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  • May 28, 2013

    A global tsunami of anti-Semitism

    By Isi Liebler

    Participants at the fourth conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, held under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry this week in Jerusalem, will be provided with data highlighting the accelerated global erosion of the status of Jews and Israel.

    In the post-Holocaust era, many had predicted, mistakenly, that the world’s oldest hatred would recede, even anticipating that anti-Semites would soon become an extinct species. Instead, defaming Jews has emerged as the greatest global political growth industry, a virtual tsunami. In fact we are witnessing a resurrection of the medieval paranoia which effectively blamed Jews for all the disasters of mankind.

    The most concentrated venom is relentlessly directed against “the state of the Jews” (anti-Israelism) which is now the principal vehicle employed to demonize Jews. It dominates debates at the U.N. and other international organizations where rogue states and barbaric regimes seek to delegitimize the state of the Jews.


    The bias and double standards against Israel became so intense that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe decided to explicitly define such behavior as anti-Semitic.

    The escalation of Jew-hatred over recent years has been greatly accelerated by the economic meltdown and surge in unemployment throughout Europe. Such an environment breeds xenophobia which, since time immemorial, was always directed against Jews, exploiting them as scapegoats.

    The era of the Internet and electronic global communications has been a boon to Jew-baiters, enabling them to globally disseminate their hatred instantly and effectively.

    New varieties of Judeophobia have emerged and integrated with the traditional anti-Semitism which had been temporarily muted due to revulsion at the horrors of the Holocaust. The new blend fuses traditional right-wing religious, racial and economically inspired hatred of Jews with leftist varieties which now dominate indigenous Western anti-Semites.

    Ironically, the Left bases its demonization of the Jewish state on bogus Israeli human rights violations while avoiding condemnations of Arab anti-Semitism and abdicating its traditional longstanding role of purporting to champion rights of the oppressed and condemning human rights violations, an area in which the Arab world excels.

    The greatest outpouring of anti-Jewish hatred emanates from the newly empowered Muslim countries, with their combined population of 1.6 billion. In conjunction with their diasporas in Western countries, they frenziedly promote a devilish brew of unique Islamic anti-Semitism combined with the traditional Western varieties. They depict Jews as vampires, descendants of apes and pigs, evil creatures disseminating AIDS, the masterminds behind the Sept. 11 attacks, and so on. Their incitement is at least as potent as the worst Jew-hatred promoted during the Nazi era. In addition, the jihadist component has been the principal element stoking the escalation of global violence, terror and murder against Jews.

    We also witnessed the emergence of Jewish anti-Semites, who are now increasingly promoted to the forefront by our enemies as representing “decent” Jews. They legitimize Holocaust inversion as a vehicle to besmirch their kinsmen, comparing Israelis to Nazis and Palestinians to Jews during the Holocaust.

    The hatred has reached epic levels in Europe, the continent whose soil was drenched in Jewish blood only 70 years ago and ironically today commemorates the Holocaust annually.

    Incredibly, European Jewish communities probably face greater anti-Semitism today than prior to the Holocaust. Then, at least, liberals and much of the Left were willing to condemn the Nazis and speak out on behalf of Jews. Today, under the guise of promoting human rights, the Left is usually heading the anti-Jewish pack.

    This is cogently summarized in the introduction to Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s new book, “Demonizing Israel and the Jews,” in which he states that “today well over 100 million Europeans embrace a satanic view of the State of Israel. They believe that Israel is exterminating the Palestinians … This current widespread demonic view of Israel is an imitation of the diabolical beliefs about Jews which many held in the Middle Ages, and those promoted more recently by the Nazis and their allies.”

    Opinion polls confirm that nearly 50 percent of Europeans regard Israel as a greater threat to the peace and stability of mankind than North Korea, Iran or Syria.

    There is also increasing anti-Jewish street violence in European cities, much of which is understated as hooliganism. In many cities Jews are advised not to wear kippot or other signs of Jewish identification.

    In France, the aggressive approach of sectors of Islamic migrant communities has resulted in murders.

    Attitudes in the U.K. have also dramatically changed, as reflected in the frenetic and shameful hostility and bias toward Israel and the Jews expressed by the bulk of the media.

