are we reliving the 1930's?
It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again
According to a report issued by the World Jewish Congress last week, anti-Semitic sentiments in the European continent have doubled since the beginning of the summer.
And according to Professor Dina Porat, co-coordinator of the conference, the research showed a significant change in the attitudes toward Jews. And not just among extremists, but also in moderate sectors of the European population.
Porat heads Tel Aviv University’s Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of anti-Semitism and Racism.
The report included examples of anti-Semitic cartoons reminiscent of the Nazi era published in places like Norway, Mexico and even the UK.
The report also said that Ahmadinejad's repeated threats against Israel has emboldened the anti-Semites to come out of the closet, so to speak.
Congress President Edgar Bronfman cited Iran’s nuclear development activities as the most dangerous threat to the Jews and Israel since the Holocaust.
Roger Kukerman, President of the Committee Representing the Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) said that when Ahmadinejad vows to kill the Jews and “wipe Israel of the map”, the remarks should be taken seriously.
Kukerman added that the only difference between the president of the Islamic Republic and the founder of the Nazi party is one of weapons. Ahmadinejad is suspected of having nuclear weapons. Adolph Hitler had none.
In Germany, a poll conducted by the German Friedrich Ebert Fund surveyed 5,000 German citizens about their attitude towards the Jews.
The findings showed that 18 percent of Germans believe Jews have too much influence in the country. Fourteen percent said that Jews are more inclined to cheat in business. And an equal number said Jews are not fit to live in Germany because they are different.
The poll found anti-Semitism is more profound in the West than in the former East Germany. And it was more prevalent among wealthy West Germans than their poorer countrymen.
In addition, the poll revealed trends that harken back to the bad old days of the 1930's.
# 15 percent believe Germans are naturally superior to other people
# 28 percent long for Germany to return to its position as a major international player and condone using force to ‘reach the position [they] deserve’
# 26 percent hope for a single popular party to take control of the nation
# 9 percent support a German dictatorship
# 35 percent in western Germany and 44 percent in the east said “foreigners come to Germany only to exploit it.”
And a study commissioned for the United Nations puts the blame for the war against Islamofacism squarely on Israel's shoulders.
We may wish to think of the Arab-Israeli conflict as just one regional conflict amongst many," said Kofi Annan, who leaves his post as UN Secretary General at the end of the year. "It is not. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge among people far removed from the battlefield."
Annan went on to say,
"As long as the Palestinians live under occupation, exposed to daily frustration and humiliation, and as long as Israelis are blown up in buses and in dance halls, so long will passions everywhere be inflamed," Annan said.
The fact that Israel is "occupying" ISRAEL and not the Palestinian territories was of no interest to the committee members, evidently. And while Annan mentioned Israelis being blown up in busses and dance halls, he didn't mention that those targets were INSIDE Israel, and not in some undefined area of 'Israeli occupation'.
The report was drafted in the past year by a group of twenty 'impartial' global leaders, including, believe it or not, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and the noted Marxist apologist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
The group making the recommendations was formed in 2005 as part of the U.N.-backed "Alliance of Civilizations" initiative. It was sponsored by the Socialist government of Spain and co-sponsored by Turkey, which is 99% Islamic.
The report also called for the development of a report "analyzing the Israeli-Palestinian landscape dispassionately and objectively," and "establishing clearly the conditions that must be met to find a way out of this crisis."
The fact is, the conditions that must be met to find a way out of this crisis have ALREADY been established. The conditions call for Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist and renounce violence and terrorism. It isn't Israeli policy that is an obstacle to peace. Israeli policy is to negotiate for peace with representatives that WANT peace.
The report recommended renewed efforts toward the goal of establishing "two fully sovereign and independent states coexisting side by side in peace and security."
Israel has already agreed to that goal. The majority of Palestinians prefer their vision of one state INSTEAD of Israel, but the report reserved its sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians.
Because peace with Israel is not the objective. Peace WITHOUT Israel is.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well you've covered all the anti-jewish material you could get your hands on Peace as far as Israel is concerned, is a piece of everyone of her neighbours.Plus all of palastine The anti- semitism world wide is'nt about jews in particular Rather it's about Israeli aggression in the middle east.One can make all the excuses under the sun for this theft of arab land.But in the final analases you can never have peace if you hold all the pieces
- 1 decade ago
Your statistics about Germany are indeed disturbing, but these type of statistics are never really that impartial, you would have to see both the analysis and the questionnaire where this information comes from yourself to make up your mind. And seriously what nationality doesnt have a superiority complex, 15% is quite low.
Also, I'm not condoning it but when there is any condemnation or disgust with the actions of the state of Israel it is considered anti-semetic. This is annoying that any remark against the actions of the Israeli government or army is considered anti-semetic.
You could also find statistics showing increased anti-americanism after the Iraq war. Also, have you forgotten about that little incident north of Israel. The vague description, dispropotionate use of force by Israel has destabilised that country and has caused Hezbollah to become more powerful than it was before.
As an Irish person, we like the palestinians were ruled over by a larger neighbour. At the time of independence we wanted blood and the fall of Britain. But we got over it when our independence was secured.
I must say this, what has happened to Jews in the past century is beyond words and the fact they have gotten a homeland is a great achievement. The obstacles they faced in keeping their country have been overcome well. However, the fact that it has constently broken UN resolutions (more if the USA didnt have its way) cannot be tolerated and it then envokes other resolutions against its neighbours is disheartening.
Israel and its people have a chance to become a great nation once again, but in the eyes of the world Israel is coming off as a tyrant. The solution is not for me to give but between Israel and Palestine. Those two peoples must find a way, nevermind what the Iranian president is saying whatever people say if he makes any move towards Israel, Russia and China will respond with their full force.
- 1 decade ago
Well, Jews did kill our Lord and Saviou Jesus Christ!