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Alan Simons
Author | Writer | Social & Allyship Advocate

Probably the largest antisemitic hate-fest since the Holocaust

Back to the Future?

It was Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Laureate who said, “No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”

By the definition of Wiesel’s quote, I believe that the very heartbeat of every racist ideology, from the political right and now more and more from the left, manifests an antisemite. Let me qualify my comment by saying not every racist might be an antisemite, although I am confident it’s getting difficult to distinguish the two from each other.

About seven years ago, my friend, the internationally respected Dutch activist, the late Ronald Eissenspublished an article, “How the left started to lose itself.” The subject of his article regarding the 2001 Durban, South Africa’s World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), at the time, reverberated throughout many countries.  

In Eissens’ words, “probably the largest antisemitic hate-fest since the Holocaust. Organizers of the NGO Forum attached to the conference and the Palestinian and Arab caucuses had decided to use it to launch a global campaign against Zionism and Israel…” He added: “Durban stays important since it was the birthplace of the BDS movement.”

Photo Credit: Ronald Eissens (used with permission)

Eissens’ comments are a lasting contribution as we observe the world today in 2023, with its flag-waving degenerate ignoramus antisemites, who have sheltered under the international umbrella of the extreme right-wing and left-wing communities, in academia, in university student bodies, in support of the #1 barbarians of today, Hamas, the deluded splenetic terrorist psychopaths of the Gaza Strip, and their benevolent Iranian masters, of Hizb ut-Tahrir, The Islamic Party of Liberation, one of the most perilous and fanatical antisemitic and anti-Christian radical organizations in the world, and more and more from your nice impassive neighbors residing in your street. They are all living proof of the indoctrination of hatred being spread and enjoyed by today’s hate mongers.

Back to the Future? Unequivocally yes!

Eissens’ describes the 2001 Durban, South Africa’s World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) this way:

“Organizers of the NGO Forum attached to the conference and the Palestinian and Arab caucuses had decided to use it to launch a global campaign against Zionism and Israel, which ‘automagically’ became an antisemitic event where Jews were called colonists, oppressors, Nazis, and perpetrators.

“More than 5,000 mostly left-leaning NGOs, but also Church organizations, migrant organizations, and African descendants organizations went along and either supported the antisemitism, studiously ignored it, or claimed to ‘have not noticed anything’. A claim that was, looking at the scope and amount of the antisemitism, hard to stick to. ‘Durban’, as the infamous WCAR came to be known popularly, created a split in the antiracism movement with on one side left-wing antizionist/antisemitic NGOs and on the other side a small minority of Jewish organizations and others who did not agree with the hate.

“It was a total hijack. None of the Jewish organizations were prepared for this. We were not prepared. In the months before, we had heard rumors and had seen certain documents claiming that the WCAR would be used for this purpose, but we laughed those away. Can’t be true. We were, in hindsight, naïve.

“Walking into the entrance of the venue of the NGO Forum attached to the World Conference, a Cricket Stadium, people were confronted all day and every day by anti-Israel manifestations and demonstrations, with people chanting genocidal slogans: ‘Palestine shall be free from the river to the sea’. Banners with texts like ‘For the liberation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) machine guns based upon FAITH and ISLAM must be used’ and ‘The Martyrs blood irrigates the tree of revolution in Palestine’ were openly displayed.”

Back to the Future? Unequivocally yes!

In closing. A quote from Elie Wiesel:

“In my own lifetime, I have seen Jewish children thrown into the fire. And now I have seen Muslim children used as human shields, in both cases, by worshippers of death cults indistinguishable from that of the Molochites.

“What we are suffering through today is not a battle of Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism.”

Antisemitism, let’s be more direct and refer to the term as the intense abomination of Jews, has today given the Jew-haters and supporters of Hamas among us ample opportunity to show their true feelings.

To all my non-Jewish brothers and sisters I ask you a simple question. Today, where do your loyalties lie?

Note: The late Ronald Eissens was the Director General of the International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH).  The organization was founded on October 4, 2002, by jugendschutz.net and Magenta Foundation, Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet. INACH is a foundation under Dutch law and has its office/secretariat in Amsterdam.

About the Author
Simons is an author, writer and social & allyship advocate. He publishes an online international news service, now in its 15th year, dealing with issues relating to intolerance, hate, antisemitism, Islamophobia, conflict, and terrorism, as well as an online community news site. As a diplomat, he served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Rwanda to Canada, post-genocide era. He has lectured and designed courses in the areas of therapeutic management, religion in politics, and communications. He recently published his sixth book.
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