Exempting Israel from Criticism

October 16, 2004, President George W. Bush signed
the Israel Lobby`s bill, the

Global Anti-Semitism Review Act

This legislation requires the US Department of State
to monitor anti-semitism world wide.

monitor anti-semitism, it has to be defined. 
What is the definition?  Basically, as defined
by the Israel Lobby and

Abe Foxman
it boils down to any criticism of Israel or Jews. 



hasn`t been

mopping floors

at the White House.
As soon as he gets the

Hate Crimes Prevention Act

of 2009

it will become a crime for any American to tell the
truth about Israel`s treatment of Palestinians and
theft of their lands.  

will be a crime for Christians to acknowledge the
New Testament`s account of Jews demanding the
crucifixion of Jesus.

will be a crime to report the extraordinary
influence of the Israel Lobby on the White House and
Congress, such as the AIPAC-written resolutions
praising Israel for its war crimes against the
Palestinians in Gaza that were endorsed by 100% of
the US Senate and 99% of the House of
Representatives, while the rest of the world
condemned Israel for its barbarity. 

will be a crime to doubt the Holocaust.  

will become a crime to note the disproportionate
representation of Jews in the media, finance, and
foreign policy.

other words, it means the end of free speech, free
inquiry, and the First Amendment to the
Constitution. Any facts or truths that cast
aspersion upon Israel will simply

be banned

the hubris of the US government, which leads
Washington to apply US law to every country and
organization, what will happen to the International
Red Cross, the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights, and the various human rights organizations
that have demanded investigations of Israel`s
military assault on Gaza`s civilian population? 
Will they all be arrested for the hate crime of
“excessive” criticism of Israel?

is a serious question. 

recent UN report, which is yet to be released in its
entirety, blames Israel for the deaths and injuries
that occurred within the United Nations premises in
Gaza.  The Israeli government has responded by
charging that the UN report is “tendentious,
patently biased,” which puts the UN report into the
State Department`s category of excessive criticism
and strong anti-Israel sentiment.

Israel is getting away with its blatant use of the
American government to silence its critics despite
the fact that the Israeli press and Israeli soldiers
have exposed the Israeli atrocities in Gaza and the
premeditated murder of women and children urged upon
the Israeli invaders by rabbis.  These acts are
clearly war crimes.  

was the Israeli press that published the pictures of
the Israeli soldiers` T-shirts that indicate that
the willful murder of women and children is now the
culture of the Israeli army.  The T-shirts are
horrific expressions of barbarity.  For
example, one shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with
a crosshairs over her stomach and the slogan, “One
shot, and two kills.”  These T-shirts are an
indication that Israel`s policy toward the
Palestinians is one of extermination.

has been true for years that the most potent
criticism of Israel`s mistreatment of the
Palestinians comes from the Israeli press and
Israeli peace groups.  For example, the Israeli
newspaper Haaretz and Jeff Halper of ICAHD have
shown a

moral conscience

that apparently does not exist in the Western
democracies where Israel`s crimes are covered up and
even praised.

the American hate crime bill be applied to Haaretz
and Jeff Halper?  Will American commentators
who say nothing themselves but simply report what
Haaretz and Halper have said be arrested for
“spreading hatred of Israel, an anti-semitic act”?

Americans have been brainwashed by the propaganda
that Palestinians are terrorists who threaten
innocent Israel.  These Americans will see the
censorship as merely part of the necessary war on
terror.  They will accept the demonization of
fellow citizens who report unpalatable facts about
Israel and agree that such people should be punished
for aiding and abetting terrorists.

massive push is underway to criminalize

criticism of Israel

American university professors have fallen victim to
the well organized attempt to eliminate all
criticism of Israel. 

Norman Finkelstein

was denied tenure at a Catholic university because
of the power of the Israel Lobby.  Now the
Israel Lobby is after University of California

William Robinson

His crime:  his course on global affairs
included some reading assignments critical of
Israel`s invasion of Gaza 


Israel Lobby

apparently succeeded in convincing the Obama Justice
(sic) Department that it is anti-semitic to accuse
two Jewish AIPAC officials, Steven Rosen and Keith
Weissman, of spying.  The Israel Lobby
succeeded in getting their trial delayed for four
years, and now Attorney General Eric Holder has
dropped charges.  Yet, Larry Franklin, the DOD
official accused of giving secret material to Rosen
and Weissman, is serving 12 years and 7 months in

absurdity is extraordinary.  The two Israeli
agents are not guilty of receiving secrets, but the
American official is guilty of giving secrets to
them!  If there is no spy in the story, how was
Franklin convicted of giving secrets to a spy?

Criminalizing criticism of Israel destroys any hope
of America having an


foreign policy in the Middle East that serves
American rather than Israeli interests.  It
eliminates any prospect of Americans escaping from
their enculturation with Israeli propaganda. 

keep American minds captive, the Lobby is working to
ban as


any truth or disagreeable fact that pertains to
Israel.  It is permissible to criticize every
other country in the world, but it is anti-semitic
to criticize Israel, and anti-semitism will soon be
a universal hate-crime in the Western world.

of Europe has already criminalized

doubting the Holocaust

It is a crime even to confirm that it happened but
to conclude that less than 6 million Jews were

all that we have heard about the Holocaust, surely
the facts must be there. Why does the Israel Lobby
consider the case for the Holocaust to be so weak
that it is impermissible to study the facts and to
reach an independent conclusion?  

Why is the Holocaust a subject that is off limits to
examination? How could a case buttressed by hard
facts possibly be endangered by kooks and anti-semites? 
Surely the case doesn`t need to be protected by
thought control.  

Imprisoning people for doubts is the antithesis of

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.