Vol: 19 Issue: 12 Thursday, January 12, 2017
Back in 2004 a report from the Jerusalem Post reveals that every third European in a recent poll believes that Jews should stop playing what they term “Holocaust victim” games.
The poll was conducted as Europe prepared to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera and covered nine European countries.
According to the poll, 46 percent of those interviewed feel Jews are “different,” and 71% of them urged Israel to withdraw from the territories. Nine percent of respondents do not “like or trust Jews,” and 15% would prefer that Israel not exist.
Just over 68% said they believed Israel has a right to exist but that the government of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was “making the wrong choices.”
Forty-eight percent of Europeans polled in Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Britain said that Jews have “a particular relationship with money.”
In all the countries, anti-Semitic sentiment was positively correlated with anti-Israel sentiment. Among all the Europeans, it appears the most anti-Semitic nation is France.
According to a report in the French paper ‘Le Monde’ (‘This Day’), 47 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe take place in France. The paper also reported that while global incidents in general have almost halved, they have almost doubled in France in the past year.
There were 983 incidents of anti-Semitism in 2003 – a sharp decline from 1,979 in 2002. The downward trend is reflected in the UK (107 incidents compared to 114) and the US (40 incidents, down from 45 last year).
However, in France, the figure has almost doubled from 77 to 141. The situation in France is so bad that France’s chief rabbi warned Jewish men to wear baseball caps, rather than yarmulkes, as a protective measure.
American Jews attending a 2001 World Conference Against Racism sponsored by the United Nations in Durban, found themselves confronted by a sophisticated anti-Jewish campaign initiated by NGO activists from Arab countries.
In the months following the Durban meet, Jewish students and professors in the US witnessed a proliferation of activism directed against Israel. In some instances, the target was clearly Israel’s policies towards Palestinians. At other times, Zionism per se and the Jewish state itself came under attack.
Events since Durban revealed a new twist to an old conspiracy theory. Traditional European anti-Semitic standards, such as the 100-year old Czarist forgery known as the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” are being resurrected in Muslim countries as a way of explaining contemporary world events.
And in the latest turn, Israel itself was increasingly being considered a racist state comparable to Nazi Germany – with Jews worldwide being considered complicit supporters of genocide.
Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and director of the Anti-Defamation League published a recent book subtitled, “The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism.” In it, he argues that anti-Semitism has found new friends on the political left – including college students sympathetic to anti-Israel politics and anti-globalism activists who imbibe anti-Semitism and anti-imperialism in one undifferentiated brew.
In short, anti-Zionism is a contemporary cover for antipathy towards Jews. And its main practitioners are, by this account, the political left and various Islamic strains.
The “new” anti-Semitism is considered to be so qualitatively different than the old that it needs a new name: Judeophobia. So argue two British editors in a recent collection entitled: “A New Anti-Semitism? Debating Judeophobia in 21st Century Britain.”
By this account, “Judeophobia might be regarded as referring to both the fear and dislike of Jews: just as xenophobia is used to refer to the fear and dislike of foreigners.”
In the cultured and sophisticated West, particularly Canada and Western Europe, being ‘homophobic’ is an epithet and a synonym for backward, redneck racist thinking. In some countries, like Canada, it is a criminal offense for which there are prescribed penalties, including jail.
‘Phobia’ means ‘fear’ so, be definition, a ‘homophobic’ would be one who ‘fears’ homosexuals, but it is interpreted to mean anyone who has a difference of opinion as to whether or not homosexuality is a lifestyle choice or a genetic predisposition.
One who believes it is a lifestyle choice that doesn’t rise to the level of a protected minority falls into the category of a ‘homophobe’.
‘Xenophobia’ means a fear of foreigners. To the Europeans or multicultural Canada, to be a xenophobic is almost as bad.
In the United States, partisans from both the Left and Right dismiss folks like Pat Buchanan and Representative Ron Paul as ‘xenophobes’ whose views are of interest only to the extreme ‘right wing’ (anybody who is a political Constitutionalist falls into that category).
But the new anti-Semitism is worthy of ‘study’ rather than condemnation, and a new definition, that of ‘Judeophobia’ and is considered more an illness than a social character defect.
