Op-Ed: More from the UK: Oxford U. Champions Purveyor of Fraud
Anna Baltzer, of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, who was exposed here at Gatestone Institute (that article can be seen on this blog as the one preceding this one) as lying about her background – by claiming she was a Jew who discovered that Zionism and Israel should be eliminated -- is apparently still appearing in a debate at Oxford University in the UK on January 31st, as originally scheduled, after having spoken yesterday at University of Sussex where she promoted the boycotting of, and divesting from, Israel.
One of the scheduled opponents to debate her on the side defending Israel, Mr. Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle in London and a former Chairman of European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, has already withdrawn from the event, citing his refusal to appear with Ms. Baltzer because of her lying about Israel, lying about Jews and even lying about her own background; as well as Oxford University giving her an unmerited credibility by keeping her on the speaking panel and refusing to remove her from the event.
Further, on February 4th Ms. Baltzer will be visiting Belgium, to address Christian groups and radical groups opposed to Israel’s existence , who are openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, in order to advance Christian and general public antipathy against Israel on the Continent. Baltzer already has a track record speaking to Presbyterian and other Christian groups in the United States who are receptive to presentations by a Jew opposed to a Jewish national homeland. Her visit to Europe is presumably intended to expand such a base.
Baltzer is apparently going there at the invitation of a Belgian visual artist/cartoonist named Ben Heine, widely considered anti-Semitic. According to Heine’s Wikipedia entry, “Due to the pro-Palestinian and anti- Zionism nature of some of Heine's political art and his participation in a 2006 competition calling for Holocaust-related cartoons on the Iranian website Irancartoon, Heine has been accused of anti-Semitism by critics including the Belgian satirical weekly magazine Pere UBU and the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs,” and he has written or drawn many anti-Semitic articles and cartoons equating Jews with Nazis , particularly for the virulently anti-Israel blog Daily Kos, that even found some of his writing openly anti-Semitic enough to have it removed.
However, Heine once wrote an open letter to the Irancartoon.org website -- which typified how Iran’s leadership has been active in Holocaust denial -- that said, "We are against all kinds of revisionism, anti-Semitism, racism or xenophobia. We do not at all deny that millions of Jews were horribly murdered by the Nazis.”
These denials of prejudice may get Heine in the door of churches and elsewhere. But what Heine says regarding the Jewish people and religious symbolism, and what he does, are completely different. In honor of Baltzer’s appearance before Christian groups in Belgium, he created a cartoon that portrays Anna Baltzer as the Pieta with a dead Palestinian Jesus on her lap and Israeli air force jets flying overhead. (To see the cartoon, click here.)
Heine’s blog also carries a story, authored by Anna Baltzer, in which she claims that a Palestinian child was felled by poison gas dispersed by the Israeli army from an IDF base.
Baltzer’s tales often include such alleged atrocities by Israeli soldiers against Arab children, but using only first names of “victims” that are not verifiable , except through herself and her fellow International Solidarity Movement activists. No addresses, no dates, no newspaper articles are usually cited; even more, no lawsuits against the IDF that such “victims” can file.
For example, speaking to a Presbyterian Church in Wyoming, Baltzer told the congregation of a Palestinian mother who was forced to watch and choose from several of her children to be gunned down by Israeli soldiers – a story she was later compelled to recant. When asked why she spread the false story she replied, “I don’t think it’s hateful to hold a nation responsible for targeting civilians.” She never, though, condemns missiles fired into Israeli communities from Gaza. On the contrary, Baltzer repeatedly supports Hamas, and in her presentations calls for intifadas [violent uprisings] against Israel, as does her sponsor, Ben Heine.
Ms. Baltzer has already been proven to have fabricated a tale of a Palestinian woman losing two babies due to an Israeli security checkpoint put in place to to keep out terrorists.
She frequently lectures in the U.S., particularly to Christians and at Presbyterian churches, to incite ill will against Israel. That Anna Baltzer lectures in the churches in order to negate Christian support for a Jewish homeland, and apparently consents to be featured as Heine’s Christian Pieta -- all the while proclaiming herself a Jew who expresses a need for Zionism and the Jewish state of Israel to be brought down -- are just more examples of how the Palestinian movement continues to promote anti-Semitism in Europe and America among Christians, not just Arabs and Muslims.
What is sad is that our universities, both in the U.S. and the UK, are playing host to this woman, thereby giving her the appearance of academic, and intellectual legitimacy when her goal is to persuade her audiences by lying. She does not promote “peace” or to better the human condition. She pits one side that is from the totalitarian world against the other that is from the democratic West. Our universities and churches are supporting frauds like Anna Baltzer. They should not be. Next, the lies may be about all of us, or simply our right to speak the truth in public without being accused of denying rights to the very same people who plot to take them away from us.
Any Christian organizations and universities in Europe that are still on Baltzer’s tour schedule should cancel invitations for her to speak. That is, unless they, too, are happy to compare an untrustworthy purveyor of malevolent lies to the Virgin Mary.
(Update: Apparently Anna Baltzer's real name is Anna Piller. It seems she even lies about her real name to people. More on this issue later).
Also on the Gatestone Institute, sent to A7 by the author.