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Recently we have reported on the spread of anti-Semitism across Europe and the rest of the world. Yet even as we are alarmed, we still wonder why this historical hatred continues to occur. Writing at The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead looks at the economic causes – and effects – of anti-Semitism:
Anti-Semitism appears and flourishes among those who don’t quite get modern life, who jump to simplistic but powerful seeming generalizations about cause and effect in a complex world. The world of the anti-Semite may be dark, with all-powerful, string-pulling Jews controlling everything behind the scenes, but the simplicity and clarity of that picture outweighs the darkness: the anti-Semite thinks he understands the world, and that helps ease the pain of feeling tossed about by incomprehensible forces.
But the clarity is false. The anti-Semite is still baffled, confused and at sea; he or she just doesn’t know it. It’s not surprising that someone laboring under these conceptual handicaps would make foolish life choices and bad investment decisions. Even more alienated and embittered because those poor choices have real consequences, the anti-Semite feels more victimized than ever, and attributes the natural result of his or her poor choices to the scheming Jews who make sure that no gentile will ever get an even break.
The linkage of anti-Semitism with a general distrust of finance could also explain one of the mysteries of our time. Radical jihadi groups boast about their intention to purge the Islamic world of the decadent legacy of Europe, but they’ve made an odd exception. There is one kind of ‘boko’ (western knowledge) that is not ‘haram’: the anti-Semitic filth spewed by European tyrants and demagogues in the last 150 years has found a ready audience among the most radical and anti-western of jihadi groups. It’s an anomaly that we don’t think enough about; why is this piece of western ‘knowledge’ so attractive and compelling while everything else coming from the west is suspect?
The ‘suspicion of finance’ that the…Read More » Comments (14) »
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 AM | Stand for Israel
In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza, even witnessing Hamas’ terror tunnels. Yet Ban’s visit didn’t seem to make much of an impression, as The Algemeiner reports that he blames Israel for the war, and that the UNRWA has even published anti-Semitic text on its website:
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Investigative pro-Israel blogger, Elder of Ziyon, on Monday uncovered a report, in Arabic, posted on the the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) website, that accuses Jews of supporting “social corruption.”
Entitled, “The Historical Development of Human Rights Throughout History,” the document purports to be a summary of human rights policies held by a number of civilizations over the ages …
But soon enough, the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes kick in.
“But if we look around us at communities supposedly protecting human rights and at well-known oases of democracy we do not see [human rights] but instead charges that the victim was a terrorist or supporter of terrorism, and also pornography justified freely as rights. We see monopoly and fraud justified by the right of ownership and earnings in any form (Mokbel: 2005: 5) All of this happened as a result of distortion and misinformation by the Jewish clergy. The Jews in the sixth and seventh centuries promoted social corruption (1981: 39), and the claim that they are God’s chosen people demonstrates that the Jews did not know anything about human rights,” the author claimed.
In a related development, both the Bnai-Brith and the Anti Defamation League on Tuesday criticized recent remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holding Israel almost exclusively responsible for the summer’s clashes with Hamas in Gaza.
Ban, speaking at a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, and in Ramallah a day later, said Israel was at fault for “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday we told you about the annual Iran-sponsored anti-Semitic conference currently being held in Tehran. One of the attendees we noted is Anglican priest, Reverend Stephen Sizer, who Dexter Van Zile reports has a long history of anti-Semitism and antagonizing Jews:
He has been antagonizing Jews and saying hateful things about Israel for years. He works a lot of his mischief on his blog and Facebook page, where he has posted links to articles that downplay or minimize the Holocaust, and accuse Jews of controlling the world and of being responsible for starting World War I and World War II.
But that’s not all. Dr. Sizer has spoken a number of times on Iranian television to condemn Israel and its supporters and has spoken at conferences in Indonesia and Iran organized by Holocaust deniers and attended by anti-Israel and anti-Western terrorists.
When Sizer is confronted about his attendance at conferences organized by Holocaust deniers, he responds by saying he is merely interested in telling his audiences about Jesus Christ …
Sizer’s behavior has been so outrageous that the Board of Deputies of British Jews filed a complaint with the Church of England, charging the vicar with misconduct …
Dr. Sizer agreed to be more careful on his Internet postings and to have three people read his website and blog “in order to check their content and, in particular, monitor any links to websites.”
Sadly, it looks like Dr. Sizer has fallen off the wagon and thumbed his nose at both his church and at the Board of Deputies.
This week, he went to Iran to participate in a three-day conference where speakers blamed Israel for the September 11, 2001, attack. At the event, titled, The Second New Horizon Conference,” Sizer is giving lectures on “The Israeli Lobby in England” and on “Christian Jihad vs. Christian Zionism.”
