Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Organ-Harvesting Scare: A Mutant Offspring Of Anti-Zionism & Classic Antisemitism.

Update: I'm told that the BCMA is trying to disassociate itself from Al-Ameen, which is perfectly understandable, and that the BCMA also asserts it has nothing to do with Al-Ameen, which is nonetheless a bit disingenuous, implausible-deniability-wise. Here's what Al-Ameen says about itself: "The editorial board members are also the members of the BCMA Executive Board." And that's what I reported. Should the BCMA executives wish to put their Al-Ameen hats back on and confirm their displeasure with the newspaper's contents by defenestrating an editor or two, then fair play to them, all round. Should Al-Ameen prove to have lied about its function as a sort of house organ of the BCMA, then sterner measures will be expected (and a certain BCMA vice-president is perfectly capable of taking such measures). The BCMA can then reconcile itself to B'nai Brith, which is right full-throated about it all at the moment, and everybody wins.

Update 2: Al-Ameen has just removed the sentence "The editorial board members are also the members of the BCMA Executive Board" from its website's 'About Us' page. But it's still there in Google cache.

Update 3: The great Organ-Plundering Zionists Snatch Thousands of Ukrainian Tots Shock article has now vanished from Al-Ameen's website, to be replaced with a page with these words: "This article has been removed due to lack of supporting facts. we appologize for any inconvinience." And good for them. See? The world gets better every day, the truth will out, my dilemma is resolved, everybody wins. Of course you can still read the article in all the usual places - Indymedia, Islamist and Nazi websites, places like that. But still.

It's at times like these that I find myself tempted to slink away from the emerging Canadian consensus that Human Rights Commissions should at all times be prevented from trespassing upon "freedom of speech." The reason is I just can't imagine any fitting substitute for lawful recourse in addressing this kind of thing. Actually, I can imagine a fitting substitute. The problem is it would probably end up playing out like that scene from the movie Inglorious Basterds, after Aldo Raine tells Donny 'the Bear Jew' Donowitz: Gots a German here, says he wants to die for his country. Oblige him.

The thing is, I just can't seem to put my finger on a proper remedy between the extremes of having the state administer sanctions for what Canada has devolved into treating as the mere misdemeanour of propogating unreconstructed, drooling antisemitism, and the swift retributive justice of a baseball bat to the side of the head. Where does one start? Where would it end? Should we just laugh out loud at it? I don't know. This is my problem. But I mean, really:

An international Israeli conspiracy to kidnap children and harvest their organs is gathering momentum as another shocking story divulges Tel Aviv's plot to import Ukrainian children and harvest their organs.

Yes, I get it. It's all the rage these days. It's just some unpacking of the discourse in a site of competing post-colonial narratives and yada yada bla bla bla. But two things about this particular eruption of an ancient incitement caught my eye. The first is that the story appeared not two weeks ago in Al-Ameen, the house journal of the British Columbia Muslim Association (the periodical's editorial board is in fact the executive committee of the BCMA, which also runs the Surrey Muslim School). The second thing is that the story itself is reprinted faithfully and accurately from that holocaust-denying international scab operation known as Press TV, which is the house journal of the Khomeinist tyranny in Iran.

I notice this because the 'Ukrainian Kids New Victims Of Israeli Organ Theft' story is not merely the dribblings of some pimply and deluded heavy-metal freak bashing away on his mummy's old computer in a basement somewhere, trying to out-drool some other freak in some hillbilly internet message-board debate. It is vile antisemitic gibberish presented as a serious news story in what presents itself as a serious newspaper, run by a major, wealthy cultural organization in Canada, and the report comes straight from the propaganda arm of an extremely dangerous, unstable and violently anti-democratic regime that enjoys full status at the United Nations. This is reported, as fact: Israel has brought some 25,000 Ukrainian children into the occupied entity over the past two years in order to harvest their organs.

