Truth and Consequences

(Jerusalem Post)Saul Singer - * On January 5, the U.S. State Department released a report, mandated by Congress, on global anti-Semitism. Before complaining, we must pause with wonder and admiration that there is a nation in the world that has undertaken such an effort. * The report tends to disconnect anti-Semitism from terrorism against Israel, leading to this sort of bizarre statement: "Palestinian terrorist groups carried out attacks against Israeli civilians. While these attacks were usually carried out in the name of Palestinian nationalism, the rhetoric used by these organizations sometimes included expressions of anti-Semitism." * Are we to understand that if you yell "kill the Jews," you're an anti-Semite, but if you do kill the Jews you might be a nationalist? * "Nationalism" that denies Jewish national rights is in practice genocidal, and employs a double standard so grotesque that it becomes indistinguishable from "purer" forms of anti-Semitism. * Let's get this straight. Just as Nazi anti-Semitism led to the Holocaust, Arab anti-Semitism produces jihadis and "nationalists" with genocidal goals. * We should not pretend that hatred and terrorism are disconnected. On the contrary, we need to require Arab governments to combat anti-Semitism as part of the war against terrorism and the quest for peace.

2005-01-14 00:00:00

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