When Satire Meets A Fanatical Devotion To Jew Hatred

For many, Jew hatred burns so bright they will overlook anything to get to their goal of proving the lies they believe about Jews.

Just the first page of Jew hating sites linking to this Times of Israel blog post

Just the first page of Jew hating sites linking seriously to a satirical Times of Israel blog post

It’s been over a century since the Tzars commissioned the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which were debunked almost immediately. They still remain the gold standard in lies about Jews believed extensively by those looking to justify their Jew hatred.

Today we have the Internet: where anything can be published by anyone with no oversight. Most of this stuff receives as much attention as if it were buried in the bottom of a locked filling cabinet in a basement in a room with a sign on the door saying “beware of the leopard”.

Every now and then, however, there is a disturbance in the force and something gets found and used for a purpose its creator didn’t intend. I received this message today:

Is this a joke? I realise it’s a blog on Times of Israel site. I had to check the date on it several times to see it wasn’t April 1st.

An academic who refers to Judith Butler as “Buntler”? (You might not know who she is, but she might as well be the daughter of Derrida). Then the addendum at the end, finishing with “Ed.”

I’m encountering about 6 alt-right/jew-haters a day (I mute/unfollow them, but they are everywhere). The above link was sent by one of them who objected to me calling him a Jew-hater (he was blaming Islamisation/genocide of Europe on Jews, a Jewish plan, a version of Yinon “plan”).

This was sent to me by Peter McLoughlin, author of a frightening and brilliant book I’m reading about Muslim grooming gangs in the UK: Easy Meat. He’s an absolutely top class writer putting out some meticulously researched work. He’s also a complete philo-Jew and deeply understands Israel. But he’s not Jewish or Israeli and so “Purim Spiel” is not something he’s aware of.

The piece to which Peter refers is by Jim Wald and is a blog post on the Times of Israel:

Jim Wald Times of Israel Purim story

As you can see I’ve highlighted the 17,000+ times this post has been “liked” on Facebook. Good grief, even Google+ has an unheard of 473 points.

More than six years ago Dave wrote the following after our dear friend Dickie Doucheblogger™ had been caught by one of these stories in Ha’aretz:

On Purim, Israeli news sites take part in the festivities and post nonsensical stories in line with the jovial nature of the day.

One such story is this one from Ha’aretz, in which it was “reported” that the Israeli government is set to approve sponsorship messages on the Western Wall.

There are many clues to the fact that Jim Wald’s post at The Times of Israel isn’t a serious story, personally I like the fact that it actually quotes the aforementioned Richard Silverstein (well he quotes SLIiverstein actually, I’m making a little deductive leap) and describes him thusly:

Prolific blogger Richard Sliverstein, whose knowledge of Jewish culture and uncanny ability to ferret out military secrets regularly provoke astonishment even among his critics, commented:

But again, kind of an inside joke.

This “quote” from someone bearing a similar name to Electronic Intifada friend Ali Abunimah is also rather funny and (to insiders) clearly made up:

Anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) leader Ali Abubinomial put it more simply. Pounding his desk, he fumed, “So, Israel and Khazaria? This is what the Zionists mean by a ‘two-state solution’?! Do the math! Has no one read my book?”

The problem comes when weeks or months after Purim, these pieces get “discovered” by the Jew haters. It’s like they’ve stumbled across secret Jewish messages to ourselves that. Their cups overfloweth with hate filled glee. In the case of my friend he was sent this by people who oppose unchecked Muslim immigration into Europe, but think it’s all a plot by Jews to destroy Europe. This is today’s mutation of the classic far-right in Europe.

My friend calls them the new “alt-right/Jew haters”. These views are precisely the ones I use to separate out those in Europe who “get” Islam from those who fundamentally don’t. Attitudes towards Israel and Jews, especially concerning Jihad against Israel, are a strong test of bona fides.

These people will literally believe anything if it proves the points they want to prove: Jews are evil and control the world for the furtherance of made up aims they think Jews have.

Alas, anytime we joke amongst ourselves, we need to be very careful: I’ve spoken with Jim Wald and he will ask The Times of Israel to allow him to edit the piece to add a clear designation of “Satire”. I’m not sure it will solve the problem, the Protocols of The Elders of Zion were debunked a century ago, but we do need to make it easy for good people to reject this nonsense quickly, when it is presented to them as fact.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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