Feeble UN Caves to Strongman's Bile -

[Toronto Star] Rosie DiManno When it comes to horrors committed against Israel and Jews, it has become a given that both atrocities aimed at civilians and reprehensible speech will draw only mild rebuke, if that. Israel is the global pinata, so take your best swat. No need to duck afterwards. There are no riots in the street when Biblical texts are attacked or cartoons evoke the blood-lie - Jews drinking the blood of Christian children; when Israeli politicians are caricatured as hawk-nosed maniacs slaughtering Palestinian children and columnists for respected newspapers perpetuate the fiction of a Jewish conspiracy that controls the banks-Hollywood-foreign policy in Western capitals. Thus, the UN conference on racism in Geneva, following a vile diatribe by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, continued with business as usual. We heard that Ahmadinejad had actually toned down his scripted comments by dropping a passage describing the Holocaust as "ambiguous and dubious." Well, give the goof a standing ovation. The rubric of slamming Zionism - the movement to establish a Jewish state in the Holy Land, intrinsic to the creation of Israel - is routinely used these days as a fig leaf for old-fashioned anti-Semitism. Ahmadinejad got precisely what he wanted: An international podium, UN-sanctioned, to vilify Israel and Jews.

2009-04-24 06:00:00

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