Skip to comments."Jew Hatred. A Minor Problem, or Overblown?"
Posted on 01/04/2004 10:36:44 AM PST by SJackson
For once, The Los Angeles Times actually surprised me.
This is a newspaper which for years has devoted untold pages to the promoting of Israel-baiting and anti-Semitism, but suddenly saw fit to devote two pages to the possibility that there is a possibility that ''Jews face a widening web of hate''
Golly, they even published an article written by Abraham H. Foxman who is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and author of ''Never Again?''
''The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism.'' Wow!
Do you think that they might just be ''getting it''?
That's an unusual action, given the fact that they, the Peter Jennings of the world, the BBC, CNN, and most of the mainstream media, have done everything in their power for years to slant the news against Israel in any possible way.
Many times I watched them gleefully speak of ''Anti-Zionism'' which we all know has been a code word for plain old Jew hatred.
Im not talking in the past, either. Sixty years ago, in pre-Holocaust days--which are looking very familiar as of late--the same signs were there.
The Jewish State has been targeted by the United Nations and the European Union continuously and singled out as a pariah state and obscenely singling it out as a ''Nazi State.'' For years, I have watched while these same press outlets who now, like a recent Newsweek, have devoted a cover and story to ''New Anti-Semitism.''
Yet, many issues gleefully reported on the terrorists bombings of Israeli civilians--after one of the mass murderers of Jewish teenagers in a disco or grandmothers and babies out for a stroll to get a pizza and then compared Israel's carefully planned and surgically executed removal of the bombers as some sort of ''tit for tat.''
We are so pitifully politically correct in this country that night after night, the news outlets are filled with nothing but the carnage that the Arabs are causing. Yet, nobody can actually mention the real root of the world's problems without being accused of being unkind and discriminating against the powerful Arab cartel.
Somehow in all this, while the Arab world is still bombing our American soldiers in ambushes that the Israelis have come to know so well, our press and president still speak of the ''Peaceful Arab nations'' Oh really? Where?
Why should I be surprised that the Arab world is still marching for Saddam when Arab fathers and grandfathers overwhelmingly supported the Nazis during World War II? I have been trying to get a marvelous book published and produced, called ''The Uriah Deadline.'' It's written by Jack Engelhard, the seasoned and highly successful author of ''Indecent Proposal.'' I thought it would a breeze.
After all, the movie with Robert Redford and Demi Moore made half a billion dollars for Paramount. I was amazed to find out from them that they were ''passing on it'' after initially loving the story. Why?
Because it deals with the bias and outright lies about Israel initiated in the newsroom every day. The bottom line: they told me that it is too political. ''They only want to produce romantic comedies now. But, the real story is that Jacks book is just too damn favorable to Israel and that, folks, isnt very politically correct these days.
What is it going to take to make the world see what is happening in Europe?
Do the Jews have to be placed in ghettos or wear yellow stars on their clothes, for people in France to see the signs?
Like a cancer that's fermenting, the United Nations passes another bill calling for Israel to stop its ''occupation.''
The world media continue their mantra against ''Zionism'' and we, in this country, continue to send aid to countries like Egypt who fill their children's textbooks with hate writings and accusations against the Jews in Israel.
When we're not doing that, Colin Powell or President Bush are going on television to speak about the ludicrous ''Roadmap to Hell'' that they've devised with all those great friends of the Jews like Germany and France, who we all know have such good plans for the Jews.
They still haven't gotten over the fact that Israel still stands, after they were able to push through the Trojan horse called, Oslo. Now, it's changed to ''Roadmap.''
I feel like Im living in some sort of Orwellian period of time when it's becoming the norm that double speak like ''Zionism'' is racism, and ''Anti-Semitism'' doesn't mean Anti-Jewish.
Terrorists like Arafat receive Noble Peace prizes and the International court of justice has lost its conscience.
They've lived so long in a tangled tale of anti-Semitism that even when the IDF discovers 44 tunnels to Egypt--as they did recently--where huge quantities of sophisticated arms to be used against Israelis civilians were being carried through 24 hours a day, the evening news responds only with Israel's circle of retaliation.
I want to scream, ''No!'' It's not retaliation! It's defense for their very survival.'' But the press, the State Department, and the anti-Semites of the world are well aware of that fact. Hatred of the Jews is alive and well.
The signs are there and we have to heed them.
The Christian right is getting it--mainly because they, too, have become victims of Arab terrorism. Yet, even though they see that their churches are being torn down and a mosque built in their places, where are their protests and marches? We need all the help we can get. We're all in the same boat.
