Anti-Semitism falls in Europe but hostility to Israel grows
Financial Times of London
By Bertrand Benoit in Berlin
Published: April 27 2004
While anti-Semitism has decreased in most of Europe over the past two
years, Europeans harbour increasingly hostile views towards Israel,
according to a survey released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation
League, the US civil rights organisation.
The survey, coinciding with a fall in reported anti-Semitic incidents
in several countries last year, suggests governments are succeeding
in preventing violence in the Middle East spilling over into Europe
through the continent's large Muslim communities.
The poll's findings could also undermine the argument, supported by
some civil rights movements including the ADL itself and think-tanks
in Israel and the US, that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe holds its second
conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin tomorrow.
Speaking in Berlin yesterday, Abraham Foxman, ADL director, said the
decline in anti-Semitic attitudes since a first survey in 2002 showed
European governments, particularly France, were having some success
in defeating anti-Jewish sentiments.
"The good news is that regardless of the methodology we use, there is
a decrease in anti-Semitic attitudes in eight out of the 10 countries
surveyed," Mr Foxman said. "The bad news is it seems to be open
season on Israel and the level of criticism is almost beyond reason."
He denied any link between Israel's deteriorating image in Europe and
the country's policies, saying: "When more than half of Europeans see
Israel as a non-democratic country, then it has very little to do
with [Ariel] Sharon, [Israel's prime minister]."
Mr Foxman hoped "to start a discussion" at the OSCE conference on how
to treat anti-Zionism. The US is sending a delegation to Berlin led
by Ed Koch, former mayor of New York. Colin Powell, secretary of
state, is also attending.
The ADL poll showed the percentage of those harbouring anti-Semitic
prejudices had fallen in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain,
Italy, Switzerland and Austria, but had risen in the Netherlands and
Mr Foxman singled out France as a country where the fight against
anti-Semitism had been the most determined and successful: "A few
years ago, France had the most antisemitic incidents," he said. "It
is now leading the way to show how a country can reverse itself."
France, home to Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, was
condemned after attacks on Jews and Jewish property in 2002 and 2003.
A year ago, Michael Melchior, Israeli deputy foreign minister,
denounced it as the most anti-Semitic country in the west.
After the firebombing of a Jewish school last November, Paris adopted
measures to combat prejudice and violence. These, Mr Foxman said, had
led to a 10 percentage-point fall in the number of those
acknowledging anti-Jewish views to 25 per cent.
The survey tested acceptance of stereotypes - that Jews do not care
about gentiles, are willing to use shady practices, are more loyal to
Israel than to their own countries and have too much influence on
The most widespread and persistent prejudice regarded Jews' "loyalty"
to their countries. Most respondents in Germany, Austria, and Italy
said Jewish fellow citizens were "probably" more loyal to Israel.
Only in France and Denmark was the figure below 40 per cent.
Europe as a Home for Muslims
As it tries harder to catch Islamic terrorists, Europe can also win
hearts of its Muslims.
April 22, 2004
For Europeans, the Madrid bombings in March served as a startling
wake-up call, as did a recent truce-or-consequences pledge from Osama
In the weeks since Spain's "3/11," British, Belgian, French and
Spanish authorities have conducted extensive sweeps for terrorist
suspects. The European Union met and appointed a terrorism "czar." It
also agreed to coordinate intelligence more closely among member
These steps point to a new focus on antiterrorism measures. But
Europeans would be making a mistake if they limit their efforts to
For more than a decade, another alarm has been sounding, not as
shrill, but more important. That's the alarm of major demographic
change - a dramatically aging and declining European population
alongside the migration of millions of Muslims from North Africa and
the Middle East.
In the larger sense, the migration itself is not the threat. After
all, Europe has needed these workers to support a welfare state, and
many of them are now citizens of their host countries. The danger is
in how Europe reacts to this population influx.
Historically, Muslims have not succeeded in spreading far into
Europe. Spain expelled the Moors in 1492. The Ottoman advance was
stopped at Vienna in 1683.
In contrast, today's wave, sparked in the 1960s by the lure of
economic growth on the Continent, is spread out and staying.
