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The intensified criminal persecution of holocaust revisionists has run in parallel with a "neo-conservative" campaign to ally Western democracies ever more closely with Israel, as though the Zionist state was a modern icon of Western civilization.

On May 10th 2008 Lady Renouf appeared on Press TV's Fine Print, a live discussion of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba - the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, celebrated by Israelis and their allies as the foundation of the Israeli state.

Press TV introduced Lady Renouf as a documentary maker whose first films relating to the British veterans of Palestine 1945-48 were shown at the House of Lords (2002) and the Cairo Conference (2004), and whose latest film Jailing Opinions "is an analysis of the recent wave of Holocaust [sceptic] prosecutions in Europe including the cases of David Irving, Ernst Zündel and Robert Faurisson."

Other panellists were Dmitry Shimelfarb, a Zionist PR consultant from New York who was a campaign director for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud, and Mahdi Abd El-Hadi, director of the Palestinian Academic Society based in Al-Quds / Jerusalem.

Click here for further details about the discussion relating to Birobidjan - the original Jewish homeland.

Israeli imperialism

Hostility to Israel is persistently equated with anti-semitism, which in turn is presumed to be an exterminationist creed rooted either in medieval religious prejudice or an equally irrational admiration for the Third Reich.

Meanwhile Israel's supporters are ever more vocally militant in their insistence that we face an inevitable "clash of civilisations", in which Western democracies must take Israel's side against the entire Muslim world.

This section of JailingOpinions.Com will look at efforts to prevent debate on Israel and to stigmatise opponents of Israeli and neo-con policy.

An egregious example of this process is Alan Dershowitz's campaign against his fellow professor Norman Finkelstein.

The next dissident Jewish academic to get the Finkelstein treatment could be Princeton's emeritus professor of international law, Richard Falk. In a frank and brave article published in mid-July 2007, Prof. Falk ventured what his fellow Jews will regard as the ultimate insult against the "holy of holies", by suggesting that we are moving towards a "Palestinian Holocaust" in Gaza.

"It is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammtory metaphor as 'holocaust'. ...Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty. The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating in a collective tragedy."

I can confidently predict that outraged philippics from the Dershowitzes and Lipstadts against Prof. Falk are already being drafted.

The reality behind Israel's demonisation of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was recently revealed when Iran's Jewish population rejected Israeli financial inducements to get them to emigrate.

News in mid-July of a Turkish-Iranian agreement to construct a natural gas pipeline could be seen as a fundamental change in European geopolitics, with former U.S. allies defying threats of sanctions against Iran and Turkey emerging as an independent power for the first time in over a century.

Our rulers seem only to respect democracy when it produces convenient results. Dr James Thring exposes the hypocrisy behind Western governments' attacks on Hamas after its victory in last year's Palestinian elections, arguing that we should join Hamas voters in recognising Israel for what it is.

Similar hypocrisy is mocked by Terry Jones in an article for the Guardian about the capture of British servicemen accused of illegally entering Iranian waters.

While Jewish jazz musician Gilad Atzmon contrasts the statesmanship of President Ahmadinejad with the warmongering of Blair and Bush. In another article from earlier this year, Gilad Atzmon discusses the contribution of "Holocaust politics" to recent anti-Iranian manoeuvres.

The appointment of Tony Blair as peace envoy for the Palestine "road map" is discussed here.

Ernst Zundel

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