Locus of Euro-hate
by Daniel Pipes
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Anti-Semitism in Europe was for nearly two millennia a Christian phenomenon; now it is basically a Muslim one.
That is the basic message of an officially-commissioned study by the European Union (EU) which became notorious in recent weeks when the EU itself quashed the 104-page draft version. The Financial Times, which broke this story, reported that it did so "because the study concluded Muslims and pro-Palestinian groups were behind many of the incidents it examined." This focus on Muslim and pro-Palestinian perpetrators, the Financial Times went on, "was judged inflammatory."
One person familiar with the draft study concluded that "The decision not to publish was a political decision." But beyond the politics of this dispute, the draft study – titled "Manifestations of anti-Semitism in the European Union" and now released by the EU itself, though with a disclaimer – confirms the historic change in the locus of anti-Jewish sentiments and actions.
Focusing on a sample monitoring period one month in duration (May 15-June 15, 2002), the study hammers home the key role of Muslims in forwarding anti-Semitism:
The problem includes violent attacks:
In many instances, this aggression is connected to anti-Zionism:
Of the EU's then-15 member states, four stand out for their deeper problems:
The report recognizes what a major shift this entails:
This study and its attempted suppression point to two important facts: the unpleasant reality that exists on the streets of Europe and the EU's deep reluctance to face that reality.
Neither of these facts is new; this author wrote back in 1992 that for world Jewry, "Muslim anti-Semitism is an increasing problem, and in large part this has to do with the ever-growing population of Muslims in the West;" and the EU's unwillingness to confront the pattern of anti-Jewish hostility emerging from Muslim religious, media, and educational institutions is also decades old.
Unless Europeans find the strength forthrightly to address this problem – and all indicators suggest that is unlikely – there is reason to expect a general Jewish exodus from Europe, perhaps along the lines of the general Jewish exodus from Muslim countries a half century ago.
March 12, 2004 update: B'nai Brith Canada reports in its annual "audit" of anti-Semitic incidents that a "small minority" of angry young Arabs and Muslims are behind a rising number of incidents, reports the Montreal Gazette today.
Canadians thus join Europeans in noticing this pattern. Will Americans follow?
April 1, 2004 update: The European Union's Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), which commissioned and shelved the above report identifying most perpetrators of anti-Semitic acts as "right-wing extremists or radical Islamists or young Muslims mostly of Arab descent," came out yesterday with a more detailed report. It has two parts: Manifestations of Antisemitism in the EU 2002-2003, which looks at what has taken place, and Perceptions of Antisemitism in the European Union, which consists of interviews with Jews. that reiterates and extends this point. In hundreds of passages, it points specifically to the "immigrant," "North African," "Arab," and "Muslim" sources of antisemitic violence.
But who has time to read a nearly 400-page, statistic-laden study? Beate Winkler, director of the EUMC, provided a brief version to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Most of it accurately represents the full study, but not so her three-sentence summary of the identity of those carrying out antisemitic activities. In widely quoted words, she stated that,
As Ambrose Evans-Pritchard bluntly puts it in the Daily Telegraph, Winkler's findings "contradict" the contents of the report she supposedly presented to parliament. Worse, Evans-Pritchard quotes Victor Weitzel, co-author of the Jewish perceptions report, who said that the EU authorities consistently massaged his findings to play down the role of North African youth. "The European Union seems incapable of facing up to the truth on this. Everything is being tilted to ensure nice soft conclusions." For example, when Weitzel recommended monitoring inflammatory language in Europe's Arab press, this was changed to the "minority press."
This is typical of the way Europe confronts its problems concerning Islam and Muslims – by convincing itself they don't exist.
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