Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, February 2010
US Congress Global Anti-Semitism Act Passed in 2004 to Stop Criticism to Israel and its Supporters
By Paul J. Balles
Redress, Al-Jazeerah & ccun.org, February 14, 2010
"Anti-Semitic” – the label that stops criticism
Paul J. Balles views the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act, passed by
the US Congress in 2004, which defines any criticism of Israel or the Israel
lobby in the US as “anti-Semitism” and is in fact an unconstitutional
violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
My comments follow each of the 14 items supposedly revealing anti-Semitism.
1. Any assertion, “that the Jewish community controls government, the media, international business and the financial world.”
According to this, it doesn’t matter whether the assertion is true or not. Truth is not an issue. Simply making such a statement violates the Act. In itself, that fact provides strong evidence of control of the US government.
2. The expression of “Strong
3. Expressing “Virulent criticism” of
Israel’s leaders, past or present.
4. Any criticism of the Jewish
religion or its religious leaders with its emphasis on the Talmud and
5. Any criticism of the United States
government and Congress for being under the undue influence by the
Jewish-Zionist community, which would include Jewish organizations such as
AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
9. Claiming that Israel is a racist
10. Making any claim that there is a
11. Offering proof that Jews and their
leaders created Communism and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
12. Making derogatory statements about
13. Asserting that spiritually
disobedient Jews do not have the Biblical right to re-occupy Palestine.
14. Making any allegations of Mossad
involvement in the 9/11 attack.
The Act passed by the US Congress is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. I’m a critic of Israel when they commit wrongs and a critic of America when it does wrong. Despite Congress, that’s not anti-Semitic.Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com.
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