Letter to the Editor: FPJ is ‘anti-Semitic’ – Response by Jeremy R. Hammond

By Jeremy R. Hammond
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Foreign Policy Journal
February 14, 2009

From an ADL letter:

Israel’s defense of its people from the unending terrorism of Hamas’ rocket attacks is its right and its duty – a course of action that has received more support from world leaders and US editorial pages than we have come to expect.

Yet, at the same time, we are witnessing a backlash of anti-Semitism that is so shameless it’s hard to believe it’s happening in America. We’ve seen such ugliness in Europe and expect it from the Arab countries, but not here in the US.

Massive anti-Israel demonstrations have been held in dozens of cities throughout the country at which protestors actually equate Israel’s self-defense to the behavior of the Nazis and compare the situation in Gaza to a “Holocaust”. So many lines have been crossed that one woman at a protest in Florida saw nothing wrong with calling for Jews to “go back to the oven”.

These blatantly anti-Semitic and deeply offensive expressions follow on the heels of the Internet-powered scapegoating of Jews as the evil force – “just another Jew money-changer thief” – behind the collapse of the global economy.

We were shocked to find high-profile, mainstream websites like YouTube and the finance-related chat sites at Yahoo, AOL, and Google (add the Foreign Policy Journal here – my addition) infected with the same vile anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that had previously been posted only at the extremist fringes of the Internet.

You folks just don’t get it. Read the Koran, no, really read it, or better yet read Ibn Warraq’s “Why I am not a Muslim”, and maybe, just maybe, you’d realize that if the Jews are wiped out by Iran and cease to exist, you’ll be next.

— [Writer chooses to remain anonymous]

Editor’s Reply:

I agree with the view of the Anti-Defamation League, shared by Mr. –, that anti-Semitism, such as “calling for Jews to ‘go back to the oven'”, is despicable. Why Mr. — chooses to equate Foreign Policy Journal with such hateful sentiment is beyond my comprehension, and he offers no evidence in his letter to justify this assertion that FPJ shares such anti-Semitic views.

Where I strongly disagree with the ADL is that Israel’s war on Gaza was “defense of its people from the unending terrorism of Hamas’ rocket attacks”. This is sheer nonsense. Equating overwhelming use of force against a civilian population with “self-defense” is moral and intellectual cowardice. To describe Israel’s use of force as “disproportionate” is a grievous understatement. Israel’s actions constitute serious war crimes.

If Israel was serious about stopping rocket attacks, it would have abided by the June 19 cease-fire, which dramatically reduced the number of rocket attacks, with Hamas actively working to prevent other militant groups from engaging in such actions, including with arrests. Instead, Israel violated the cease-fire repeatedly from the beginning, including by firing at unarmed Gazans attempting to reach their own land. Israel escalated provocative actions against Hamas and other groups in the West Bank, and refused to honor its agreement under the terms of the truce to lift the siege of Gaza. Finally, on November 4, Israel launched a ground incursion into and airstrike on Gaza, killing 6. This action effectively ended the cease-fire, and what followed until Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead” on December 27 was repeated Israeli attacks on Gaza resulting in retaliatory rocket fire from militant groups there, including limited strikes by Hamas, which had until November 4 strictly observed the cease-fire that Israel had perpetually violated.

One of Israel’s first actions in its war was to bomb police stations, including a police cadet graduation ceremony. Even since the end of major military operations on January 18, Israel has targeted police stations, effectively destroying Hamas’ ability to prevent other groups from firing rockets in response to the 22-day bombardment of Gaza that resulted in 1,300 deaths, mostly civilian, and continued Israeli attacks on Gaza since.

Israel’s actions, if we may assume that its leaders are rational actors, are designed precisely to bring about rocket fire into Israel so that it can continue to isolate Hamas, which has repeatedly announced since its 2005 electoral victory its willingness to accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel along the pre-1967 borders. The real threat Hamas poses to Israel is its increasing popularity amongst Palestinians, increasing political standing and moderate views, and willingness to negotiate a diplomatic settlement along the lines of the international consensus and U.N. resolution 242.

The ADL also describes criticism of Israel as “anti-Semitic”; again, a view apparently shared by Mr. –. This is pure nonsense, a morally and intellectually devoid argument warranting no further reply.

Mr. — writes “You folks”; I would like to emphasize that FPJ is wholly owned and operated by a single individual–me. The views and opinions expressed in my own writing are not necessarily those of other contributing writers, and vice-versa. Mr. — offers no hint that his criticism is intended to apply to any contributing writers to FPJ. And, as with my own writings, I can think of none to which his criticism would apply. I should hardly need to point out that the views of a woman at a protest in Florida do not reflect the views and opinions of FPJ. Mr. –‘s insinuation to the contrary is a cowardly and libelous effort to distract from the actual facts about Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.

Though I am not familiar with Mr. Warraq’s book, I have read the Koran, and would also, as Mr. — does, encourage others to read it. I think people who have misconceptions about Islam would be surprised at what they find in its pages. Mr. — doesn’t expound upon his reasons for encouraging the reading of the Koran, and we’re left to speculate, but the insinuation is obvious enough. I can only say that I think if FPJ readers followed up on his suggestion, they would recognize that his insinuation about its contents is wholly unfounded. My guess is odds are two to one Mr. — hasn’t read it himself.

