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Beyond Bigotry

Beyond Bigotry

Radical anti-Semites of the 21st century have a goal: the extermination of the Middle East’s Jewish state.


Israel is at war, and if Israel were to be defeated, much of the world would not shed wet tears. What would happen after such a defeat? No one can seriously doubt that Hamas has genocidal intentions.

Abdallah Jarbu, Hamas’s deputy minister of religion, recently asserted that Jews “want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria -- a microbe unparalleled in the world.” Jarbu thien offered this prayer: “May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience.”

“May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience.” Abdallah Jarbu, Hamas’s deputy minister of religion

Jarbu is restating what Hamas’s Iranian sponsors have been saying for years. Kayhan, the newspaper that speaks for Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that must be excised from “the Islamic Middle East.” The goal, Kayhan added, must be Israel’s “total annihilation from the political geography of the region.”

Let’s stipulate that not all those who support the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla” would welcome a second Holocaust. But let’s acknowledge, too, that those who do not endorse genocide feel it unnecessary to distance themselves from those who do.

The American journalist Helen Thomas was videotaped last week saying that Israelis should return to “Germany and Poland.” What was shocking here was not Thomas’s anti-Semitism (long well known) but that she was echoing, with just a tad more subtlety, the message purportedly radioed last week from the flotilla’s Turkish flagship to the Israelis: “Shut up, go back to Auschwitz.”

Despite such evidence, most media have been reporting that those aboard the flotilla were on a “humanitarian mission,” attempting to deliver needed aid. Few have mentioned that Palestinians already are the largest per capita recipients of foreign aid in the world. Israel itself delivers as much as 15,000 tons of aid to Gazans every week. More comes from the U.S. and Europe via the United Nations, which has a massive relief operation in Gaza -- to which the Turks have contributed but a pittance, as my colleague Claudia Rosett has pointed out.

A Washington Post reporter in Gaza last week noted that “grocery stores are stocked wall-to-wall with everything from fresh Israeli yogurts and hummus to Cocoa Puffs. Pharmacies look as well-supplied as a typical Rite Aid in the United States.”

“War is peace,” George Orwell wrote in 1984. In 2010, war activists are peace activists.

The reporter added, however, that Gaza has become “a mini-welfare state.” That indicates that what is needed is not relief but development -- not shiploads of free food but paying jobs. And that, in turn, requires investment in factories, businesses, and agriculture. Gaza lacks such investment because it is ruled by Hamas, which, again, is at war with Israel. Hamas leaders reject any and all steps that might lead to peace. Abdallah Jarbu has laid out the Hamas position clearly: “I condemn whoever believes in normalizing relations with [Israelis], whoever supports sitting down with them, and whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings. They are not people.”

One of the flotilla’s organizers, Greta Berlin, a 68-year-old American with a background in theater and communications, was candid enough to acknowledge that the flotilla’s primary purpose was not to deliver aid but to stop Israel from inspecting cargo heading for Gaza. Israel does that in order to reduce the number of missiles, explosives, and other weapons Hamas receives. In other words, Berlin wants to increase Hamas’s ability to wage war against Israel -- knowing that more Israelis and more Palestinians will be killed as a result. “War is peace,” George Orwell wrote in 1984. In 2010, war activists are peace activists. Actually, it’s worse: Even arms smugglers are peace activists -- so long as they are smuggling arms to be used to murder Israelis.

Ah, but the root cause of this conflict is Israeli “occupation,” isn’t it? Except that the conflict began long before Egypt, Jordan, and Israel’s other Arab neighbors launched a war intended to wipe Israel off the map in 1967. That led to Israel taking Gaza from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan. Never in history had these “Palestinian territories” been ruled by Palestinian Arabs.

Five years ago, Israel withdrew from Gaza -- every soldier and farmer, leaving behind only productive greenhouses, which Gazans soon destroyed. Had they not done so, Gazans could now be exporting food rather than importing missiles.

Note, too, that on the West Bank, where Israel’s security forces work quietly with those of the Palestinian Authority, the economy is booming. At 7 percent, its annual economic growth rate is among the highest in the world.

The quaint idea that, having learned the lessons of the Holocaust, civilized people would “never again” tolerate genocide has become a cruel joke.

Do such facts matter? The fever of anti-Israelism seems to be rising too fast to be reduced by the cold compress of truth. Jew-hatred is increasingly acceptable, even fashionable, not just in the Middle East but in Europe and in some of America’s finer salons -- and journals and blogs. And now, apparently, interest in a “final solution” -- to borrow Hitler’s apt phrase -- is emerging as well. Helen Thomas’s sudden retirement is unlikely to significantly slow that trend.

The quaint idea that, having learned the lessons of the Holocaust, civilized people would “never again” tolerate genocide has become a cruel joke -- one repeated in Cambodia, Kurdistan, Rwanda, the Balkans, Darfur, and beyond.

Radical anti-Semites of the 20th century had a goal: the extermination of Europe’s Jews. Radical anti-Semites of the 21st century also have a goal: the extermination of the Middle East’s Jewish state. Opposing the former is so much less demanding than opposing the latter.

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June 12, 2010

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Visitor Comments: 18

(18) , June 20, 2010 4:00 PM

Friend of Israel

XOXOXO...I love you Israel.....XOXOXO

(17) Beverly Kurtin, June 16, 2010 4:06 AM

Jew Hate is the proper term

Katy, the REAL term is Jew Hate. Calling it anti-Semitism is too polite, and there are other Semitic people in addition to Jews. It is up to you, me and every other Jew to start fighting back with everything we have. I hand out business cards that say: Genesis 12:3 "I will bless them (the Jews) that bless them and curse them that curse them." Whenever possible I ask, "Why do you hate Gd? Jews have done so much to make your life better...Polio was cured, cell phones were developed in Israel, Laptop computers use chips that are designed and built in Israel. Israel has made your life better through drugs that were developed in Israel, I could go on and on, but think about this: Jews have been awarded 129 Nobel prizes, the Arabs have won only seven. Who is having a better impact on your life, the Jews or the Arabs who lie about us. Gd said that the world would be blessed through the Jews. They have, so why believe the outrageous lies of the Arabs or the proof of your own eyes?

(16) TMay, June 15, 2010 5:18 PM

People will be surprised

People will be surprised to find out that Israel was carrying out a weapons inspection protocol of the UN Security Council resolution #1860 of 1/09.

(15) ladydi, June 15, 2010 11:27 AM

I am so disgusted with hearing the insults and threats thrown at the Jews.....they must fight back and not let another Holoaust happen.......

(14) Niso Benalkabes, June 14, 2010 10:34 PM

Hitler"s Echoes Again

I am sorry to add that, during the two weeks of flotilla crisis, in Turkey, many and many "friends" forwarded messages and mottos from Hitler, especially one of them which says: "One day, you will regret because I didnt kill all Jews". This kind of fascist and untolerable statements are being echoed by even the most educated people" s facebook profiles, twits, etc. Pity is that the world has still not arrived to "humanistic" ideals, and we are part of that guilt.

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