Antisemitism (alternatively spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism; also rarely known as judeophobia) is prejudice against or hostility toward Jews as a group. The prejudice or hostility is usually characterized by a combination of religious, racial, cultural and ethnic biases. While the term's etymology might suggest that antisemitism is directed against all Semitic peoples, since its creation it has been used exclusively to refer to hostility towards Jews.
Amazing really. Considering the fact that I have (and still do) supported the existence of the State of Israel and Israel 's right to defend itself against its enemies. I have supported Liberals4Israel headed by fellow Liberals and friends Meredith Caplan, Jason Cherniak and Michael Levitt. I've participated in the Walk for Israel. I've donated money to an ad campaign in the Globe in which several Liberals took part in in 2006.
In addition to that, I have repeatedly said that I DO NOT support the terrorist groups of Hamas or Hezbollah, DO NOT recognize their elected government, DO NOT recognize their ideals that call for the destruction of all Israelis and Jews.
Warren now supports the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada as does his ex-friend/friend Jason Cherniak. Another amazement really.
Here's what Jason had to say about Michael Ignatieff in 2006:
Click here for all of his posts.
And, of course on October 11, 2006, Warren wrote this Re Iggy's comments on Qana and Israeli war crimes:
October 11, 2006 – You know, in my limited experience, aspiring to be a New Millennium Kim Campbell is not ever a good idea, politically.
And today Kinsella defends Ignatieff's comments as this:
• On Israel, I and many others had been upset that Ignatieff wondered aloud if war crimes had been committed in Qana. Soon afterwards, he agreed that such determinations should be left to international bodies – and he went to Holy Blossom Temple to apologize, and accept personal responsibility for his error. That impressed me, too.
What Warren forgets is that while he was sitting on the sidelines (taking shots at almost the entire Liberal Party for 4.5 years), guys like me were defending Michael Ignatieff while he was in Europe not making any statements about Qana. So much so that his wife Zsuzsanna Zohar phoned me when she and Michael returned from abroad to thank me for my undying support. Little did I know Michael response would be that Israel was committing war crimes and that he wasn't losing sleep over Qana.
The reason I left the Ignatieff campaign was not his position on Israel. It was the Quebec nation motion. That and the incredible burning of bridges his campaign team was doing.
In 2008, I made a decision not to back Michael again and rallied behind Bob Rae (which makes me a "former activist" I guess). So a bunch of people made some derogatory comments on my blog regarding Warren and Michael. I made no such comments about my friend Warren, but I was "delinked" from his blog, thereby putting me in the same company as Jason Cherniak.
Now, back to being anti-Israel. I apparently led Warren and Jason to believe that I am under the impression Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. I did so on this blog. Had I asked this question and been a professor at the Carr Center, I'd be provoking debate. But since I'm not, I'm being portayed as having my head in my ass and being anti-Israel.
Loosely, I'd define myself more of a humanist. I'm sick of seeing dead children killed by bombs on TV and on the internet. Not just in Israel and Gaza, but everywhere. So I am sorry if I don't believe in the Israeli invasion in Gaza. My head is well out of my ass Warren and completely on my shoulders.
And lastly Warren asked this on my blog the other day:
Warren K said...
Jim, the suggestion that "genocide" is taking place here is appalling. I know you would never adopt the lexicon of Iran, anti-Semites, and their ilk. If that is indeed what you are saying, I would ask that you reconsider.
Dec 30, 2008 4:15:00 PM
Not that I have to reconsider Warren, because I did not say Israel was committing genocide. I think you of all people know better than that. I would expect Jason does too as I continue to receive his Liberals4Israel emails as recently as Thursday. But should you choose to believe that, feel free. I'm on the side of innocent victims, regardless of their race, religion, politics, entitlements, creed or colour.
If that puts my head in my ass so be it.
You sir, owe me an apology!