Mr. — concludes his letter to the editor with a hypothetical statement about “the Jews” being “wiped out by Iran”, an imaginary scenario in which genocide occurs. This is a familiar enough talking point in anti-Iranian propaganda, despite being wholly unfounded. There is no evidence Iran has a nuclear weapons program, and Iran has not threatened Israel with any kind of military aggression. This scenario, presented not as hypothetical but as a real threat, is a pure fabrication on the part of Mr. — and whatever other propagandist sources he gets his information from in addition to the Orwellian-named “Anti-Defamation League”, which specializes in defamation of critics of Israel by dishonest means not unlike Mr. –‘s.

— Jeremy R. Hammond, Editor of Foreign Policy Journal

Jeremy R. Hammond is the editor and principle writer for Foreign Policy Journal, an online publication dedicated to providing news, critical analysis, and commentary on U.S. foreign policy, particularly with regard to the “war on terrorism” and events in the Middle East, from outside of the standard framework offered by government officials and the mainstream corporate media. He has also written for numerous other online publications. You can contact him here.


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48 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: FPJ is ‘anti-Semitic’ – Response by Jeremy R. Hammond

  1. To enable answering your question, Mary, the answer would be more obvious when the question is more like: Who are they that consider and propagate that Hamas’s fireworks are actual ROCKETS (they try to leave you with the impression that we’re talking about some kind of devastating ballistic missiles), and that Israel is cornered, horrified and has no choice but to defend its threatened-with-massive-casualties population with its surgical, highly precise bombing, which is, of course, a load of crap – excuse the expression. Those who propagate that are (1) politicians who would say anything to score points with the Israeli lobby in Washington, and so often and easily twist the facts conveniently for that purpose. Then there are those who practically live on another planet in their bliss of outrageous political ignorance of what’s going on in the world, and a sizable portion of those poor souls have surrendered their mental and intellectual faculties of thinking and reasoning to extremist, born-again, warmongering evangelicals like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell who pandered, used and exploited God’s name and intentions (you know, like they just had dinner with God) to steer and control the simple and naive masses of hallelujah into believing that God is on Israel’s side, and that it’s all a biblical prophecy coming true, and of course who would dare object to God’s will (Jo the genious plummer went to Israel and declared his unwavering support for what Isael in doing in Gaza – need I say more?). Then there’s the vast media which is, to a scary extent, guided and controlled by an exclusive club of highly rich and influential group of Israel’s fans who do their subtle bidding of making Israel look good, no matter what it does, and are masterful at spinning things in favor of Israel’s interests. I’m not into conspiracy theories, but the media’s ostentatious and outrageous bias toward Israel has made it so obvious as to which mentality they are influenced by. It perplexes me the difference in political awareness between European people and most of our people here in the states, and I get the distinct feeling that some serious movers and shakers just love it and prefer to keep it that way, which makes it much easier to implement and push their disloyal and treacherous pro-Israel agendas.

  2. Natureboy, it is nothing so simple and banal as graft. It has to do with world conquest. Israel is, and has been, America’s proxy in the middle east. Israel is not controlling America’s middle east policy; it is the other way around.

    We are the hegemon, we are the imperialist force. We support Israel out of self-interest. It is actually America’s biggest military installation in the world.

  3. Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME)
    In mid-October 2006 a team of investigative journalists at RAI Italian television reported that Israel had been using a new weapon in the Gaza Strip, similar to DIME – dense inert metal explosive. The report was produced by the same journalists who claimed without foundation that the US used White Phosphorus (WP) against civilians during attacks on Fallujah. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the weapon was launched from drones in the summer of 2006, most of them in July, and led to “abnormally serious” physical injuries. Physicians in the Gaza Strip noted the pattern of wounds they were treating were unusual, with severed legs that showed signs of severe heat at the point of amputation but no metal shrapnel. The American version is still in a testing stage and had not been used on the battlefield at that time. It has not been “declared an illegal weapon”, though the weapon was claimed [without described basis] to be “highly carcinogenic and harmful to the environment”.


    This is their new toy.

  4. Well I for one won’t be buying anything israeli.
    This knee-jerk support by our politicians for israel has me completely confused– the israel lobby/AIPAC? Hard to believe, these are smart people. There must be graft involved, something very sinister. Sinister people and all this subterfuge confuses my benign mind, and nothing seems to change.

    The ‘end times’ may not be nigh, but something points to some necrophilia, some obsessive death wish– these people can’t wait to try out these ‘tactical nukes’ and Iran is next (not really, that can’t happen!).

    G-d, if you exist, now is the time to stop this… (if not, we always have Dandelion Salad, and we’re gonna stop it ourselves…this is our responsibility!)

  5. Yes, homemade. It is common knowledge. You can even watch videos on Youtube of Hamas members making the rockets out of stuff smuggled thru the tunnels.

    Israel is not a member of the World Criminal Court and so they cannot be prosecuted there. The court may rule against them but its actions would only be symbolic.

    Israel needs to be reigned in by the world powers via boycott, divestiture and sanctions. I think the only reason Israel gets away, literally, with mass murder is because of the US’ patronage.

    We need some courage here, from world leaders, but except for Recep Erdogan of Turkey, no one has spoken or done a thing.

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