Speaking of double-standards...
The foundation-funded pseudo-alternative rag Mother Jones just published an article entitled The GOP's Facebook Anti-Semites by Nick Baumann. It begins:
"Israel is responsible for 9/11, Al Qaeda is '100% state sponsored by Zionist Jews,' and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is actually an agent for Mossad, the Israeli spy agency—at least according to posts that appeared on the Republican National Committee's Facebook page."
Let's take these three allegedly anti-Semitic assertions one by one.
Israel is responsible for 9/11
Why is it anti-Semitic to blame Israel? After all, Israel is a specific nation-state, and blaming a country is not the same as blaming Jews (members of a religious group). Blaming a specific nation, especially in light of the evidence, is hardly an act of bigotry.
Blaming Muslims (or "radical Muslims") or Islam (or "radical Islam") directly references a religion and its adherents, and is therefore an act of bigotry -- especially given the complete lack of evidence for significant Muslim involvement in 9/11. Baumann, in implicitly supporting the Islamophobic lie that Muslims did 9/11, while mendaciously smearing the largely true statement "Israel is responsible for 9/11," is the actual bigot.
Al-Qaeda is 100% state sponsored by Zionist Jews
This statement does reference "Jews" but specifies which kind: Zionist ones. Hating Zionism is not a form of bigotry, but a rational response to the sad facts of recent Middle Eastern history. So though this statement is an exaggeration -- al-Qaeda is probably only 9-11% sponsored by Zionists -- it isn't necessarily the product of a bigot. More likely, it is the product of someone furious that Zionists like Straussian "philosophers" Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Larry Silverstein, and Benjamin Netanyahu (and their "gentlemen" dupes Cheney and Rumsfeld) blew up the World Trade Center with almost 3000 people inside, then lied about it to trigger wars that have killed over a million human beings and will kill millions if not billions more...and got away with it thanks to the power of the Zionist Power Configuration, especially the Zionist-dominated media. Righteous anger and bigotry are two very different things.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is actually an agent for Mossad
This statement of fact is very likely true -- and truth is an absolute defense against charges of libel, and bigotry; while avoiding truth, in order to keep blaming Muslims for a crime they didn't commit, IS an act of bigotry. Below is a selection from the new second edition of my book Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters.
Is the Man Who Controls Access to President Obama a Mossad Agent?
After 9/11, the U.S. followed Israel to become the second nation on earth that officially tortures people as a matter of public policy. As we saw earlier, it was such Israel-firsters as Alan Dershowitz who successfully pushed for the U.S.A. to join the Zionist torture brigade. Most other War on Terror abuses, including extrajudicial assassinations and disappearances, "pre-emptive" wars of aggression, ethnic profiling, omnipresent government surveillance, intrusive searches at security checkpoints, and so on were developed in Israel, then imposed on the U.S.A. by the Zionist neoconservatives who seized power in the wake of 9/11.
If the new, post-9/11, Constitution-free U.S.A. was modeled on Israel, and if this Zionist model was imposed on a shocked nation by the neoconservatives in Dick Cheney's office and the Pentagon during the Bush Administration, then why have so many unconstitutional policies continued so seamlessly under Obama, who criticized them during his campaign? Is there a continuing Zionist influence in and around the White House, beyond the obvious case of the self-proclaimed Zionist Vice President, Joe Biden?[i]
The President's Chief of Staff is the man who controls access to the President. For that reason, the Chief of Staff has been called "the second-most powerful man in Washington next to the president."[ii] Why, then, did President Obama appoint to that position Rahm Emanuel, son of a Zionist terrorist, himself a War on Terror enthusiast who has served with the Israeli Defense Forces and who may be, according to intelligence sources, an agent of the Israeli Mossad?[iii]
In a November 6, 2009 story entitled "Obama faced with security problem at outset of transition process," former National Security Agency official Wayne Madsen reports: "WMR has learned from informed U.S. intelligence sources that prospective Barack Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has an active FBI counter-intelligence file maintained on him. Emanuel's rise to the Chief of Staff position may pose a significant security problem for President-elect Obama if the FBI insists on conducting the full background security investigation normally required for senior White House officials. Questions about Emanuel's links to the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, were allegedly so great that President Bill Clinton was forced to dismiss Emanuel from the White House staff in 1998..."[iv] According to Madsen's sources, "FBI surveillance teams have seen Emanuel enter Washington, DC and Chicago synagogues at the same time known Mossad agents assigned to the Israeli embassy in Washington and the Israeli Consulate General in Chicago entered the facilities."[v] Madsen describes how Emanuel, while in the Clinton Adminstration, sabotaged Clinton initiatives on behalf of Mossad. "It was the FBI that revealed Emanuel's intelligence work on behalf of the Mossad to President Clinton. Clinton then ordered Emanuel dismissed from the White House staff."[vi]
Emanuel may be sabotaging Obama's agenda even more thoroughly than he sabotaged Clinton's. In November 2009, Greg Craig, architect of Obama's plans to close Guantanamo, resigned—and the knife in his back reportedly had Emanuel's fingerprints all over it. An expert source close to the scene "confirmed that Emmanuel was angry at Craig, both over the Guantanamo issue, but also because the decision to release memos related to interrogation practices led to a media firestorm that became a problem for the White House."[vii] In short, Israel-firster and suspected Mossad agent Rahm Emanuel opposes closing Guantanamo and wants to cover up (Israeli-inspired) Bush Administration torture practices. This is the man, remember, who controls access to Obama. If we had to choose just one person to blame for Obama's continuation of Bush's War on Terror, an obvious choice would be Obama's Mossadnik Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
[i] Yitzhak Benhorin, "Biden in 2007 interview: I am a Zionist," YNet News, August 23, 2008 (http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3586542,00.html).
[ii] Lawrence Spivak, interviewed on MSNBC, Meet the Press, transcript of July 23, 2006 broadcast (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13904922/ns/meet_the_press//).
[iii] Paul Joseph Watson, "Obama’s First Appointment Is Son Of Zionist Terrorist: Rahm Emanuel’s father was member of militant terror group that bombed hotels, massacred villagers – Obama pick is keen supporter of lobbying group aimed at creating militarized youth brigades," Prison Planet, November 6, 2008 (http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamas-first-appointment-is-son-of-zionist-terrorist.html).
[iv] Wayne Madsen Report, November 6, 2008 (http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/), cited at LiveLeak (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b4b_1226229939).
[v] Wayne Madsen Report, November 10, 2008.
[vii] Josh Rogin, "What's behind Greg Craig's resignation?" The Cable, November 13 2009 (http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/11/13/whats_behind_greg_craigs_resignation).