Rotterdam is soon to be the site of Europe's largest mosque. France
is home to 4.5 million Muslims, the biggest Islamic population in
Europe. Muslim Turkey persistently knocks for entrance on the EU's
Europe's war on terrorism can't be separated from its Muslim
community at large. Leaders will need the cooperation of the greater
Islamic population to ferret out terrorists. Last month, Islamic
leaders in Britain showed how this cooperation could work. They sent
a letter to Muslim scholars, imams, and others, asking that it be
read aloud in the country's 1,000 mosques. The letter asked followers
to shun extremism and violence.
This example illustrates that Europe needs to win the hearts and
minds of its Muslims, but it must not lose sight of the larger issue
of its own destiny in this confluence of cultures.
How this coming together will turn out, no one knows. Will an anti-
Muslim backlash prevail, or the opposite, Islamicization? Or will the
communities simply coexist, or blend?
Jihad in Europe can prompt a reexamination of the Christian-Muslim
relationship for the defined purpose of public safety. Or,
preferably, it can move the Continent further down the road to a
redefinition of its identity.
"Anti-Semitic talk is not about Jews at all: it is the dominant
ideology of Pax Americana. A Cuban who talks about anti-Semitism
paves the road for the triumphal return of Meyer Lansky's heirs to
his island" Israel Shamir answers to Lisandro Otero.
Dogs & Foxes
(Letter to Lisandro Otero)
by Israel Shamir
When the red-jacketed British gentlemen ride after fox upon green
hills of Surrey, they call `yoicks' to encourage their dogs; the Jews
cry `anti-Semitism' to encourage theirs. `Yoicks' terrifies the
fox; `anti-Semitism' is the means to terrify opposition to the New
World Order. It is their equivalent of a Papal bull proclaiming the
crusade against heretics.
Like a contagious disease, their hate spreads farther and farther a
field. Iraqis supported Palestinians, and their country was invaded.
The Zionists' latest enemy is France, for the French dared to object
to their plans of taking over Iraq. On the tree-lined street I live
on, a big parked Chevrolet carries the sticker `After Iraq, Chirac'.
Israeli newspapers are full to the brim with dozens of anti-French
reports and features. And whenever the Jews do not get what they
want, they raise the spectre of their adversaries' `anti-Semitism'.
Now the riders received an unexpected support from a noted Cuban
intellectual Lisandro Otero. One would expect that a writer from the
Island of Freedom will call for solidarity with the people of
Palestine, Iraq, and France. He could understand that the talk about
French anti-Semitism is orchestrated by the same forces that just a
few months ago led their anti-Cuban campaign.
But Otero preferred to pursue with the dogs, rather than run with the
foxes. In an article disseminated by Cuban media, the ex-dissident
writer repeats the standard accusations of Zionists against France.
After paying standard left-Zionist lip service to `the policy of
extermination of the Palestinians practiced by bloodthirsty Ariel
Sharon', he writes: "The attacks against the Jews have increased in
an alarming way in France. Many of these acts of aggression are
carried out by Muslims, of which there are in France between four and
five million." This is not very politically-correct, rather outright
racist generalisation. Indeed, Noam Chomsky correctly stated
that "Anti-Arab racism is so widespread as to be unnoticeable; it is
perhaps the only remaining form of racism to be regarded as
legitimate." So legitimate that Otero uses it without noticing.
Just in case the Cuban writer Otero is a sincere man who was misled
by the Zionist media, we shall briefly refer to his charge. No Jew
was killed or severely wounded in France over the past ten years,
though in the same period of time Zionist paramilitary gangs of
Beitar established by Mussolini-worshipping Jewish fascist Jabotinsky
attacked and wounded dozens of anti-Zionists and Muslims on the
streets of Paris and Marseille. In France, hundreds of Muslims were
wounded and killed in racist attacks often led by the Zionists'
In the Jewish state, Muslim Palestinians are prevented from
worshipping in the holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem;
Christian Palestinians were prevented from coming to the Holy
Sepulchre this Easter by the Jewish army. But in France, not only
Jewish worship is protected; the French Jews even celebrated the
bloody `achievements' of the Israeli army.
