On Sunday, YNet reported Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni telling the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in
"Just 60 years after the Holocaust, we continue to witness racist and anti-Semitic phenomena around the world, that threatens the State of Israel … Something must be done immediately," said Livni.
Livni made it clear that the forum was not meant for talk, but to create a new perception of action against the threats.
"The war on anti-Semitism should be our top priority. We are witnessing new kinds of cooperation between the radical left, the extreme right and the Islamic jihad across the world.”
According to the figures, there was a 66 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in
The presentation itself alleges a 60% increase in ‘incidents’ specifically in Berlin schools, not in Germany as a whole, and doesn’t provide counts for 2005 and 2006 as it does throughout the rest of the relevant table.
Among the incidents is the murder of Ilan Halimi in
But not all the ‘incidents’ counted were murders. In fact the ‘report’ is ambiguous about what they actually count, but it certainly appears to include graffiti. The presentation mentions incidents not reflected in the table. For example, it reports that on 6 August, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said,
"We feel that
In other words, to sympathise with
The presentation also cites
The Iranian President repeatedly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish State. He also demands the European countries to take back the Jews who left them for
As I’ve mentioned before, Ahmedinejad has not, in fact repeatedly called for the annihilation of the Jewish state. He made one remark that was subject to an unfortunate mistranslation and reported repeatedly. The report doesn’t make it clear how many anti-Semitic incidents that remark counts as.
But of course that’s not the point. The point is that all it takes to make an anti-Semitic incident is possession of pro Palestinian literature, quoting Muslim scripture, and speaking ‘severely’ against
The radical left promotes, at times an idea of deligitimization of the existence of the
The calls to boycott
By lumping together real racist violence with racist vandalism, graffiti, harsh words, and criticism of
The new American Jewish Committee pamphlet, ‘"Progressive" Jewish thought and the new anti-Semitism’ by Alvin H. Rosenfeld, asserts that
Anti-Zionism, in fact, is the form that much of today’s anti-Semitism takes…
In some quarters, the challenge is not to
According to the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism’s ‘Working Definition of Antisemitism’,
Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:
* Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
* Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
* Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize
* Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
* Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.
Now I find it a little scary that under this apparently widely accepted definition, I am branded an anti-Semite because I don’t agree that colonists are entitled to exercise the right to self determination over territory from which they have ethnically cleansed the indigenous population. Or because the routine, arbitrary humiliation and brutality meted out to Palestinians forced by Israeli policy to go through checkpoints and the like in the course of their ordinary quotidian existence reminds me of the Warsaw Ghetto. Well, at least I’m in good company on that point. Holocaust survivor and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial chairman Yosef Lapid thinks so too. As he said last month,
"It was not crematoria or pogroms that made our life in the diaspora bitter before they began to kill us, but persecution, harassment, stone-throwing, damage to livelihood, intimidation, spitting and scorn," Lapid said.
"I was afraid to go to school, because of the little anti-Semites who used to lay in ambush on the way and beat us up. How is that different from a Palestinian child in