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IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: A Racist Lie

Kevin Barrett

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews… examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of… (the Holocaust);
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust;
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations;
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor;
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation…;
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis…” – IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

During World War II, the United States of America rounded up citizens of Japanese ancestry and locked them up in concentration camps. It did so at the instigation of well-heeled gangsters, who bribed politicians and courts and stole billions of dollars worth of confiscated Japanese-American property. As Ron Unz writes in his article “American Pravda: The Power of Organized Crime,”

This vast transfer of wealth in the early postwar years from the plundered Nisei gave all these mobbed-up Chicago newcomers the financial wherewithal to soon gain substantial control of California’s money-based political system.

While throwing Americans into race-based concentration camps, the US dropped firebombs and nuclear weapons on Japanese cities, intentionally murdering hundreds of thousands of civilians. These policies were driven by racist propaganda every bit as vitriolic as that of the Nazis: American caricatures of the “evil buck-toothed Jap” match Nazi caricatures of the “evil hook-nosed Jew.”

Yes, World War II featured racist concentration camps and racist mass murders of civilians — by the United States of America. As for the biggest World War II holocaust, it was committed not by the US or Germany, but by Great Britain. As Australian Jewish scientist and avoidable mortality expert Gideon Polya writes, “In the 1942–1945 Bengali Holocaust (Bengal Famine) the British deliberately starved 6–7 million Indians to death.”

History, that rotten tissue of lies and distortions, is written by the victors. That is why the monstrous war crimes of the World War II allies have been largely forgotten. Today few in the West care about, or even remember, the Bengali Holocaust or the firebombings of German and Japanese civilians. Few know that the United States and its allies deliberately murdered ten million Germans during the postwar occupation, or that Eisenhower deliberately starved a million German prisoners of war to death.

Instead of repenting and atoning for their shameful World War II atrocities, the US and its allies commit holocaust denial in the full sense of that loaded expression. They hide their own shame by relentlessly hyperbolizing Nazi Germany’s racist mistreatment of Jews, demonizing the losers while mendaciously glorifying the victors (that is, themselves). The institutionalized memory of “the Holocaust” — the other guy’s holocaust, not ours — has become a sacred cow whose main purpose is to obscure and legitimize “our” crimes against “them.” Above all, it minimizes and legitimizes the Zionist genocide of the Palestinians and the American slaughter of 27 million Muslims in the 9/11 wars — a shocking figure cited by Dr. Gideon Polya that has yet to be convincingly refuted.

The Zionists have enshrined their propaganda version of World War II, and their one-sided, completely unexamined, utterly uncritical account of the countless conflicts between Jewish and gentile communities throughout history, in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The IHRA definition seems to have been crafted with one overriding objective: to demonize anyone who opposes the Zionist genocide of Colonized Palestine. How ironic that Nazi Germany’s genocidal crimes against Jews have been weaponized in service to another genocide!

The racist, pro-Zionist-genocide IHRA definition of anti-Semitism was nominally adopted in a vote by the 31 IHRA member countries, 24 of them EU countries, upon its publication in 2016. But it had no force of law anywhere until a few nations began enshrining it in their national and regional codes. The first to do so was “Great” Britain, which formally adopted the IHRA definition in December 2016. Since then the Zionists have used it as a club to bash Jeremy Corbyn and the left wing of the Labor Party, the only significant political faction in Britain that fails to offer wholehearted support for the murderous ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

In June 2019 the Canadian government formally adopted the IHRA definition, which it incorporated into a strategy document for combating racism. Will the Canadian police begin arresting people for agreeing with the Jewish founder of Holocaust Studies Raul Hilberg that the “six million” holocaust figure is exaggerated? Will they prosecute scholars and journalists who analyze the fanatical single-loyalty Zionist lobbies that dominate the Mideast policy of Western nations — meaning that Walt and Mearsheimer’s The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, or James Petras’s The Power of Israel in the United States or al-Jazeera’s documentary The Lobby would be illegal? Will they arrest the millions of Canadians who know full well that the Zionist settler colony occupying Palestine is obviously “a racist endeavor” many of whose policies are indeed comparable to those of Nazi Germany?

While it seems unlikely that mass arrests of Canadian critics of Israel will happen any time soon, the IHRA definition is already being used to muzzle free speech on university campuses. In the wake of the University of Winnipeg’s February 2018 conference on Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Occupied al-Quds, single-loyalty Zionist fanatics successfully pressured the university into apologizing for the event and declaring that statements made by speakers —including reference to the genocide of the Palestinians, and to Zionist settlers — were violations of the University’s policy against harassment! Following the same logic, anyone blaming Nazi Germany for committing genocide against Jews would be guilty of “harassment” of Germans. Or anyone who spoke of European “settlers” in colonial-era Rhodesia, South Africa, Kenya, or Algeria would be guilty of “harassing” the British, Afrikaaners, and French sponsors of those settler colonies!

Even before Canada adopted the IHRA definition this year, the US Department of Education was busy with IHRA-definition-influenced investigations of alleged anti-Semitism on American campuses including Duke, Rutgers, NYU, the University of North Carolina, and Williams College. If Donald Trump’s Department of Education finds that these or other universities harbor “anti-Semitism” (that is, criticism of Israel) on their campuses, the universities could be sanctioned and deprived of millions of dollars in federal funding.

American politicians, a major portion of whose “all about the Benjamins” campaign money comes from rich Jewish Zionists (that is simply a fact, not a slur!) have begun quashing free speech by attacking universities whose students and faculty support pro-Palestine activism. In October 2018, Rep. Brad Sherman wrote a letter to UCLA claiming that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) should be barred from campus. Why? Because anyone who supports justice in Palestine is necessarily guilty of violating the IHRA definition of “anti-Semitism”! Rep. Sherman wrote that SJP is “anti-Semitic” by “claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” imposing “double standards” on Israel by “requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation,” and “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

In fact, the Zionist settler colony squatting in Palestine is obviously “a racist endeavor” that bears comparison to Nazi Germany. The Zionist colony defines itself as a “Jewish State,” that is, a state of, by, and for “Jews,” a racial category. Within the borders of that so-called state, people are divided into superior and inferior racial categories: racially-defined Jews are the ubermenschen who enjoy all sorts of special privileges, including automatic citizenship regardless of where they were born, while racially-defined Arabs are the despised untermenschen who are barred from the best roads, housing, government services, and other privileges, and who are systematically denied full citizenship and either murdered or expelled, simply for the crime of being born Arab in Palestine.

All democratic nations in today’s world are expected to provide equal treatment to all citizens regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. The Zionist settler colony is the only entity on earth that pretends to be a Western democratic nation, while systematically denying more than half of its rightful citizens various basic rights on the basis of their race (it now rationalizes its overt racism with the oxymoronic term “ethno-democracy”). So far from “requiring of (the Zionist entity) a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation,” pro-Palestine activists are simply demanding that the Zionists follow the standard practices of all other democratic nations. The Orwellian IHRA definition of anti-Semitism turns this reality inside-out, demonizing anti-racists as “racists” in order to disguise the very real racism of the Zionists.


Article from

Crescent International Vol. 48, No. 8

Safar 02, 14412019-10-01


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