…many Europeans have never accepted Jews as fully integrated members of their societies. Any legitimacy given to the idea that Jews are separate and alien European communities encourages today’s anti- Semites to believe that they can prevail.
Added to this, efforts to ban circumcision and kosher slaughter create a further sense on the part of observant and non-observant European Jews alike that we are unwelcome strangers in our countries.
For these reasons, condemning anti-Semitic violence and the Holocaust misses the mark and is no substitute for what is clearly needed: coordinated, continent-wide action by Europe’s elected leaders that will make forever clear that Jewish communities are cherished contributors to Europe’s history, and needed contributors to its present challenges and future prospects. Such an initiative will also distinguish European leaders willing to pay mere lip service to the fight against anti-Semitism from those determined to eradicate it.
This is the story of how Ingmar Karlsson, a former top diplomat and a prominent member of Swedish society, has managed to get away with anti-Semitic forgeries – in a new book on Zionism – and his undemocratic attempts to silence critics.
There is another great truth that this organization has completely overlooked for the past 64 years. In all of the pages that the UN has written about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, in all of its reports and fact-finding commissions, and in all of the hours dedicated to debate about the Middle East, there is one great untold story. Or – to be more specific – there are more than 850,000 untold stories.
More than 850,000 Jews have been uprooted from their homes in Arab countries during the past 64 years. These were vibrant communities dating back 2,500 years.
All of these communities were wiped out. Age-old family businesses and properties were confiscated. Jewish quarters were destroyed. Pogroms left synagogues looted, graveyards desecrated and thousands dead. The pages that the UN has written about the Palestinian refugees could fill up soccer stadiums, but not a drop of ink has been spilled about the Jewish refugees. Out of over 1088 UN resolutions on the Middle East, you will not find a single syllable regarding the displacement of Jewish refugees. There have been more than 172 resolutions exclusively devoted to Palestinian refugees, but not one dedicated to Jewish refugees. The Palestinian refugees have their own UN agency, their own information program, and their own department within the United Nations. None exist for the Jewish refugees. The word “double-standard” does not even begin to describe this gap. This discrepancy is very convenient for some in this Chamber, but it’s not right. The time has come for the UN to end its complicity in trying to erase the stories of 850,000 people from history.
“It was the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Information which began to use the expression ‘anti-Zionism’ systematically after the Six Day War. From the Soviet press, it migrated to the media of the French extreme Left. Prior to that, the word’s use was sporadic at most. It did not appear in dictionaries until the 1970’s. One has to recall however, that Hitler claimed in Mein Kampf that Zionism was the bridgehead of the ‘Jewish conspiracy.’ Anti-Zionism’s major ‘canonic’ texts are first and foremost Soviet fabrications.
One of the Supreme Soviet ideologists, Trofim Kitchko published several anti-Semitic books between 1963 and the beginning of the 1980’s. His first one, Judaism Unembellished, was sponsored by the Academy of Sciences.
What does Iran stand to gain if the Jihadists or popular resistant movement attack Israel? First, any attack from Gaza would serve as a test case to evaluate the strength of Israeli defense missiles and determine if Iran’s ballistic system could indeed be paralyzed by Israeli missiles.
Second, kindling flames on the Gazan border has in the past proved to be a foolproof tactic for damaging Israel’s relations with the US and Europe, as was demonstrated prior to Operation Cast Lead in December 2008. If Iran can orchestrate a diversion between Gaza and Israel, the Iranian threat would be relegated to the background. Every time Israel is embroiled with attacks from Gaza, the Arab world unites against it and Israel’s actions further aggravate the West.
Lastly, Iran would like to see Israel becoming the center of world condemnation again, as was the case with the Goldstone Report. This would serve the twin purpose of once again drawing attention away from Iran while also alleviating the pressure on Syria – Iran’s crucial ally in the region. According to the testimonies given by Syrian refugees, operatives from both Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have joined the country’s massacre-fest.
As 800,000 Jews were once expelled from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands they’ve inhabited for centuries.
The only place in the Middle East where Christians aren’t endangered but flourishing is Israel. Since Israel’s founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%.
Christians are prominent in all aspects of Israeli life, serving in the Knesset, the Foreign Ministry and on the Supreme Court. They are exempt from military service, but thousands have volunteered and been sworn in on special New Testaments printed in Hebrew. Israeli Arab Christians are on average more affluent than Israeli Jews and better-educated, even scoring higher on their SATs