Dr. Daniel Pipes : "Muslim anti semitism could be laying the foundation for a second Holocaust"
Anti Semitism Evolves 2/15/05 - Deadly Denial (of Muslim Anti semitism ) 2003
MIM: Western countries recently 'commemorated' the 60 year 'anniversary' of the Holocaust. This year, world leaders made a show of laying wreaths at Auschwitz and listening to testimony of survivors, and giving the impression that the Holocaust was a thing of the past and it was time to 'move on".
It was only Russian president Putin who included a warning about the Islamist terrorism threat in his speech at the former Auschwitz concentration camp. http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/9039-2.cfm
"...But today we must not just remember the past, but recognise all the threats of the modern world, one of which is terrorism. It is no less insidious or dangerous than terrorism, and just as ruthless. Thousands of innocent people have already become its victims. Just as there could not be good or bad Nazis, so there cannot be good or bad terrorists. Double standards are not only unacceptable here – they are deadly dangerous for civilisation..."
The unprecedented media coverage of the proceedings made the otherwise deafening silence about the radical Islamist threat from the Muslim world, all the more ominous.
MIM : It must be pointed out that political considerations are the reason why Putin mentioned terrorism as a danger in his speech at Auschwitz. The Russian president has been criticised in his own country for implementing what he calls emergency measures to deal with terrorism, which his opponents claim is an excuse for him to take control of the government. At the same time Putin was in Auschwitz, it was announced that around a dozen members of the Duma,(the Russian parliament) had published a letter which blamed Jews for all of Russia's ills and claiming they practiced Satanism. The Duma members are being taken to court by members of the Jewish community and a recent report by the BBC (2/24/04) indicated that the majority of Russians agreed with the anti semitic canards put forth in the letter.
Excerpt from " Deadly Denial (of Muslim anti semitism)"
"..In December 2001, as reported in Iran's English, Farsi and Arabic newspapers, former Iranian president and "Expediency Council" Chairman Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that
MIM: At a recent conference at Monash University in Australia Dr.Pipes warned that : "Jews who survived the Holocaust must once again fear for their future."
'The threat is from Muslim converts and immigrants in the West', a conference on anti-Semitism is told.
The golden age of Australian Jews is over, though most don't realise it, an international conference on anti-Semitism heard yesterday.
"Muslim anti-Semitism could be laying the foundation for a second Holocaust," US-based Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes told the two-day conference at Monash University.
The controversial American commentator said the golden age of Jews in the US was 1945-2000, when they did not have to worry about themselves and could back other causes.
The anti-Semitic threat came from Muslim converts and immigrants, and this was true throughout the West.
"European Jewry's future is in doubt. Jews who survived the Holocaust must again fear for their future," Mr Pipes said. "Polls say half the Jews of France have considered emigrating."
The Muslim world today was like Germany in the 1930s, when state-sponsored insults, conspiracy theories and sporadic violence prepared people for mass murder.
Former Iranian president Ali Rafsanjani said a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam," Mr Pipes said.
Mr Pipes, a conservative Middle East analyst, has made a career out of identifying and denouncing what he sees as radical Muslim penetration of US institutions, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz yesterday.
The paper reported that President George Bush had failed to renominate Mr Pipes to the board of the US Institute of Peace.
Today, the director of an Israeli group that monitors Palestinian media will tell the conference that four out of five Palestinian children want to die as suicide bombers.
Itamar Marcus, director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Media Watch, told The Age that the Palestinian Authority teaches hatred to children through music videos and sport.
"Soccer tournaments for under 14s are named after suicide terrorists, and all the teams are named after suicide terrorists," Mr Marcus said. Songs had words such as: "Don't cry for me (as a suicide martyr), be joyous over my blood."
Newspaper polls in Palestine showed that 70 or 80 per cent of Palestinian children aspired to martyrdom, he said.
Mr Marcus is in Melbourne to address the two-day conference at Monash University. The final sessions will be held today.
"Jews are presented as the causes of the world's troubles. Killing Jews is both self-defence and a religious obligation," Mr Marcus said.
Mr Marcus said the post-Arafat Palestinian Authority was similar to 1999, before the second intifada: it's timefor fighters to rest, but violence would resume when profitable.
Professor Dina Porat, of Tel Aviv University, told the conference anti-Semitism was still rising, but the global response was so strong it could be called a turning point.
by Daniel Pipes
Anti-Semitism may seem to be a static, unchanging phenomenon but in fact the obsessive hatred of Jews has a history that goes back millennia and continues to evolve.
Developments since World War II and the Holocaust have been especially fast-paced and portentous. Here are four of the most significant shifts:
Combining these developments prompts several reflections on the parlous future of three major Jewish communities.
