European Anti-Semitism? Naaa!

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Surely you have already heard about this – nearly 60 percent of 7,500 Europeans surveyed ranked Israel as the country posing the biggest threat to world peace today, ahead of countries like North Korea, Iran and Iraq. While Jewish figures and groups, including Natan Sharansky and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, have attributed the results to anti-Semitism in Europe, Al-Crapeeza has used the news to cast aspersions on the existence of anti-Semitism in Europe and imply that “anti-Semitic” is only a term used to describe critics of Israel.

Representatives from the [Simon Wiesenthal Centre] centre will be meeting the Secretary General of the European Union, Javier Solana, later this month to discuss the results of the poll and issues around combating purported anti-Semitism in Europe.

The centre has launched a campaign to mobilise their members to bombard the European Commission with complaints about what they see as racism towards the state of Israel.

Pro-Israel campaigners often label as anti-Semitic any criticism of Israel or its policies.

Maybe they have a point. There is surely no anti-Semitism in Europe.

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