Hatred of the Jewish People

[Times-UK] Michael Gove - In 2006, Israel came under attack from the Lebanese-based terror group Hizbullah. Its leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, is on record as saying: "If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli." Anti-Semitism is finding new allies, making new connections, gathering new force. Learned magazines devote thousands of words to the pernicious nature of Jewish influence on Western governments, and senior commentators then celebrate the delicious courage of this novel argument. Academics, without apparently being conscious of the irony, argue for a boycott of Israeli thinkers in the name of freedom. It is one of the grave distempers of our times, this prejudice towards the Jewish people, their nation and their collective identity. And one of the tasks of our times is its exposure, its combating and its defeat.

2008-04-02 01:00:00

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