European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.
A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance”.
They are lobbying to have it converted into law in the 28 countries of the EU.
The proposal would outlaw antisemitism as well as criminalising a host of other activities deemed to be violating fundamental rights on specious religious, cultural, ethnic and gender grounds.
These would include banning the burqa, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, polygamy, denial of the Holocaust and genocide generally, criminalising xenophobia, and creating a new crime of “group libel” – public defamation of ethnic, cultural or religious groups. Women’s and gay rights would also be covered.
The proposed legislation would also curb, in the wake of the Paris attacks, freedom of expression on grounds of tolerance and in the interests of security.
“Tolerance is a two-way street. Members of a group who wish to benefit from tolerance must show it to society at large, as well as to members of other groups and to dissidents or other members of their own group,” says the document.
“There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant. This is especially important as far as freedom of expression is concerned: that freedom must not be abused to defame other groups.”
Amid acute European angst over multiculturalism, fundamentalist violence perpetrated on alleged religious grounds and the response of the state, the call for uniform rules across Europe is to be initiated this week in Prague at events commemorating the Holocaust and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
“There’s a real threat of another Jewish exodus from Europe,” Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress and co-chair of the ECTR, told the Guardian. “The only way to fix these problems is deep changes in legislation to protect all, not just Jews.”
The panel of experts drafting the proposal includes a retired Italian supreme court judge, a former King’s College professor, and the former head of Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Institute. The panel was chaired by Yoram Dinstein, a war crimes expert, professor and former president of Tel Aviv university.
“Antisemitism is clearly part of it, but by no means the thrust of the project,” he said. “It’s about tolerance and if you expect tolerance, you have to show tolerance. Otherwise it becomes very obnoxious.”
The document, A European Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance, according to the drafters, seeks to define, codify, and balance rights, liberties and security at a time when governments are scrambling over how to cope.
But it goes much further, calling for the criminalisation of “overt approval of a totalitarian ideology, xenophobia or antisemitism.”
Education in tolerance should be mandatory from primary school to university, and for the military and the police, while public broadcasting must “devote a prescribed percentage of their programmes to promoting a climate of tolerance”.
The drafters are currently touring the parliaments of Europe trying to drum up support for a consensus that would get many, if not all, of the proposals turned into law across 28 countries. Given the national disparities on gay rights, libel laws, holocaust denial and more, the proposals represent a legal minefield.
Just as they did in post-Roman Spain, the Muslims and Jews are working together against us. Note the sheer craziness of this. The Jews are calling for banning the burka to be made a criminal offence. But banning the burka means passing a law in a national parliament. So Kantor and his crew are calling for the act of passing a law in a democratic legistlature to be made a crime in itself. In places where the burka was banned, for example France and Belgium, the laws enjoyed almost unanimous support from the parliamentary deputies. Even leftists supported them. But the Jews now the demand that even the quasi unanimous will of parliamentary majority be made a crime!
Of course I reported on this initiative on my other blog in 2013. It's good to see the Observer has finally caught up.
I somehow doubt that the CounterJewhad movement will be giving much coverage to this sinister plan, but will no doubt give much more extensive coverage to far less significant attempts at free speech suppression from Muslims. If you compare Muslim and Jewish efforts to restrict free speech, it is clear that Jewish actions, as well as being far more successful, are much more far-reaching. Muslims generally only want to restrict criticism of their Bandit Prophet or their evil cult. Jews aim to establish broad-ranging thought control over the whole society.