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Aussie School Explains Student Anti-Semitism

School officials at the Scots College in Sydney, Australia, had a sigh of relief when it was discovered their students did not use school computers in order to present anti-semitic material on Facebook. Not only was the school innocent, but they pointed out there are scores of web sites on social networking sites with comments such as “Aussie Pride! Love it or GET THE F— OUT!” Scots College Principal Ian Lambert blamed TV programs like South Park for encouraging young people to be sarcastic and make derogatory remarks about groups of people. He proudly boasted, “We cannot substantiate any activity by current or former students in relation to this matter.” However, he will meet with students charged with posting the anti-semitic material to discuss possible punishment like not being allowed to have membership in their Old Boys Union.

It should make school officials happy their computers were not used in sending out insulting comments about Jews. The severe punishment of not being able to belong to the Old Boys Union undoubtedly is equivalent to sending these poor boys to prison. I gather this means no more drunken orgies or hanging around the place making anti-semitic remarks. Oops, I forgot, the remarks are made away from school grounds which means the school has no responsibility.

Anti-Semitism In Swedish First Grade Reader!

We live in the opening decade of the 21st century and one would assume that in an enlightened nation such as Sweden historic anti-semitism would long have been laid to rest, but a first grade reader appears to present a stereotype of Jews that Nazis would be glad to offer their students in the 1930s. A first grade book which is intended to help children read has a passage about a boy with thick glasses who sits alone and apart from other children. The explanation offered by the book is: “Because he is a Jew.” That passage would have earned rave reviews from just about every Nazi publication. Elsewhere in the book, boys are portrayed as being skilled in mathematics while girls struggle with being able to count. Parents in Kariskoga in central Sweden are up in arms at such blatant examples of hate in a book for first graders.

The response by the author and publisher is revealing. They do not offer an apology but argue presenting such misinformation and prejudice provides an excellent opportunity to offer contrasting viewpoints! They want teachers to argue against the book as part of helping children learn how to read! Wow!

Oxford Students Display Anti-Semitism

Great Britain has for centuries actively fought for the rights of oppressed people, but hidden within the exterior sight of a nation dedicated to freedom, there has always been a hidden racism and disdain for those who are different. Oxford University is investigating a student party organized by the rugby squad at which others were invited to attend as a Jew. Now, what does it mean to Oxford students to “bring a fit Jew?” In their ignorant biased minds, that means come dressed as an Orthodox Jew and carry a bag filled with money. After all, Jews have money, don’t they? In fairness, the Oxford University Student Union tried persuading the schmucks on the rugby team to change the theme to “bring a fit girl.”

The captain of the rugby team, Phil Boon, said, he “didn’t see what the problem was. I can understand why it might have offended some people, but it would have been an awesome party.” It is amazing how historic stereotypes of Jews remain embedded in the minds of well educated members of the British elite.

Oxford University has launched an investigation into the party. How about expelling a few of these spoiled rich brats!! After all, they shouldn’t have any financial problems if everyone brought a bag filled with Jew money!

Hate A Jew-Hate A Muslim-Both Groups Hated In Europe

Antisemitism and Islamophobia are on the rise in most places in Europe. In contrast to the United States and the United Kingdom where dislike of Jews has remained at a stable rate of about 7% for years, there has been a significant rise in dislike of Jews in most parts of Europe. However, dislike of Muslims is much higher, and the Pew Survey shows “Opinions of Muslims in almost all of these countries(Europe) was more negative than are views of Jews. Almost half of Spaniards and Germans expressed prejudice toward Muslims who are in their nations. The anti-semitism rate has almost doubled in countries like Spain and about one out of three people in Russia or Poland harbor hatred toward Jews.

According to the survey, “Great Britain stands out as the only European country included in the survey where there has not been a substantial increase in anti-semitic attitudes.” The Pew survey indicates people who are prejudiced against these groups come more frequently from those who are aged or who lack extensive education.

One can only wonder to what extent has the Israel-Palestinian conflict played a major role in fostering the growth of anti-semitism just as the presence of terrorism in the world has increased fear and hate of Muslims.

Are There Limits On Televising Hate?

The Australian government is discussing to what extent should it censor children and adult programs televised by an Hezbollah station which propogates hatred toward Israel and Jews. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel is broadcast from Indonesia and offers a variety of TV programs, many of which are blatantly anti-Jewish or urged support for terrorist groups. Australian Jewish groups are particularly incenses at children program which are used by Hezbollah to engender hatred within children toward Jews. Under Australian law, TV stations are banned from directly recruiting viewers to join terrorist organizations or to fund raise for these groups.