The thing is, I just don't know what's worse: the chance of Canada slipping a few notches on the global Index on Censorship rankings, or just sitting back and allowing the Canadian state to facilitate and support the circulation and dissemination of such filthy, toxic and dangerous libels. Honestly. I don't know what's worse, the fascist Jew-hater who would happily disseminate such a lie, or the moral illiterate who would claim in his defence that he is only the lie's manservant, he's just the lie's masseur.

The Ukrainian hysteria arises directly from the recent recrudescence of the classic blood libel that appeared last summer in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. At the time, Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress warned that the concocted story of Israeli soldiers killing Palestinians to harvest their organs was only "the latest shameful addition to an infamous trail of lies, innuendo and fabrications that have historically set the stage for the violent and deadly persecution of the Jewish people." In the wake of the Aftonbladet's fabrications, the presidential campaign in the Ukraine has gone rather nasty, with the spectre of murdering, blood-stealing Jews becoming a frightening and incendiary election issue. It is now unremarkable to come upon candidates for political office in the Ukraine who will blame the "Zionists" for Stalin's crime of starving hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to death in the 1930s.

Oh, but that's altogether different, one now hears. You can't equate anti-Zionism with antisemitism. That would deliberately stifle legitimate criticism of Israel.

It's all quite funny, but the thing about racist canards is that they don't die unless you kill them and keep on killing them. There's always a cunning misreading of the facts that will allow a just-so newspaper headline to present any old thug or his manicurist with the opportunity to say 'I told you so, it's those blood-sucking Jews.' It doesn't matter that the old opportunity arises in the form of a new Israeli documentary reporting a low-grade scandal involving the unauthorized removal of organs from dead Israelis, Palestinians and foreign workers in a kind of sophomoric malpractice that Israel shut down more than a decade ago. It doesn't matter that the malpractice persists still, all over the world, perhaps especially in China, or that only a few weeks ago, 11 Jordanians were extradited from Egypt to face trial in Amman on charges of trafficking in kidneys and selling them for up to $30,000 each, or that there is a global demand-supply gap in human organs that health authorities are struggling with everywhere, or that even in Canada, patients are dying while they wait for transplants.

None of this matters. They will say Israelis kill Palestinians to harvest their organs. They will say Menahem Mendel Beilis murdered little Andrei Yuschinsky and drained the blood out of the boy so he could make his dirty matzohs, and that Menahem Mendel Beilis must die.

So, who knows what's best. Just laugh, maybe. Construct a proper canard of our own, along the lines of, you see, the truth about all this matzoh carry-on is it's really just a feint so that us Irish will have everyone yapping about the Jews as Saint Patrick's Day approaches. The Jews have been in on it with us from the beginning. We pay them with whiskey, and they rig it so that no one notices that the traditional recipe for the soda bread we'll all be eating calls for great heaping dollops of the blood of a Protestant. Everybody wins.

Oh, look, here comes that Anglican fella. Says he's upset about what's in the bread and he wants to complain to the Human Rights Commission.

Oblige him.

Then again, I don't know if I'd be laughing about this stuff right now if I were a Ukrainian Jew. Come to think of it, I don't think I'd be laughing about this right now if I were a Canadian Jew living in the vicinity of the Surrey Muslim School, either.

No to racism. Zero tolerance. No excuses. No exceptions.

And I want my scalps.


Blogger Blazingcatfur said...

Good stuff Terry I hope this is going to be carried at the National Post.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Kathy Shaidle said...

The answer is baseball bat.

Because you have to wield your own, instead of outsourcing your (usually faux) outrage to the State.

4:33 AM  
Blogger The Plump said...

This is a classic example of how a story can escalate in a febrile political atmosphere.

There was dubious practice around transplant organs and this report covers an interview shown on Israeli TV this December.

Channel 2 TV reported that in the 1990s, specialists at Abu Kabir harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.

Note - DEAD Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens and foreign workers NOT just Palestinians.

This is a scandal similar to the one that happened at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in the UK.

It appears to be an ethical scandal rooted in the concealed bad practice of not asking permission of relatives or the operation of a donor card scheme as we have here (anyone is welcome to any reusable spare parts of mine once I have shuffled off this mortal coil) for body parts for transplant or medical research. Distressing for relatives, but not an example of world-shaking evil, nor on a par with Nazi human experimentation, which is the implied significance. And of undoubted benefit to the living.

