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Letting the Anti-Semitism Genie Out of the Bottle
by Ari Lieberman
Since the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, there has been a surge of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe. That should come as no surprise to anyone watching developments there. With rising Muslim populations and concomitant Islamic radicalism, anti-Semitism in Europe will continue to manifest itself in ever increasing lethality and numbers. The Toulouse and Brussels Museum shootings are not aberrations by crazed gunmen. These acts were calculated and are the product of a medieval society that encourages xenophobia taught within the context of religious indoctrination.
Mosques and Islamic parochial schools throughout Europe have become bastions of radicalism, where anti-Semitism and hatred of Western values are ingrained into impressionable young minds. Ironically, those who impart and perpetuate the hatred have been living off the fat of those very institutions they claim to despise.
But this is old news. European anti-Semitism in both its traditional form and its current Islamofascist manifestation is nothing new. Many who harbor anti-Israeli feelings are honest enough to make no distinction between their hatred of the Jewish State and Jews. Then there are those intellectually dishonest types, like Roger Waters, who claim that they only have a problem with the existence of Israel and that some of their best friends are Jewish. And then there's the last category of naïve types, often uninformed radical leftists, who believe that animosity toward Israel and Judeophobia are mutually exclusive. For anyone ignorant enough to fall within the last category, Operation Protective Edge should dispel any lingering doubt about the true nature of anti-Israelism and its integral undercurrent of anti-Semitism.
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