These 34 Commandments Must Be Obeyed says London Declaration on Anti-Semitism

But how many would you ‘blue-pencil’?


by Stuart Littlewood


Australian federal and state MPs have been indulging in an orgy of anti-anti-semitism by signing en masse the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism. Over 100 have put their mark on it.

Haaretz reports that even more of the nation’s 226 federal parliamentarians in Canberra are expected to sign up, and all 105 federal Liberal MPs and senators have done so.

About 300 other lawmakers from some 60 countries have also signed, according to a spokesperson from the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism. 50 of these are Canadians, 18 are British, 6 are Israeli and 2 are American (what, only two?).

And last month Australia’s Julia Gillard became the fourth prime minister to sign, after Britain’s Gordon Brown and David Cameron, and Canada’s Stephen Harper, who in 2010 signed the Ottawa Protocol, reaffirming the London Declaration.

So what exactly have they put their names to? The full document can be found here . It seeks to “draw the democratic world’s attention to the resurgence of antisemitism as a potent force in politics, international affairs and society”.

The authors of this one-sided treatise (the aforementioned Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism) want their 34 ‘commandments’ enforced by all the big battalions – national governments, parliaments, international institutions, political and civic leaders, NGOs, and civil society.

In the process, of course, efforts to expose the tightening noose of Zionism on those very same areas of politics, international affairs and society will be stifled.

Commandment no.1 states that “Parliamentarians shall expose, challenge, and isolate political actors who engage in hate against Jews and target the State of Israel as a Jewish collectivity”.

Oh dear, how confusing. Here was I foolishly thinking the State of Israel was indeed some sort of Jewish collective since its founding document says: “WE, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNCIL, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ERETZ-ISRAEL AND OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL. THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles… WE APPEAL to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding…”

Commandment no.6 states that “Governments and the UN should resolve that never again will the institutions of the international community and the dialogue of nation states be abused to try to establish any legitimacy for antisemitism, including the singling out of Israel for discriminatory treatment in the international arena…”

Mustn’t pick on, criticise or punish Israel for its horrendous crimes. It’s an old tune.

Commandment no.24 states that “Education Authorities should ensure that freedom of speech is upheld within the law and to protect students and staff from illegal antisemitic discourse and a hostile environment in whatever form it takes including calls for boycotts”.

But what exactly constitutes “illegal antisemitic discourse”? And is this an attempt to make boycotting illegal? Surely that would be an infringement of personal and civil liberty.

Commandment no.29 states that “Governments should take appropriate and necessary action to prevent the broadcast of antisemitic programmes on satellite television channels, and to apply pressure on the host broadcast nation to take action to prevent the transmission of antisemitic programmes.”

The heavy hand of state censorship rides again.

“A flawed document…”

There is good, sensible stuff in the Declaration but it is laced with neurotic nonsense. The above are just a few examples. Readers will find more to annoy them when they see the full text, including its hectoring tone, and may feel the whole thing trespasses too far on their personal discretion and good sense.

To their credit two Australian Green MPs, John Kaye and David Shoebridge, have publicly refused to sign the Declaration , saying that the document “wrongly conflates valid criticism of the state of Israel with anti-Semitism” and is “an unacceptable slander on those of us who speak up for the rights of the Palestinians. Criticism of the state of Israel…. that is motivated by concern for a people dispossessed of their land, the consequences of a state that is founded on a religion or ethnicity or the actions of a government that ignores UN resolutions, is a valid contribution to public discourse.”

They add: “It is a tragedy that the London Declaration is a flawed document. The fundamental intent – to combat and end irrational hatred against a people – is too important to be subverted by the political objectives of Zionism.”

They further argue: “When people of goodwill express their opposition to Israeli soldiers routinely humiliating Palestinians at checkpoints, the construction of an apartheid-style segregation wall through the West Bank or the brutal use of Israeli military force against civilians in Gaza, their motivation is not to denigrate the Jewish people but to highlight injustices perpetrated on the Palestinian people.”

Is there a working definition of anti-Semitism? Yes, it’s here . “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

For example….

  •  Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

When did fact become myth? Is Jewish ownership of large sections of the media a myth? Are AIPAC and the US government’s subservience to Israel a myth? Is repeated interference in Church affairs by Jewish groups a myth?

  •  Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

Legitimate worries over dual citizenship are here to stay.

There’s more to chew on in this part of the document….

Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

Self-determination? The Israelis have denied the Palestinians their right to self-determination for decades and just recently opposed their moves towards statehood. And let’s get this straight: critics require from Israel only the same standards of behaviour expected of other countries – i.e. conformity with international law, proper respect for humanitarian law and acceptable standards of justice. This is core.

Furthermore the State of Israel is always welcome to demonstrate to the world that it is NOT a racist endeavour after all.

