General Antisemitism

Antisemitism: the real issue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict that dare not speak its name

This was written by Greg Sheridan, the foreign editor of The Australian

A YEAR or two ago, I took a taxi from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. It was a brilliant sunny day and all around me the hills were green, as we passed a prosperous Arab village, a beautiful kibbutz, a bit of jangled traffic.

The taxi driver was English, an English Jew who had found a better life in Israel – better pay, less anti-Semitism, safer streets, an easy air commute to his daughter in England, but close to other relatives in Israel, and lots and lots of sunshine.

That day, a Roger Whittaker song was playing on the taxi radio. This Israel, I thought, there’s something beautiful here.

Let me offer you a couple of other images.

On the BBC website, a British journalist, neither Jewish nor Israeli, recounts this experience in Cairo:

“While walking in the street, someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over. Turning around,

I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

“Relieved that the assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants: ‘Sorry,’ he said contritely, ‘we thought you were a Jew’.”

Here’s a third image, this time from outside the Middle East. An acquaintance of mine, an American woman, neither Israeli nor Jewish, nor in any way connected with the Middle East, was helping to run an outreach program in southern Thailand involving Muslim and Buddhist students.

At the end, one of the Muslim students said to her words along the lines of: thank you, that was very nice. Much better than I expected. And the final sentence: “I’d never met a Zionist before.”

The key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and in the wider Israeli-Arab dispute, is the issue that dare not speak its name, the pervasive and profound anti-Semitism that permeates the contemporary Islamic world, especially the Middle East.

This is the real barrier to peace, and people who are concerned with peace will try to ameliorate it.

It is analytically false, historically untrue and conceptually impossible that all this anti-Semitism has arisen from Israel’s sins, real and imagined.

As Richard Cohen pointed out in The Washington Post last week, when Anwar Sadat was a young army officer in 1953, he was interviewed by Al-Musawwar magazine and asked what he would say to Adolf Hitler. His reply? “My dear Hitler, I admire you from the bottom of my heart”.

Read the rest of the essay, here.

4 replies »

  1. Duh.

    At least someone is stating the obvious. Good’on him.

    Antisemitism: the real issue in the German Nazi regime’s agenda that dare not speak its name

    What the hell does it take for the Jewish people themselves – and, most importantly, Jewish political leaders – most importantly, leaders of the government of the nation of the Jewish people – to verbally defend themselves like normal human beings? Really, what does it take?

    Apparently it takes more than even the widespread global propagandic vilification of the Jewish people approximately eighty years ago and subsequent murder of almost all of the Jewish people in Europe approximately seventy years ago.


    The ‘Palestinian movement’ is a racist ideologically genocidally anti-Jewish political movement that was founded by Amin al-Husseini, a co-architect of the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ who was the mentor of, and an uncle of, Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat (Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini). The narrative of the ‘Palestinian movement’ is constituted entirely by perverse intendedly genocidal lies which invert reality. That this narrative of perverse intendedly genocidal lies has been swallowed hook, line, and sinker, by the West, even after the Western world (culturally Christian-European (Christian and post-Christian) societies) as a whole, in some cases, murdered, and, in other cases, allowed to be murdered, almost all of the Jewish people in Europe approximately seventy years ago, demonstrates the extent of the anti-Jewish racism that is deeply engrained in the culture of culturally Christian-European (Christian and post-Christian) societies. That this narrative of perverse intendedly genocidal lies has been tolerated, and accepted, and internalized, and propagated, by Jewish people, including leaders of government of the nation of Jewish people, demonstrates the extent of the deep, profound, pathological, Stockholm syndrome that almost all Jewish people are experiencing to various degrees.

    Snap out of it!

    Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic antisemitism and the impact of the Muslim Brotherhood, by Matthias Küntzel

    The Nazi Roots of the Middle East’s Anti-Semitism

    Iranian Antisemitism: Stepchild of German National Socialism, by Matthias Küntzel


    Israel – A Brief Summary of the History of the Situation

    Why and How the West Is, with Lies, Vilifying Israel

  2. The Western world needs to follow the lead of many Australians, and Canada’s PM, Stephen Harper. They do not fear to speak the truth as has become the norm in so many other countries.

  3. This is what the leaders of the government of Israel should be doing: telling the truth. Told the truth is what the leaders of the government of Israel should have done decades ago. Tell the truth is what the leaders of the government of Israel must do.