So what gives it legs? No one accused the doctors at Alder Hey of kidnapping and murdering the children (actually I wouldn't be surprised if someone did, but it would never be taken seriously). Yet in this case the real issue has been transformed into something completely different. I suppose the first factor is the conflict itself and how people died. Yet this would be true only if it were confined to protagonists.

The real driver is the resurgence of respectable anti-Semitism. Suddenly, the unauthorised removal of transplant organs from dead people becomes the killing of people for their organs, moving on to wholesale trafficking of people for industrial slaughter for organ harvesting. That such a ludicrous story can spread beyond the realms of internet barmpots is due to the receptiveness of people to the message.

The sensitisation of people to anti-Semitic discourse as a permissible expression of racism is one of the more disturbing examples of the growing penchant for prejudice confirming fictions as opposed to properly researched, empirical observations.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Excellent points, Plump.

I'm afraid I've become resigned to being a bit perplexed about what the proper response to these eruptions should be. At the time of the Aftonbladet craziness, Bernie Farber took a bit of a walloping for his warnings about where this sort of can lead, and I don't think we can say that he's ben disproved.

The nuttiness in the Ukraine is just one example; the fiction spread fast through Egypt and Algeria as well. And now we have this latest fiction showing up in Canada, spreading via a Muslim newspaper, and I'm not sufficiently confident that it will be lost on Canadian Muslim audiences, which tend to be captive to this kind of propaganda.

If it's not a state response, then what? I was only having a lark about the potential for this kind of thing descending into vigilantism (did no one like my joke about soda bread?), but looking at the comment from "admin," I wonder whether the implications will be lost on certain "conservative" audiences.

At the moment, we have a parliamentary committee looking into the resurgence of antisemitism in Canada. So far, the default response in "progressive" audiences has been that there is nothing to inquire into, it's just the Conservatives sucking up to the Jews.

Er, Zionists.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Vladtepesblog.com said...

The answer to government and HRC like bodies is a clear no, despite this outrage. As Point Du Bascule has already illustrated so excellently, HRC selectively enforces their 'laws' thereby exacerbating this problem with state sponsorship at both ends. When PDB attempted to bring a Canadian Imam to their star chamber because of the most clear and hate filled print, internet, and spoken violations of section 13, including but not limited to, any Muslim is better than the best behaved infidel, non Muslim women are all whores and are worth less than half of a male, the list of his infractions is long. However the HRC decided that as he had not targeted any identifiable groups, that there was no violation. Therefore I would prefer to fight this sort of thing without state help, as te state typically makes exceptions for the worst offender, while holding my tongue still when I object.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


Thanks for this. All good points.

"I would prefer to fight this sort of thing without state help. . ."

At the very least, I would prefer that the BCMA and A-Ameen fight their fights without state help.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Bill Horne said...

I guess I'd better check the next time I order Chicken Kiev. It *might* be laced with an Anglican reduction sauce, as well as a glaze of Jameson's...

10:51 AM  
Blogger jhgbs said...

have the pm quote the offending article, the actual sources and then ask why the publishers of the offending article didn't do their homework

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kai said...

es the BCMA receive any provincial or federal funding? If so, Campbell should be out front and center for BC, telling the BC People that the Province will no longer fund the BCMA, or similar groups.

The fed also need to show they will not tolerate this, and pull any fed funds that BCMA received.

Then, as a united front, both Fed and Prov should make a joint announement they are investigating the BCMA and is directors. Any one not a citizen found to be a member of a terrorist organization be shipped from whence thy come, back home with them!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jay Currie said...

Dawg's a bit pissed Terry...Apparently "It'll be in the hands of my lawyer shortly."

Apparently "moral illiterate" is defamatory. Who knew?

1:42 PM  
Blogger Christopher W said...

But, Terry, you forgot to mention that "Dr. Dawg" was "at a loss for words" (though never at too much of a loss when certain subjects are concerned)... oh, and "sick at heart".

