The Real Masters of 'Cancel Culture' -- The Pro-Israel Lobby

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2140 ... July 7, 2020
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The Real Masters of ‘Cancel Culture’ -- The Pro-Israel Lobby

Larry Haiven

When hockey broadcaster Sportsnet fired Canadian media personality Don Cherry in November 2019 for his bigoted remarks on "Coach’s Corner," we heard the usual right-wing complaint chorus about the suppression of free speech by the liberal/left. A favoured method of censor/censure nowadays is said to be "de-platforming," i.e., denying those you disagree with a platform to speak. This is also called "cancel culture."

But on the left, this is really, at best, a marginal activity. The left still believes in reasoned debate and, what’s more, it lacks a secret powerful ingredient -- weaponized accusations of antisemitism.

This essay refers to the experience in Canada, but it has its counterpart in many other countries as well.

If we want to see real masters of Cancel Culture in action, we need to follow the modus operandi of the institutional pro-Israel bully-boys-and-girls, like the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), B’nai Brith Canada (BBC), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) and other organizations... on the Jewish right. They can teach us a thing or two about how to kill free speech, indeed, to stop an utterance before it is even uttered.

Presumably, the reason to nip an Israel-critical event in the bud is that if it goes forward people might attend and learn something, especially from a rigorous debate. Even a picket-line outside the event or a disruption inside might draw attention to what’s being said. And, for the avid intellectual protectors of Israel, that must be stopped at all costs.

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