By Abigail E. Esman
Borrowed from Forbes - Thank you
First, there was the immutable Helen Thomas, legendary Hearst White House reporter, who pronounced in May that Jews in Israel (or “Palestine”) should “go home” to Poland, Germany, and “everywhere else” – a statement that resulted in her immediate dismissal from Hearst. Not satisfied yet, however, Thomas then added earlier this month that Zionists “control” Washington, Wall Street, and Hollywood.
Closely nipping at Thomas’ heels comes Dutch politician and former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, whose solution to the growing and often violent anti-Semitism among Dutch Muslims is for the Jews themselves to leave. With anti-Semitic incidents in 2009 up 55 percent over 2008, Bolkestein sees, he says, “no future” for Dutch Jews: but rather than invite Jew-haters to leave the country, he recommends the Jews themselves find somewhere else to live – namely, Israel or the USA.
So there you have it: In America, Thomas wants to send the Israeli Jews to Europe, and in Europe, Bolkestein wants to send the Jews to America and Israel. And Israel, as we all know, is the country most of the world wants “wiped off the map.” (There’s a “final solution” for you, plain as day.)
But before resolving that Jews can therefore settle safely in the USA, it might be worth noting that attacks on Jews are on the rise in America, as well, where (despite wails of “Islamophobia), of the 1575 victims of anti-religious crime recorded by the FBI in 2009, 1,132 were Jews. (Of the rest, 132 were Muslim, 131 “other religion,” 59 Catholic, and 42 were Protestant. To get a sense of proportion here, consider that 2008 census figures show the number of Jews at twice the number of Muslims – yet nearly ten times as many Jews as Muslims were attacked.)
The fact is that anti-Jewish attitudes no longer represent a fringe mentality of extremists – nor can they be simply brushed off as the ravings of little old ladies going batty. Rather, noted Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Weisenthal Center, which last week released its “Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs of 2010” list (Helen Thomas’s remarks took first place, followed by comments by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and director Oliver Stone), “Never before, in recent memory, has the Simon Wiesenthal Center seen such a proliferation of anti-Semitism going mainstream. Our list shows that anti-Semitic canards normally thought to belong to the lunatic fringe have in fact been bought into by major elements of Western society.”
And the problem is also not limited to a couple of outspoken characters here and there: Anti-Semitism has been rising or several years across all of Europe, mostly among the Muslim population; and a recent report from the UK shows that it’s destined to get worse. “Muslim religious schools operating in Britain are using poisonously anti-Semitic textbooks from Saudi Arabia to teach children as young as six that Jews are descended from “monkeys” and “pigs,” and that Zionists are plotting to take over the world,” reports the Hudson New York Journal, based on a BBC expose of the Muslim schools in Britain, most of which are run and overseen by Saudis. (The New York Times also covered the story here.)
Americans take notice: such schools exist as well in the US, funded by the very same sources, and teaching the very same material. And despite repeated efforts by New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) and others, no one seems to be doing much about it. One need look no further than the likes of Bolkestein and Thomas to begin understanding why.