Tuesday, May 03, 2022


By Daled Amos

Antisemitism is on the rise.
We see it not only getting worse on college campuses, but also in the cities.

The reactions by university officials seem tepid at best.
Local government officials are not doing any better.

And on the international stage, calls for the genocide of Jews are ignored --

Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported an Imam calling for the extermination of Jews -- not the defeat of Israelis, but rather the murder of Jews:

...a Palestinian imam led a prayer in a mosque that was broadcast on PA TV, calling for the extermination of Jews:
“Allah delight us with the extermination of the evil Jews”
In addition, he called for extermination of those he called “their hypocritical supporters who have evil and their hearts.”

Significantly, this imam presented the extermination of Jews in his Ramadan prayer in the Al-Ain Mosque in El-Bireh, near Ramallah, as something that will bring pleasure and “delight” to Palestinians.


This public call for genocide was brought to you by Abbas's Palestinian Authority, the good people who are consistently referred to as Israel's peace partners. 

Meanwhile, that same week, Hamas joined in the hatefest, proudly proclaiming that they do in fact target women and children



There is a big show by self-described human rights groups, cobbling together arguments that Israel is guilty of apartheid, but calls for the genocide of Jews don't seem to interest them.

An automatic reaction we often have to these kinds of displays of Jew-hatred is to point out that if any other group was singled out for violence in this way, there would be a public reaction, a pushback.

Today...not so much.

But while today the West will not come out in force to repudiate these threats against Jews, this was not always the case.

Remember when Iranian president Ahmadinejad called for wiping Israel off the face of the earth?

Back in 2005, when Ahmadinejad talked about erasing Israel, both Europe and Russia condemned the statement:

Governments around the world expressed shock and scorn Thursday at the Iranian president's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map," and several summoned Tehran's envoys in their capitals for a reprimand.

...Israel's deputy ambassador to Britain, Zvi Rav-Ner, said it was unheard of for a U.N. member state to call "for genocide and wiping off of another member state of the U.N."

..."I have never come across a situation of the president of a country saying they want to ... wipe out another country," Blair said.

"Their attitude towards Israel, their attitude towards terrorism, their attitude on the nuclear weapons issue, it isn't acceptable....Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon?" he said.

"Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community," the EU leaders said in a statement.

...France, Russia, Spain and The Netherlands summoned the Iranian ambassadors in their capitals to explain the remarks.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said the ambassador "was reminded that the right of Israel to exist cannot be contested."

...Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on a visit to Israel, criticized the Iranian leader. "I don't agree that anyone should challenge the right of any U.N. member to exist, this is indeed inadmissible," Lavrov said.

The condemnations against Iran were public, unequivocal and widespread.

Today, almost 2 decades later, we live in different times:

Abbas pushes ahead with the pay for slay program, incentivizing terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians -- but today, no one suggests that the observer status at the UN should be made conditional on his eliminating that program.

Hamas has pushed the concept 'human shields' to the point that the the terrorist group can hide behind the entire population of Gaza, putting other countries in the situation of offering to rebuild Gaza after each war it instigates, while the Hamas terrorists avoid respnsibility -- and who knows how much of the offered aid ends up in their pockets?

o  Contrary to what Blair said at the time, today, it is not hard at all to "imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon"

o  Calls for violence against and the destruction of Israel don't seem to bother the EU all that much anymore. Instead, there are condemnations for "the cycle of violence" and Israel is called upon to exercise restraint. 

o  And when is the last time we heard about Russia criticizing Iran?

Are things different now because the West sees that words of condemnation are not enough, and they just do not have the stomach to do anything more? Do terrorist states like Iran know this and so not only do not fear the West, but do not hesitate to kidnap citizens of other countries for exorbitant ransoms?

And does the West really believe that the threat is limited to Israel's backyard?





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