Everybody is Against Anti-Semitism, But... (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by Herbert Eiteneier 01/28/05)
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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
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 ©
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