Wanted: a Declaration against irrational hatred of all kinds, not just antisemitism


So are you entirely comfortable with these ‘commandments’? Would you brandish the blue pencil or eagerly sign up like those fine, thrusting parliamentarians in Australia and Canada… and Brown and Cameron?

What’s the alternative? It seems to me that some Jews would do well to examine their own thoughts and deeds before pleading a special case. Tackling anti-Jewish hatred is a priority but not the only one. Hatred of non-Jews also needs to be curbed, and I’m thinking especially of the Israelis’ Arab neighbours – Christian and Muslim – whose lands, homes and resources they have stolen, whose economy, wellbeing and livelihoods they daily trash, and whose freedom, security and dignity they have long denied. This hatred often spills over into cruelty, murder and other atrocities such as out-and-out military assaults and mass bombing of civilians and infrastructure essential to life.

So here’s a suggestion for the promoters of both documents. Please delete the word ‘anti-semitism’ from the title and redraft to make it a fair and balanced undertaking against irrational hatred of all kinds.

That, hopefully, would earn universal support. Note the word ‘earn’. Reasonable, sensible people won’t be pushed and shoved.

It is astonishing how any self-respecting lawmaker could wholeheartedly subscribe to the Declaration as it stands.

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19 Responses to "These 34 Commandments Must Be Obeyed says London Declaration on Anti-Semitism"

  1. Chris Natias  June 3, 2013 at 4:29 am

    There is a name for people who seek to place themselves off limits from criticism — Tyrants. The world needs to rouse from its slumber and recognize the dark cloud looming on the horizon. Jewish victimology has created a global culture of death and destruction which will ultimately destroy humanity, according to Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandis Gandhi. Once again organized Jewry engages in mind-locking, Orwellian subterfuge to confuse and bind up their critics. Always they camouflage their true intent behind ‘high-minded’ ideals of tolerance and non-violence, yet their scheming manifests itself in outrageous cruelty and slaughter of those who dare stand in their way. Deeply perplexed, one can only turn to scripture for explanation: “You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” Matthew 23:37.

  2. judgment  June 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This is serious, the Western world is being governed by people terrorized by political consequences on them for actions they have taken for or against the Jews or the Jewish State. These people are now imposing rules on their own people giving up the legitimate Sovereign of a state withing its territory. Israel now has a state,
    it is time to free the people from the burden of hatred and revenge of SOME Zionist people for their own gain.
    Germany may feel the need of a return but let it stay in Germany don’t interfere with the freedom of other UNLES VIOLENCE IS PROPOSED OR INVOLVED, and such laws already exist this constant legal actions by political people to develop special law for special people is ludicrous and undemocratic.

  3. NightFlyer  June 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    “It is astonishing how any self-respecting lawmaker could wholeheartedly subscribe to the Declaration as it stands.” Not to me. Being Jersey born and raised, usmc (H), a former expeditor and traveller, it’s quite clear how these folks are convinced to pick up a pen; campaign donations; cash……Don’t be so astonished Stuart.

  4. stephanaugust  June 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

    My impression is that Australia will use this as a test balloon to censor articles criticizing Israel by declaring them as anti-semitic.

    My fight against this will be a full German translation of the Haaretz propaganda to which I will add the declaration with the 34 commandments (which I already found in German).

  5. Worker Bee  June 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Ironically, it is the very promotion of documents such as these that will lead the goyim to hate Jews.

  6. blakehamilton  June 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I have given up hope zionism will ever join humanity.

    • Worker Bee  June 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Well, since Zionism is a exclusionary tribalism and supremacist belief system, of course it cannot join humanity. (Read Atzmon’s “The Wandering Who” and Shahak’s “Jewish History, Jewish Religion – The Weight of Three Thousand Years” if you have not already.)

      However, it appears that 50-60% of those born Jewish since WW2 have decided to join the goyim, or at least they do not claim to be Jewish when filling out census forms.

  7. draximus  June 2, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Well, they know exactly what they can do with this document, and it involves putting it in that place were the sun dont shine……

  8. stephanaugust  June 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Here is the transcript of Harper’s speech:

    ANLAGE 1: Transcript of Canadian PM Harper’s speech at the Ottawa Conference on Combating Antisemitism

    Members of the Steering Committee, fellow parliamentarians, Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by saying how delighted I am to see so many of you from around the world, gathered here in Ottawa for the second annual conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. It is a sign, not only of your commitment to our common cause, but also of the momentum established at the London Conference last year. It is, therefore, a great sign of hope.

