Special Report: A New Form of Antisemitism . . .
Vol: 26 Issue: 16 Sunday, November 16, 2003
A pre-dawn fire destroyed part of a suburban Jewish school in what France’s interior minister said was likely an anti-semitic act.
No injuries were reported in Saturday’s blaze at the Merkaz Hatorah private school, located in Gagny in the Seine-Saint-Denis region.
About 100 firefighters were called in to put out the flames, which destroyed some 32,290 square feet on the school’s second floor where work was underway, officials at the local prefecture said. The area was not being used by students.
The fire started in two separate places, local officials said.
“The criminal origin of the blaze is more than strongly suspected which gives, for this Jewish school, an anti-Semitic and obviously racist connotation,” said Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to the fire site.
In Germany, a prominent German member of the opposition Christian Democrats gave a speech in which he tried to document how Jewish people were responsible for the atrocities and killings of the Russian revolution – and compared it to the Holocaust. He was reprimanded by the party, who hoped that would be that.
It wasn’t, since this is politics, and eventually, the parliament voted to expel Martin Hohmann, hoping to put to rest allegations of lingering German antisemitism.
It didn’t work out that way. Although 195 MPs supported his expulsion, 28 opposed it and 16 abstained. Another four spoiled their ballots while five MPs did not turn up to vote.
“The result makes it quite clear that his position and his views have a certain support in his party,” said Green Party MP Claudia Roth. “It’s not enough to say: Hohmann is expelled and that is the end of the story. I feel that the story will continue.”
Roth’s remarks are prescient; the story will continue, not just in Germany, but globally. The Greek government was forced to distance itself from recent anti-Semitic comments made by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
“We [the Greeks] are alone, but without the self-awareness and fanaticism the Jews have. We and the Jews are two peoples who are brotherless in the world. However, they have fanaticism and succeed in imposing themselves. We can say today that this small people is at the root of evil, not of good, which means that too much self-awareness and too much insistence causes harm.”
Two Greek government ministers heard the remarks and remained silent.
Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum) Chairman Avner Shalev said Theodorakis’s statements “are a symptom of the systematic flooding of Europe with incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”
Writes Abraham Foxman in his book, “Never Again”, “we currently face as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930s if not a greater one. Foxman cited two recent events to make his case.
The first is last month s speech by Malaysia s then-prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, who told the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference that Jews rule the world by proxy, and urged the Muslim world to unite to defeat the Jews.
The second development is a recent poll revealing that more Europeans about 59 percent consider Israel the greatest threat to world peace than any other country.
Under leaders that excuse the anti-Semitism in their midst, Europe home to a fast-growing Muslim population has given rise to extremist political parties and hate crimes against Jews, Foxman notes. After Mahathir s speech before the Organization of the Islamic Conference, heads of state, kings, potentates stood on their hind legs and gave him a standing ovation, Foxman said.
According to Foxman, Israel has few friends.
With the United Nations a bully pulpit for the Palestinian cause, the Jewish state often finds itself allied only with America, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Israel has become the Jew of nations, Foxman told Wolf Blitzer last week in a CNN interview shunned, hounded and persecuted.
At a 65th anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht in Vienna, protestors waved Palestinian flags and yelled anti-Israel slogans, disrupting the Holocaust ceremony.
The world hates Israel — only someone blinded by antisemitism could deny it. Look at the UN voting record when it comes to condemning Israel. Israel has come under greater UN condemnation than any single state in history — and more times than all the Arab states combined — and the vote is always four against the world; Israel, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and, thankfully for Israel, the United States
The world cannot offer an explanation for its venomous, knee-jerk hatred of Israel. The Palestinian ‘occupation’ is an excuse. Israel was just as hated before it began.
The ‘Palestinians’ came into existence in 1967 following the third war of annihilation launched against the Jews in less than twenty years. The ‘Palestinian occupation’ came to global prominence following yet a fourth effort by the Arab world to annihilate the Jews in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
In all four of these wars, not a single country lifted a finger to help them.
The Palestinian issue doesn’t explain any of that.
Ariel Sharon noted the existence of a ‘new kind of antisemitism’ at the state level, in which governments treat Israel the way that individual antisemites treat Jews. But nobody can explain why.
The Jews have contributed more to global society than any other people on earth. More Jews have won Nobel Prizes for advances in science than any other identifiable religious or ethnic group in the world.
Although Jews account for a fraction of a percentage of the earth’s population, they account for 22% of the Nobel Prizes awarded for scientific advancements since 1901, for example.
So, what explains this new ‘antisemitism’? (As if the old kind isn’t bad enough).
The Bible says that Israel would not exist until the last days. Until Israel’s restoration, antisemitism could only be practiced against Jewish individuals. But Zecharaiah says that the entire world would be gathered against a literal nation of Israel who would be, at that time, in disputed possession of Jerusalem.
As we found out, it was impossible to ‘gather the whole world together’ against one of the most repressive and brutal dictatorships of the 20th century when Bush tried to assemble a coalition against Iraq.
But where Israel is concerned, the only holdouts are America, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. But nobody can explain why they oppose Israel, apart from the Palestinian issue, which, as we’ve seen, is just a convenient excuse.
Daniel says the antichrist will appear to settle the conflict between Israel and her enemies, a feat so impressive it catapults him to unrestricted global power. John says he will use his power to launch a holocaust against the Jews so horrific that Jesus said without His return, ‘no flesh would be saved.’
And Jesus told His Jewish audience that the generation that would see the restoration of the fig tree ‘would not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.’
He told them, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
As close as all this seems to reaching fulfillment before our very eyes, Paul told the Church that there is first ANOTHER event on God’s prophetic calendar:
“For this we say unto you BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)