George Soros, the billionaire currency speculator, marked a rare appearance in front of a Jewish audience by blasting Israel, accusing its policies for anti-Semitism.

When asked about anti-Semitism in Europe, Soros, who is Jewish, said European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States.

“There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that,” Soros said. “It’s not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. I’m critical of those policies.”

“If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish,” he said. “I can’t see how one could confront it directly.”

Soros, who has himself been the subject of anti-Semitic comments by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahitler, also conceded that he is partly to blame for anti-Semitism!

“I’m also very concerned about my own role because the new anti-Semitism holds that the Jews rule the world,” said Soros, whose projects and funding have influenced governments and promoted various political causes around the world.

“As an unintended consequence of my actions,” he said, “I also contribute to that image.”

These comments reveal that Soros, who hardly ever gives charity to Jewish organizations, is ashamed of being Jewish. Given that he survived the Holocaust, I would have thought that his views on the roots of anti-Semitism would be more sophisticated than placing the blame at Israel’s feet. Furthermore, he displays a certain level of ignorance when he decries the “new anti-Semitism” that “holds that the Jews rule the world.” There is nothing knew about this.

The Yiddish word for “trouble” (based on the Hebrew word “tsarot”) is “tzoros.” Methinks that George Soros is very aptly named.

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