2:20 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

I banned that pathetic old man from this place ages ago for a similar display of moral illiteracy, and if I recall correctly, it was on the same subject. I can't count the number of times people have sent me emails alerting me to some preposterous comment he's made about me, but my policy has been to simply ignore him and all his obsessive and ridiculous attention-seeking tantrums. I intend to ignore him still, and if he wants to waste thousands of dollars on some unscrupulous lawyer who is only to happy to bilk him of his money in order to "sue" me, he's welcome to do so, because I will ignore his lawyer as well.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

I think it's outrageous that a Canadian newspaper (and one that appears to be publioly funded) would print such unsubstantiated trash.

But I also think you've misrepresented Dr. Dawg's position on the issue. To do so and then to ban him unfortunately detracts from your work here.

3:01 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

The thing is, guys, that just like blockades, separation walls, "disproportionate" responses to aggression and occupations, organ harvesting only really matters and becomes wrong when Israelis do it. Makes you wonder why this is.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"But I also think you've misrepresented Dr. Dawg's position on the issue."

No I haven't, actually. I haven't really taken a position on his illiteracy, moral and otherwise. You have no idea what I think about him.

All I did was make an observation in an essay that has absolutely nothing to do with him, in passing, citing that pathetic old man's idiocy as a casual postscript, and i didn't even name him, either by his real name, whatever it is, or by the embarrassing cartoon-character moniker he goes by. And as usual, he's stomping his feet and whining and trying to make this all about him. Look at me! Someone in the real world has noticed me!

Well, this isn't about him. He is a nobody. Always was a nobody. Always will be.

"To do so and then to ban him unfortunately detracts from your work here."

No it doesn't. I routinely ban graffiti artists from this place. "Dr. Dawg" and his friends are not welcome here. Their deranged outbursts lower the tone, and they expose their own pathetic narcissism by imagining they are in some way entitled to show up here and leave their adolescent scribblings in this comments box. Deleting their comments is a simple act of sanitation.

They are not entitled to any of my attention or consideration, and neither are you.

3:20 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...


man you're a good writer, not so stymied as you first think to be in responding to this insanity. The question of what to do with this kind of thing depends perhaps on whether the BCMA shows any sign that they are capable of a dialogue. I doubt it; if not,they must be marginalized, defunded, watched, but at the same time shown things that can raise some awareness of how their own vile desires come to be represented. What do you make of the fact that web nutters copy and paste these stories without any attributions (to friends or enemies), not noticing that they are not coherently making use of Haaretz' original anti-antisemitism piece for their own Judeophobic purposes? Is it just that these are stupid people? is it also that no one could or would think to question the first guy to use Haaretz to represent the desire to hate the Jew, even though no one gives any link backs to that guy?

4:06 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"Is it just that these are stupid people?"

Not necessarily, but it sure seems to help.

There's lots of dirty work to go around, and no shortage of hands to do it. But there are the cunning and the dumb, the wicked and the daft, the savage and the timid, and they all find parts to play in the undead march of bigotry and prejudice and antisemitism and misogyny.

It's sometimes difficult to distinguish the objectively pro-fascist from the subjectively pro-fascist, for instance, so I always hold my fire until I'm certain. But this story is a classic study in such enigmatic pehenomena. In the traffic jam at the intersection of Anti-Zionism and antisemitism, it is not always easy to distinguish the blind from the willfully blind and the lame from the plain lazy.

This "Dawg" eruption is a case in point. Is he both morally illiterate and plain illiterate? Does he claim "truth as a defence" against the accusation of uttering an antisemitic blood libel because he can't tell the difference between the truth and a lie, or because he deliberately occludes the truth?

I see today he is calling me a "liar" for merely noticing the moral illiteracy of his own claim that "truth" is a defence against the Aftonbladet's blood-libel mongering - when no such "truth" presented itself to support the Aftonbladet's whoring of these dirty insinuations at all. "Dawg" made this "truth" claim in defence of a classic blood libel even after the Palestinian journalist Khaled Toameh effortlessly exposed the whole thing as a sham, and reported that the Palestinian mother at the centre of the Aftonbladet's "organ-harvesting" shock-horror never even made the claims attributed to her in the first place.

