Thursday, April 5, 2012
Suppressing the Truth About Anti-Semitism in Europe
Hat tip to Miggie
One of my readers (Miggie) commented on the latest post about Toulouse and the French reactions by pointing out a 2003 report by the EU that identified Muslims as being among the perpetrators of anti-Semitism in Europe. The report was suppressed by the EU. Here is an article on the story by the Jewish Daily Forward from 2003.
As you can see, the suppression of the report caused a firestorm of protest even among some members of the US Congress.
On March 31, 2004, the same EU office did release a report on rising anti-Semitism in Europe for the years 2002-2003. In its summary it assigned chief blame to young, disaffected white Europeans and secondary blame to young Muslims of Asian and North African extraction. ("Asian" in European parlance would include the Middle East and the sub-continent including India and Pakistan.)
The entire report is here.
That was almost a decade ago, and it would be worthwhile to see how these reports have progressed since then. I think it would be safe to say, however, that Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe has, indeed, been under-stated. The case of Malmo is important to point out. As I have reported so many times on this site, the sizable and restive Muslim immigrant population of Malmo, which has created a dangerous "no-go zone" in the neighborhood of Rosengard, is literally driving the Jewish population out of the city, implicitly encouraged by Mayor Ilmar Reepalu, an opponent of Israel.
It is true that certain other elements have participated including skin-heads, neo-Nazis and other disaffected indigenous populations. The participation of the anti-Israeli left, which is much more influential, has contributed as well. Sweden, for example, is a hotbed of anti-Israeli-pro-Palestinian NGOs that have links world-wide.
When it comes to issues of hate, it is crucial that both perpetrator and victim groups be reported accurately and without fear of the results. If whites are guilty of racial or religious persecutions, as they certainly have been over the centuries, it must be reported-and it is. Indeed, there is no fear of blow back in that case. It is when another minority, especially one that is restive, is guilty that people get nervous about stating what is clear to all. We see it not only in Europe, but here in America as well. As the Trayvon Martin case has illustrated, white on black violence is wrong, black on white violence is wrong and black on black violence is wrong. Which gets the bigger play?
Similarly, in Europe, white on immigrant violence is wrong, immigrant on white violence is wrong, Christian on Jew violence is wrong, Muslim violence on Jew is wrong. Which gets the bigger play? Jew violence on Christian or Muslim? Virtually non-existent. That itself should tell you volumes.
If you are unwilling to define the problem, don't expect to ever fix it