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May 23, 2013 1:13 pm

Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State

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President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat (R) shakes hands with Shimon Peres (L). Photo: World Economic Forum.

This week, a Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism will gather in Jerusalem.

The time has come for the Global Forum to consider the fact that a new anti-semitic state is in formation.

Imagine, if you would, if any nascent nation-state, anywhere in the world, was in formation, and that it had taken on the following features:

  • Selling land to a Jew would be defined as  a capital crime.
  • Its new constitution would not allow for juridical status for Judaism and  Jews would not even be allowed to live in the country.
  • The school system would inculcate children to make war on the Jews.
  • Those who murder Jews would become the heroes of the new country.
  • The designated head of state earned his Ph.D. on the basis of a published thesis that millions Jews who were murdered during World War II were actually executed by the Zionists, who were allies of the Nazis.

The reaction to such a “state in formation” would be an outcry from all of the Jewish groups that monitor anti-Semitism.

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Yet there has been no outcry from most Jewish groups in the case of the proposed Palestinian Arab state, based on the ideology of the Palestine Liberation Organization, even though the proposed state possesses  these  six characteristics, as described above.

However, there are a some influential non Jews who have expressed concern about the anti-Semitism of the nascent Palestinian Authority.

A case in point. Ten years  ago, our agency covered a briefing for a visiting United States congressional delegation provided by the former Vatican representative to Israel, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. The Papal  Nuncio warned US lawmakers that the new Palestinian Authority approved draft state constitution, funded by USAID, provided no juridical status for religions other than Islam in the new Palestinian Arab entity.

The Papal Nuncio also warned that the Palestinian Authority had adopted a Shariah law that was modeled on the Sharia law that rules in Saudi Arabia, which dictated absolute supremacy of Muslims, as matter of law.

Archbishop Sambi provided the text of that proposed PA constitution, with the hope that Jewish groups which would object to such a proposed Palestinian state constitution.

In addition, Archbishop Sambi initiated a Vatican study of the new PA textbooks, which the Vatican would determine to be anti-Semitic in nature.

As a result of the Vatican study of the PA textbooks, the Italian government withdrew its money from  Palestinian Ministry of Education textbook project.

An expert whose research is impeccable on this subject is journalist Dr. Arnon Groiss, who earned his PHD in Islamic studies at Princeton, and who worked for ten years as a researcher for IMPACT.se , also known as the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, where Dr. Groiss became an expert on Arab school books.

Over the past year, Dr. Groiss made presentations for staffers and members of the US Congress and the Canadian Parliament, where he showed how the new textbooks of the Palestinian Authority, instead of educating for peace with Israel, promote the “armed struggle” to liberate “Palestine,”  all of it.

From these textbooks, Groiss showed that the PA curriculum teaches the following fundamentals:

  • Jews are foreigners and have no rights in “Palestine.”
  • The Jews have a dubious, and even murderous, character.
  • Israel is an illegitimate usurper that occupied Palestine in 1948 and 1967.
  • Israel is the source of all kinds of evil done to the Palestinians.
  • Peace with Israel based on reconciliation is not sought.
  • Armed struggle for liberation is encouraged instead.
  • The exact area to be liberated is never restricted to the areas taken by Israel in 1967.
  • Jihad and martyrdom are explicitly encouraged.

The list of accusations against Israel appearing in the new Palestinian Authority schoolbooks includes more than 25 allegations, including:

  • Israel contributes to Palestinian social ills and family violence.
  • Israel causes the increase of drug abuse cases in Palestinian society.
  • Israel pollutes the Palestinian environment.
  • Israel usurps Muslim and Christian holy places.
  • Israel strives to obliterate the Palestinian national identity and heritage.

Over the past two years, New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, a 34 year Republican veteran of Congress, announced that he would lead a campaign for the US to condition aid to UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority on the nullification of the anti-Semitic curriculum of the Palestinian Authority.

Rep. Smith’s initiative was reminiscent of Archbishop Sambi, who died two years ago  while serving as the new Papal Nuncio in Washington.

Archbishop Sambi was never afraid to take a stand on the official anti-Semitism which he discerned in the Palestinian Authority,

It remains to be seen whether mainstream Jewish groups will follow the lead of Rep. Smith and the late Archbishop Sambi, to make such demands of the Palestinian Authority.

Sometimes it takes a courageous gentile to speak up, so that Jews will not hesitate to follow their example. Perhaps the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism will toast the legacy and the message of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, whose warnings about the anti-semitism of nascent Palestinian Arab entity should be heeded.

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  • NuritG

    Shimon Press and Yossi Beiln gave the stamp of approval to an anti-Semitic state in the heart of Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu is pursuing it like a bee to the honey. What is with the Jews to not like their homeland so they want to give it away to their worst nightmare enemies? Why do Jews wish their live away?
    TIME to sit in front of Shimon Peres house and demand that HE retracts the OSLO and starts telling the world, “we do not make peace with anti-Semites and we do not agree to an anti-Semitic state to be built in our heartland” We are on the course to repair mistakes we have made.

  • jerry1800

    Peres & co loves his piece partner friends

  • Paula

    This is really confusing as it is at odds with what is in the article:

    “Archbishop Sambi became Vatican ambassador to Israel and apostolic delegate to Jerusalem in 1998. He was deeply involved in arranging Pope John Paul II’s historic 2000 visit to Jerusalem, the first time any pope had visited the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

    In 2007, when he was already ambassador to the United States, he stirred controversy with remarks in which he accused Israel of dragging its feet in carrying out a 1993 treaty with the Vatican over church properties and the treatment of Catholic Arabs in Jerusalem. The Vatican distanced itself from his comments.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/world/europe/29sambi.html?_r=

  • real

    genesis of antisemitism? abraham…. he refused to bow
    down to the society’s ruler and gods because he bowed only to the One…so they threw him in the furnace. he walked out of that furnace. the G-d of israel protected him.

  • Peter

    Excellent article. These facts should be better publicized. Perhaps if the Palestinians persue claims against Israel in the ICC, Israel should counter with claims of discrimination and racism.

  • The gensesis is the KORAN. And the sociopath Muhammad’s decapitation of 900 UNARMED Jews of the Bani Quarayza tribe in 627…..any muslim who reveres the sociopath is part of the problem..

  • Jackson

    The Philistin emperor has been wearing no clothes for a dog’s life. Most refuse to see the ugly truth before us.

    Thanks for the heads-up!

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