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Twenty-first Century Anti-Semitism By: Tanya Metaksa
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, April 30, 2002


A RELIGION, a culture, and a people are under attack worldwide, yet no one seems to want to call it what it is: anti-Semitism. It is being explained as a struggle for land, a struggle of national identity, or a conflict between states – if one can call the Palestinian Authority (PA) a "state." It is not being addressed as the first anti-Semitic pogrom of the twenty-first century.

 

It was approximately half a century ago that Hitler’s Nazi Germany was in the midst of the final solution to the "Jewish question." In the ensuing decades we have witnessed a global campaign to ensure that Jewish genocide never happens again. In addition to supporting the state of Israel, Jews and others have funded holocaust museums across the globe. Holocaust museums exist in almost every state and, of course, in our nation’s capitol. In Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, is an unforgettable memorial to the victims and survivors of Hitler’s bloodbath.

It would seem that the powerful tale of gas chambers and human ovens designed to kill Jews would have worked to sensitize the world to anti-Semitism; humankind would immediately recognize it when it raised its ugly head again. Yet, the liberal media remains not only silent, but also supportive of those that are working diligently to annihilate Israel and its population.

The headline from an April 22 article on Faz.Net reads "Jews Perceive Growing Threat in Germany." It could have been written in the 1930’s. The opening sentence reads, "These days, the nearly 100,000 German Jews are afraid, even the courageous ones." It goes on to report that Jewish schools in Germany are heavily guarded and that Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, reports that 90% of the non-Jewish mail he now receives is threatening. Even German Jews, who are not public figures, but private individuals, are receiving threatening anonymous phone calls.

We read of mobs burning synagogues throughout Europe. We read of Europeans making anti-Israel comments, yet remaining silent when suicide bombers blow Israelis to bits. The suicide attack at the Park Hotel in Netanya during the Seder supper was a hate crime more heinous than that committed by Buford Furrow when he attacked the Jewish Community Center in California. Yet, I have not read or heard that attack described as such in either the American or the European press. Writing in the Israel newspaper Haaretz Daily Yoel Marcus suggested that it "it had the character of a pogrom, and was marked more by signs of hatred of the Jews than of a struggle for liberation from the Israeli conquest."

In this country we have journalists who have become apologists for the Palestinians or worse yet Israel-bashers. George Stephanopoulos relies on third hand reports from Maria, his sister, a Russian Orthodox nun at the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem. ABC gives her airtime to reiterate Palestinian lies and propaganda. Reporter Diana Lynn of WorldNetDaily.com writes of a conversation between CNN State Department correspondent Andrea Koppel and some businessmen in which Koppel stated, "we are seeing the beginning of the end of Israel."

Maybe some Americans are beginning to understand as there are reports that on April 17 there were over 1000 Los Angeles Times subscription cancellations due in part to the anti-Israel bias shown by the newspaper.

Meanwhile the Headlines of stories about the Middle East in the Washington Post demonstrate its anti-Israel bias. Among the most biased are: Palestinian Detainees Decry Treatment, He Kept Bleeding, Wounded Die as Israelis Restrict Ambulances in Bethlehem, and Reporters Become Targets Of Israeli Army Firepower.

According to honestreporting.com college campus news outlets are promoting pro-Palestinian propaganda at an alarming rate. The same institutions that denied the purchase of ads by David Horowitz and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture now are giving free space to pro-Palestinian propaganda. For example, on April 2, 2002 the Rutgers University Daily Targum printed an accusation made by an Arab student, which has turned out to be pure fabrication. Yet, when reputable readers have pointed out the errors, the editors of the Daily Targum’s turn a deaf ear.

Leslie Fishbein, associate professor of American Studies and Jewish Studies at Rutgers, is quoted as writing; "These false charges have fueled anti-Semitic instances worldwide, leading to the torching of synagogues and the beatings of innocent Jews."

Professor Fishbein doesn’t go far enough in her analysis. We are witnessing a full-scale attack on Jews, Israel, and any other country that supports a Jewish state. Isn’t it interesting that here in the United States the most vocal supporters of Israel’s right to exist are conservatives, Christians, and all those that understand the difference between terrorism and self-defense? Where are all those the Jews supported during the past half-century? Where have all the liberals gone?


Tanya K. Metaksa is the former executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. She is the author of Safe, Not Sorry a self-protection manual, published in 1997. She has appeared on numerous talk and interview shows such as "Crossfire," the "Today" show, "Nightline," "This Week with David Brinkley" and the "McNeil-Lehrer Hour," among others.


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