Home  > Israel-News Today  > Week in Review
Everybody is Against Anti-Semitism, But... (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by Herbert Eiteneier 01/28/05)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=4723 INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
So the United Nations had a Holocaust memorial ceremony. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke out against anti-Semitism in any form (and racism of any kind), and mourned the dead in Darfur and other places.

It was the first time in 60 years that the UN did anything of the kind. It was the first time the UN acknowledged anti-Semitism as a disease of mankind. It even acknowledged that this disease still exists. A great achievement. It´s just that I don´t really believe there will be anything done in earnest as a result.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, but not only him, found precise and fitting words against racism in general and anti-Semitism in particular. In my view, he is absolutely honest about this. But the whole thing has a big flaw.

When crying over anti-Semitism, Western politicians and do-gooders always talk about Western anti-Semitism, neo-Nazis, etc. Occasionally, I hear them mention "hate preachers" in mosques in Europe - but even that, only after a Dutch film maker was butchered by a Muslim in Amsterdam.

I never heard them mention the not-really-new anti-Semitism coming from Arab media, mosques and universities. Somehow, mentioning Palestinian imams calling Jews the descendants of pigs and apes is politically incorrect. On the other hand, Saudi (or Egyptian or Iranian or...) calls to kill Jews because it is a religious duty to do so are not politically incorrect. But revealing such calls suggests you are practicing racism against Arabs.

So the UN had its memorial celebration. The fact that the Arab states, with the exception of Jordan, did not attend was not noted as an indicator of practiced anti-Semitism. So what would be such an indicator?

There was no mentioning of the absence of Arab states as an indication of their view on anti-Semitism. There was no mention by anybody that these absent states are proponents of anti-Semitism. Not a single voice was raised in criticism of the absence of the distinguished emissaries of the noble states - states that deny the Holocaust ever happened, when they are not accusing der Fuhrer of not having finished his job properly.

By not addressing Arab (or Islamist) anti-Semitism, by not including the Middle East into the campaign against this disease, how will we be able to fight it in our own lands? In denying this anti-Semitism exists, or in not wanting to know about it, we can´t prevent it from reaching our shores in Europe. By ignoring it, that strain of anti- Semitism gets some legitimacy. In fact, our own European extremists are encouraged by the Islamists´ example and they get bolder.

In addition, there is also the "new anti-Semitism" we have to learn about - the anti-Semitism that makes Israel out to be "the Jew among the nations". This type of anti-Semitism is not really a virulent exception anymore. It is deeply embedded in world opinion. And its proponents are to be found not just on the political (extreme) Right; they´re mainstream, they´re among the liberals, the liberal Left, and, of course, they´re on the extreme Left. The existence of this strain of anti-Semitism is also vehemently denied.

People buy the hypocrisy. And in this way, anti-Semitism gets back into Western society. So it must be fought everywhere, not only where Western political correctness says it is. (IsraelNationalNews © 01/28/05)

Return to Top