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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ignoring the sources of the new anti-Semitism

The Jews and the rest of the World are ignoring the source of the new anti-Semitism, argues Barry Rubin. Rubin backs it up with statistics from one supposed fighter against anti-Semitism: The Anti-Defamation League. But he argues that they are not the only ones who are too politically correct to call the animal by its name.
Where, however, is the ADL when it comes to Islamist hatred of Jews? Well, pretty much nowhere. This is made apparent in a new study, “An Analysis of the Anti-Defamation League’s Press Release Archive as a Measure of the Organization’s Priorities,” by Eliyahu ben Avraam. I know the researchers and consider them to be very accurate, conscientious, and—by the way—liberal.

Of 3841 ADL press releases produced over the last 15 years, only `1.4 percent focuses on Islamic extremism and 1.3 percent on Arab antisemitism (or hatred of Jews, if you prefer). Even given this limited scope, most of these were issued in the 1990s (almost half of these in 1996 alone) and less than a dozen have been produced in the nine years since September 11, 2001.

And what proportion of the releases has highlighted traditional, right-wing antisemitism from Nazis and Christian extremists? Answer: 43.5 percent.

About five percent have dealt with terrorism in all of its forms, both domestic and international so some of these also touched on Islamist groups.

Regarding materials on Israel and the Middle East, of 737 press releases issued, a total of three deal with Islamist-based material: Jan ’01: “ADL Calls on PA and Islamic Leaders to Condemn Perversion of Religious Symbols;”Apr ’01: “ADL denounces claim by Muslim leaders that Pokeman game is "Jewish Conspiracy;"” Nov ’01: “ADL Says Anti-Semitic and Anti-American Reports in Arab and Muslim Media "Foment Anger And Hate.")

This is at a time of rampant hatred for Jews being preached in sermons, written about in newspapers, purveyed by several governments, and motivating war and terrorism on Israel. Yet practically none of the ADL releasesdeal with Islamist ideology, according to the study.

Of course, this is not a question of the ADL alone.
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At 9:12 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The problem is liberal Jews are traumatized by what happened in the past century that they are unable to see the dangers Jews face in THIS century. And many work hand in glove with the very people who seek the destruction of the Jewish State. Without honesty on what is the main form of anti-Semitism today, Jews will make no real progress in rolling it back and assuring Israel's survival in the future.

What could go wrong indeed


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