Israel faces the most extreme danger, surrounded as it is by enemies who in the past generation have dehumanized Jews in ways reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In both cases, governments have engaged in a systematic campaign to transform the Jewish next-door neighbor into a beast-like threat that can only be controlled through his destruction. In Nazi Germany, this outlook culminated in the death camps; today, it could, and I stress could - I am not predicting it will - end up in a hail of nuclear bombs descending on Israel, a prospect that one powerful Iranian leader has publicly mused on. This in turn could result in a second Holocaust, again of six million Jews.
European Jewry is next most in danger, though in a more mundane way: Political and social isolation, depredations by Islamists, Palestinian radicals, and other hotheads, and a growing sense that Jews have no future in that continent. An exodus may take place in the near future that replicates the post-World War II exodus of Jews from Muslim countries, where the Jewish population has collapsed from about a million in 1948 to 60,000 today.
And finally, the United States: American Jews may not have been conscious of it, but they have lived these past 60 years in one of Jewry's golden ages, arguably more brilliant than those in Andalusia, Aragon, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and Prague. But now, in a milder form than in Europe, Jews face similar currents swirling through American life, especially the Islamist surge coddled by leftists. The golden age of American Jewry, therefore, is ending. American Jews have had the relative luxury of worrying about such matters as intermarriage, coreligionists around the world, school prayer, and abortion; if current trends continue, they increasingly will find themselves worrying about personal security, marginalization, and the other symptoms already evident in Europe.
As the 60th anniversary of V-E and V-J days approach, it is clear that problems apparently buried in the crematoria of Auschwitz and Birkenau have revived and are increasingly with us.
Deadly Denial [of Muslim Anti-Semitism]
by Daniel Pipes
The prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, informed the world this month, among other things, that "Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, described Mahathir's comments as "hateful, they are outrageous."
But she then added, "I don't think they are emblematic of the Muslim world." If only she were right about that.
In fact, Mahathir's views are precisely emblematic of current Muslim discourse about Jews - symbolized by the standing ovation his speech received from an all-Muslim audience of leaders representing 57 states. Then, a Saudi newspaper reports, when Western leaders criticized Mahathir, "Muslim leaders closed ranks" around him with words of praise ("very correct," "a very, very wise assessment").
Although anti-Jewish sentiments among Muslims go back centuries, today's hostility results from two main developments: Jewish success in modern times and the establishment of Israel. Until about 1970, however, Muslim resentment remained relatively quiet.
But in the 1970s, political radicalization combined with an oil boom gave states like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Libya the will and the means to sponsor anti-Jewish ideas worldwide. With barely a Muslim voice to counter ever-more-outlandish theories, these multiplied and deepened. For the first time, the Muslim world became the main locus of anti-Jewish theories.
By now, notes Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, "Hatred of Jews is widespread throughout the Muslim world. It is taught in the schools and preached in the mosques. Cartoons in Muslim newspapers routinely portray Jews in blatantly anti-Semitic terms."
Indeed, Mahathir is hardly the only Muslim ruler to make anti-Jewish statements. President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in 2001 that Israelis try "to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ." The Iranian ayatollahs and Saudi princes have a rich history of anti-Jewish venom, as of course do Egyptian television and Palestinian textbooks.
Of the myriad examples, one stands out for me: a June 2002 interview on Saudi TV with a 3-year-old girl named Basmallah, made available by the Middle East Media and Research Institute:
The little girl is wrong about the Koran, but her words show that, contrary to Rice's analysis, Muslim anti-Semitism extends even to the youngest children. That Mahathir himself is no Islamist but (in the words of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman) "about as forward-looking a Muslim leader as we're likely to find" also points to the pervasiveness of anti-Jewish bias.
In its attitudes toward Jews, the Muslim world today resembles Germany of the 1930s - a time when state-sponsored insults, caricatures, conspiracy theories and sporadic violence prepared Germans for the mass murder that followed.
The same might be happening today. Wild accusatory comments like Mahathir's have become banal. Against Israelis, violence has already reached a rate approaching one death per day over the past three years. Outside Israel, violence against Jews is also persistent: a Jewish building blown up in Argentina, Daniel Pearl's murder in Pakistan, stabbings in France, the Brooklyn Bridge and LAX killings in the United States.
These episodes, plus calling Jews "apes and pigs," could serve as the psychological preparation that one day leads to assaulting Israel with weapons of mass destruction. Armaments chemical, biological and nuclear would be the successors of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau. Millions of Jews would perish in another Holocaust.
As in the 1930s, the world at large - including the U.S. government - again seems not to note the deadliness of processes now underway. Anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence are decried, to be sure, but with little sense of urgency and even less of their cumulative impact.
Condoleezza Rice and other top-ranking officials need to recognize the power and reach of the anti-Jewish ideology inculcated among Muslims, then develop active ways to fight it. This evil has already taken innocent lives; unless combated it could take many more.
Addendum: I omitted to mention above that the psychological preparation for using nuclear weapons against Israel has already begun. In December 2001, as reported in Iran's English, Farsi and Arabic newspapers, former Iranian president and "Expediency Council" Chairman Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that
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