Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thinks he has seen one peeking out in Germany — now what ever gave him the idea to look for Jew-haters there?
According to Deutsche Welle:
Two months after sending US President Bush a letter, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written Angela Merkel a letter requesting aid in solving the Palestinian problem and dealing with Zionism.
“It’s all related to Germany and how we have to find a solution to the Palestinian problems and Zionism and so on. It’s rather weird,” said the official who saw the letter on Thursday.
The German official who read the letter said it was an “extremely touchy” subject, and added that the government did not yet know if or how it would respond. “There are a lot of propaganda phrases about Israel and the Jews in it.”
It’s hard to tell exactly how much anti-Semitism there is in Germany, since the country tries to discourage its public expression with strict laws against Holocaust denial. The protesters who staged the recent pro-Hizbullah demonstrations in Berlin were mainly composed of Lebanese, Palestinians and Turks. But there is widespread opposition in Germany to Israel’s current offensive, so there’s no telling how soon the silhouette of the German prairie dog will appear against the sky.
In other European countries the old pastime is becoming part of the mainstream. Just about everyone has seen the photo of the Spanish prime minister in a kaffiyah, but he’s not the only Spaniard suffering from Pali-envy: traditional anti-Semitism is staging a comeback in Spain. According to YNet, anti-Semitism is the latest leftist trend:
Although many experts had foretold of the imminent disappearing of European Jews, nobody expected such a virulent explosion of anti-Semitism in Spain, not even under a Leftist government.
The first signal came on Monday, 5 December, when during a dinner with the Benarroch family, Zapatero and wife began claiming what Vidal Quadras, member of the European Parliament, described on the radio as “a tirade of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism”.
By the moment the Benarroch couple had left the table to express their regrets, Zapatero was explaining his lack of surprise about the Holocaust: according to the people present, Zapatero claimed to understand the Nazis.
The recent clashes with Hizbullah… have promoted the longest and hardest diatribes against Israel, forcing Zapatero to lose a cover for what it was long known in Spanish politics: His hate towards Israel, Jews and Zionism.
In the third day of such rants, before a gathering of the Socialist Youth Movement and a day before a demonstration against Israel, Zapatero showed at last his true colours: At the closing of the meeting he let the teenagers take pictures of him wearing a Palestinian kaffiyah.
After Los Reyes Católicos drove the Moors from Spain in 1492, they expelled the Jews, too. The Moors are back, but is it time to get rid of the Jews again? Some Spanish Jews think so:
The commotion caused in the Spanish Jewish community seems to be huge, especially taking in count that after some months of anxiety after his election, some Jews were feeling somewhat safe in Spain. Not anymore.
Some people were trying to alert the international community about what was boiling in Spain, but neither the OSCE nor the EUMC ever listened, preferring contacts with anti-Israeli NGOs based on the idea that anti-Semitism has to do with Arabs. Now the Spanish Jews are to pay the price for the international community’s inaction, once more.
And Spain is not the only country in Europe where Jew-hatred is outing itself. Last week a Norwegian newspaper saw fit to publish an obnoxious political cartoon. Here’s a summary of the story in Brussels Journal (the image is a scan of the Dagbladet page from Vårt Land):
…the cartoonist Finn Graff published an anti-Israeli cartoon in the popular Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. The cartoon shows Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a Nazi commander in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. The scene comes from the movie Schindler’s List, in which the commander shoots down a random Jew from his balcony. For the sake of clarity: Finn Graff is the same cartoonist who declared only half a year ago that he would not draw a cartoon about Muhammad out of fear and “respect.” Apparently he has no problems with his fear, nor does he need to show any respect when he can insult Jews or Israel, or Christians for that matter.
Fjordman has reported on the extent of anti-Semitism in Sweden. France has its own problems with anti-Semitism, with North African “youths” in the vanguard. French Jews have been emigrating to Israel in record numbers. Expect more and more prominent voices on the Left in these countries to join the chorus as the campaigns against Hamas and Hizbullah continue.
It seems that Mr. Ahmadinejad might want to address a plenum of the European Union to solicit their advice — no need to stop with just Germany.
Danish commenters here at Gates of Vienna assure us that Denmark is an exception, that anti-Semitism there is rare and enjoys no social approval.
If they’re right, the Danish prairie dog may be the only one in Europe to stay resolutely in its burrow.
Hat tip for YNet article: Carl in Jerusalem.
Hat tip for cartoon: Tom Pechinski.