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Jews have to stop talking about "owning the lands between the Nile and Euphrates Rivers and the Mediterranean Sea and the wilderness of Jordan.
You know perfectly well no political party in Israel with enough support (actually none) proposes annexation of everything from
Nile and Euphrates Rivers and the Mediterranean Sea and the wilderness of Jordan. No party party with meaningful support supports annexation to the Jordan river and expulsion of the arab population, as you frequently imply.
Your comment is pure propaganda.
Your concept that people hate Jews because they're attempting to expel the Arabs from the Nile to the Euphrates is laughable. Even Adolph never came up with that one. Howard Dean might buy that, blaming it on GWB, but no one else.
So let's see you smite them.
Yup. Elderly Jewish suckers, mainly. Folks who remember the old pre-Foxman ADL, which was a decent organization.
Of course if you press a website, you may only get a newspaper.
Looks like a certain FReeper wants to be an "enforcer"
It depends on your ability to weave a blanket of condemnation that falls equally over all tribes. If your blanket rests more heavily on the tribe of Ishmael then you are not anti-Semite, but should you attempt to balance the overall condemnation of tribalism (here at FreeRepublic) by placing your emphasis on the tribe of Isaac then you enter perilous waters.
You need to remember that the Jewish Nation is composed of multiple tribes - some lost and some found . . . It is risky business condeming tribalism, come to think of it. Don't do it.
You think you're being a real wise guy by making up such a long convoluted dichotomy but you got it exactly backwards.
Gotta lay off the Stoli.
"The LA Times grants op-ed space to a radical who would 'use anything, including lies, injustice and obfuscation' to promote his anti-Israel agenda.
On Dec. 28, The Los Angeles Times published two, opposing op-ed pieces on the resurgent wave of worldwide anti-Semitism. Remarkably, the debate wasn't about what to do about the problem, but rather if a problem exists at all.
ADL Director Abraham Foxman cited, among other recent events, the viciously anti-Jewish statements of the Malaysian Prime Minister, the synagogue bombings in Istanbul, and the burning of an Indiana holocaust museum, to conclude:
Anti-Semitism is not a relic of history but a current event. Its resurgence is stronger and more widespread than even the most pessimistic among us predicted. And the threat is growing...Democratic leaders and good people must stand up ¯ for their own sake as well as for the sake of Jewish communities ¯ so that the theme of "never again" will be a living reality.
Foxman's words were deemed debatable by the Times, who invited Michael Neumann, a philosophy professor at Ontario's Trent University, to counter Foxman with an article entitled "A Minor Problem, Overblown." Neumann claims that anti-Semitism just shouldn't concern us today, and supports his view with arguments such as this: Concentration camp survivors still alive deserve sympathy and justice, but they are few. Myself, I'd feel a bit embarrassed saying to a homeless person on the streets of Toronto, much less to the inhabitants of a Philippine garbage dump: 'Oh yeah? You think you know suffering? My grandmother died in a concentration camp!'...Perhaps anti-Semitism is not, after all, a high priority.
The LA Times accorded Neumann a prominent space to air his views, despite the fact that Neumann has an established record of actively supporting (in Neumann's own words) "vicious racist anti-Semitism" to bring on the destruction of the Jewish state. Last year, Neumann had a correspondence with an anti-Semitic web site called the Jewish Tribal Review in which Neumann wrote:
My sole concern is indeed to help the Palestinians, and I try to play for keeps. I am not interested in the truth, or justice, or understanding, or anything else, except so far as it serves that purpose...I would use anything, including lies, injustice and obfuscation, to do so. If an effective strategy means that some truths about the Jews don't come to light, I don't care. If an effective strategy means encouraging reasonable anti-Semitism or reasonable hostility to Jews, I don't care. If it means encouraging vicious racist anti-Semitism, or the destruction of the State of Israel, I still don't care.
In response to this outburst, the Canadian Jewish Congress wrote a letter of complaint to Neumann's employer, Trent University. As the matter attracted greater attention, Neumann repudiated the statement (without denying its authenticity), then apologized to the CJC.
The Jewish Tribal Review originally contacted Neumann after another article of Neumann's claimed that "we should almost never take anti-Semitism seriously, and maybe we should have some fun with it." In that article, Neumann goes so far as to not only compare Israel to Nazi Germany, but to indict world Jewry for complicity with Israel's "crimes against humanity":
[A]t present, the case for Jewish complicity seems much stronger than the case for German complicity. So if it is not racist, and reasonable, to say that the Germans were complicit in crimes against humanity, then it is not racist, and reasonable, to say the same of the Jews."
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