Wissenschaft und Publizistik als Kritik

Schlagwort: Zionism

image_pdfimage_print

Will cool people ever again visit Israel?

By Clemens Heni, Ph.D., March 3, 2021

This article was censored by the Times of Israel (Blogs), indicating the new antischolarly, antidemocratic ‘normal’ in Israel

The German National Health Institute, the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), is part of the huge and unprecedented panic industry of the leading European country. Ever since March 2020 they have promoted Corona as a huge threat to the entire society. They promoted a fatality rate of over 4 percent in many months in 2020 – which has nothing to do with reality. The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) in the overall population will be around 0.2 percent.

However, there are a few at least part-time serious researchers at the RKI. On February 12, 2021, a few leading researchers at the RKI published an article about Corona and excess mortality. This article, too, was intended to promote panic. The article says that on average, every Corona victim lost 9.6 years of life. That results in some 300.000 lost years.

A Swiss research team from the University of Bern, however, already estimated in spring 2020 that Germany will lose some 17 million years of life due to the unprecedented and draconian measures taken during this unbelievable political (and not medical) crisis. 17 million years lost, base on three months of lockdown. Now we have more than six months of lockdown in Germany, and many businesses have almost 12 months of lockdown, like theaters, clubs, the music industry, football and all sports etc.

However, that article of the German Robert Koch-Institute has some insights worth quoting. The main sentence of that article reads like follows:

The analysis of excess mortality, though, suggests that at the end of the year 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has reached the level of severe Influenza waves.

(Translation by the author). The original German reads: “Die Analyse der Übersterblichkeit legt aber nahe, dass die COVID-19-Pandemie am Ende des Jahres 2020 etwa das Niveau schwerer Influenzawellen erreicht hat.”

Israel is currently promoting the most disturbing biopolitical campaign in its recent history. Only vaccinated people will have the right to go to shopping centers, restaurants, night clubs or perhaps even only vaccinated people may travel via Ben-Gurion.

In a video by Orit Arfa about the current vaccination situation in Israel, she interviews a representative of a night club, who enthusiastically says that young people will all be vaccinated, as soon as they learn that they won’t be allowed into the club without being vaccinated. He is happy about that threat!

In reality, Corona is nothing but a severe flu. Period. That is what the leading German National Health Institute says. Everyone who claims that Corona is a once in a century disaster, has completely lost her or his mind. In the history of Public Health there has never been the policy to quarantine an entire society. Nor has there ever been the policy of testing healthy people. Just read the history of Public Health.

The Influenza in 1969/70 in Germany had an infection fatality rate of 0.29 percent, according to the Robert Koch-Institute. According to the WHO, Corona has an infection fatality rate of 0.23 percent. COVID-19 a once-in-a-century-disaster? Are you kidding me?

Based on recent poll by Bertelsmann, some 34 percent of Germans have no intentions to be vaccinated, many intellectuals, businesspeople and scholars, medical practitioners among them.

This may well include cool, anti-BDS and Zionist people as well. These people will never again be able to visit the Jewish state as free people, if Israel will stick on these irrational and antidemocratic vaccination policies. These policies, to be sure, are against Resolution 2361 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from January 27, 2021.

Israel will discriminate its own population, to be sure. At least 10 percent of the more religious and Haredi population might be reluctant to get vaccinated, for what reason ever. The Pfizer vaccine is not a “real” vaccine, it has only emergency approval, as we all know. It has not been tested for the old, for people with high blood pressure, for people with diabetes etc. Everyone can take it, of course. But Israel wants to make it mandatory. And that would be the end of democracy.

That would also mean that cool people, who would never ever have vaccinated against seasonal flu – and Corona is seasonal as well, this is not a measles vaccination which holds for many decades if not your entire life -, will never ever be able to visit Israel again.

You will have open night clubs. These clubs will have a 100 percent homogenous group of people: all will be vaccinated. This is neither cool, nor democratic. It is result of the irrational, antidemocratic and not evidence based policies of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The lockdown policies already killed 2.5 million women and children and men in the South, mainly in Africa, according to a Swedish paper. The closure of schools might be fun for people who are obsessed with health and irrationality in Israel, or those (ironically that might fit some Haredi as well) who prefer homeschooling over schools. But in Africa these lockdown policies are deadly. Children have no longer access to a real meal, and they are no longer protected against violence of all kinds.

