When Anti-Semitism Pretends to Be Just Anti-Israel

(New York Post) Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon - As the Holocaust recedes into the past, the world is witnessing a resurgence of anti-Semitism. Most Western leaders condemn this bigotry when it targets diaspora Jews. But too often they disregard, dismiss or even justify Jew-hatred when it targets Jews in their national homeland, Israel. This willful neglect of anti-Semitism against Israeli Jews poses the greatest danger to diaspora Jews, since it legitimizes anti-Semitism everywhere. Jews in Israel aren't immune to violent anti-Semitism. Hamas in Gaza is one of the world's most virulently anti-Semitic organizations. Its charter calls for genocide against the Jewish people, and it doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist. In the West Bank, President Mahmoud Abbas has allocated $355 million of the Palestinian Authority budget to bankroll the families of terrorists who attack Jews. He has stated publicly that any future Palestinian state would be free of Jews. To paraphrase the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., anti-Semitism anywhere is a threat to Jews everywhere. An attack against a Jew for being a Jew must be condemned for what it is - bigotry - regardless of whether it occurs in New York, Paris or Jerusalem.

2019-02-08 00:00:00

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