    History teaches us that anti-Semitism is a tenacious and particularly dangerous form of hatred. And recent events are demonstrating that this hatred is now in resurgence throughout the world. That is why the work of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism has never been so important or timely as it is now. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I commend you and support you in the great and important work that you are doing. (…)

    Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, two weeks ago I visited Ukraine for the first time. In Kiev I laid a wreath at Babi Yar, the site of one of the numerous atrocities of the Holocaust. I was left there with much the same impression as I had in Auschwitz in 2008 – that such horrors defy all comprehension. At the killing grounds of Babyn Yar, I knew I was standing in a place where evil – evil at its most cruel, obscene, and grotesque – had been unleashed.

    But while evil of this magnitude may be unfathomable, it is nonetheless a fact. It is a fact of history. And it is a fact of our nature – that humans can choose to be inhuman. This is the paradox of freedom. That awesome power, that grave responsibility – to choose between good and evil. Let us not forget that even in the darkest hours of the Holocaust, men were free to choose good. And some did. That is the eternal witness of the Righteous Among the Nations. And let us not forget that even now, there are those who would choose evil and would launch another Holocaust, if left unchecked. That is the challenge before us today.

    The horror of the Holocaust is unique, but it is just one chapter in the long and unbroken history of anti-Semitism. Yet, in contemporary debates that influence the fate of the Jewish homeland, unfortunately, there are those who reject the language of good and evil. They say that the situation is not black and white, that we mustn’t choose sides. In response to this resurgence of moral ambivalence on these issues, we must speak clearly.

    Remembering the Holocaust is not merely an act of historical recognition. It must also be an understanding and an undertaking. An understanding that the same threats exist today. And an undertaking of a solemn responsibility to fight those threats. Jews today in many parts of the world and many different settings are increasingly subjected to vandalism, threats, slurs, and just plain, old-fashioned lies.

    Let me draw your attention to some particularly disturbing trends. Anti-Semitism has gained a place at our universities, where at times it is not the mob who are removed, but the Jewish students under attack. And, under the shadow of a hateful ideology with global ambitions, one which targets the Jewish homeland as a scapegoat, Jews are savagely attacked around the world, such as, most appallingly, in Mumbai in 2008.

    One ruthless champion of that ideology brazenly threatens to ‘wipe Israel off the map,’ and time and again flouts the obligations that his country has taken under international treaties. I could go on, but I know that you will agree on one point: that this is all too familiar.

    We have seen all this before. And we have no excuse to be complacent. In fact we have a duty to take action. And for all of us, that starts at home.

    In Canada, we have taken a number of steps to assess and combat anti-Semitism in our own country. You will no doubt hear from my Canadian colleagues about the measures we have taken to date. I will mention for the time being that, for the first time, we are dealing with Canada’s own record of officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. We have created a fund for education about our country’s deliberate rejection of Jewish refugees before and during the Second World War.

    But of course we must also combat anti-Semitism beyond our borders, an evolving, global phenomenon. And we must recognize,that while its substance is as crude as ever, its method is now more sophisticated.

    Harnessing disparate anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so.

    We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is. Of course, like any country, Israel may be subjected to fair criticism. And like any free country, Israel subjects itself to such criticism – healthy, necessary, democratic debate. But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack – is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, delegitimization, the three D’s, it is the responsibility of us all to stand up to them.

    And I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations, or any other international forum, the easy thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric, to pretend it is just being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of ‘honest broker.’ There are, after all, a lot more votes, a lot more, in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand.

    But, as long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand,whatever the cost. And friends, I say this not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israeli mob tells us all too well if we listen to it, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are a threat to all of us.

    Earlier I noted the paradox of freedom. It is freedom that makes us human. Whether it leads to heroism or depravity depends on how we use it. As the spectre of anti-Semitism spreads, our responsibility becomes increasingly clear. We are citizens of free countries. We have the right, and therefore the obligation, to speak out and to act. We are free citizens, but also the elected representatives of free peoples. We have a solemn duty to defend the vulnerable, to challenge the aggressor, to protect and promote human rights, human dignity, at home and abroad.

    None of us really knows whether we would choose to do good, in the extreme circumstances of the Righteous. But we do know there are those today who would choose to do evil, if they are so permitted. Thus, we must use our freedom now, and confront them and their anti-Semitism at every turn.

    That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the purpose of our intervention today: our shared determination to confront this terrible hatred.

    The work we have undertaken, in our own countries and in cooperation with one another, is a sign of hope. Our work together is a sign of hope, just as the existence and persistence of the Jewish homeland is a sign of hope. And it is here that history serves not to warn but to inspire.

    As I said on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, Israel appeared as a light, in a world emerging from deep darkness. Against all odds, that light has not been extinguished. It burns bright, upheld by the universal principles of all civilized nations – freedom, democracy and justice. By working together more closely in the family of civilized nations, we affirm and strengthen those principles. And we declare our faith in humanity’s future in the power of good over evil. Thank you for all you are doing to spread that faith. And thank you for your kind attention.


