Tobin: Deligitimisering av Israel förstadie till våld

Jewish
communal leaders in France say an attack on three Jewish men Saturday
night was just the latest in a line of anti-Semitic incidents against
the country’s Jews. 
“There has been a series of acts like the one
in in Villeurbanne,”  said Richard Prasquier, president of the
Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF),
according to Le Figaro. […]

In March, a rabbi, his two children, and an
8-year-old girl were killed outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France,
by Algerian-French terrorist Mohamed Merah. Following the attack,
French authorities vowed to crack down on Muslim extremism and
anti-Semitic incidents.

But CRIF Vice President Ariel Goldman told Le Figaro that incidents had in fact ramped up.

“In the month following the Merah terror
attack we counted 140 such acts,” said Goldman. “This amounts to a third
of the violent incidents we had in 2011.”

Jonathan Tobin på Commentary Magazine skriver om utvecklingen:

Though attacks against Jews in Western Europe seem to be the province of Muslim immigrants, it is a mistake to view this violence as solely the result of the importation of Middle Eastern attitudes.

The flow of raw hate speech against Jews from Cairo and Tehran and other Arab and Muslim capitals is not to be underestimated, but the willingness of European intellectuals to lend their support to the demonization of the Jewish state has given these sentiments a patina of undeserved legitimacy.

The notion that there is a clean distinction between street violence and the effort to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist and defend itself cannot be sustained. European intellectuals may think they operate on a different level from street thugs.

But the logical next step from the hounding of Jews on the editorial pages and in academia is clear. So long as Israel is singled out for unfair treatment and economic and academic boycotts of the Jewish state are treated as “human rights” causes, we should not be surprised that violence against Jews is on the upsurge.

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