At a London dinner party, France's ambassador to Great Britain, Daniel Bernard, opined that "the current troubles in the world were all because of ?that shitty little country Israel.'" A Swedish newspaper offered that Judaism "is a particularly warlike and murderous teaching or ?religion.'" The editor of an Anglican church's official newspaper laments that, "Whenever I print anything sympathetic to Israel, I get deluged with complaints that I am Zionist and racist." In Italy, the liberal newspaper La Stampa ran an editorial cartoon that depicted the infant Jesus looking up from his manger at the turret of an Israeli tank and pleading, "Don't tell me they want to kill me again."
Petronella Wyatt, writing in the London Spectator in 2001, noted how frequently she hears that "the Jews are to blame for everything." Wyatt reported that a prominent Englishman, a life peer active in human rights campaigns, told her, "Well, the Jews have been asking for it, and now, thank God, we can say what we think at last."
Schoenfeld addresses the argument, heard in the United States constantly, that it is impossible to criticize Israel without being labeled an anti-Semite: "It depends on the criticism. Many such criticisms are legitimate. Many others, however, knowingly based on unabashed exaggerations and outright lies, are of the same stripe of ?criticism' that Jews drain the blood of children or a hundred similar libels."
The anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, it need hardly be added, is downright Hitlerian in intensity.
There is a seemingly unquenchable thirst to vilify Jews, to deny them their humanity, to strip them of their history and to transform them -- at least in propaganda -- into oppressors rather than oppressed. It is a sentiment that has a 3,000-year head of steam and apparently cannot be derailed by something as trivial as the Holocaust. Mel Gibson might have thought more about that before making his film in the way he did.
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