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Anti-semitism. It's not a History Lesson. It's a Current Event.

April 15, 2002

The New Global Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism, the oldest form of hatred, has now moved into a somewhat alarming new global phase
 
At ADL we know too well people are not born bigots. They must be taught to hate. And they are being taught to hate and attack the Jews and Israel and America in Muslim pulpits and by official Arab media and via the Internet across all boundaries religious, cultural, political and geographic. It is time for world leaders and good people everywhere to join the U.S. in speaking out against this hatred that is being stirred up. ADL urges you to join in this fight before it is too late.
 
crossing boundaries of every type -- geographical, national, political, religious and cultural.

There is an ideological coalition of anti-Jewish sentiment that is inter-connecting globally. We see it in the proliferation in the Arab media of vicious Nazi-like stereotyping of Jews, conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. Its messages of hate influence Muslim immigrants in France to commit daily anti-Jewish acts. It overpowers a conference on racism in Durban with anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish resolutions and statements.

And the Internet has given free access to the hatemongers in the U.S. to cross-pollinate with anti-Semites globally to spread their venom of hate on a scale never before possible.

Once Again, Anti-Zionism Becomes Anti-Semitism

Anti-Zionism is showing its true colors as deep-rooted anti-Semitism. No longer are the Arab nations camouflaging their hatred of Jews in the guise of attacking Israel. Here are some blatant examples of the unprecedented anti-Semitic wave throughout the Middle East.

Conspiracy Theories - The outlandish charge continues (even in the face of the Osama bin Laden videotape) that the Israelis, through their Mossad, destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11, and as proof they claim that 4,000 Jews did not report for work that day because they were in on it.

Holocaust Denial - Growing Arab propaganda says the documented atrocities of World War II are Jewish fabrications, and the Jews made up the Holocaust "lie" so that the world would grant them the nation of Israel.

Comparison of Nazism & Hitler with Zionism & Israel - Israelis are depicted as Nazis, and Jewish leadership as Hitler, and the Israelis' treatment of Palestinians as even worse than how the Nazis behaved.

Age-old Anti-Semitic Stereotypes -Reappearance of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" and "blood libel" showing Jews as vengeful, greedy and evil.

Old Hatreds in New Forms in Europe

It is not yet 60 years after the murder of 6,000,000 Jews in the Holocaust, and once again we see anti-Semitism coming back strongly in Europe. This time it is fueled by the virulent anti-Semitic campaigns being spread throughout the Arab world and spilling over through some immigrants and the new media into France, England, Belgium and other countries.

Daily attacks on Jews and their institutions are taking place in France while the government looks the other way. Leading French media are filled with stories slanted against Israel, further heating up a climate in which leadership of the Jewish community is virtually alone fighting anti-Semitic attacks.

In England, Christian clerics are using anti-Jewish rhetoric suppressed since the Holocaust. Not only are we hearing "Zionism is racism" and Israel is illegitimate, but also the old, destructive "replacement theology" -- the notion that Judaism has been replaced as a religion.

Jews are being targeted all over again -- in old and new ways -- with Israel being used as the excuse this time.

Teaching & Inciting Hate on a Global Scale

"Have no mercy on the Jews....Wherever you meet them, kill them." -- Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, sermon at Zayed bin Sultan Nahyan mosque, Gaza *

"Jewish organizations consolidated a hellish plan to take over the world..." -- Al-Watan, Saudi Government newspaper *

"We warn the U.S. and advise her to get rid of the Jews." -- Abdallah bin Matruk Al-Haddal, Saudi preacher from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, on Al-Jazeera TV *

Do we learn nothing from the past? Is the coordinated Arab hate campaign against the Jews in the Middle East to go unchallenged by government, religious andmedia leaders except in the U.S.? Can they ignore what happened in the 1930s in Europe and recently in Rwanda and Bosnia? Words can and do kill.Official government newpapers and TV stations in many Arab and Muslim nations are engaged in vitriolic attacks on the Jews. Blood libel and Jewish conspiracy theories and Nazi-like lies are being repeated daily, no longer disguised as anti-Israel or even anti-Zionist.

At ADL we know too well people are not born bigots. They must be taught to hate. And they are being taught to hate and attack the Jews and Israel and America in Muslim pulpits and by official Arab media and via the Internet across all boundaries -- religious, cultural, political and geographic.

It is time for world leaders and good people everywhere to join the U.S. in speaking out against this hatred that is being stirred up. ADL urges you to join in this fight before it is too late.

*source: MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute

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