Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003
A EUROPEAN Union "watch dog" commission has sup
pressed a report it commis sioned on
anti-Semitism, because it found the conclusions of its own
According to Rep. Robert Wexler
(D-Fla.), who was contacted by one of the authors of the
report from the Vienna-based European Monitoring Centre on
Racism and Xenophobia, the study determined that most of the
anti-Semitic incidents it examined were the handiwork of
In a brush-off letter he sent to
Wexler after hearing his concerns, EU President Romano Prodi
huffed about "the importance of distinguishing between
legitimate political expressions and criticisms of the
policies of the government of Israel on the one hand, and
anti-Semitism on the other." Because the report failed to do
so, he suggested, it deserved the deep six.
Since when have the burning of
synagogues and the stoning of Jews on the streets of Europe
been "legitimate political expressions and criticisms of the
policies of the government of Israel?"
The meaning behind Prodi's words
should be chilling: In politically correct Europe, it's OK
to attack Jews because they support Israel, but not "just"
because they are Jews.
Jews across Europe are afraid for
the first time since the Holocaust. In France, where dozens
of synagogues and Jewish schools have been firebombed over
the past three years, police have arrested young Muslim
immigrants from North Africa - most of whom, by the way,
have never met a Palestinian. These attacks were not aimed
at the state of Israel, but against Jews. Just last month
the chief rabbi of France, Joseph Sitruk, urged French Jews
to wear baseball caps instead of yarmulkes in public, to
avoid exposing them to violent attack.
Jewish teenagers I interviewed in
Norway told me of being accosted on the street and in their
schools. One girl said her teachers warned her repeatedly to
remove the Star of David she wore around the neck, because
it was "provocative."
Is Prodi suggesting that outward
signs of Jewishness are no longer acceptable in today's
Europe, because Muslim immigrants might take offense?
The real challenge to Europe does
not lie in these violent acts against Jews, but in the
failure of Europe's elites to respond to them forcefully. In
1982, when anti-Semitic vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery
in Carpentras, French President François Mitterrand
not only condemned the attack but immediately rushed to the
scene to express his solidarity for the Jewish community.
When anti-Semitic vandals shot out the windshield of a bus
carrying Jewish children to school in the Paris suburb of
Garges les Gonnesses in December 2000, French President
Jacques Chirac remained mute, and the Socialist government
then in power did nothing for nearly 18 months as the rhythm
and scope of these violent attacks mounted.
The Muslim preachers of hate are
vicious, ugly and violent. But the revival of Jew-hatred in
Europe, under the guise of a Politically correct
anti-Zionism, is spine-chilling in a continent that assisted
the Nazis just 60 years ago in their attempt to exterminate
the Jewish people from the face of the planet. Consider
these recent events:
* In Norway, a major daily,
Dagbladet, runs a cartoon at Christmas time with a headline
reminiscent of the old blood libel that the Jews murdered
Christ. "A child is shot in Bethlehem," the caption
* In Greece, famed composer Nikis
Theodorakis, calls Jews "these little people [who]
are the root of evil."
* In Holland, Greta Duisenberg, the
wife of the European Bank chairman Wim Duisenberg, blames
"rich American Jews" for the woes of Palestinians.
Europe's best-known advocate of
Palestinian rights is Terje Roed-Larsen, a former Norwegian
government minister who proudly acknowledges his role as an
architect of the Oslo "peace process." Roed-Larsen is far
less eager to evoke his origins as a leading member of
Norway's Workers Communist Party (Marxist-Leninst), when
that group openly advocated the destruction of the Jewish
"Anti-Semitism is a non-Jewish
disease that kills Jews," Swedish commentator and former
deputy premier Per Ahlmark told me. "But it's our disease,
so we have a responsibility to fight it." But Europe instead
is sweeping the resurgence of Jew-hatred under the rug of
anti-Zionism, where the embers just continue to
Martin Luther King, Jr. called out
this convenient lie 35 years ago, in a now-famous letter to
an anti-Zionist friend. "You declare, my friend, that you do
not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say,
let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it
echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people
criticize Zionism, they mean Jews - this is God's own
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