Foodbenders, a Toronto health food restaurant, has lost business and is now facing legal action after using the hashtag “#zionistsnotwelcome” in social media posts.
Foodbenders’ social media posts have said “police brutality is an Israeli export” … and included hashtags such as #intifada. Following complaints, Instagram shuttered the restaurant’s account.
the Simon Wiesenthal Center likewise slammed Hawkins for anti-Semitism.“By stating that Zionists are not welcome to its store, this business is basically stating that Jewish people are not welcome,” Rabbi Meyer May, the center’s executive director, said in a statement. “This is clear anti-Semitism, extremely discriminatory and unacceptable.”
Firstly, there exist non-Jewish Zionists. In fact, most Zionists in the world are non-Jewish (but rather Judeo-Christians or atheist Islamophobes). Therefore, while we thank May for admitting that all Jews are Zionists (something which unfortunately is less widely believed when we say it!), “Zionists are not welcome” means Zionists – Jewish and non-Jewish alike – are not welcome.
Secondly, most Semites are non-Jewish. In fact there are more anti-Zionist Semites than Semitic Jews. I am quite sure the anti-Zionist Semites are very welcome at Foodbenders.
Thirdly, Jews started the discrimination by inventing the Jew/non-Jew distinction in the first place, to say nothing of creating a Jewish state of Israel. Retaliatory discrimination is an ethical duty in response to initiated discrimination.
Taking legal action, the International Legal Forum (ILF) has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario charging that based on the guidelines of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, Hawkins should be charged with anti-Semitic discrimination.
The IHRA, which is comprised of representatives of 34 countries, including Canada, adopted in 2016 the working-definition of anti-Semitism, according to which anti-Semitism is “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The IHRA states that anti-Semitic examples include denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor
Note that even the IHRA acknowledges that “anti-Semitism” (actually anti-Zionism) is a form of anti-racism.
By opposing “anti-Semitism” (actually anti-Zionism), IHRA supports racism (by Jews towards non-Jews).
Why should racists have a right to self-determination? Racists should not even be allowed to exist!
The claim, submitted by Elena Aschkenasi, an 86-year-old woman who fled from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, states that the post “Zionists not Welcome” amounts to a statement denying service to Jewish people, a form of racial discrimination.
Again, it was Jews who started calling themselves Jews and everyone else non-Jews. In other words, it was Jews who started discriminating against non-Jews. If Aschkenasi’s ancestors had simply stopped thinking of themselves as Jews after settling in Germany, by the 1930s neither Aschkenasi herself nor the Gestapo would have known she had Jewish ancestry, and therefore she would not have had to flee National Socialist Germany. That she had to flee National Socialist Germany was her ancestors’ and her own fault, not Hitler’s.
“Anti-Zionism means the opposition to the Jewish national home’s very existence. That is what IHRA defines as antisemitic,” Aschkenasi said. “Foodbenders thus publicly stated that it would not serve Jews. These hateful views gained over 200 likes on Instagram. Thus, I was a priori discouraged from soliciting Foodbenders.”
That is your own fault for choosing to be a Jew, a form of racism. In the same way, the people of Jewish ancestry living in Palestine could have simply thought of themselves as Palestinians. Instead they decided to be Israelis. Therefore all subsequent retaliation against them is solely their own fault.
Adv. Ned Steinman, who submitted the complaint on behalf of the ILF, stated that the issue at has was not “only defending one Jewish woman, but the entire Jewish people.”
“This claim will establish an important precedent that will set a clear legal red line – you cannot whitewash hate. This claim proves that you cannot disguise discrimination behind euphemisms. Discrimination is discrimination, and it comes with a price,” he added.
Jewishness is the euphemism behind which Jews are disguising their discrimination towards non-Jews. Discrimination is discrimination, and it comes with a price. Hatred by non-Jews towards Jews is that price, and hating racists requires no whitewashing.