It’s been just over a year of blogging here at Seismic Shock, so just wanted to evaluate and review how this blog’s progressed.
I started blogging under the name ‘Mordechai Ben Emet’ and eventually settled for just ‘Seismic’ to reflect the blog’s name.
My starting-point for blogging was discovering the links between Stephen Sizer and sections of the American Far Right, the anti-Zionist hard Left in the UK and hardcore Islamists in Britain and in the Middle East. You can look back over the early posts in order to see this.
I have also considered the implications of Christian theologians such as Stephen Sizer and Anthony McRoy who chastise Christian Zionists for their apocalyptic theology, whilst praising Mahmoud Ahmadinejad despite his apocalyptic theology.
I’ve also blogged about Ben White, a British journalist who rose to fame recently whilst defaming Israel and praising Christian anti-Zionist theologians such as Sizer and Colin Chapman. In recent months, White has gained notoriety for recommending the work of a Holocaust denier in a polemical book against Israel, banning Zionist Jews from his meetings and facebook groups, and for being alarmed at the arrest of antisemites who plotted to blow up a synagogue in New York.
It was the Seismic Shock blog that first picked up on Ben White’s infamous quote “I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are”. Seismic Shock also revealed that Garth Hewitt of the Amos Trust originally came up with the idea to re-write Christmas carols with anti-Zionist lyrics, and I also used this blog to challenge worrying examples of antisemitism which found their way into the evangelical press.
My blog has examined the Sabeel network, the anti-Zionists involved in high positions in Sabeel, the Friends of Sabeel North America’s attempts to boycott an Israeli teenage dance troupe, and the Friends of Sabeel UK’s wordplay about boycotting Israel. I’ve also criticised the anti-Zionist Swedish Christian charity Diakonia for its rhetoric and links with the Sabeel movement.
As well as looking at Christians on the anti-Zionist Left, I’ve kept a close eye on Christians pushing fascism and fascist theology, which has coincided with the BNP’s rather unconvincing 2009 turn towards Protestant Christianity, and the rise of the BNP’s vicar-stroke-politician Robert West. I’ve looked at the BNP’s links with Italian neo-fascist Catholic outfit Forza Nuova, who have been known for their intimidation of Italian Protestants. I’ve also taken a look at fascist priests in Italy Giulio Tam and Floriano Abrahamowicz, as well as Hungary’s Far Right political clergyman Lorant Hegedus Jr.
All in all, I’ve been chuffed with the success of the Seismic Shock blog. I’ve had guest posts on Harry’s Place and CIF Watch, and I’ve been linked to by Engage, Modernity, NGO Monitor, Barthsnotes, Efrafan Days, Why Don’t You?, J-News Reader (Hungary) and Warped Mirror.
I have seen arguments and research which I originally posted on Seismic Shock appear in NGO Monitor, The Jerusalem Post, Ynet News, Front Page Mag, Turkish Weekly, Haaretz, The Jewish Chronicle, The Church of England Newspaper, The British Church Newspaper and The Spectator, as well as an allusion to my research in the introduction of Calvin Smith’s book on Christian theology about Israel. I have also written articles about the BNP and Christianity which have been posted on the HOPE Not Hate NORFOLK website.
I’m deeply indebted to regular commenters such as Modernity, Zkharya, Shrewsfan, Angry Anarchist, Bratanchik, Glasspole, Luke Evans, Paul, Dooley and CZ for the ideas and support you’ve given me. Thank you. I’m not sure what’s next for this blog, but I hope to respond to developments.
As many of you are aware, the prime focus of this blog is not on promoting a specific political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as there are far more capable commenters on this most complex subject. Instead this blog is focused on the political outworkings of anti-Zionist and antisemitic theology, as well as the misuse of Christianity by fascist thugs. Hopefully one day soon, of course, there will no longer by a need for this blog.