If this isn't moral illiteracy, then the term is meaningless (or in the alternative, its meaning is a mere "social construction" intended to prop up the patriarchal imperialist hegemony or some dang thing).

But that is what happens at the confluence of anti-Zionism and antisemitism. It is what makes the mess so interesting and so contested and so dangerous. You can't always discern the wicked from the stupid, the useless idiots from the useful idiots, the unreconstructed Jew-haters from the weirdly obsessive and manic Israel-haters ( a distinction that it is, happily, rarely necessary to draw).

But you can almost always tell your friends from your enemies, and these people are all my enemies. Every last one.

But I am content in the knowledge that in the real-world struggle against bigotry and prejudice and antisemitism and misogyny, our friends are far more numerous, and more brave.

The people will win.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Dirk Buchholz said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Prohibido,No permisso, banned, bóthar dúnta, verboten.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

"Zapreshcheno"? CPSU-wise?


7:35 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Is he some guy we airbrushed out of a photo? I must have forgotten about him already.


F. Derzhinksy.

7:47 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...


I don't know what Dawg thinks he's doing, publishing his words, if not presenting himself before the public for judgment of his models of moral realities. Does he imagine he has a right not to get negative feedback? Does calling yourself "Dawg" mean to deflect the negative feedback through ironic first strike?

I'm not sure if the people will win, as if the game ever ends, but they sure get to decide whose words work for them. The post in question strikes me as so contrived. To paraphrase: I was outraged by the blood libel antisemitism, until my heart was broken by revelation of "the truth" of Israel's conduct.... Then, nO serious work of making ethical distinctions beyond that, or elaborating this "truth". The intent seems clear to me but the nature of desire and resentment is that it is often (to some degree, always) self-deluding. Thus only a fool claims great moral literacy, or a lack of at least some moments of illiteracy.

Anyway, what I was groping at with my previous comment is the question of what else we can do with this scene that we are perhaps a little too quickly calling "classic" blood libel, as if that satisfactorily defined things. Apologists as you say will want to assert it is but "anti-Zionism", as if that would mitigate something. Anyway, as you note we quickly start getting stuck in abstract labels/concepts, as if these made for moral literacy. Are we left only to call this a "traffic jam"?

What would people think if, as I am thinking of doing, one were to attempt to get a little playful with this vileness, not to obscure its evilness but rather to attempt to flesh it out a little, to humanize it by taking it beyond abstract concepts and giving it a character, or idiomatic identity, that others might then pick up on and play with, kind of like how a gang of boys will playfully give a meaningful identity to the runt instead of just trying to exclude him outright (I mean whoever put this up, or didn't get it taken down for two weeks, are here in our city, fellow citizens....)

If I'm right that we can't hope to have a dialogue with BCMA, can we at least build up their public identity by going a little more deeply into how this blood libel is put together, with an aim to suggesting why this way of modeling reality was appealing to those responsible?

Were we to meet some of the readers of this Muslim mag, i don't think we could get them questioning this garbage by simply demanding they question it, by engaging with us in some kind of Platonic or Socratic dialogue. We'd just be dismissed as the slippery lobby, or something. So absent that, how can we start talking about this in a way by which those who won't dialog will nonetheless start noticing things, beyond abstract labels, in the way people talk about them, making them engage with models of reality that they don't presently see. Emotionally, it appeals to just call the BCMA antisemitic losers; but that doesn't get anyone anywhere.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"If I'm right that we can't hope to have a dialogue with BCMA, can we at least build up their public identity by going a little more deeply into how this blood libel is put together, with an aim to suggesting why this way of modeling reality was appealing to those responsible?"

