NOTE: Background to this editorial follows. All images added by Israel Truth Week.
Tarek Fatah: Stop Being Jewish, And Become Good Communists
by Gary McHale, Nov 28/12
Gary McHale speaks at 2012 Israel Truth Week conference in London, Ontario, Canada. Click image to watch video of his speech, ‘Dr. King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: A Blueprint for Victory over Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism’
Normally I would not take the time to publicly respond to a radical leftist rant because most people already see the foolhardiness of such views. However, Tarek Fatah’s recent anti-conservative and, dare I say, anti-Jewish-identity tirade at a conference held at a Toronto synagogue November 18, 2012 concerned me enough that I must respond to his views. It is not possible to debate all the points Mr. Fatah raised in his speech, so the following is merely an attempt to encourage people to think through the issues carefully.
Mr. Fatah is hailed as a Muslim moderate and is often presented on SunTV as a reasonable person expressing rational ideas. While there is little doubt he is a moderate Muslim this may be more due to his radical socialist views than religious principles.
For background on what Mr. Fatah said I recommend that you review Miroslav Marinov’s article at Blogwrath.com [link] where he published a transcript of the remarks based on his audio-recording. Also, review the ‘Scaramouche’ article [link] by a blogger who was also present.
I would like to address four key issues: First, are Republicans (conservatives) who support Jewish people and Israel a group of “Nazis” (Mr. Fatah’s words, not mine)? Second, is it a good idea to attack the people who support you? Third, is Communism the way of the world, and should we all get on board? Fourth, must Jews stop being Jewish and become good Communists in order to get the world to support them?
1. Are conservative allies of Israel truly deserving of the ‘Nazi’ slur?
Mr. Fatah stated:
“You better get inside the Democratic Party and the NDP. […] Don’t deceive yourselves – you lost out on the NDP that was the single biggest supporter of the state of Israel and the Jewish community…”
”Do you know that the fact that Republicans support you is your undoing? The same person who is against abortion, the same person who thinks that the immigrants should be thrown out to Mexico, the same guy who doesn’t want black people to come in, the same guys who want gated communities, the same guys who are against the civil rights movement, are supporting you! That’s a kiss of death!… You are being supported by right wing Nazis for crying out loud! This is a problem; we cannot accept that, you cannot get somebody from the religious right.” [full transcript]
Everything Mr. Fatah said about the Republicans he could have said about Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada. The Harper government has made many changes to our immigration laws and has taken steps to stop illegal migrant ships from arriving in Canada. Harper is personally against abortion – is the idea that all life has value and should be protected the same view that the Nazis had? Of course not. The Republican Party, during the past election, wanted people to have to show identification before they voted – apparently this is racist. In Canada we have always demanded people identify themselves before they vote but somehow this is reasonable in Canada but racist in the USA.