Dr. Sizer’s participation in this conference is a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the mediation agreement he signed with his Anglican superiors and…Read More » Comments (2) »
Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:15 AM | Stand For Israel
This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the United Nations and President Obama of Iran’s continuing quest for nuclear weapons, and their threat to Israel. If the world still wonders whether the Iranian government has any love for the Jewish state, an anti-Semitic conference sponsored in Tehran – sponsored by the Iranian government, no less – should provide some clarity. The Algemeiner reports that the annual “New Horizon Conference” is being held in Iran, attended by some of the world’s most rabid and vile anti-Semites:
Anti-Semites and radical anti-Zionists from the United States and Europe have converged on Tehran for the so-called “New Horizon Conference” – a three-day jamboree dedicated to libelous conspiracy theories about the influence of the “Zionist Lobby.”
Among those attending are the French-Cameroonian provocateur and comedian, Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the originator of the anti-Semitic “quenelle” gesture. Also present are Medea Benjamin of the left-wing American organization CodePink, which supports the elimination of the State of Israel, and Thierry Meyssan, the French author of a book claiming that the 9/11 atrocities were carried out not by Al Qaeda, but by the US government.
The conference, which is being hosted by the Iranian regime, is the latest in a series of similar events over the last decade. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, notorious for his Holocaust-denying rhetoric, staged the original “World Without Zionism” conference in 2005; the current conference indicates that the trend of hosting and promoting anti-Semites from across the globe is continuing under Ahmadinejad’s successor, Hasan Rouhani, who is often described as a “moderate.”
The Anti-Defamation League reported that the conference “was opened with remarks by the personal adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mohsen Ghomi, who boasted that the conference itself is ‘the biggest threat to Zionists,’ and that ‘American officials are puppets of the Zionist lobby who are taking advantage of American ignorance.’ Anti-Israel journalist Garth Porter said during his presentation on Monday that the Mossad and CIA are responsible for manufacturing the nuclear…Read More » Comments (3) »
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:13 PM | Stand For Israel
Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, but has been especially rampant of late in Europe, as seen in an anti-Semitic attack today in Belgium. The Times of Israel reports that a Belgian synagogue was the target of arson, only days since the Brussels Jewish museum’s reopening after it was the target of a terrorist shooting:
Three people, the wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, wrote in a statement. Unknown individuals deliberately set fire to four places so it would catch, according to the report …
The building had been the target of petrol bombers in 2010 …
A fire department spokesman quoted in La Derniere Heure newspaper said arsonists started the fire in the fourth floor of the synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday.
The fire came just two days after the reopening on Sunday of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, where four people were shot and killed on May 24.
Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman of Algerian descent allegedly aligned to the radical Islamic State, is being held in Belgium suspected of carrying out the murders.
We thank God that no one was seriously injured, and pray for the caretaker’s wife and children’s swift recovery. We also pray that He protect His children, not only in Europe, but across the globe.Comments (1) »
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:53 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday Stand for Israel reported that Hamas has admitted to committing war crimes by launching rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, though the world pays little attention. Yet the United Nations still seems intent on pursuing war crimes against Israel, a nation forced to defend itself against these terrorists. Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights attorney and the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, writes that the U.N. is a leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism and has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state:
One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.
Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist – as does the UN Durban Declaration – is the flagship of the UN’s racist anti-racism program of action. In theory, the UN Charter demands equality both of individual men and women and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.
- 35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body – the Human Rights Council – that are critical of the rights records of specific states condemn one state: Israel. That is antisemitism.
- 50% of the emergency special sessions of the General Assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel; no emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That is antisemitism.
- The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if “required.” That is antisemitism.
- 70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That is antisemitism.
- The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGOs that it discovers…
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:36 AM | Stand for Israel
While rocket-fire and terror attacks from Gaza have quieted for now, violence in Jerusalem continues to occur. Yediot Achronot reports that on Thursday evening, a Jewish family traveling to the Western Wall to attend an IDF ceremony was attacked by rioters:
A family from Ramat Gan narrowly escaped a lynch attempt on Thursday evening when they made a wrong turn and entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, where rioters threw a volley of rocks and bricks at the vehicle they were travelling in.
The family had been on their way to a swearing-in ceremony of the Golani Brigade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Fortunately, the father was the only one to sustain injuries, which were minor. This past week, riots have been taking place in the Arab neighborhood after residents heard that a local youth had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.
“I’m still in shock from the experience we just had, we were almost lynched,” Eti, the mother of the Cohen family said in tears on Friday, speaking with Ynet.
“We were miraculously saved. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was cry hysterically, not believing that we’re home and that we’re fine. I saw the pictures and couldn’t believe we were there and that it happened to us,” she added.
We are thankful for God’s protection over this family, and pray for His peace over Jerusalem, the rest of Israel, and the world.Comments (12) »
Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:41 PM | Stand for Israel