    • draximus  June 2, 2013 at 2:40 am

      I’ve rarely seen so many outright lies in one place anywhere, and this one ‘One ruthless champion of that ideology brazenly threatens to ‘wipe Israel off the map,’ is the biggest lie of all. Harper, I don’t know what crime Israel is blackmailing you with, or how much they have paid you in bribes, but you are the scum of the earth.

    • Worker Bee  June 2, 2013 at 6:43 am

      “But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack…”

      Considering that Israel is trying to destroy every other country in the Middle East, Harper should be sent to prison under Canada’s hate speech laws for saying this.

  9. micheleb  June 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Michele Baillie; Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Voltaire wrote: ” To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    In Canada, our Hate Crime Laws will be used as tools to suppress the Truth. Ironic, isn’t it? Our hate crime laws were inspired by the spectre of the holocaust and the centuries old and worst eugenics practices come from those who scream the loudest about it.

  10. williammartin  June 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Great article and research too.
    As I first started to read this I thought,,, Wow! Someone sticking up for the actual Semites of Palestine. After all, who could be against those who are from that area? So to be anti-Semitic would be anti-Palestine.

    Then came the Usual (WORD PLAY) and it was twisted towards the application of foreigners or Eastern Europeans who infiltrated the lands of the Palestinians. So why this term is applied to residents in New Israel known as “Jewish” is beyond thinking.

    Again, the Palestinians are the Semite’s. Ones that migrated to Russia and other European countries for over 2000 years would not make sense to suddenly become the Semite’s of the land. It would be like being an American who moves to Africa and for generations they become citizen’s of AFRICA not America. Each child born would be African not American.

    I host a great video on YouTube about the “TRICK” as told by a Jewish woman. In Europe the Jew’s use the Holocaust to silence anyone against Israeli policies. Here in America they use the “TRICK” called anti-Semitic to silence those opposed to Israeli policy.

    The Israel of the Holy Scriptures [was] a “Spiritual Nation” not a physical nation.
    It is an indisputable biblical fact that God favored Israel in providing them a written law and bestowing upon them special covenant blessings (Deut. 5: 1ff. cp. Rom. 3: 1,). God also provided Israel with the Promised Land, which they later forfeited (Josh. 23)

  11. shachalnur  June 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    The faces of the people in the signing photo say it all.

    • williammartin  June 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      There was actually over 600 Mosaic Laws. They dealt with everything from being clean, handling a dead body, relations and so on.This was later reduced to the 10 Commandment’s. When Jesus overturned the tables it was not that they were there, for people needed to exchange money {buy doves} etc for ones cleansing of sins.

      Jesus did away with the old Mosaic laws and 10 commandment’s when he gave the “2 Greater Command’s” Both based on Love. To Love GOD with ones whole Heart, Soul and Strength and to Love ones neighbor as thy-self. Stating, “Above this, there is no law.”

      Religious ones use “Religion ‘Ala-cart’ ” They “PICK” the Commands they will accept as they are not a burden to them. Then disregard the rest. When one looks at any religion and its peoples, I can see why in Genesis 6:5-6 that God after seeing the Heart Condition of mankind, regretted that he had mad man.

      Today Religion instead of being BASED on LOVE is actually Racism at its best. It is so bad that if a person believed in God and he knew his Salvation was through Christ Jesus. Your called an Apostate for not accepting a EARTHLY Organization as nearly all believe that if your not of “Their Faith” your Damned! Still Christ said, “My KINGDOM is NO PART of this world.”

      You view on the photo is correct, it is like Greed that one thinks that “Only They” are the chosen ones and the rest will die because your not one of THEM. 100% Religious Racism.

    • Worker Bee  June 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Rabbinical Judaism replaced the Mosaic Laws from the Torah with the invented (by the Pharisees) “Oral Law of Moses” as codified in the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud allows the rabbis to do whatever they want, as long as it is “good for the Jews”.

  12. Curmudgeon  June 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Our bootlick Prime Minister, Steven Harper, has declared that Canada will stand behind Israel – regardless of the cost. Why hasn’t he been arrested and charged with treason? Simple. Canada is, like Palestine and the USA, an occupied territory. Most people aren’t paying enough attention to notice.

  13. etominusipi  June 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    as everyone who has looked into the semantics knows, the pseudo-meme of “anti-semitism” is a ludicrously inappropriate linguistic conflation.

    but, taking the term for a moment in the sense implied by Foixman and others who work ceaselessly to implement the program for world domination whose program clearly outlined in the “forged” Protocols of the Elders of Khazaria, it seems that:

    truth is “anti-semitic”.

    does this imply that “anti-semitism” is “true”?

  14. stephanaugust  June 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Why do they sign it now? (The 34 commandmennts list is from 2009.)

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