EJC Head: Anti-Israel Views Lead to Anti-Semitic Actions (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By David Lev 04/19/12)
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Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, called
on European leaders to act to prevent what he called a “tsunami of
anti-Semitism” from engulfing Europe in the event of increased
tensions in the Middle East.
Kantor made the statement at a press conference Wednesday at the
Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry in Tel
Aviv University, where a poll on the status of anti-Semitism in
Europe was unveiled. According to the poll, there were fewer anti-
Semitc incidents in Europe in 2011, but more violent attacks against
“The Middle East conflict has been exported to Europe,” said
Kantor. “It is used as an excuse to justify every anti-Semitic
attack, and this must stop. The change in attitude and action must
come at all levels, including the highest levels of government and
law enforcement. We must not quietly accept the twisted concept that
everything that happens in the Middle East would influence events
affecting Jews in Europe, or anywhere else.
"This issue must be dealt with immediately; otherwise, we may face a
tsunami of hate if there is an increase of tension in the Middle
East, or an attack on Iran. The recent barbarous murders in Toulouse
must be a call to action. We know what the problems are and what the
solutions are,” Kantor said.
Kantor said he would present an action plan to European leaders when
he and other Congress officials meet with them over the coming months.
“Laws to defend our communities need to be passed, such as those to
prevent incitement against Jews, which we know goes on in every
mosque in Europe,” he said. “Security must also be increased at
Jewish institutions. Even raising consciousness on the issue among
European Jews can be a useful tool in this battle. Educational
programs, even including from kindergarten, must be implemented, and
increased intelligence cooperation between authorities in Europe is
essential to preventing anti-Semitic acts,” Kantor added.
A good example of the “slippery slope” of anti-Israel ideas and
statements leading to anti-Semitism were the recent statements by
German philosopher Gunter Grass.
“Grass, with his statements, has sown seeds of anti-Jewish hate
around the world. The road from such anti-Israel statements to acts
of anti-Semitism is a short one. Freedom of expression is very
important, but people like Grass must realize that their statements
are not made in a vacuum.” In the case of Grass, he said, the context
is that a poll showed that 20% of Germans have anti-Semitic views.
“Statements like the one by Grass contribute to anti-Semitism, in
that they are statements against the Jewish state, and use the Israel-
Arab conflict as a basis for the committing of anti-Semitic acts,”
Kantor added. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/19/12)
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