The mosques in France and elsewhere in Europe are frequently raided
by police and `anti-terrorist' squads; it would be a bloody miracle
if the synagogues would provide total immunity for the Zionists. It
could happen if the synagogues would stick to their religious
practice and avoid political involvement, but the Jewish community
centres and synagogues in France are used by Zionists as their
recruiting grounds. There they collect moneys to build the Wall, and
there they mobilise the French Jews to fight for the Jewish state and
to support the US intervention in Iraq. TOP
Lisandro Otero may read a revealing article A Happy Compromise by
the Jewish Canadian philosopher, Professor Michael Neumann, who
compares media coverage of attacks on Jewish property and attacks on
"When Jewish homes were spray-painted with slogans, the Globe and
Mail (March 17th) put the story on about a third of page one, with a
photo taking up over half the space above the fold. The story
continued on page 8. As a Jew who has found that anti-Semitism is
often manipulated for political purposes, I wondered why the story
deserved such prominence. When a Pickering Islamic centre was spray-
painted with slogans and set on fire - arson is a more serious crime
than spray-painting - the story (March 26th) made the bottom of page
12. It got little more space than the page 8 continuation of the
March 17th anti-Semitism story".
Neumann concluded: the reports on hate crimes against Jews and other
ethnic groups imply that the Jews are important, the rest are not.
In other words, the hullabaloo of `French anti-Semitism' is made with
mirrors, with the magnifying and distorting mirrors of the heavily
Jewish media. Nothing new about that: a hundred years ago, amidst a
storm of `Russian anti-Semitism' reports, a Russian writer Alexander
Kuprin, a friend of Jews, wrote in a letter to his fellow-writer:
"A ten-thousand-strong native tribe in the Far North cut their own
throats for their deer died. Peasants of Samara eat earth out of
starvation. Poland has been devoured, charming Crimea turned into a
whorehouse, the ancient agriculture of Central Asia ruthlessly
devastated, but amid this ocean of evil, injustice, violence and
sorrow we, the Russian writers, scream about limitations imposed on
Lisandro Otero ventures to sum up two thousand years of Jewish-
Christian relations according to the Zionist gospel:
"With accent of Christianity, Emperor Constantine prohibited Judaic
practices under penalty of death. Justinian prohibited the
construction of synagogues. The triumph of Christianity in Europe
institutionalised the racial segregation of the Jews".
Be reasonable, Lisandro! The Church squashed in blood Albigensian and
Arian heresies, destroyed Druids and other non-Christian cults in
Europe, baptised Slavs and Balts by fire and sword; do you think it
wouldn't have been able to eliminate the Jews if it would wish so?
The concept of `racial segregation' was totally foreign to
Christianity, and many Jewish converts became bishops and saints of
the Church, from Torquemada to St John of God. On the other hand,
racial segregation is a precept of Jewish faith, which forbids its
adepts to mingle with non-Jews. We see it in the Jewish state, where
non-Jews are walled up beyond Sharon's Wall and intermarriage is not
The Zionist idea of `endless persecutions of Jews' was invented in
order to subdue the descendents of the medieval Jewish caste and to
mobilise them for the goals of the Jewish elites. It caused paranoid
tendencies among Jews. If you are a friend of Jews, do not encourage
this paranoia. Anti-Semitism does not exist, Lisandro. The Jews are
safe everywhere, as safe as anybody else on this unsafe planet; as
safe as you are in blockaded Cuba, much more safe than Palestinians
in Palestine, Iraqis in Iraq and Arabs in the US or France.
The Jewish fate does not worry me, for it is safe. Cuba's future
worries me much more. Your letter is a scary sign of the Cuban
intelligentsia's readiness to submit to the New World Order. I saw
this in Gorbachov's USSR, where the dismantling of socialism began
with talk about `anti-Semitism'. Promoters of this paradigm had built
relations with Israel, with the Jewish establishment in the US, and
eventually brought Yeltsin to power. Western journalists based in
Moscow had barraged their readers with reports of `growing anti-
Semitism' and of forthcoming pogroms. The Soviets could not even
understand the accusation, for the USSR never knew racism of any
sort. But the Soviet Jews were scared by the baseless but constantly
repeated reports. Over a million of them formed beeline in front of
the Israeli embassy; now they build the wall to imprison the children
of Bethany. Their flight facilitated the collapse of the Soviet
Union, and gave the national wealth of the Soviet people to the gang
of predominantly Jewish Mafiosi in full liaison with their American
kin and kith.
The same phenomenon was observed in other East European socialist
countries. A Mossad agent of influence, media lord Robert Maxwell,
supported their cultural elites. At first, they talked about anti-
Semitism, then about the holocaust; in the end their privatised
national assets were bought by George Soros, Marc Rich and Vladimir
Gusinsky, while their soldiers were sent to kill Iraqis in Faluja.
