Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Antisemitism note

Eugene Volokh links to what is politely called a "sermon" from a Muslim speaker broadcast on TV with permission of the Palestinian Authority.

With the establishment of the state of Israel, the entire Islamic nation was lost, because Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers.

You will find that the Jews were behind all the civil strife in this world. The Jews are behind the suffering of the nations. . . .

We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world -– except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relived... of the Jews — even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.

As I read this I am reminded once again how deeply antisemitism is embedded in the world. I say "world" because it is not just the Muslim world. I have heard this kind of bile from plenty of non-Muslim sources.
It seems that in the same way that until the Korean conflict the American military taught anti-black discrimination to the world by practice and example, so too does the Muslim community teach others to hate Jews. As we have seen in the case of racial discrimination, it is impossible to put poop back in the horse. Once it is in the street, the best remedy is simply time, patience and education, waiting for a diseased generation to pass.

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