I wrote: It can't be called anti-semitism, it is something else. A proper name could be anti-Israelism. And here we have Uri Avneri, the grand old man of the Israeli peace movement, see what he writes :
ANTI-SEMITISM is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are
in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel
before it is too late.
PRACTICALLY ALL the alarming incidents which have taken place in Europe recently – especially in Paris and Copenhagen – in which Jews were killed or attacked – had nothing to do with anti-Semitism.
All these outrages were conducted by young Muslims, mostly of Arab
descent. They were part of the ongoing war between Israelis and Arabs
that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. They are not descended from
the pogrom in Kishinev and not related to the Protocols of the Elders of
In theory, Arab anti-Semitism is an oxymoron, since Arabs are
Semites. Indeed, Arabs may be more Semitic then Jews, because Jews have
mingled for many centuries with Gentiles.
But, of course, the German publicist Wilhelm Marr, who probably
invented the term Antisemitismus in 1880 (after inventing the term
Semitismus seven years earlier) never met an Arab in his life. For him
the only Semites were Jews, and his crusade was solely against them.
(Adolf Hitler, who took his racism seriously, applied it to all
Semites. He could not stand Arabs either. Contrary to legend, he
disliked the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had
fled to Germany. After meeting him once for a photo-opportunity arranged
by the Nazi propaganda machine, he never agreed to meet him again.)
SO WHY do young Muslims in Europe shoot Jews, after killing cartoonists who have insulted The Prophet?
Experts say that the basic reason is their profound hatred for their
host countries, in which they feel (quite rightly) that they are
despised, humiliated and discriminated against. In countries like
France, Belgium, Denmark and many others, their violent rage needs an
But why the Jews?
There are at least two main reasons:
The first is local. French Muslims are mostly immigrants from North
Africa. During the desperate struggle for Algerian independence, almost
all the Algerian Jews sided with the colonialist regime against the
local freedom fighters. When all Jews and many Arabs emigrated from
Algeria to France, they brought their fight with them. Since they now
live side by side in the crowded ghettos around Paris and elsewhere,
their mutual hatred lives on and often leads to violence.
The second reason is the ongoing Arab-Zionist conflict, which started
with the mass immigration of Jews to Arab Palestine, continued with the
long list of wars and is now in full bloom. Practically every Arab in
the world, and most Muslims are emotionally involved in the conflict.
But what have French Jews to do with that far-away conflict? Everything.
When Binyamin Netanyahu does not miss an opportunity to declare that
he represents all the Jews in the world, he makes all the world's Jews
responsible for Israeli policies and actions.
When Jewish institutions in France, the US and everywhere totally and
uncritically identify with the policies and operations of Israel, such
as the recent Gaza war, they turn themselves voluntarily into potential
victims of revenge actions. The French Jewish leadership, CRIF, did so
Neither of these reasons has anything to do with anti-Semitism.
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