Long before the kingdom of Israel, God made a covenant with Abraham that inaugurated the Jewish problem as the sun and the moon and the stars inaugurated creation. Like the heavenly bodies it was invested with perpetual motion. Whatever was done to Abraham and his clan of monotheists in those formative days is being done, forty hundred years later, in ours.
King Solomon might well be describing the Jewish problem when writing, “Whatever has been will be. And whatever has been done will be done. There is nothing new beneath the sun.” No there’s not; and ‘what goes around comes around’ is the bland idiom on which we draw for sense or hope or satisfaction – and are seldom let down.
Did Solomon forewarn that one far day a bloc of countries would declare a trade war on Israel? Did the keenest mind of all time foresee Professor James Crawford of Cambridge giving the go-ahead? Or that the European Court of Justice would fire the opening salvo? Is it the Jewish problem all over again?
According to prototypes of the problem in the bible, it is. Compare for example the self-defeating spite and malice narrated in Genesis with the eerie parallels of today. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24838 And who was it borrowed a strategy out of the Book of Numbers for their modus operandi? By instinct or design, what world movement latched onto a cunning insight of the owner of a donkey with a Hebrew tongue? It was the boycott movement of course. BDS took a leaf out of Balaam’s book and ran with it. How the wily wizard thought, the path his mind took, is practically the boycotters manual. Since war after war had left Israel more invincible than before, a non-military assault might be worth a try. Thus began a war of words. Weaponize bad PR; condemn and demonize Israel in forums and media, on campuses and cable networks; harness kangaroo courts; haul Human Rights protectors and their fake halo brand onto the bandwagon; turn the Jews into a pariah people; infuse and unite the world with rank loathing for Zionists. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24168
In keeping with the bible, the hopes of BDS fell painfully short. Appetites cloyed by getting nowhere as the devil’s advocate were diminished further by Israel’s burgeoning development. The idea of stalling the mini juggernaut did no more than tantalize taste buds.
But then a knight on white steed sprang from Europe, brandishing a weapon purpose-made: a court of law answerable to Eurocrats who have a problem with Israel. They looked to Professor Crawford to give the initial nod. “There do not appear to be any European Commission laws which could be breached by a member state taking the decision to ban the import of settlement produce.”
Go for the end game, in other words. Ban products made by Jews conducting their business in forbidden territory. Make the opportunistic upstarts pay for dispelling the joker card held by the West, the ‘Two-State Delusion.’ Europe wants the territory for perpetual leaders on the lookout for holy war. Israel, on the lookout for holy peace, is making life difficult for Europe, teeming with immigrants on the lookout to make life risky for the Jews of Europe.
With the end game in mind – an outright ban on products made by undesirables – Brussels chose a gradual game. Pretend. After the legal opinion in 2012 the European Court of Justice finally tested the waters with a petty label in 2019. If products originate in Jewish-held parts of ‘Palestine’ then labels must convey the fact. Consumers have a right to make ‘informed choices’ when they shop. Of course they do.
Trade policy to bring a targeted country to heel is the art of manipulating commercial means for political ends. Sanctions lie at the polar end of trade policy. Call them ‘hard diplomacy’ they are a clear expression of intention. We’re told that the object of sanctions on Iran is to prevent it going nuclear.
On the other hand trade policy can be a ‘soft’ instrument with the purported purpose of hiding the real motive. We’re told that label regulations are meant to protect shoppers. In reality they could be a trade ban in a velvet glove. It is more than likely that Brussels anticipates petty rules to conceive a major boycott. In all probability they will. The latest communiqué drips with concealment. “The EU insists that products made in the settlements must not carry the generic ‘Made in Israel’ tag, and wants them to be easily identifiable to shoppers.”
What is the label if not a new type of yellow badge? Agreed – Jews are not made to wear it. Nor does the label objectify them as Jude or Juif or Jood. What it does is compel Jews, if they want to do business with Europe, to admit that their products are downright illegal. Thin-skinned importers will cost in subterfuge logistics, legal risk, reputational harm, picket mobs, threats. They’ll do the math. Better not stock Israeli goods at all.
Martin Schulz, ex President of the European Union, warned Israel that Europe will have its way. “There is enormous pressure, also in the European Parliament, to label products because a lot of my colleagues consider the settlements illegal. They think the rule should be that products coming from regions with an illegal status couldn’t have normal access to the European market.”
