Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Rev. Nick Howard writes at Harry's Place:
The word ‘racist’ probably brings to mind a skinhead with a snarling face. But this image can blind us to the presence of well-spoken racists in very respectable jobs, who can capitalise on their social status to inflict more serious long-term damage than their counterparts on the streets. A prime example of this is one of my fellow Anglicans, Rev Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church Virginia Water. It hardly needs saying that I would only make such a serious charge on the basis of convincing evidence, and having already pursued the official means of complaint without success.
On October 4th Rev Sizer posted a link on his Facebook page to a website called ‘The Ugly Truth’. The website doesn’t even attempt to conceal its anti-Semitism. It recently greeted its visitors with the Jew-as-Dracula cartoon reproduced below.
Jewish people have been characterised as metaphorical and literal blood-suckers for hundreds of years – and have frequently been slaughtered as a result. It’s not hard to see why ‘The Ugly Truth’ selected this cartoon to illustrate its vile scaremongering about ‘Global Zionism with its Exploitative Financial Institutions, National Debts and Permanent Wars’. But this cartoon is no one-off, as demonstrated by the other images below – which if anything are even more appalling. The entire purpose of this website is to demonstrate that ‘Zionism [is] making our world uninhabitable today’. It charges the Jews with:
One article is simply titled, ‘God how I hate these people’. In response to a warning that the President of Iran is three months away from being able to fire a nuclear weapon at Israel, ‘The Ugly Truth’ says
Here are some further images from the Ugly Truth blog that Sizer recommends:
This is the website that Rev Sizer has encouraged his Facebook friends to visit – without any word of warning, apology or qualification.
Last year Bishop Pete Broadbent was suspended for posting offensive comments about the impending royal wedding on Facebook. Surely this established a precedent that should now be followed with Rev Sizer? And since Sizer’s use of Facebook is so much more offensive and serious, shouldn’t the action taken against him by the Church be correspondingly more severe? I put this to Bishop Christopher Hill, Rev Sizer’s diocesan bishop.
He replied by saying,
The complacency of this response is truly astonishing. The material on ‘The Ugly Truth’ bears comparison with the propaganda published in Germany in the 1930s. Would Bishop Hill excuse that, too, on the basis of the expression of ‘political opinions’? If not, why does he use that argument in this case? Rev Sizer has drawn the attention of his 850 Facebook friends to a racist website. The Clergy Discipline Measure covers any ‘conduct that is unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of the clergy.’ If Rev Sizer’s conduct does not fall into that category it’s hard to imagine what behaviour actually would.
This is not the first time that Rev Sizer has posted a link on Facebook to an anti-Semitic website: on July 2nd he recommended the Palestine Telegraph, a similarly poisonous site – at the time of writing, one of its headlines is: ‘Organ gangs force poor to sell kidneys to Israelis’, and its lead cartoon is a Jew-as-Dracula image by the notorious anti-Semitic cartoonist Latuff. More significantly still, Rev Sizer has a long track record of behaviour that shows his recommendation of these websites is not out of character. The following evidence will, I am confident, overcome any remaining scepticism about the reality of his anti-Semitism.
There are certain foul boxes that anti-Semites have a habit of ticking. Sadly, Rev Sizer ticks them all.
To begin with, one of the most long-running and virulent components of anti-Semitism is the portrayal of all Jewish people everywhere as Christ-killers. On Rev Sizer’s website there’s a gallery of photographs of Israeli soldiers, titled ‘Herod’s Soldiers Operating in Bethlehem Today’.
Herod was the king who ordered the massacre of every baby boy in the vicinity of Bethlehem, from new-borns to two year-olds, with the intention of murdering the Christ. As soon as you put a Jew in a soldier’s uniform, Rev Sizer is saying, you’ve got both a child-killer and a would-be Christ-killer.
Another feature of anti-Semitism is the belief, disseminated by the infamous forgery Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that Jewish people or companies seek to exercise a shadowy control over world affairs. Earlier this year Rev Sizer ticked that box.
He promoted, via an interview on his blog, a boycott of McDonalds, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal and Nestlé, four of the world’s biggest and best-known companies, on the basis that they ‘channel their profits to the Zionist agenda.’ These are all publicly listed companies, open to any investor, which pay their profits to shareholders through dividends. Since a boycott of those companies wouldn’t affect Israel politically or economically – as Sizer knows very well – the purpose of this boycott must simply be to spread the lie among the easily-misled that four of the world’s biggest companies are secretly participating in a global Zionist conspiracy. Only an anti-Semite would promote that kind of sinister and totally false propaganda.
During the last ten years anti-Semites have conceived and promoted the utterly ridiculous notion that Israel was in some way responsible for 9/11. This has now become a central plank of modern anti-Semitism. Here too, Sizer gladly plays his part.
