The Left’s anti-Semitism infects a new country

Spain distinguished itself after the 3/11 train bombings by instantly backing down from the fight and infecting itself with Leftism. The fallout from this infection is clear:

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain and Secretary General of the Socialist Party, arrived to power at a time nobody expected, not even inside the Party.

Keen on populist tirades against the United States “Dickhead Bush” and “Ketchup Queen Kerry”, his whole campaign did not bring much attention until the moment Al-Qaeda decided to blow up Madrid trains, killing almost 200 people and bringing to an end Spain’s membership of the West.

From that moment on, everybody knew nothing would be the same, and Spanish Jews knew there were hard times ahead. Prime Minister Zapatero has not disappointed them.

Although many experts had foretold of the imminent disappearing of European Jews, nobody expected such a virulent explosion of anti-Semitism in Spain, not even under a Leftist government.

The first signal came on Monday, 5 December, when during a dinner with the Benarroch family, Zapatero and wife began claiming what Vidal Quadras, member of the European Parliament, described on the radio as “a tirade of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism”.

By the moment the Benarroch couple had left the table to express their regrets, Zapatero was explaining his lack of surprise about the Holocaust: according to the people present, Zapatero claimed to understand the Nazis.

And that’s only the first half of an article describing Spain’s swift descent into modern anti-Semitism.  I emphasize the word modern because I think it’s pretty clear that this explosion of anti-Semitism has absolutely nothing to do with Spain’s role in the forefront of the anti-Jewish movement during the Middle Ages.  By purging herself of Jews, Spain purged herself of modern anti-Semitism.  Indeed, during WWII, Franco allowed Spain to be one of the few open doors in the world for Jews escaping from the Nazis.  No, this anti-Semitism has nothing to do with Spain’s past, and everything to do with Spain’s present as a Leftist nation.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Ha, idiots. Electing a socialist government is the best way to get national socialism. What were they doing when they were reading history anyways?

    Did they believe socialism would bring them peace and prosperity? That is not on the agenda.

    Democracies are great. People get what they voted in, what they deserve, that is justice. Sure, there are people in Spain who didn’t vote for the Socialist, but my recommendation to them was the same I made in 2005 before the French riots and after the assassination of Theo Van Gogh. Go somewhere else. That’s it, go somewhere else, somewhere like Canada, US, or Australia.

    Those are the safe havens, no country in Europe will be safe from the upheavals of this century.

    Leave NOW, before it is too late. Don’t be like the Jews who only tried to leave after it was too late to get out of Germany.

  • Ted

    You give no *evidence* of anti-Semitism on Zapatero’s part, and that’s because there is none. Zapatero stated, on Wednesday, that Israel had used “abusive force” in Lebanon. That is a criticism of Israeli foreign policy, not an attack on “Jews.” Many Israeli Jews would agree.

  • Zhombre

    Ymarsakar — I suspect most “socialist” Euro pols are socialist in name only. The center-left coalition in Italy has actually attempted some market liberalization. These guys IMHO are merely cheap venal opportunistic politicians as politicians are wont to be.

    Dear Ted – Zapatero is reported to have gone on an anti-Semitic rant at a dinner party. Can’t you read? Or do you dismiss this as hearsay and not credible?

  • anon

    Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: The Link
    By Diana Muir

    This week, the Spanish Foreign Minister felt compelled to defend Prime Minister Zapatero from charges of anti-Semitism.

    Zapatero had donned the black-checked keffiyeh that is the symbol of Palestinian determination to destroy the Jewish State and criticized Israel for using “abusive force that does not protect innocent human beings.”1

    It was all too familiar.

    On any given day one can find some eminent European – a university professor, high-ranking churchman, a parliamentarian – gravely explaining to reporters that harsh and disproportionate criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic.

    And their protestations sound plausible. After all, this is not your grandfather’s anti-Semitism. Israel’s highly-educated critics do not refuse to dine in restaurants that serve Jews, use epithets like “kike,” or believe that Jews control the international financial markets and are more likely than others to engage in shady business practices.