A cauldron of support and protest. Lies of consummate cunning, bold from knowing that the UN General Assembly already passed how many resolutions condemning Jewish settlements as a violation of law. Better not buy from Israel at all. Kauft nicht bei Juden – ‘Don’t buy from Jews’ – became, ‘Made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.’
People connect the yellow badge with the Holocaust. In point of fact it predates Nazi Europe by a thousand years and more. Already in medieval times it was mandatory for Jews to identify themselves. This opened up opportunities galore. Treat the Christ killers like pestilence; isolate them; deprive or deport them; declare open season on Jews. Let mobs with an axe to grind, grind it on Jews.
Now that cultural norms bow to Diversity, you’d think that identification tags would be items for collectors? Not at all. Physically separating Jews might be a thing of the past, but the eternal obsession to quarantine them seems to have lost none of its power. Our global village may not be the medieval hamlet, but the hallmarks of the yellow badge are there. Borne not worn, labels on traded goods have taken over the function of the yellow badge, ‘Jewish-made’ comes in for Jewish born. Be it wine or cosmetics, tech or soda, accommodation or chocolate, if Jewish exporters are domiciled in forbidden territory they become the new targets of old hatreds. Boycotted by stores, besieged by mobs, shunned by shoppers, products have to carry a warning label – e.g., ‘Made in the Occupied West Bank.’ As consumers are warned off alcohol and cigarettes, now they’re warned off the deleterious effects of buying from militant, oppressive Jews offering their suspect wares.
What is the contemporary slur now that it is infra dig to slur Jews outright? What identity gets people spitting angry? What name brings anti-Semites out in their droves? Zionist! Jude has metamorphosed. Nowadays you don’t hate Jews; you hate Zionists, or Israelis, or Settlers. They are all of a one. “There is no such thing in the world as Jew and Israeli,” said Anis Mansur, late confidant of President Anwar Sadat. “Every Jew is an Israeli. No doubt about that.” The UN Human Rights Commission makes no distinction either, with a February 2020 blacklist of companies domiciled in Jewish settlements. Don’t support the Jews, is what the human rights body is warning international companies in the ‘West Bank.’
Academia dishes out the same treatment. “All Israeli academic institutions, unless proven otherwise…” The manifesto of the ‘Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel’ echoes from Nuremberg in the 1930s. A head of faculty at the University of Manchester wrote to her Israeli colleagues:
“I will always regard and treat you both as friends, on a personal level, but I do not wish to continue an official association with any Israeli.” It was fatal in Nazi Europe to associate with Jews. To have Zionist connections now can be fatal to an academic career.
How do we know that Europe’s trade war is not about ‘occupied’ territory? How do we know it’s really about prospering Jews? There are three giveaways.
One is the bald-faced lie that supports the ruling of the European Court of Justice:
“Settlements give concrete expression to a policy of population transfer conducted by a State outside its territory, in violation of the rules of general international humanitarian law.”
In fact Article 49, where these rules are laid out in the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibits the mass transfer of Germans into territory captured by Nazi forces during WWII. The rules were not framed with future Israelis in mind. They, freely and independently, without force or dictate, chose to set up home or factory in Judea and Samaria. What is in violation is the trashing by Europe of international trade law and treaties.
A second give-sway came to the notice of Eugene Kontorovich, a professor at George Mason University School of Law and head of the Center for International Law in the Middle East. About the European court ruling Kontorovich said,
“Jewish products are the only ones to have to bear special labels based on their origin. (The ruling) also shows it’s not about the Palestinians. In the Golan Heights there are no Palestinians, nor discussion of a Palestinian state. Yet the Europeans imposed the same rule. And we know it’s not about occupation because they don’t apply the rule in any occupied territory anywhere (else) in the world.”
The third give-away is a mendacious title chanted by anti-Semites like a mantra: ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ or ‘OPT’. This is nothing more than a battle cry. You have to mangle international law into nonsense to apply to land that Israel took from Jordan and Egypt in the Six Day War. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/south-african-jewish-leaders-thrown-chance-of-a-lifetime/
A bench of judges making up law on behalf of their Jew-baiting masters is prophecy in motion.
But how can it be! Men of Justice with qualifications as long as your arm! And cultured and all! “Whatever has been will be.” The Einsatzgruppen, Nazi execution squads that roamed Russia to perpetrate a parallel Holocaust, by bullets, had lawyers in their ranks. A Commander Otto Ohlendorf, had degrees from three universities and a doctorate in jurisprudence.
King Solomon had vision all right, rear view and forward. Nothing is new beneath the sun.