Thursday, February 20, 2003

An unfortunate anniversary
Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl by Islamo-Fascists. In this piece in today's Opinion Journal Pearl's father notes that one year later no world leader, aside from President Bush, has decried the rising anit-Semitism that motivated this horrific killing. In fact, much of Europe played down the anti-Semitic nature of his murder and instead made it out to be violence against journalism. This should not be a surpirse though, given the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, which runs from the usual neo-Nazi suspects right up to the the wife of the head of the European Central Bank.

The news has been loaded with stories of violence against Jews in Europe here, here, here, and here. You get the picture, I'm sure. But just in case, here is a report by the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights. Simply put, the current wave of anti-Semitism has no equal in modern history, save for the inglorious days of Hitler.

Surf the internet, listen to the radio, read the papers. There is anti-Semitism nearly everyhwere you look. From the hard line of "kill the Jews" to the more gentle claims that "the Jews bring it on themselves." There are those in this world, sadly including some in the US, who believe that Mossad was responsible for the 9-11 attacks, or that Israel knew and did not alert the US. There are otherwise reasonable people who believe American Jews are more loyal to Israel than their home country. Those of us who speak out against anti-Semitism are called "puppets of our Zionists masters" or a "part of the Israel lobby".

But to speak out about anti-Semitism is simply the right thing to do. And why anti-Semitism has somehow become fashionable in certain Leftist salons is incomprehensible to me. These same people who oppose all other forms of racism and discrimination show no such compunction with regards to condemning and castigating Jews. And let us not forget who in the Middle East has been our long time ally. The only democratic and free country in the region. If given the choice, I will always stand fast with those share our American values of freedom. And that is why I stand with Israel and against the world's anti-Semites.


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