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May 29, 2013 8:18 am

Netanyahu: Anti-Semitism ‘is Now Becoming Fashionable Again’ (VIDEO)

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Anti-Semitism “is now becoming fashionable again,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a conference convened to to discuss anti-Semitism on Tuesday.

Speaking by video link, Netanyahu told attendees at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism Conference held in Jerusalem that “three arguments are put forward by the anti-Semites all the time, and they are false all the time.”

“The first is that Israel is guilty of war crimes. We, who fight war criminals with measured means, whose cities are attacked by terrorists who fire from built-up areas and try to pinpoint the rocketeers – we are accused of war crimes by the war criminals. That is one facet of the vilification that we experience,” Netanyahu said.

“The second is that we are expansionists, we don’t want peace, we never agree to compromise. That’s patently false,” Netanyahu continued, before adding his final point.

“The third argument is that we are violators of human rights. Did you hear that? Israel, the one country in the vast expanse that recognizes the rights of everyone – women, minorities, every individual – who have access to the best court system in the world. Israel has a free press and a vibrant democracy, and Israel is accused of violating human rights.”

Watch a video of Netanyahu’s speech to the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism below:

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  • I really regret Zach Pontz didn’t take the time to translate all what Netanyahu told in those 3 points… He seems to forget the 2nd one. He directly moves from the 1st to the 3rd (developping for those two) but has been very short for the 2nd while what he told was very important for the 2nd too. He explained the many times Israel has made concessions… Why Zach Pontz has not translate ? For someone who does not speak hebrew, it looks like Netanyahu tried to avoid to talk about the 2nd point, which is not true.