    At least that is what I assumed until someone did the study.

    Two Connecticut professors got curious about the constant denials that extremely harsh critics of Israel were anti-Semitic. Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, and Charles A. Small, Director of Urban Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, decided to examine the issue in formal way. Their paper, “Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts Anti-Semitism in Europe,” appears in the August issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. 2

    Kaplan and Small ask whether individuals expressing strong anti-Israel sentiments, such as the statement by Ted Honderich, Emeritus Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London, that “those Palestinians who have resorted to necessary killing have been right to try to free their people, and those who have killed themselves in the cause of their people have indeed sanctified themselves,” are more likely than the general population to also support in such old-style anti-Semitic slurs as “Jews have too much power in our country today.”

    The correlation was almost perfect. In a survey of 5,000 Europeans in ten countries, people who believed that the Israeli soldiers “intentionally target Palestinian civilians,” and that “Palestinian suicide bombers who target Israeli civilians” are justified, also believed that “Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind,” “Jews have a lot of irritating faults,” and “Jews are more willing than others to use shady practices to get what they want.”

    The study’s other interesting finding was that only a small fraction of Europeans believe any of these things. Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism flourish among the few, but those few are over-represented in Europe’s newspapers, its universities, and its left-wing political parties.

    For Americans who do not read the European press, the level of raw anti-Semitism in European intellectual circles can be shocking.

    A couple of years ago the French Ambassador at the Court of St. James, Daniel Bernard, told his companions at a London dinner party that Israel is a “shitty little country,” “Why,” he asked, “should the world be in danger of World War Three because of those people?”3

    Those people? Moderates heard echoes of old-fashioned anti-Semitism. But t he French Foreign Ministry stood behind their ambassador, calling assertions that Bernard’s remarks were anti-Semitic “malevolent insinuations.”4

    The British press agreed. Columnist Deborah Orr defended Ambassador Bernard in the Independent. “Anti-Semitism is disliking all Jews, anywhere, and anti-Zionism is just disliking the existence of Israel and opposing those who support it,” explained Orr, who holds “the honest view that in my experience Israel is shitty and little.”5

    Columnist Richard Woods summed up the attitude of the European intelligentsia when he rote that Ambassador Bernard’s remark was only “apparently anti-Semitic”.6

    Kaplan and Small have shown otherwise. When you read, for example, the opinion of Marc Gentilli, president of the French Red Cross, that the idea of allowing Israel to join the International Red Cross and use the Star of David on its ambulances is “disgusting,”7 you can be pretty sure that he, along with Ambassador Bernard, Prime Minister Zapatero, President Chirac, and the rest of Europe’s harsh critics of Israel, are very probably the kind of old-fashioned anti-Semites who just don’t like Jews very much.

    1 “Spanish Minister Objects – Says Criticism of Israel Not anti-Semitic” International Herald Tribune, July 20, 2006

    2 Kaplan, Edward H. and Small, Charles A., “Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts Anti-Semitism in Europe,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 50 No. 4, August 2006, pp. 548-561

    3 Tom Gross, “ ‘A Shitty Little Country,’ Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and London,” National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

    4 “’Anti-Semitic’ French Envoy Under Fire,” BBC Dec. 20, 2001

    5 Deborah Orr, “I’m fed up being called an anti-Semite,” Independent, December 21, 2001, cited in Tom Gross, “ ‘A Shitty Little Country,’ Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and London,” National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

    6 Richard Woods in the, “When silence speaks volumes” London Sunday Times, December 23, 2001, cited in Tom Gross, “ ‘A Shitty Little Country,’ Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and London,” National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

    7 Davis, Avi, “A Star-Crossed Resignation,” Washington Times, Jan 2, 2002,

    Ms. Muir is the author of Reflections in Bullough’s Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England. The working title of her current project is: What Good is a Nation; A Clear-Eyed Look at Nations and Nationalism.

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