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    Anti-Semitism falls in Europe but hostility to Israel grows Financial Times of London By Bertrand Benoit in Berlin Published: April 27 2004
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      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
      the UK.

      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
      bin Laden.

      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
      counterterrorism alone.

      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'
      fascist allies.

      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[1] 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[2] 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
      Jewish dentists".

      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
      latter-day Barbudos.

      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


      Lisandro Otero

      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

      [1] http://www.counterpunch.org/neumann04152004.html

      [2] http://www.pycckie.com/word/kuprin.htm



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