- Jewish billionaire George Soros was criticized recently
for saying that Israeli policies provoke anti-Semitism. Yet it is well
known that Zionist extremists like Ariel Sharon have fomented anti-Semitism
over the years for one fundamental reason - Israel needs more Jews.
- "There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe,"
Jewish billionaire George Soros told the Jewish Funders Network (JFL) in
New York on November 5. "The policies of the Bush administration and
the Sharon administration contribute to that," he said. "If we
change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish."
- While most observers would say that Soros was merely
stating the obvious, his comments reportedly caused "major shock"
in the Jewish community as American-Jewish leaders reacted with "unusual
- Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL) said Soros' comments were "absolutely obscene." Soros'
view is a "biased and bigoted perception of whatís out there,"
- Foxman revealed his own bias during a recent ADL speech
when he compared the world's assembled Islamic leaders to animals, saying,
"Heads of state, kings, potentates stood on their hind legs and gave
him [Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad] a standing ovation."
- Malcolm Hoenlein, chairman of the Conference of Presidents
of Major Jewish Organizations said Soros' statement "reflects a fundamental
misunderstanding about anti-Semitism. It's ridiculous and unacceptable
to say that attacks on Jews are related to Bush or Sharon's policies,"
- Mark Charendoff, president of JFL, supported Soros saying
he was "enormously frank" and "candid."
- Soros, however, is not alone. Matthew Rothschild, editor
of The Progressive echoed Soros in his Nov. 17 editorial "The Return
- "Distressingly, the hard-line policies of Ariel
Sharon are only fueling this anti-Semitism. By repressing Palestinians
day in and day out, by continuing to build settlements, and now by building
a wall into Palestinian territory, Sharon is providing footage for the
next bin Laden video," Rothschild wrote. "Sharon's policies also
breed new anti-Semites every day. That's the undeniable connection that
he ought to examine himself."
- Rothschild is apparently unaware that Sharon, like all
Zionist extremists, understands the "undeniable connection" between
anti-Semitism and Zionism very well. Zionists have long exploited anti-Semitism
as a tool to construct an artificial ethnic state for the Jews.
- While anti-Semitism is generally defined as prejudice
or hostility toward Jews it has been redefined in the recent past to mean
anything that opposes the policies and interests of Israel, according to
Allan C. Brownfeld, editor of Issues, the journal of the American Council
- This redefinition of anti-Semitism was evinced by Raanan
Gissin, an adviser to Sharon, who cited a recent European poll in which
59 percent of respondents said Israel was the greatest threat to world
peace as evidence that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.
- While it may seem odd, Zionists have fomented and promoted
anti-Semitism over the years as a means to compel Jews to move to Israel.
- "What few Americans understand is that there has
been a long historical alliance ñ from the end of the 19th century
until today ñ between Zionism and real anti-Semites," Brownfeld
wrote in an essay "Zionism and Anti-Semitism: A Strange Alliance Through
- Theodore Herzl, the Hungarian Jew who is seen as the
father of the Jewish state, wrote in his diary: "The anti-Semites
will become our most loyal friends, the anti-Semite's nations will become
- The Israeli historian Benny Morris said Herzl saw in
anti-Semitism a force that could be "harnessed" for Zionism.
"The European political establishment would eventually be persuaded
to promote Zionism," Morris wrote. "Herzl recognized that anti-Semitism
would be harnessed to his own - Zionist purposes."
- The seemingly perverse alliance between Zionists and
anti-Semites is based on a shared view that considers Jews to be a race,
a "foreign people" ñ that cannot be assimilated ñ
living in "exile" outside of the "Jewish state."
- "Zionism and anti-Semitism share a view of Jews,
which the vast majority of Jews in the United States and elsewhere in the
world have always rejected," Brownfeld wrote.
- The late Israel Shahak, author of Jewish History, Jewish
Religion wrote: "Close relations have always existed between Zionists
and anti-Semites." The Zionists, Shahak wrote, "use the anti-Semites
for their own purposes."
- As a new global campaign against "anti-Semitism"
is launched, the way Zionists use anti-Semitism needs to be understood:
Zionist extremists like Ariel Sharon have always fostered and fomented
anti-Semitism for one primary reason ñ to compel Jews to come to
Israel. Without anti-Semitism pushing more Jews to Israel the Zionist project
is doomed to fail.
- Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht, in her book The Fate of the
Jews, wrote: "Zionism's success is based on a Jewish misery index;
the greater the misery, the greater the wish to emigrate."
- Only two days after three suspect "anti-Semitic"
incidents occurred on Saturday, November 15, European and Israeli political
leaders swung into action to confront what Israel's prime minister called
"a great wave of anti-Semitism."
- An unused upper level of a Jewish school near Paris,
which had been under construction, was damaged in a mysterious pre-dawn
arson attack and two bombs detonated "near" synagogues in Istanbul
during the Jewish Sabbath.