    These attitudes even permeate the British judiciary, with one judge acquitting a group which had vandalized products designed for Israel on the grounds that it was engaging in justified opposition to the “occupation.” More recently, a judge upholding the right of the U.K. Teachers’ Union to boycott Israel condemned the plaintiff for behaving inappropriately by suggesting that Israel was relevant to the Jewish religion. The U.K. Protestant churches have reverted to their former hostility to the Jews with some even challenging Israel’s legitimacy.

    Even Germany, despite its special relationship with the Jews, has been displaying signs of growing anti-Semitism and Holocaust fatigue.

    Other European countries are witnessing a resurgence of xenophobia and neo-Nazism. The situation in Hungary is especially stark, with Jobbik, the Nazi party whose supporters proudly chant “Heil Hitler” and other Nazi slogans, gained 17% of the vote. In Greece, its neo-Nazi counterpart Golden Dawn recently polled 12% of the vote.

    Belgium, Holland and the Scandinavian countries, especially those hosting substantial Muslim immigrant communities with electoral clout, have also registered major surges in anti-Semitism.

    In these communities, many Jews are in denial. Leading somewhat cloistered lives and not personally encountering anti-Semitism, they refuse to acknowledge the intense hostility saturating their societies.

    The greatest impact is on the younger Jewish generation whose parents grew up in an environment in which they took pride in their Judaism and association with Israel. But in a climate in which the media and society continuously bombard them with defamatory reports about Israel Jewish pride and dignity is undermined and increasing numbers of younger Jews seek anonymity. Some even engage in anti-Israeli rhetoric to attain social acceptability.

    Such a pariah lifestyle is not an environment likely to inculcate a positive Jewish identity, and there is now serious concern about the long-term survival of many established Jewish communities.

    Some read the writing on the wall and recognize that there is no future for their children in Europe, and contemplate emigration or encourage their children to leave.

    There is no denying the fact that the government of Israel has badly mishandled the situation. It has merely paid lip service to the problem and its diplomats abroad ceremoniously condemn anti-Semitism. But there has been no real effort to coordinate a global campaign to confront the hostility and systematically promote our position in the battle of ideas in which the struggle against anti-Semitism should have been a priority.

    The Israeli government’s hosting of a global conference with endless speeches on anti-Semitism every three years is surely not the answer. What is required is the creation of a global operating center to coordinate an ongoing campaign to combat the plague. However, there is no indication of any intention to create a permanent secretariat to deal with the issue.

    There are many talented Diaspora Jews and non-Jewish friends willing to cooperate with us in such a project. This is one area in which the resources of major U.S. Jewish agencies like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, with numerous years of experience and engagement in this arena, could provide considerable assistance.

    Yet to date we have failed to take effective action to confront this scourge, which in the long run extends beyond Jew-hatred and will damage Israel as well as Diaspora Jewry. Many Israeli leaders fail to appreciate that the battle for the mind, which we are losing, is an extension of the military conflict.

    Isi Leibler’s website can be viewed at www.wordfromjerusalem.com. He may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:37 pm | 13 Comments »

    13 Comments to A global tsunami of anti-Semitism

    1. dove says:

      You got that right! I feel like I am on the final frontier. Now, combatting anti-semitism within the shul. One would think with all our prayers about Israel it would be a no brainer to defend Israel. Some don’t see it that way and have bought into the political hype about ‘both sides’. If one is strong for Israel then we are perceived as war mongers. Oh really? Where is your factual truth? Lies will only work for so long until the truth comes out.

    2. NormanF says:

      Unlike Isi Liebler, I’m actually quite at ease with the whole thing!

      I’d rather see the Jew hated openly to his face than being given false pretenses of friendship and love which no one feels for him.

      Jews are simply going to have live with it.

    3. Andy Lewis says:

      @ NormanF:

      Jews are simply going to have live with it.

      Like we did in the 40s, genius?

    4. keelie says:

      @ Andy Lewis:

      Like we did in the 40s, genius?

      What would you suggest we do to change the situation?

    5. NormanF says:

      Andy Lewis Said:

      @ NormanF:
      Jews are simply going to have live with it.
      Like we did in the 40s, genius?

      If you have any positive suggestions to make, we’re all ears! Your snarky remark diminishes you! My observation is what Jews can do about anti-Semitism is limited at best.

    6. NormanF says:

      Andy Lewis Said:

      Read this and puke.

