Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

European Jew-Hatred & Demonisation Of Israel (video)

This is a probing look at contemporary European antisemitism.  Among the experts interviewed are Professor Robert Wistrich, who points out that Jewish communities feel more anxious now than at any time since the Holocaust, Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld, who speaks of "the new antisemitism against the collective Jew, Israel" that has been stirred by leftists and Muslims, and Melanie Phillips, who cites the contribution the media has made, with its constant demonisation of Israel. The video includes disturbing images and facts.

Hat tip: reader Shirlee


  1. Europe has basked in a thousand year reign of the most vicious anti-Semitism imaginable and to think this culture will change is simply delusional. Europe's great pride is its pure-bred, home grown Jew hater cult that breeds the dumbest, sleaziest, most vicious bigots and murderers. I look forward to the day these animals are reigned in by sharia after the Euro collapses and they look for others to blame for their lack of humanity. I hope the stonings and beheadings are televised so I can watch them on tv with friends and family here in the good ole USA.

  2. The main difference between propaganda against Jews now and in the 1930s and 40s is the increase in sophistication in communications--perhaps matched by the decrease amongst so-called educated liberals of any knowledge or history of their own cultural heritage. The old tropes and iconographic images return, to be sure, but now photographs may be manipulated, transferred to new contexts, and voiced over by sympathetic voices. Jews and Israelis must respond with better arguments, more advanced technooogy, and determination.

  3. The Marxists and their fellow-travellers who influenced government in the UK and infiltrated the teaching profession and the BBC from the 1970s contributed to the demise of history teaching in the UK and to knowledge of the Bible. In the USA all children, irrespective of background, imbue a common narrative of US history and salute the flag. In Britain children are taught that the British Empire was evil and that all cultures are created equal. As for the Bible, I believe it imbued many people with a philosemitism that is sorely lacking now.

    1. The history that was taught while I was in public school excluded any mention of Jews until our world history course in high school that briefly mentioned the Holocaust as part of one module covering World War II. However, I learned many valuable lessons about Christian attitudes towards Jews during my twelve years of school in the northeast. The experience of being chastised for being absent during the high holy days and being punished for refusing to sing Silent Night as part of the school's Christmas Assembly told me just about everything I really needed to know about anti-Semitism by the time I was 7 years old. The US still has a long way to go in terms of race relations and anti-Semitism, but I do think the obstacle here goes back to the long-held and still-transmitted hate-fueled attitudes the Christian immigrants brought with them from Europe and handed down to successive generations.

      I did start out every day reciting the "Pledge" (which is no longer being recited in many schools across the US), but that failed to unite us to a common cultural background especially on Easter morning egg hunts, or when our President lit the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn. There is a shared cultural heritage in the US, but that heritage has firm and deep Christian roots. I do not believe that compulsory bible study would improve attitudes and feelings. In fact, in many states I am quite sure that it would lead to an increase in anti-Semitic incidents.

      It isn't just the Marxists and the Left who pervert our history and demonize our traditions. My mother always said that the world hates the Jews. I am waiting for the world to prove her wrong.

      A zissen Pesach to all who recline tonight.

  4. Europe is rotten to the core. Not a shred of moral clarity or courage. You might think that since Europe is being destroyed by massive muslim immigration, they would become more sympathetic towards Jews and Israel, but instead they have become more hostile.

    As to why Israel lost the media war in Europe years ago, European governments made a concious effort after the Yom Kippur war to align with the Arabs against Israel to keep the oil flowing. They also agreed to allow massive numbers of muslims in as part of the deal. All this is well documented in Bat Yeor's book "Eurabia".