"Never Again" Means Standing Up for Israel

(JNS) Fiamma Nirenstein - Standing up to contemporary anti-Semitism means taking up arms in the war being fought over Israel's legitimacy. To win the global war against anti-Semitism, strong, clear voices are essential. The politically correct "anti-Semitism" spoken of by the EU and UN, bundled together as it is with all other forms of bigotry, is easy to declare oneself against. It's easy to vow "never again" when you don't have to confront Palestinian rejectionism and terrorism, or the criminalization of the Jewish state. The sole motivation for all the resolutions condemning "illegal settlements," the blacklists, the discriminatory labeling, the trade barriers, the repeated interventions with regard to construction in the disputed territories, and indeed for the entire "two states for two peoples" paradigm, has been to generate international support for the Palestinians and contempt for the Jews and Israel. It is these efforts that have led to all the accusations of criminality, human rights violations, racism, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid against Israel and, in short, to the portrayal of Jews as evil. When certain political leaders attack Israel, they are merely seeking dividends from this internationally institutionalized policy that denies the legitimacy of the State of Israel and criminalizes all Jews. The writer, a member of the Italian Parliament who established and chaired the Committee for the Inquiry into Anti-Semitism at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, is a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

2020-03-04 00:00:00

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