The blood libel in this case was put together very crudely and efficiently. Some Nazi said some crazy things about Jews (or "Zionists," if you prefer) at some crazy Nazi conference in the Ukraine that was intended as a way for delgates to explore and count the ways they hate the Jews (or Zionists, if you prefer) for having been behind all of the Ukraine's current troubles, and for also being behind the famine of the 1930s, if you don't mind.

The Jew-obsessed, holocaust-denying foreign-propaganda arm of the Iranian mullahocracy, Press TV, circulated their gibberish and their wild claims of some 25,000 Ukrainian babies being subjected to vivisection by Jewish (or if you prefer, Israeli) doctors.

Al-Ameen, the house organ of the BCMA, runs the Press TV account, verbatim, as a serious news story.

There is nothing mysterious or intellectually challenging about this, no "abstract concepts" are required, and nobody is acting "too quickly" by noticing the obvious, classic blood libel involved. The blood libel is not an abstract concept. It is a racist incitement with a recognizable pedigree and recurrent characteristics. You can look it up in the links I provided.

"Emotionally, it appeals to just call the BCMA antisemitic losers; but that doesn't get anyone anywhere."

I didn't call them names. I didn't have to.

I've had my say, done my bit, and someone else can take this on from here, or not.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Bill Horne said...

FYI for anyone who wants to register to make comments on the Alameen Post website, which is reprinting the drivel from Iran's Press TV, go here: http://tinyurl.com/ycfok3f

I notice that the two comments posted so far are negative, with most other readers agreeing with them. Not exactly scientific, but interesting nonetheless.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Brian from Toronto said...

Great piece, Terry.

The other Canadian spreading the organ-stealing blood libel is Professor Michel Chossudovsky at the University of Ottawa.

Chossudovsky runs Canada's largest tinfoil hat website: articles in 7 languages, millions of hits.

In August, he ran an article claiming that "Facts on the Ground" prove the organ-stealing story:

For a bit of background on Chussodovsky, you can read this Ottawa Citizen article:

"U of O professor accused of hosting anti-Semitic website
Group files complaint over 'wild theories' that blame Jews for 9/11"

The article is off-line at the Citizen but is still available at Israpundit: http://israpundit.com/archives/2005/08/u_of_o_professo.php

It's also available at Rense and other neo-Nazi websites that admire Chussodovsky.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Brian from Toronto said...

"Are these people stupid?"

There were 14 participants in the Wansee conference, where the Nazis worked out the logistics of murdering all the Jews of Europe.

Eight of these Nazis had PhDs.

Being smart or being educated is no guard against being a hate-filled bigot.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

The "speech" in this case is unambiguous anti-Semitism and we should be able to "name it and shame it" accordingly. This isn't a partisan issue but a human rights issue on which Left and Rights should be aligned.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"This isn't a partisan issue but a human rights issue on which Left and Rights should be aligned."

Glad someone finally pointed this out. Thanks, Mark.

To my great regret, however, the "left" has been largely AWOL on this front, and sometimes appears to have actually gone to the other side(see Brian's note above re Chussodovsky & co., very popular among people who fancy themselves to be "left-wing") and the "right" is often happily accommodating of what strikes me as plain anti-Muslim bigotry.

It's a mess.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

It is a mess.

Those who spread classic anti-Semitic smears typically defend themselves on the basis that what they say is true even if it is "unflattering" to Jews. And there indeed are those who enable the spreading of that filth, without condemnation. They need to be taken on in the marketplace of ideas.

But by the same token I can't be silent in the face of like group stereotypes and smears against Muslim Canadians, again defended typically on the basis of alleged veracity. We either believe in basic liberal principles as expressed in the King "I Have a Dream Speech" or we don't.

The good news in my lifetime is that expressions of anti-Semitism have been marginalized and overt anti-Semitic behaviour (job discrimination, restrictive covenants, quotas) are gone. The bad news is that what was a human rights issue increasingly is a partisan political football.

In the comment you deleted, you had a classic example of someone defending the indefensible on the basis of blaming the victim and infantilizing those who propagate hate on the basis that they lack free will and effectively are controlled by....guess who.

