Thursday, February 08, 2007

I thought I'd post the entire article here:

Dealing with the new anti-Semitism

Warren Kinsella in Ottawa,
National Post
Published: Thursday, February 08, 2007

In Chris Hedges' new book, American Fascists, there is a passage that recalls the challenge facing the hundreds of Jews gathered in frigid, frozen Ottawa this week.

Quoting Italian medievalist Umberto Eco, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer observes that fascists have a continual need to "feel humiliated by the ostentatious wealth and force of their enemies." Anti-Semites insinuate that Jews are powerful out of proportion to their numbers, running Hollywood, the news media and successive U.S. administrations. Since 9/11 in particular, these propagandists have insisted that loud, pushy Jews use this power to ram a destructive foreign policy agenda down the West's throat.

For many Jews gathered at the annual meeting of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) in Ottawa this week, the antipathy they often feel does not originate with copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, slipped under their hotel room doors at night. It comes, they allege, from the news media. The Canadian news media, even.

As they gathered in corridors and meeting rooms overlooking the skaters on the Rideau Canal, Jews expressed their concern that news coverage and editorial comment is increasingly hostile to Israel -- especially in the wake of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Is it true? Certainly, among many delegates, there were familiar and specific complaints about the treatment Israel receives at the hands of the CBC, and some commentators at the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. Following speeches Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant and I delivered to delegates about the Internet and blogging, we heard this message over and over.
The names of Israel's friends in the news media, meanwhile, were equally familiar: isolated voices at the Globe, Toronto Star and CBC in the form of Marcus Gee, Rosie Di Manno and Rex Murphy --plus pretty much everyone at CanWest and the National Post. All are considered to be stalwarts of Israel.


Why does any of it matter, one might ask. Why are Jews so preoccupied with what the news media has to say?

Because Canadians depend heavily on the media for news about developments abroad. There is no other news topic that is more susceptible to manipulation -- and, therefore, so acutely in need of fairness and balance. Too much is at stake to tolerate sloppiness or bland expressions of prejudice.

A prediction: As the immediacy and the magnitude of the Iranian threat becomes more apparent, Canadians will recognize that Israel -- alone in the region -- is a bulwark against Tehran's plans for a nuclear weapons program. Canadians will recognize that Israel's interests and Canada's are congruent: democracy, tolerance, multiculturalism. The Canadian media will reach this conclusion, too.

That day will not be long in coming. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition leader Stephane Dion concluded stirring pro-Israel speeches in Ottawa on Tuesday night -- and following clear articulations of support by the NDP and Bloc Quebecois leaders, by the way -- a disturbing reminder arrived on dozens of Black Berries in the cavernous hall where CIJA gathered.

"An Iranian government-sponsored body set up to probe the veracity of the Holocaust," began the wire story, "has challenged Europe to hand over documents about the mass slaughter of Jews in World War II."

The Beast of fascism is awake, once again, and now makes its foul lair in Tehran. It is incumbent on all of us (the media included) to pay closer attention, and be prepared for its next move -- slouching, as it does, toward its goal of attempting another Final Solution.

- Warren Kinsella blogs for the Post and atwww.warrenkinsella.com.

Engage here posted an article about the rising levels of antisemitism in Quebec.

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