Without vaccination, not a single child or teenager died in Sweden, 1.8 million kids went to school, no lockdown, no masks, no vaccination. And they all had no problem, because Corona is a pandemic of the old and very sick. Everyone who claims that Corona is a threat to the entire society, has lost his or her mind.

The current vaccination maniac in Israel is proof that democracy is pushed aside, and biopolitical surveillance policies have finally taken over the entire world, following the totalitarian Chinese model. This is no conspiracy model at all, this is just a description of what happens. The above linked video about Israel and vaccination clearly shows the pride of some Israeli in their health system – mainly based on surveillance.

What is most disgusting in my view, is the fact that so many pretend to be in solidarity with the frail and old and sick, and therefore they follow lockdown, mask mandates and vaccination maniac. In fact, these people are among the most anti-social people in the history of the world in recent decades – they ignore all deaths due to despair, economic and social collapse, and they ignore the millions of deaths in the southern countries in Africa and Asia, who are victims of the egotistic Western and Chinese lockdown policies.

What about Zionist people from Norway who would like to come to the country, but their grandma died shortly after she was vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, age 84, and who are therefore reluctant to take the vaccine?

What about representatives of the American Jewish Committee or any other NGO or organization or Jewish community, who have an allergy and cannot be vaccinated at all against something like flu-like illness Corona?

What about authors like from Tablet Magazine, the leading intellectual resort for Jewish and Zionist ideas in the US, who dealt with the Corona crisis and are perhaps (who knows?) still reluctant to take any vaccine against such a harmless virus, just because China and its proxies in the Western world promote it?

What about the fact, that the WHO obviously changed the very definition of herd immunity, eliminating the typical and natural herd immunity via infection?

As recently as June 2020, the WHO’s definition of herd immunity had properly included “immunity developed through previous infection”—but on October 15, 2020, the WHO effectively erased the eons-long history of naturally-acquired immunity from its website:

‘Herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’, is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached.

Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. (emphasis added)

I fear, not many people in Israel deal with these topics. They seem to be obsessed with vaccination and simply did not learn the lesson of Corona: It is nothing but a “severe Influenza”. I saw a young student from the UK last year on a video, and she said that all her friends, all students had Corona. No one became really sick, not one of them. But in Israel 20-year old people need to be vaccinated to go to a club? Are you serious?

The world has gone mad, and this time, Israel seems to be on the forefront. What a shame for Zionism!

 

Aufrufe: 856

Kenneth L. Marcus’ Oxymoron: Trump and Civil Rights

Von Dr. Clemens Heni, 12. März 2018

The Times of Israel (Blogs)

Fighting for civil rights and working for Donald Trump is an oxymoron. Activist Kenneth L. Marcus was nominated as assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education. A first committee hearing took place on December 5, 2017 with a result of 12 to 11 in his favor, and finally the full Senate will vote. Given the GOP majority he will be confirmed.

I know Ken Marcus personally, ever since he gave a talk when I was at Yale in 2008/09. He regularly appears at international conferences on antisemitism, be it in London, Jerusalem or New York City. He is a smart person and I always thought of him as a mainstream guy, who analyzes various forms of today’s antisemitism in order to fight them. His main field is defending Israel, which is important and makes good sense. However, I failed to realize some important things.

It was instructive for me to follow his nomination becoming a major topic in public discourse in the US, including articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA). The JTA reported on January 19, 2018:

“Patty Murray, D-Wash., the top Democrat on the committee, focused almost entirely on Marcus’ support of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ rollback of Obama administration guidelines that emphasize the rights of alleged victims in campus sexual assault cases.

Marcus, who served in similar civil rights positions in the George W. Bush administration, also has opposed affirmative action and resisted pursuing bias cases without evidence that there is intent behind the bias. He has also opposed equities for LGBTQ Americans, but told the committee that his views in that area had ‘evolved’.”

