Ex­pos­ing the en­emy within

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT - Me­lanie Phillips

Ibred in the bone, did not take the abuse ly­ing down. The re­ac­tion he pro­voked, how­ever, caused his abrupt re­moval from a Lim­mud dis­cus­sion in which he was booked to par­tic­i­pate.

The per­son who dropped him was Keith Kahn-Har­ris. Some years ago, Kahn-Har­ris ap­proached me to take part in a se­ries of din­ners he was or­gan­is­ing. He was con­cerned that the UK Jewish com­mu­nity was be­com­ing di­vided over Is­rael. Jews were de­mon­is­ing fel­low-Jews. The in­creas­ing bit­ter­ness, he said, was de­struc­tive of de­bate. Would I there­fore take part in a “safe space” din­ner dis­cus­sion to open up a di­a­logue? The safe space turned out to be a group of folk on the left who wanted to have a go (in the most del­i­cate and exquisitely pained way, of course) at the one pre­sumed right-winger present (me). That ex­pe­ri­ence il­lus­trated two things. First, that those not of the left are re­garded ax­iomat­i­cally as the peo­ple mak­ing di­a­logue im­pos­si­ble through their out­landish views. Se­cond, there was no way those round that ta­ble could ac­knowl­edge closed minds were on their own side.

The left can­not ever ad­mit that it de­monises op­po­nents and shuts down de­bate be­cause it stands for tol­er­ance, ra­tio­nal­ity and con­science. Doesn’t it?

Well, ac­tu­ally, no. Last week, Is­rael’s TV Chan­nel 2 ex­posed a far left Jewish Ta’ayush ac­tivist Ezra Nawi and a B’Tse­lem or­gan­iser Nasser Nawaj’ah who boasted of pro­vid­ing Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence with de­tails of Pales­tinian Arabs who wanted to sell land in the He­bron area to Jews. Nawi gloated: “The PA catches and kills them. But be­fore it kills them, they get beat up.” That’s be­cause the death penalty ex­ists for any Pales­tinian who sells Jews land.

The Pales­tini­ans’ mur­der­ous big­otry to­wards Jews is thus matched by the anti-set­tler big­otry of such Jewish left­ists, who in­tend to send to their deaths Arabs who en­able Jews law­fully to pur­chase land and live in the dis­puted ter­ri­to­ries.

Te­nen­bom’s book Catch The Jew ex­posed the vi­cious agenda of NGOs such as the hu­man rights group B’Tse­lem, Rab­bis for Hu­man Rights and oth­ers. To his shock he dis­cov­ered th­ese NGOs act as sur­ro­gates for Ger­man and Euro­pean gov­ern­ments which fund their ac­tiv­i­ties of de­fam­ing and de­mon­is­ing Is­rael and the Jewish peo­ple through fab­ri­ca­tions and dis­tor­tions. While Te­nen­bom was be­ing si­lenced at Lim­mud, a speaker from the NGO Break­ing The Si­lence, the group of ex-Is­raeli sol­diers de­voted to de­fam­ing the IDF, was ac­cus­ing com­rades of war crimes. The jour­nal­ist Ruthie Blum, who was pre­sent­ing in an ad­ja­cent room, was drowned out by the sound of the Lim­mud au­di­ence’s ap­plause.

Jews tend not to see treach­ery among their own

Me­lanie Phillips is a Times colum­nist

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