      Like I said, its good to know one’s friends and one’s enemies. Contrary to the fevered imaginations of anti-Semites and Israel haters, the Jews do NOT run the world!

    7. Eric R. says:

      Europeans are born Jew-haters. They have it in their genes, they drink it in their mother’s milk. Same for the Muzzies.

      Liebler has to understand that they can never be convinced. Jew-hatred is more fundamental to them than sex. It is an incurable disease.

      Israel must write off both Europe and the Islamofascist world. She must let them know that they can hate Israel all they want, but try to destroy Israel, and the result will be the end of civlization.

      Besides, Europe is dying – economically, politically, militarily, demographically, and spiritually. Soon, it will be racked with Lebanon-style multi-party civil war, and they will do a great job killing millions of their own – again. And this time, Jews can safely watch it from the outside as millions of Euroscum and Islamoscum butcher each other across the continent.

      And Israel? She will be sending liquefied natural gas and oil from the enlarged port of Eilat to China and India.

    8. Andy Lewis says:

      Sorry for the overly sharp tone. I was just bummed out…2000 years of this same old same old joooo fixation and yet the world still laps it up like ice cream. And yes, I have no answer. If I did, I’d be sitting on His throne instead of this broke down OfficeMax chair.

      But I like Eric’s comment. It reads like something that actually could unwind as written.

      But I am horrified at Europe and its people. It seems they’d rather die a slow and painful death by Islam than live in a world that contains any Jews anywhere.

    9. Eric R. says:

      Andy Lewis Said:

      But I am horrified at Europe and its people. It seems they’d rather die a slow and painful death by Islam than live in a world that contains any Jews anywhere.

      In the case of Western Europe, you are correct. The rise of Jobbik notwithstanding, Israel’s relations with EASTERN Europe, however, including Russia, are markedly improved over the Communist era. Can they ever be really trusted in a crunch? No, probably not. But there is not anywhere to the same extend the frothing, psyschotic, anti-Israel hatred in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Bulgaria that you will find in supposedly “enlightened” Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain.

      Besides, whether you are talking Eastern or Western Europe, the fertility rates of natives are so low that these countries will either basically disappear (as is happening in Bulgaria or the Baltic states), or transform into Islamofascist states, as is happening in France and Holland.

    10. rongrand says:

      @ Eric R.:

      Europeans are born Jew-haters. They have it in their genes, they drink it in their mother’s milk. Same for the Muzzies.
      Liebler has to understand that they can never be convinced. Jew-hatred is more fundamental to them than sex. It is an incurable disease.

      Eric, as believable as it may seem anti-Semitism (Jew haters) is not generic, it’s taught.

      We are not born to hate anyone, its not in our genes, it’s taught.

      It’s subtle, an innuendo expressed over a period of time along with false accusations directed at Jews and Israel.

      Sadly but true we learn books used in our elementary schools reflect this hatred.

      Anti-Semitism is a disease we are not born with but are infested with at a young age.

      Shame on us if we allow it to continue.

      TIME TO STAMP OUT ANTI-SEMITISM

      It must begin with all of us.

      As John Voight once wrote

      Better we teach children the contributions and accomplishments of the Jewish people throughout history rather than lies.

    11. Eric R. says:

      “Other European countries are witnessing a resurgence of xenophobia and neo-Nazism. The situation in Hungary is especially stark, with Jobbik, the Nazi party whose supporters proudly chant “Heil Hitler” and other Nazi slogans, gained 17% of the vote. In Greece, its neo-Nazi counterpart Golden Dawn recently polled 12% of the vote.”

      Yup, Golden Dawn apparently is really scaring the crap out of Israelis:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343838,00.html

    12. Joan Swirsky says:

      It’s preposterous to suggest that the American Jewish Committee or the American Jewish Congress help the effort to combat the pandemic of anti-Semitism. Both have either been co-opted or willingly joined the left and are an intrinsic part of the problem. The proof is the utter absence of their voices or action when it comes to the flagrantly anti-Israel policies and personnel of the Obama regime. Both organizations were mute when they witnessed Obama’s contempt for Israel’s Prime Minister, and mute when they became aware of the egregious Constitutional violation by Obama’s attorney general to use the Internal Revenue Service to target, harass and intimidate the pro-Israel group Z Street. Liebler’s idea is good, but his suggested solution is misguided.

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