Anti-Semitism talk is not about Jews at all: it is the dominant
ideology of Pax Americana. A Cuban who speaks about anti-Semitism
paves the road for the triumphal return of Meyer Lansky's heirs to
his island. You, Lisandro, left Cuba for a while as a political
émigré and later came back, for you understood the misleading
sophistry of Western media campaigns and said: "from afar, one sees
better how things really are: the small things are small, and the big
ones are big". TOP
Have you changed your mind again? Do you wish your country to become
another Haiti or Guatemala, a floating bordello off the shores of
Miami? Visit the former Soviet republics, and you will find the end
of the road that begins with talk of anti-Semitism. Even if you do
not care much for the fate of workers and peasants and care only
about intellectuals, you will learn that in these impoverished
countries, writers and filmmakers can't survive unless they obtain a
grant from the Soros Corporation.
Life of intellectuals in the socialist states is much better than
that of their brethren in the `privatised' Third World. A good
hairdresser, masseur, car repair mechanic or indeed a whore may look
forward with hope towards post-Castro Cuba. For a writer, scientist,
thinker there is no hope in the Pax Americana, you will queue for
American visa or sell bootlegged cigars. Instead of being called a
dissident you will be called `a terrorist'. Your misplaced concern
for the Meyer Lansky and Mort Zuckerman, Bernard-Henri Levy and the
Cuban Zionist Jacobo Machover, for friends of Ariel Sharon and Shimon
Peres will bring a new Batista to your island, unless stopped by some
The time will come, rather sooner than later, when the American
Empire will be defeated and dismantled, and with it, the paranoid
talk of anti-Semitism will be gone for good. Then the descendents of
Jews will live in peace and harmony with descendents of Spanish
hidalgo, American rednecks and Palestinian fellahin. Your task, and
the task of the Cuban intelligentsia is to bring the good ship of
independent socialist Cuba into the safe harbour of future. For this
purpose steer clear of Zionist rocks.
Old prejudices reappear
THE ANTI-SEMITISM GROWS
One of the worse consequences of the exterminating and criminal
policy of Ariel Sharon against the Palestinians resides in the
increase of anti-Semitism.
The attacks against the Jews have increased in an alarming way in
France. The Minister of Education of the existing government
announced it must fight this racism. A manual on republican ideas is
being sent to all the schools and French institutions. 300 thousand
copies of the pamphlet have been printed. In that guide it is
recommended to read the Diary of Anna Frank, the Declaration of
Rights of Man and to see a documentary on the Holocaust. The French
authorities consider that this increase of attacks on Jews and
synagogues and the profanation of cemeteries is due to the policy of
Israel in the Middle East. TOP
Last week they burned the Jewish Centre in Toulon in the south of
France as an answer to the murder of sheik Ahmed Yassin. Many of
these aggressions are carried out by Muslims, of which there are in
France between four and five million. In surveys teachers affirm that
it is frequent that the adolescents show their rejection of the Jews.
In several schools it is advised not to wear Jewish skull caps.
Anti-Semitism is not a new phenomenon. It is based on authors like
Renan and Gobineau. Powerful industrialists, like Henry Ford,
professed a dark anti-Judaism. Using Christianity as justification,
Emperor Constantine prohibited Judaic practices under penalty of
death. Justinian prohibited the construction of synagogues. The
triumph of Christianity in Europe institutionalised the racial
segregation of the Jews. Justinian prohibited the construction of
synagogues. In the Council of Laterano of 1215 Jews were required to
wear a yellow cloth to distinguish themselves. Luther proposed
measures against the Hebrews. The triumph of Christianity in Europe
led to the institutionalisation of the racial segregation of the
Jews. German anti-Semitism intensified with the financial crisis of
1873, when Jewish bankers and moneylenders were accused of causing
economic problems. Apocryphal texts like the protocols of the elders
of Zion were spread and gave root to Hitler's anti-Semitism. That
prejudice had its root in the social visibility of the Jews, their
leading position in finance, their politics and culture, their
customary separation, their strong identity. These were factors in
the isolation and separation of the communities where they resided.
The policy of extermination of the Palestinians practiced by Ariel
Sharon has contributed to reactivation of anti-Semitism that was
crushed after the Holocaust. TOP
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