- While the Turkish bombings took more than twice as many
Muslim lives than Jewish, and in spite of the fact that no one had claimed
responsibility for the school fire, the politicians and mainstream media
were quick to label the incidents as "anti-Semitic" attacks.
- "The attacks in Istanbul and Paris are not isolated
incidents, they are symptoms of growing anti-Semitism," Israel's Foreign
Minister Silvan Shalom said after the incidents. "When Jews cannot
pray in synagogues without fear, we are all in danger. Europe has a moral
obligation to make sure anti-Semitism is stamped out."
- While France has the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents
in Europe, the number of attacks against Jews or Jewish property in France
has actually decreased in 2003. During the first 8 months of this year
there were 247 anti-Jewish attacks compared to 647 for the same period
- There are about 600,000 Jews and some 5 million Muslims
among the French population of 60 million. French officials say most anti-Semitic
attacks during the past three years have been committed by Muslim youths
angered by Israel's brutal military occupation of Palestinian land.
- After the fire at the Jewish school near Paris, the Israeli
Ambassador to France Nissim Zvili said the "climate of fear"
was compelling 2,500 Jews to emigrate from France to Israel every year.
- "I think they're really exaggerated," Roger
Cukierman, head of France's Jewish community said about Zvili's figures.
"The Israelis need immigration, so one can understand that they want
to see a maximum number of Jews coming to their country."
- Before suspects and motives for the attacks could even
be discussed, Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon flew to Rome for a three-day
visit with the president of the European Union, Italian prime minister
Silvio Berlusconi. Sharon said that Italy was Israel's best friend in Europe
and that the issue of anti-Semitism would be "central" in his
talks with Italian leaders.
- "If Israel is weakened," Sharon said, "the
Jews worldwide will not be able to live the lives they live today. We are
witness to a great wave of anti-Semitism," Sharon said, "and
apart from the usual anti-Semitism against Jews, there is today the added
hate of the collective Jew, which is Israel."
- Sharon's comments reveal the Zionist logic about anti-Semitism:
"The best solution to anti-Semitism," Sharon said, "is immigration
to Israel. It is the only place on Earth where Jews can live as Jews."
- Sharon's goal today is the same as it has always been
for Zionists ñ to bring more Jews to Israel. Sharon, who has called
for one million Jews to immigrate to Israel, is facing decreasing immigration
figures. "Aliyah [coming up, or immigration to Israel] is the main
answer to our problems, whether security or economic in nature," Sharon
says. "Without aliyah, Israel cannot exist."
- Jews, however, are clearly not responding to Sharon's
appeal. Jewish immigration to Israel, the "cornerstone of Zionism,"
has fallen by 30 percent since last year and there has been a steady decline
in the number of new immigrants to Israel every year since 1999. During
the first half of 2003 a mere 8,000 Jews immigrated to Israel.
- "Immigration is in a tailspin," Absorption
Minister Tzippi Livni said in June. "It's impossible to remain indifferent
to what is going on," she said, adding "immigration will define
the strength of the state of Israel." One-in-two Israelis is an immigrant.
- Mike Rosenberg, director of the Jewish Agency, the body
responsible for bringing Jews to Israel, told the AP last June that he
noted "perceptions of growing anti-Semitism in France" and the
"uncertain economic situation in Argentina" and "believed
that adverse conditions for Jews elsewhere in the world would push them
- "There is still a very great reservoir of potential
immigrants for Israel," Rosenberg said. "Our job is to create
the conditions to harness it."
- Israelis, however, are leaving the Jewish state in droves.
While statistics from the Israeli government obscure the fact, between
1997 and 2000 nearly three times as many Israelis left for extended stays
abroad than returned. Current figures are not available but the situation
is not likely to have improved given the on-going violence and economic
depression in Israel.
- While the numbers through 2002 are rounded and the figures
provided by the Israel government "are suspected of being incomplete,"
it is quite clear that many more Israelis are leaving the Jewish state
ñ at least 20,000 per year ñ than are returning.
- A recent poll of Jewish settlers living in the occupied
territories found that more than one-in-five would leave "Israel"
if they could secure a "reasonable life in another country."
- Furthermore, the Palestinian population in Israel and
in the occupied territories is increasing at more than twice the rate of
the Jewish population. Barring ethnic-cleansing by the Israeli military,
the Palestinian population will at some point ñ if it has not already
ñ overtake the Jewish population in Israel-Palestine, Andrew Killgore
of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs wrote recently.
- Israel's rapidly increasing Palestinian population -
and its political power - is seen as a threat to the very existence of
the Jewish state. "In their hands lies the power to determine the
right of return or to decide who is a Jew," Arnon Soffer of the Center
for National Security Studies at Haifa University said. "In another
few years, they will be able to decide whether Israel should continue to
be a Jewish-Zionist state or whether it should 'turn into a state of all
- "The proportion of all non-Zionist groups will reach
50 percent of the population of Israel by 2020," Soffer said.
- "Palestinians see time and history on their side,"
Asher Susser of Tel Aviv University said recently. "It's working for
them and there is precious little Israel can do about it."