A quick search shows that the BCMA is funded under the BC independent schools legislation. I assume that that legislation allows ancillary expenditures such as newspapers and also that the statute and related regulations touch on what funded organizations are meant to do.

I wouldn't prosecute anyone but I'd look at whether they've violated their funding framework and I really do hope that this will be something where there is a uniformly strong response.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"The good news in my lifetime is that expressions of anti-Semitism have been marginalized and overt anti-Semitic behaviour (job discrimination, restrictive covenants, quotas) are gone."

Not to quibble, but I think that was true once, but since the 1967 war, there really is a kind of "new antisemitism" that has slowly emerged from the "left," accelerated by second-campism and third-worldist politics. This is Israel's punishment for winning the six-day war, and just as enmity against Israel is visited upon the heads of the Jews, enmity against the Jews is visited upon Israel.

See: http://www.z-word.com/z-word-essays/the-cairo-clique%253A-anti-zionism-and-the-canadian-left.html

8:34 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

By the way, Marky:

To be clear, I should say that while this entire affair seems to prove Bernie Farber's point all too well - the pattern of the trajectory in mass delusions about Jews does tend to end rather badly for the Jews, to put it mildly - I am no less concerned about the implications of these hysterics for our Muslim comrades.

One often hears, 'Why don't Muslims speak up?' My difficulty with that is that in fact they do often speak up, and they are not heard. The voices of progressive Muslims are greeted with embarrassment across the liberal-left intelligentsia, because those voices are often quite properly rather accusatory in tone. Further, among my friends and associates, there are none more fervent in their commitment to internationalism and democracy, with the possible exception of the some of the Jews among my collaborators, than people who are at the very least "culturally" Muslim.

So while Bernie's point about where these blood libels can lead should not be lost on us, there are also disturbing implications for Canada's Muslims, who tend to be obliged to wear the ignominy of the clerics (and clerical fascists) who presume to speak in their name.

Canada's Muslim population has grown perhaps tenfold in the last quarter-century or so. Most are recent immigrants. Most are perfectly happy to be here and are fairly well "integrated." But there is a tendency to marginalization and isolation, which is often exactly the way the mosques like it.

I suspect the most toxic effect of the outrageous behaviour of Al-Ameen (and similar eruptions) is its potential to further isolate Muslims into an "identity" bloc, and exacerbate tensions between Muslims and everyone else. For that reason alone, the BCMA should be held to account, and their newspaper should be held up to ridicule.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Plump said...

Just a small quibble Terry

This is Israel's punishment for winning the six-day war

It emerges more from Israel's decision to occupy and settle captured territory after that victory. There are genuine grievances and real suffering. For any contact with Muslim organisations that has to be recognised rather than denied.

One of the problems with the ubiquity of anti-Semitic discourses is that any specific issue is obscured under a blanket of generalities, rooted in misinterpretations. Thus the occupation of West Bank and Gaza, instead of being a specific problem to be addressed, becomes a general one - 'colonialism'. Again, specific issues about the relationship between Arab and Jew in the context of the conflict become 'apartheid'. This makes it easy for a simplistic thinker to identify the baddies from the goodies. And it is so much more comfortable if those baddies are Jews.

This means that the fringe - though spreading slowly into the mainstream - slip into the comfortable clothes of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory and all that goes with it.

However, the real issues remain and they have to be dealt with. They are not the causes of racism, but they are an excuse for it. After a dismal decade of prevarication there is a need to press on with a two state settlement with the utmost urgency.

10:43 AM  
Blogger The Plump said...

PS You comment about the the implications of these hysterics for our Muslim comrades is spot on. All racism needs opposing.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

B'nai Brith issues a press release:


It seems to me that they not only asked the publisher to apologise (good) but effectively hold the broader Canadian Muslim community responsible (bad).

11:14 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"There are genuine grievances and real suffering. For any contact with Muslim organisations that has to be recognised rather than denied."

Aye. And aye about the occupation of the territories, too. But my point was that by winning in 1967, Israel evolved from David into Goliath for much of the left, and would have been abandoned by the left anyway, the injustices of the subsequent occupation notwithstanding. After all, prior the 1967, the territories were occupied by Egypt and Jordan, were they not?


