity and perseverance, we can end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

To get involved, visit www.bdsmovement.net or check out the movements in the USA and Canada. See who’s profiting from the occupation at www.whoprofits.org.

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Anonymous

The circus of insanity that is Zionism/"israel" has actually managed to turn the French Government into the most intellectually impotent people on earth.

The term "antisemitism" was coined (i.e MADE UP) by a bigoted German journalist and later adopted by the Nazis to legitimize religious profiling, arrest and imprisonment of people practicing Judaism. The terms was meant to lend 'scientific' credibility to the Nazi campaign of eugenics and discrimination because "anti-Jewish" didn't sound race related but rather related to religion (not really a subject of science). Of course the Nazis overall project of eugenics and the term "antisemitism" was preposterous and had zero scientific credibility.

I guess there are still some unthinking people (certainly quite a few in France) who buy into the thoroughly debunked concept of Nazi eugenics and the misnomer of "antisemitism."

To continue to use such rhetoric as though it held any significance whatsoever is to continue the legacy of Nazism (which many people will note is precisely what Zionism attempted to do in 1948 - google Stern Gang, Irgun and Nazi correspondence).

But let's be clear about this amongst ourselves and in discussion/debate with the tyrannical elements of our societies that continue to obfuscate with such fallacies. "Semites" refers to a very broad group of 'middle eastern' or 'Arab' people who spoke languages with similar roots. This group of peoples covers a large area and includes many different people including, it should be noted, present day Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, etc. Amongst these many 'middle eastern' peoples was a tribe of 'Arabs' - for all intents and purposes - who insisted their invented religion was the best - they called themselves the Hebrews.

In point of fact the actual people who practiced Judaism in Germany were not and are not to this day racially related to the 'Arab' people of the 'middle east'. Just as people who practice Christianitiy today are not related to Jesus (another 'Arab' btw.) Which is why Hitler was crazy to suggest that the Jews should be rounded up for racial reasons. And it's why the French and the Jewish Establishment in general today are crazy to suggest that there is anything racist about criticising "israel".

By the same reasoning we should call anyone critical of Christianity "Antisemitic" because Christianity was also invented in the 'middle east' by people who spoke Semitic languages. And anyone who is critical of Palestine is, according to such logic, Antisemitic as well.
And so and so on...

The use and mis-use of language is important and it can be used to murder thousands and thousands of people as the Jews of Germany and Palestinians know only too well.

It's time to challenge this inane mis-use of language for what it is: propaganda. If Jews and the Jewish Establishment want to crack down on anti-jewishness let them say as much. It's clear though, by their use of such dis-information that they are afraid the world will then have to admit that Judaism is an IDEOLOGY and not - NOT a race. At which point the house of cards is exposed for what it is. And the inevitable demise of the religious colony of "israel" hastens.

So let's all call a spade a spade and challenge this word whenever it is casually tossed out to avoid debate and critical analysis. Let's all put an end to the pseudo-science of the Nazis that the Jewish Establishment is so strangely keen of perpetuating to this day.

What a shame to see the French tradition of intellectual fortitude so easily sapped by the leeches of Zionism.

Is this really the best you can do France?

Anonymous

The circus of insanity that is Zionism/"israel" has actually managed to turn the French Government into the most intellectually impotent people on earth.

The term "antisemitism" was coined (i.e MADE UP) by a bigoted German journalist and later adopted by the Nazis to legitimize religious profiling, arrest and imprisonment of people practicing Judaism. The terms was meant to lend 'scientific' credibility to the Nazi campaign of eugenics and discrimination because "anti-Jewish" didn't sound race related but rather related to religion (not really a subject of science). Of course the Nazis overall project of eugenics and the term "antisemitism" was preposterous and had zero scientific credibility.

I guess there are still some unthinking people (certainly quite a few in France) who buy into the thoroughly debunked concept of Nazi eugenics and the misnomer of "antisemitism."

To continue to use such rhetoric as though it held any significance whatsoever is to continue the legacy of Nazism (which many people will note is precisely what Zionism attempted to do in 1948 - google Stern Gang, Irgun and Nazi correspondence).

But let's be clear about this amongst ourselves and in discussion/debate with the tyrannical elements of our societies that continue to obfuscate with such fallacies. "Semites" refers to a very broad group of 'middle eastern' or 'Arab' people who spoke languages with similar roots. This group of peoples covers a large area and includes many different people including, it should be noted, present day Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, etc. Amongst these many 'middle eastern' peoples was a tribe of 'Arabs' - for all intents and purposes - who insisted their invented religion was the best - they called themselves the Hebrews.

In point of fact the actual people who practiced Judaism in Germany were not and are not to this day racially related to the 'Arab' people of the 'middle east'. Just as people who practice Christianitiy today are not related to Jesus (another 'Arab' btw.) Which is why Hitler was crazy to suggest that the Jews should be rounded up for racial reasons. And it's why the French and the Jewish Establishment in general today are crazy to suggest that there is anything racist about criticising "israel".

