The Nazis invented the Jewish boycott, and went on from there to the Holocaust.
The world excuses Islamic murder, but focuses on flaws, often imaginary, on the part of Israel.
This is the wrong boycott in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Everybody hates Israel. That is not just accepted wisdom, it is a reality that chokes all rational debate on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. There are exceptions, of course, such as Canada, but most of Western Europe has slipped from support for Israel to support for the Palestinian cause, as if both sides might not have valid claims to the disputed land.
Most Americans are enthusiastic about Israel, but the U.S. government under Barack Obama, has, in recent years, shown increasing antagonism. Unsurprisingly, not a single Muslim nation likes Israel at all.
Many hate the Jewish state precisely because it is a Jewish state — there seems no other reason why they might hate it. Many, in a display of true prejudice, have never even visited it.
In the world in general, and Europe in particular, anti-Semitism is growing at a rate not unlike the 1930s. It does not take much mental grip to see the link between that escalation of the “oldest hatred” and the refined political and religious rejection of Israel as the one and only state in the world that deserves to be abolished. Or, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once put it in Farsi, “exterminated” (Umam-e Eslami bayad Isra’il-ra qal’ o qam’ kard: The nations of Islam must exterminate Israel.)
In a Friday sermon, former Iranian President Rafsanjani also made the statement, “If one day, a very important day of course, the Islamic world will also be equipped with the weapons available to Israel now, the imperialist strategy will reach an impasse, because the employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth, but would only do damage to the Islamic world.”
The treatment—or rather, mistreatment—of the Jewish people stands out in the modern era as the single greatest emblem of man’s inhumanity to man.
In Arab countries, after many years, the Protocols is still a bestseller. And Hitler’s Mein Kampf, tagged in 2011 by Waterstone’s in the UK as the “perfect Christmas present”, in its electronic form is selling hand-over-fist.
How hurtful — and deeply unjust — that is to Jews who have just made critical advances in medicine or saved a Palestinian child’s life when operating in an Israeli hospital, or journeyed to Africa to teach better methods of farming, or travelled with an Israeli aid team to Haiti or the Philippines to save yet more lives.
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