11:36 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Marky et. al.: See the update at the top of this post.

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Plump said...

After all, prior the 1967, the territories were occupied by Egypt and Jordan, were they not?

Correct. And Palestinian self-determination was denied. It is long overdue.

12:19 PM  
Blogger truepeers said...

Well, it seems the NP has scrubbed your story, Terry, and Alameen is changing its website. Are we now to think it was all the work of some solitary loose cannon, after having been on the website since Dec. 22?

1:58 PM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

The article is there if you follow the original link. But the website's main page has been updated and the article doesn't seem to be avilable from the main page.

But that's a good thing-the idea isn't to destroy the BCMA but rather that sunshine is the best disinfectant--for msot people, if you name it and do so fairly, shame will result and behaviour will change. If that's happened here that's perfect.

If it turns out that the publication misrepresented itself as being part of the BCMA, then it's good that thathas now been exposed.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Marky et. al.: See Update 2 at the top of the post. All Ameen has deleted references to the BCMA in its 'About Us' page, but it's still there in google cache.


2:31 PM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

See this note on the BCMA website:



The BC Muslim Association wish to make abundantly clear to the readers and those who are affected by the contents of the article that the BC Muslim Association is an independent religious organisation of Sunni Muslim in British Columbia and it has nothing to do or has any ties with the Al-Ameen newspaper.

The contents of the articles as expressed in Al-Ameen is exclusively that of Al-Ameen and its editorial board.

Sikandar Khan


2:33 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


see updates 1 and 2, top of this post. the national post headline may have been the cause of the story being removed; i don't write their headlines. but the np is following the story for its news pages, which is a good thing.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Marky et al:

The BCMA now says: "The contents of the articles as expressed in Al-Ameen is exclusively that of Al-Ameen and its editorial board."

But until a few moments ago, when its About Us editorial page was scrubbed, Al Ameen was making this claim for itself: "The editorial board members are also the members of the BCMA Executive Board."

So someone is playing around with the truth, and it's not me, but is it Al Ameen, or the BCMA, or both? Is there really a difference in their boards? I'm advised that one or both are now equivocating slightly on the claim that there is no connection between the two boards, but the Al-Ameen editor, one must presume, was directly responsible for publishing the Nazis' Bloodsucking-Jews/Zionists-Urkainian Baby Theft shock horror story, so I am not so certain I'd take all of his his truth claims at face value.

At any rate, it's all very intriguing, but I am beginning to find this aspect of the story a bit tedious already. . .

3:11 PM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

And now the url to the original article says:

"This article has been removed due to lack of supporting facts.
we appologize for any inconvinience."

4:42 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Thanks, Mark.

I'll update.


4:59 PM  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

Note their editorial apology now:


7:16 AM  
Blogger Christopher W said...

What a weaselly apology!

However, we do acknowledge that our fellow Jewish Canadians are upset over this

In other words... "We still think Israel is killing Palestinian and Ukrainian kids, but since that truth seems upsetting to some people and 'in the spirit of honouring our most cherished Canadian Values' [ha!], we, uh, ahem, apologize."

9:03 AM  
Blogger truepeers said...


I wouldn't call this an apology, even a weaselly one. Saying I'm sorry you're offended doesn't cut it when it's you who's in the wrong:

Defending our news article at this juncture would mean causing further divide in our harmonious multicultural fabric, which goes against our own values, but it is needless to say that the issue of “Organ Harvesting in Israel” was being discussed at the time of our last publication, by major media outlets, and not just alAmeen.

No forgiveness...

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By that I mean latching on to this or that latest, most innovative idea that some self styled money making guru has put out in the hope it’ll go viral and make them a lot of money off the backs of all the headless chickens who will follow them blindly down a blind alley. Its a shame but a truism nonetheless that people will follow where someone they see as an expert leads. Even if they lead them to certain disaster, which is what most of the gurus tend to do to their flocks.
The trick is to recognize a shadow when you see it!

1:37 AM  

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