Censorship raises questions as to the extent of freedom of speech. In America, the guideline is whether the speech is equivalent to shouting,”fire” i

Islam Conference Denounces Anti-Muslim Critics

Concern by Islamic leaders regarding the presence of those in Western nations who attack their faith was expressed by Secretary General Akmeleddin Insanoglu of the Orgaization of Islamic Conferences. He was sharply critical of the growing “campaign of he and discrimination” against Muslims as exemplified by the anti-Quran film, Fitna” which was made by Dutch political leader Geert Wider. “Mere condemnation and distancing from the acts of the perpetrators of Islamophobia will not resolve the issue as long as they reman free to carry on with their campaign of incitement and provocation on the pleas of freedom of expression.” His view was seconded by Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi.

It is common for Muslim leaders to express anger at books or films or cartoons which depict Muslims in a negative manner, but few regard anti-Jewish material as also fitting into the category of offensive materials. Vicious anti-semitic books such as “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” sell in the thousands of copies and one can pick up newspapers which portray Jews in despicable ways without any expression of concern by Muslim leaders. The right of freedom of expression is part of the Western tradition and just as Muslims are free to attack and depict those whom they hate so is the right of individuals to hate Muslims.

Anti-Semitism Spreads Among German Muslims

Alhough most German Muslims have not shown any major interest or support for islamic militants, they are more prone to tap into the spread of anti-Jewish feeling within their country. Farfur is a carbn copy of the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse character but he spouts anti-Jewish feeling as part of the comedy associated with the cartoon show. Children are encouraged to say things like “We don’t like Jews because they are like dogs. We will fight them.” In 2004, Fran ce banned such shows from being shown due to their anti-=semtism, but the use of cartoon characters to insult Jews is all too common on Muslim based TV programs

Last fall, Rabbi Zaiman Gurevitch, was attacked on the street n Frankurt on the Sabbath and stabbed by a 22 year-old German of Afghan descent who said: “You shit Jew, I’m going to kill you.” German educators increasngly are coming across young children who use the expression, “you Jew” as an insult when angry at another child. In 2007, the Grman Interior Ministry published a study which indicated that German Muslims were more prone to attack and insult Jews than any other group in Germany. The report noted, “the pervasiveness of sweeping anti-Semitic prejudice among Muslim students was also noticeable.”

The reality is that anti-semistism is linked to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Until that issue is resolved, there is scant prospect Hamas propaganda willl not cease. Perhaps, as part of any resolution of the conflict is the necessity of including an educational program between the parties that aims at ending bigotry and prejudice.

Historian On Polish Anti-Semitism Threatened

Historian Jan Tomasz Gross was facing possible charges by Polish prosecutors on grounds his latest book represents slander against the Polish nation. The book examines the murder of hundreds of Jews in Poland after the end of World War II. The Polish-American historian’s book, “Fear: Anti-Semitism in POland After Auschwitz” has aroused controversy with some claiming he is guilty of making generalizations about the murder of Jews by their former neighbors. His book focuses on the famous 1946 pogrom in Kielce in which 40 Jews were killed. Gross argues the murders were symptomatic of widespread lingering anti-semitic attitudes among many Poles, particularly those who had seized the property of Jews that had been sent to the death camps by the Nazis. Gross argues the pogroms were a major factor why about 200,000 Jews left Poland after the war, many going to Israel.

Prosecutors are investigating whether his book constitute a crime since Poland has a law which makes slander against a nation a possible criminal act. Some members of the Catholic church are upset because they would rather than get into the behavior of some priests during the Holocaust. A significant number of historians recognize that some Poles cooperated with the Nazis and that anti-semitism was a powerful feeling in Poland of that era. It is also baffling how anyone could be convicted of “slandering a nation.” If such a law existed in America millions would be in jail for daily insulting President Bush and his foreign policy.

Is Anti-Semitism Alive In America?

The 2007 study by the Anti-Defamation League regarding anti-semitism in the United States indicates, “anti-Semitic beliefs endure in America.” The survey revealed that 15% of Americans — 35 million- had “unquestionably anti-Semitic views.” The survey indicates 31% believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the United States and 15% believe Jews have “too much power.” African Americans constitute among the most anti-Semitic groups with 32% harboring such views. The ADL was concerned that such views continue enduring in America.

One can examine this survey and come away with sharply different conclusions. It is back to the argument of the glass have filled or half empty. About 35 million Americans have some form of anti-Semitism, but 265 million do not. It is interesting how classical physical features are no longer associated with Jews but the perennial complaint about Wall Street and power lingers on. On the other hand, although Jews are less than 2% of the population, they constitute about 7% of the US Senate. That indicates non-Jews vote for Jewish candidates. Violence against Jews has dramatically declined as has segregation in housing and education. Of course there is anti-Semitism, after all about half of Americans don’t believe in evolution and 34% believe in ghosts.