By the same reasoning we should call anyone critical of Christianity "Antisemitic" because Christianity was also invented in the 'middle east' by people who spoke Semitic languages. And anyone who is critical of Palestine is, according to such logic, Antisemitic as well.
And so and so on...

The use and mis-use of language is important and it can be used to murder thousands and thousands of people as the Jews of Germany and Palestinians know only too well.

It's time to challenge this inane mis-use of language for what it is: propaganda. If Jews and the Jewish Establishment want to crack down on anti-jewishness let them say as much. It's clear though, by their use of such dis-information that they are afraid the world will then have to admit that Judaism is an IDEOLOGY and not - NOT a race. At which point the house of cards is exposed for what it is. And the inevitable demise of the religious colony of "israel" hastens.

So let's all call a spade a spade and challenge this word whenever it is casually tossed out to avoid debate and critical analysis. Let's all put an end to the pseudo-science of the Nazis that the Jewish Establishment is so strangely keen of perpetuating to this day.

What a shame to see the French tradition of intellectual fortitude so easily sapped by the leeches of Zionism.

Is this really the best you can do France?

Annie Libya

Oh my god that is the most enlightening comment EVER. I could truly never figure out how somehow Jewish people were a "race" whereas all other people just "had religions." FINALLY, I know: it's B.S.!

All my friends and acquaintances who are culturally but not religiously Jewish seem to be under such a burden to accept that as their "identity." Yet, if someone born into a Christian family later decides not to be religious, they don't spend countless hours wondering what it "means to be Christian." They're just Not Religious!

I'd get so tired of that dogged obsession by non-religious Jews - but of course couldn't complain much, because then I'd be - ta daaa! antisemitic.

Now I know there's no such thing as a non-religious Jew! Just like there's no such thing as a non-religious Christian. And I'm not talking about spiritually-minded people who "embrace Christ" or whatever, so don't even start with me on that.

THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION. I am going to memorize it and repeat it AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!

Annie Libya

Oh my god that is the most enlightening comment EVER. I could truly never figure out how somehow Jewish people were a "race" whereas all other people just "had religions." FINALLY, I know: it's B.S.!

All my friends and acquaintances who are culturally but not religiously Jewish seem to be under such a burden to accept that as their "identity." Yet, if someone born into a Christian family later decides not to be religious, they don't spend countless hours wondering what it "means to be Christian." They're just Not Religious!

I'd get so tired of that dogged obsession by non-religious Jews - but of course couldn't complain much, because then I'd be - ta daaa! antisemitic.

Now I know there's no such thing as a non-religious Jew! Just like there's no such thing as a non-religious Christian. And I'm not talking about spiritually-minded people who "embrace Christ" or whatever, so don't even start with me on that.

THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION. I am going to memorize it and repeat it AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!

'Bernard Marx' EHG

You are right on the mark that being anti-Israel is very different from being anti-Judaism or anti-semitic. Although 'Semite' does refer to people of Middle Eastern descent and the word 'anti-semitism' is a misnomer, it does refer to hatred of jews.

'Bernard Marx' EHG

You are right on the mark that being anti-Israel is very different from being anti-Judaism or anti-semitic. Although 'Semite' does refer to people of Middle Eastern descent and the word 'anti-semitism' is a misnomer, it does refer to hatred of jews.

Anonymous

Look this is precisely the point of the poster above you, language does matter in such realms. The word "terrorist" also "refers" to something but the fact is it's a made-up word that is largely rhetorical. As the saying goes "one mans terrorist is another mans freedom-fighter."
So casually accepting the use of the word "antisemitic" is irresponsible for anyone with any intellectual credibility and for people of good conscience who care about tyranny and oppression in the information age.
The word "antisemitic" IS without question a misnomer my friend. The vast majority of Jews are not even Semitic (another misnomer monopolized by Jews for nefarious reasons). Real Semites in this world are not only having their land and culture stolen but now these insane European and American Jews are also trying to steal their history.
It's imminently important that we all put a stop to their appropriation and distortion by refusing to use the language of oppression. Talk to Zizek about the use of language in the practice of genocide.
From now on no more use of the made-up word "antiSemitic" unless we are referring to things that are against Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc, etc.

Anonymous

Look this is precisely the point of the poster above you, language does matter in such realms. The word "terrorist" also "refers" to something but the fact is it's a made-up word that is largely rhetorical. As the saying goes "one mans terrorist is another mans freedom-fighter."
So casually accepting the use of the word "antisemitic" is irresponsible for anyone with any intellectual credibility and for people of good conscience who care about tyranny and oppression in the information age.
The word "antisemitic" IS without question a misnomer my friend. The vast majority of Jews are not even Semitic (another misnomer monopolized by Jews for nefarious reasons). Real Semites in this world are not only having their land and culture stolen but now these insane European and American Jews are also trying to steal their history.
It's imminently important that we all put a stop to their appropriation and distortion by refusing to use the language of oppression. Talk to Zizek about the use of language in the practice of genocide.
From now on no more use of the made-up word "antiSemitic" unless we are referring to things that are against Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc, etc.

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