I find this fascinating, because, unlike ‘homophobia’ or ‘xenophobia’ — both of which, it can be argued, threaten some facet of Western society, Judeophobia is an irrational, almost genetically inspired, hatred of Jews.
History demonstrates no threat to any society presented by the existence of Judaism or Israel. Israel is the only modern Western-style democracy in the Middle East.
It is the only country in the Middle East to offer such basic guarantees to its citizens as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of dissent, and the right to freedom of religion — at least, as extended to Muslims.
Israeli-Arab citizens are not required to convert to Judaism. In most Muslim countries, Jews are not afforded any of these rights, and in some, like Saudi Arabia, they are not even allowed to exist.
But most of the world views Israel as the single greatest threat to world peace on the planet — in Europe, 8 out of 10 Europeans named Israel the top contender for that title.
It is really difficult to figure out why, in the natural. There is no recorded incident of Israeli aggression against another country, apart from in clear instances of self-defense.
The wars of 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 were all defensive wars against combined Arab armies openly threatening Israel’s annihilation. What wins Israel the category of most dangerous nation isn’t its aggressive nature. Israel wins the top prize for wanting to maintain its continued existence.
To ‘Judeophobes’ that is enough justification all by itself — and ‘Judeophobia’ is, in and of itself, inexplicable by any natural understanding of geopolitics.
This is where it gets fascinating. ‘Judeophobia’ is the most prevalent in places where the Bible is the least respected as the unchangeable Word of God. The godless UN is a prime example.
While they deny the existence of God as revealed in the pages of Scripture, they are among those who most hate the existence of Israel.
After all, if God doesn’t exist, or, at least, if the God of the Bible is a myth, then what is the problem with Israel claiming to be God’s Chosen People? Since they don’t believe in God, what do they care what a ‘myth’ thinks of a particular country?
But they do. It is a curious dichotomy. For most, the justification for hating Jews is either their ‘arrogant claim’ of special status before a ‘mythical’ God, or it is their assumption of responsibility for the Crucifixion of a ‘mythical’ Savior.
There are no valid political arguments. Jews have been the recipients of more Nobel Prizes for medicine, literature, arts and sciences than any other identifiable ethnic group. In short, they have been a blessing to every nation in which they have been scattered for the last two thousand years.
That is a fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham and his descendents.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
One couldn’t make that same argument for Abraham’s other descendents, those who proceeded from Ishmael, through whom Islam claims its spiritual inheritance.
But Islam also fulfills God’s prediction for Ishmael;
“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:12)
In spite of the accurate fulfillment of both these prophecies, the world prefers to love and support Islam over Judaism.
Even the 9/11 attacks have failed to do much to dampen that love. The UN continues to side against the Israelis. At the height of the war against terror, the United States favors the establishment of an openly terrorist state called Palestine.
The General Assembly has passed more resolutions in the last seventy years condemning Israel than it has against all fifty-five Islamic states combined.
Israel’s existence, especially in the current geopolitical climate, is absolute proof of the existence of the God of the Bible. That’s why the world hates it to the exclusion of all other nations.
For centuries, the term ‘wandering Jew’ has been used to describe a shiftless character with no roots. People looking for a better price are described as ‘Jews’ or people trying to ‘Jew down’ a price. In short, being a Jew is, in itself, a byword, that is to say, a word with many meanings.
“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:37)
“Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:” (1 Kings 9:7)
“Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.” (2 Chronicles 7:20)
“Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.” (Psalms 44:14)
In the last days, God promised He would restore Israel to her own place, on the exact same land from which she was uprooted two thousand years ago.
“For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.” (Jeremiah 30:17)
“And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.” (Ezekiel 34:13)
“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.” (Ezekiel 38:8)
The Enemy hates Israel, because Israel’s existence means his time runs short.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)
Because the enemy hates Israel, the world hates Israel. Israel is God’s stopwatch, counting down the days to the return of Christ — an event no UN diplomat or God-hating nation wants to contemplate.
“But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.” (Ezekiel 36:8)
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall NOT pass, till all these things be done.” (Mark 13:28-30)
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