Jerusalem Post: "Antisemitism Must Be Criminalized Before It's Too Late"

Chris Menahan
Feb. 29, 2024

The Israeli paper the Jerusalem Post ran a column on Tuesday calling for "antisemitism" to be "criminalized" worldwide in order to stop criticism of Israel amid their genocidal ethnic cleansing campaign in Gaza.

From The Jerusalem Post:
Antisemitism must be criminalized before it's too late - opinion

Since the October 7 brutal and reprehensible massacre of Israeli and foreign civilians and the taking of hostages, the world is witnessing an unprecedented resurgence of pure antisemitism.

By ALAN BAKER | FEBRUARY 27, 2024 04:05

Tragically, from time immemorial, genocidal antisemitism has figured as a major recurring phenomenon. It has caused the brutal mass murder of millions of Jews, and has generated death and suffering through massacres, pogroms, inquisitions, lynching, torture, enslavement, and property confiscation, to mention but a few of its evils.

Since the October 7 brutal Hamas terrorist incursion into Israel and the reprehensible massacre of Israeli and foreign civilians and the taking of hostages, the world is witnessing an unprecedented and utterly dangerous resurgence of pure antisemitism.

This should neither be taken lightly nor minimalized. It needs to be treated as a major and legitimate cause of concern [...]
Not surprisingly, the column makes no mention of Israel slaughtering women and children in Gaza by the thousands in the name of "wiping out Amalek."

(The Jerusalem Post in December claimed Palestinians were faking their own children's deaths with crisis actors.)
The phenomenon of antisemitism has, over the years, been researched by international, regional, and nongovernmental organizations, and has even been addressed marginally in some international resolutions and declarations. Certain states, in their domestic legislation, have even legislated and criminalized antisemitism.

However, the international community as a whole has never considered criminalizing antisemitism in a manner similar to the criminalization of other odious phenomena such as genocide, racial discrimination, piracy, hostage-taking, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and terrorism.

Considering the plethora of material dealing with antisemitism, and the horrific tragedies that it has wrought for thousands of years, the present reawakening of antisemitism on such a large and dangerous scale requires international action. Indeed, one might have expected that, over the years, some effort would have been made by the international community to criminalize and declare antisemitism to be an international crime with a view to ensuring that perpetrators, inciters, and all those involved in it would be dealt with as international criminals, and would not enjoy impunity.

[...] With a view to correcting this international historic injustice, the present author, through the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, attempted in 2015 to circulate within the international community and in Jewish communities a draft "International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Anti-Semitism" for adoption by the United Nations.

This draft convention summarizes the history of antisemitism and the various attempts to deal with it in international instruments, resolutions, and statements.

It presents an all-embracing definition of an international crime of antisemitism and its component elements, based on the various definitions that have been adopted over the years by Jewish as well as international groups and institutions.

The premise of this convention is that any manifestation of antisemitism that involves, results in, or is intended to result in violence should be universally criminalized, and its perpetrators tried and punished.

States would be required to criminalize antisemitism in their own domestic legislation and to cooperate and exchange information on perpetrators and on actions taken to prosecute or extradite them.

The draft calls for the formation of national and international educational programs to combat antisemitism, as well as for the establishment of an International Antisemitism Monitoring Forum for coordinating actions by states and international organizations.

Acceptance of this convention would require mustering the support and sponsorship of states and international organizations that would accompany its processing as an international convention.

Given the large-scale resurgence of international antisemitism today, it is now essential to universally criminalize antisemitism. This must be done despite anticipated negative reactions by Muslim groups and despite the apathetic and misplaced sense of political correctness that is most prevalent in Europe and North America.


The writer, a leading international lawyer, served as the legal adviser to Israel's Foreign Ministry, and as ambassador to Canada. He presently heads the international law program at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
This should really make it abundantly clear that all those laws states like Georgia, Florida and others are passing to "define antisemitism" are in fact aimed at making it illegal to criticize Jewish people and Israel.

Israel itself is currently moving to criminalize "denying" or "downplaying" Israel's narrative of October 7th with five years in prison.

Meanwhile, University of Pennsylvania law professor Claire Finkelstein had a column published in the Washington Post in December demanding America scrap the First Amendment to protect the feelings of pampered Jewish Ivy League college students.

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