On p. 251 of his book, Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?, there is a footnote encouraging readers to look at an article that alleges Israeli complicity in 9/11. Again, as with his Facebook link to ‘The Ugly Truth’, there is no warning, apology or qualification – nor is there any citation of material putting across the standard view of 9/11 accepted by everyone else in the world.
Posted on 12/28/2011 9:31 AM by Dexter Van Zile
28 Dec 2011
I'm with Calvin Smith who said this on his blog yesterday "I've met lots of Anglicans who are deeply uneasy by some of their fellow Anglicans' intense dislike of Israel".
I have never knowingly met Calvin Smith but he can count me among their number.
After one particular episode of dis-investment one friend resigned his post in the parish; my husband's protest was less spectacular - he proudly wore caterpillar boots and t-shirt to Holy Communion that weekend.
26 Feb 2012
Haters unite: Neo-Nazis, Islamists and IslamoChristians [pro-Islamism fake "Christians"]: Stephen Sizer, and stenchy company
Such is the infamous Stephen Sizer, who promoted a website that supports Holocaust denial," and prepares to host an anti-Jewish propaganda in March in Bethlehem Bible College, is naturally on the Islamists' side of history, That "conquered Islamic lands may never revert to non-Islamic control."
Fact-sheet Bethlehem number 1:
Fact-sheet Bethlehem number 2:
Under the yoke of Islamic persecution upon Bethlehem Christians, Arab intimidating presence has been so great that, ever since Hanan Ashrawi’s propaganda reign, it has been a 'Capital' of The IslamoChristians:
Tell me who your friends are…
Stephen Sizer – pro Nazism, associates:
Stephen Sizer posted a link on his Facebook page to an antisemitic site called "The Ugly Truth" which featured images of blood-sucking Jewish vampires and Nazi-style caricatures of Jewish men. Three months later, Rev Sizer took down the link.
His associates include Palestinian activist Raed Salah; Zahra Mostafavi, the Ayatollah Khomeini's daughter; and Israel Shamir, who warns of "Jewish mind control on a world scale".
Raed Salah as in head of Northern Branch of Islamic Movement in Israel, espouses Antisemitic conspiracy theories about 9/11 and Nazi propaganda. He has been banned in the UK for racial hatred and arrested.
Triangle: Stephen Sizer, Ben White and Muslim Brotherhood's Salah
JORAN JERMAS (Non-Jew, Nazi, adopted an Israeli name and pose as a "Jew"): Israel Shamir, AKA: Adam Ermash, Joran Jermas.
Israel Shamir, whose writing imitates that of Nazi Alfred Rosenberg.
A man who claims to be one of Israel's leading intellectuals is also a Swedish antisemitic writer. Israel Shamir presents himself on his website as a leading Russian-Israeli intellectual and a writer, translator and journalist. But in 2001 he changed his name to Joran Jermas and has surrounded himself in Sweden and Norway – (An empty bag cannot stand) and was published by the openly nazi publisher Nordiska Förlaget.
Israel Shamir’s Antisemitic 'book' with the Arab radical 'activist' using information and 'ideas' created by Neo Nazi groups
From a neutral independent writer:
I make no comment here on the rights and wrongs of the Israeli-Arab conflict, or the appalling historical episode of which Mrs Allaf writes; I merely refer you to the source whose judgment Mrs Allaf proffers. "Israel Shamir" is the nom de plume of a writer whose real name is Joran Jermas. So far from being, as he claims, a leading Israeli intellectual and translator, Shamir is of Russian origin, and has lived in Sweden for the past 20 years. His writings, which are widely circulated on the Internet, are unambiguously antisemitic
Naturally, Shamir, is a regular on Counterpunch. He is so openly pro-Nazi, that even European anti-Israel activist groups repudiate him as an embarrassment. By the way, The 911-conspiracy-theories pusher (truther) Counterpunch’s IP Address, is also shared with the Arab islamic sites linked with the Arab lobby: ADC – 'The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
He's ISM’s Swedish antisemite who also passes himself off as a 'Jew' (all the better to make propaganda). Known widely as the 'toxic dwarf,' Israel Shamir (also known as Joran Jermas) is such an awful antisemite that even some pro-Palestinian Arab/anti-Zionist activists have rejected him. According to the now infamous Marxist anti-Zionist Dr. Sue Blackwell, Shamir is a Nazi.
Even Arab-Palestinian propagandist Nigel Parry who runs 'The Electronic Intifada' exposes Israel Shamir 'a neo-Nazi'.
8 Apr 2012
The tone of the posts regarding this whole non-issue (especially the ones trying to exaggerate any error on Sizer's part so as to silence him) is a great reminder of (a) the irrelevance of UK evangelicals to UK society and (b) why I left local church. What a wonderful witness for Christ! Grow up my dear brothers and sisters.