Victor Davis Hanson, September 13, 2007.
Who recently said: “These Jews started 19 Crusades. The 19th was World War
(1). Why? Only to build Israel.”
Some holdover Nazi?
Hardly. It was former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan of Turkey, a NATO ally.
He went on to claim that the Jews – whom he refers to as “bacteria” –
controlled China, India, and Japan, and ran the United States.
Who alleged: “The Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the
Zionists, actually. It was a cooperation. They gave them the perfect excuse to
denounce all Arabs.”
A conspiracy nut?
Actually, it was former Democratic U.S. Sen. James Abourezk of South Dakota.
He denounced Israel on a Hezbollah-owned television station, adding: “I
marveled at the Hezbollah resistance to Israel. . . . It was a marvel of
organization, of courage and bravery.”
And finally, who claimed at a United Nations-sponsored conference that
democratic Israel was “much worse” than the former apartheid South Africa,
and that it “undermines the international community’s reaction to global
A radical environmentalist wacko?
Again, no. It was Clare Short, a member of the British parliament. She was a
secretary for international development under Prime Minister Tony Blair.
A new virulent strain of the old anti-Semitism is spreading worldwide. This hate
– of a magnitude not seen in over 70 years – is not just espoused by Iran’s
loony president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or radical jihadists.
The latest anti-Semitism is also now mouthed by world leaders and
sophisticated politicians and academics. Their loathing often masquerades as
‘anti-Zionism’ or ‘legitimate’ criticism of Israel. But the venom exclusively
reserved for the Jewish state betrays their existential hatred.
Israel is always lambasted for entering homes in the West Bank to look for
Hamas terrorists and using too much force. But last week the world snoozed
when the Lebanese army bombarded and then crushed the Nahr al-Bared
refugee camp, which harbored Islamic terrorists.
The world has long objected to Jewish settlers buying up land in the West
Bank. Yet Hezbollah, flush with Iranian money, is now purchasing large tracts in
southern Lebanon for military purposes and purging them of non-Shiites.
Here at home, ‘neoconservative’ has become synonymous with a supposed
Jewish cabal of Washington insiders who hijacked U.S. policy to take us to war
for Israel’s interest. That our state department is at the mercy of a Jewish lobby
is the theme of a recent high-profile book by professors at Harvard University
and the University of Chicago.
Yet when the United States bombed European and Christian Serbia to help
Balkan Muslims, few critics alleged that American Muslims had unduly swayed
President Clinton. And such charges of improper ethnic influence are rarely
leveled to explain the billions in American aid given to non-democratic Egypt,
Jordan, or the Palestinians – or the Saudi oil money that pours into American
The world likewise displays such a double standard. It seems to care little about
the principle of so-called occupied land – whether in Cyprus or Tibet – unless
Israel is the accused.
Mass murdering in Cambodia, the Congo, Rwanda, and Darfur has
earned far fewer United Nations’ resolutions of condemnation than supposed
atrocities committed by Israel. A number of British academics are sponsoring a
boycott of Israeli scholars but leave alone those from autocratic Iran, China,
There are various explanations for the new anti-Semitism. For many abroad,
attacking Jews and Israel is an indirect way of damning its main ally, the United
States – by implying that Americans are not entirely evil, just hoodwinked by
those sneaky and far more evil Jews.
At home, there are obvious pragmatic considerations. Some Americans may
find it makes more sense to damn a few million Israelis without oil than it does
to offend Israel’s adversaries in the Middle East, who number in the hundreds
of millions and control nearly half the world’s petroleum reserves.
Cowardice explains a lot. Libeling Israel won’t earn someone a fatwa or a death
sentence in the manner comparable criticism of Islam might. There are no
Jewish suicide bombers in London, Madrid, or Bali.
This new face of anti-Semitism is so insidious because it is so well disguised,
advanced by self-proclaimed diplomats and academics – and now embraced by
the supposedly sophisticated left on university campuses.
When national, collective or personal aspirations are not met, it is far easier to
blame someone or something rather than to look within for the source of the
failure and frustration. More recently, someone must be blamed for getting
terrorists (with oil and its profits behind them) mad at us.
That someone is – no surprise – once again Jews.