The article PAJU has chosen to share this week, written by Larry Haiven, is possibly the longest article we have published in the twenty years of PAJU’s existence. It is also one of the most important articles we have shared. ‘Cancel Culture’ is a clear and unequivocal look at the manner in which the pro-Israel lobby in Canada uses threats and intimidation to get various venues to cancel any and all events critical of Israel’s reprehensible policies toward the beleaguered and subjugated Palestinian population. What is more, there is every likelihood that similar tactics are employed in every country where the Israel lobby exists.
The mechanics of ‘cancel culture’ such as fashioned by the Israel lobby and its use of the false notion of anti-Semitism as put forth via the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism are displayed with a candor which immediately makes Mr. Haiven’s article one which must be shared widely. We encourage readers to share the article with others, especially on their own lists. Moreover, if you are on Facebook or Twitter, please share the reference to Larry Haiven’s article.
PAJU extends its thanks to Larry Haiven for his permission to reprint his article. We have also translated the article to French.
‘Cancel culture’ and the Israel lobby
More than two dozen recent examples of the Canadian pro-Israel lobby’s cancel culture playbook in action
By Larry Haiven
When Sportsnet fired Canadian hockey and 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 favored method of censorship nowadays is said to be “de-platforming,” or denying those you disagree with a platform to speak. This is also called “cancel culture.” Most recently, a group of around 150 prominent intellectuals signed a “Letter on Justice and Open Debate” in Harper‘s magazine, setting off a firestorm of debate about the limits of free speech on the left. (more…)