The crucial failure of Kenneth Marcus, who mentioned his wife and family being with him at the hearing, is the following:

“Murray asked Marcus to ‘name a single example of something President Trump has said or done when it comes to discrimination or women’s rights or civil rights you disagree with.’ Marcus could not, which in the current political environment would doom any candidate from accruing substantive Democratic support.”

Donald Trump abused women and proudly told other men that a celebrity such as he is, can “grab her by the pussy.” What would Marcus say if one of these abused women was his wife or his neighbor?

Trump ridiculed journalist Serge Kovalevsky from the New York Times, he ridiculed a handicapped person. That was the moment that broke the heart of actress Meryl Streep, as she said at the Golden Globe in January 2017.

Then, after a neo-Nazi had killed an antifascist counter-protester in Charlottesville and hundreds of neo-Nazis screamed “Jews will not replace us,” the US President said that there were “very fine people” among those neo-Nazis.

Trump called Mexican immigrants “criminals and rapists,” aiming at an undefined group of people from Latin and South America and he wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the US.

These are all topics of women’s and civil rights abuse in the US by Trump before and after his election.

Again, listen to Senator Murray’s question and read the answer by Kenneth Marcus:

“Murray asked Marcus to ‘name a single example of something President Trump has said or done when it comes to discrimination or women’s rights or civil rights you disagree with.’ Marcus could not, which in the current political environment would doom any candidate from accruing substantive Democratic support.”

This disqualifies Marcus from every single post dealing with civil rights and women’s rights. He takes side with a sexist criminal, plain and simple.

That is of course nothing unusual in our world. Many men have no problem with sexism, the abuse of women in particular; take the #metoo campaign as an example. But a high-profile politician in a department dealing with civil rights should or; must know much better.

Many nation-wide civil rights groups and umbrella organizations have objected to the nomination of Marcus. This holds for the biggest Hispanic civil rights organization, the UnidosUS:

“UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) and the National Urban League joined today in opposing the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus as the next Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The groups noted his troubling record with regard to enforcing the rights of immigrant students and English learners, and past attempts to undermine critical policies aimed at remedying racial discrimination, including affirmative action.

Marcus’ nomination had been met with opposition from a broad range of civil rights groups who have raised concerns about the nominee’s hostility to affirmative action and other equal opportunity initiatives. Marcus did nothing to assuage those concerns during a recent nomination hearing where he failed to commit his office to enforcing the law on a number of civil rights issues in which the OCR has played a pivotal enforcement role in the past.”

The defense of Marcus by groups such as Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), StandWithUs, the Algemeiner or the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and many other Christian and Jewish groups is frankly ridiculous as they insinuate that opposition to his nomination is based on anti-Israel bias. There might be a very few groups that oppose Marcus because of his take on anti-Zionist antisemitism, like the Arab American Institute (although they do not reject Zionism and the Jewish state as such in their long statement, only “policies of Israel”). The main opponents of Marcus, though, have an issue with his analysis and policies regarding racism and sexism.

The biggest and best-known Jewish civil rights organization, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) does not come out in support of Marcus. That speaks volumes.

Then, take a leading pro-Israel Senator such as Elizabeth Warren – she did not even address the topic of Israel or BDS, as Marcus’ positions in that respect are not controversial at all to her. However, she rejects him for this job, because he fails to send a clear civil rights message when it comes to racism, for example, according to the Washington Post:

„Here’s another exchange between Warren and Marcus:

WARREN: Mr. Marcus, if confirmed, you would be responsible for protecting the civil rights of American students at a time when Nazis and white supremacists are marching across college campuses with tiki torches, and many young people are literally afraid to go to school because of the hateful climate that has been fostered by Donald Trump. If confirmed, will you commit to fully enforcing civil rights laws and protecting all students from discrimination and harassment?

MARCUS: Yes.

WARREN: Good. So, I just want to find out a little more detail about what that commitment means to you, and I thought we might go through a few fact situations. So, let’s start with an easy one. Say there’s a school district that has some mostly white schools and some mostly black schools, and let’s say that the mostly black schools have less experienced teachers, teachers with fewer qualifications, those schools have fewer books, they have fewer computers in the library, fewer AP courses available. By any objective measure, those schools have clearly been shortchanged. If confirmed, would your office step in to protect the civil rights of that district’s black students?

MARCUS: If I were confirmed, I would ensure that any complaints alleging violation of Title VI would be — would be reviewed.

WARREN: Mr. Marcus, I don’t want to start a dance here. This is a set of facts that come to you in your position, if you are confirmed, and my question is are those facts adequate? Will you step in to protect the civil rights of the district’s black students?

MARCUS: Senator, I would certainly hope to be able to provide protection for the civil rights of those black students to the extent possible under law, but what . . .

WARREN: But, that’s the question I’m asking how you see this. You’re allowed to answer hypotheticals, here, so this one should be easy. A yes or a no, would you step in on those facts, or not?

MARCUS: I appreciate that, senator, but unfortunately in my experience the cases that OCR deals with are much more complicated than hypotheticals.

WARREN: So, you don’t think that’s enough evidence, what I’ve just said?

MARCUS: I think I would need to look at it very carefully.

After questioning him, Warren said: “I don’t think we need someone in this position whose view of civil rights enforcement is to do as little as possible to protect as few students as possible. I think that would be bad for students overall, and with Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, I think it would be even worse.”

A leading pro-Israel group, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), which is part of the Leadership Conference, a major umbrella organization of civil rights groups in the US, also rejects the nomination of Marcus. Why?

“Hillel would not address Marcus’ views on federal policy and sexual harassment. Marcus endorses the decision by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove the Obama-era guidelines that advocates said made it easier for victims to level sexual assault charges on campus. The guidelines discouraged universities from allowing an alleged assaulter to directly cross-examine his accuser, and discouraged what until then was the common practice of requiring that the accused and the accuser first attempt to resolve the issue face to face or through mediation.

As leverage, the Obama administration made the rules under Title IX, a law that prohibits federal funding for schools that allow discrimination against women.

Feminists said that before the Obama guidelines, the process revictimized assault victims. DeVos has said that Obama’s rules instead made victims of the accused.

That was the nomination killer for the NCJW, said Faith Williams, the group’s senior legislative associate.

“In light of growing number of #MeToo moments and the scandal at Michigan State University, we need these Title IX protections,” she said, referring to the explosion of sexual assault allegations by women and the recent conviction of a sports therapist at the university who was accused of assaulting nearly 200 women in his care.

Also opposing the Marcus nomination is Jewish Women International, which has developed programs in partnership with Jewish fraternities and sororities to counter sexual assault on campus.

“We are deeply concerned by the answers given during his confirmation hearing last week supporting Secretary DeVos’ rescission of important guidance clarifying the responsibilities of colleges and universities in cases of sexual assault,” Jewish Women International said in a statement last month.

In my view, and I think I am not alone, Kenneth L. Marcus’ stance helps to delegitimize the entire pro-Israel camp, a camp he stands pars pro toto, as he has a blind eye concerning the civil rights abuses by Donald Trump. In addition he seems to be supporting very dangerous policies by DeVos, downplaying if not affirming sexist and racist policies by the current Trump administration.

Most people who will gather, again, at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry (including Netanyahu himself), March 19–21, 2018, will enjoy handshakes and have drinks, celebrating themselves as the elite of true fighters against antisemitism. Real heroes.

I myself participated in that conference in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015. No longer. In a time when major participant organizations of the conference including the AJC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Zionist Organization of America (see Bret Stephens’ attack in the New York Times on the ZOA’s invitation to fascist antisemite Steve Bannon) embrace a sexist, racist and Holocaust distorting president, that kind of conference is a joke, a self-congratulatory farce. As long as women, Hispanics, the handicapped, Muslims and the Dreamers behold the reluctance of a leading pro-Israel activist to genuinely support their civil rights, even while he is being considered for a high civil rights position, in the midst of his loving embrace of Trumpism, the pro-Israel camp is in deep trouble.

Zionism and Israel deserve better!

©ClemensHeni

Aufrufe: 423

Präsentiert von WordPress & Theme erstellt von Anders Norén