Friday, June 03, 2005

French Newspaper Le Monde, Convicted of Anti-Semitism
Italian Newspaper Publishes The Protocols of the Elders Of Zion
BBC Says The Israeli's Stole Christmas

From Melanie Phillips:

Tom Gross reports in the Wall Street Journal (subscription only, but available at at the end of June) the remarkable fact that the most prestigious newspaper in France, Le Monde, has been found guilty by a court of antisemitism -- and the no less remarkable fact that no-one in France appears to care.
The Versailles court of appeal last week found the paper guilty of 'racist defamation' when it ruled that a comment piece it published in 2002, "Israel-Palestine: The Cancer," had whipped up anti-Semitic opinion. The authors, sociologist Edgar Morin, lecturer Daniele Sallenave and MEP Sami Nair, along with Le Monde's publisher, Jean-Marie Colombani, were ordered to pay symbolic damages of one euro to a human-rights group and to the Franco-Israeli Association, while Le Monde was also ordered to publish a condemnation of the article -- which as of yesterday it had not yet done, and the ruling had had virtually no coverage elsewhere in France. Gross observes:

'"Israel-Palestine: The Cancer" was a nasty piece of work, replete with lies, slanders and myths about "the chosen people," "the Jenin massacre," describing the Jews as "a contemptuous people taking satisfaction in humiliating others," "imposing their unmerciful rule," and so on. Yet it is was no worse than thousands of other news reports, editorials, commentaries, letters, cartoons and headlines published throughout Europe in recent years, in the guise of legitimate and reasoned discussion of Israeli policies.

'The libels and distortions about Israel in some British media are by now fairly well known:
  • the Guardian's equation of Israel and al Qaeda;
  • the Evening Standard's equation of Israel and the Taliban;
  • the report by the BBC's Middle East correspondent, Orla Guerin, on how "the Israelis stole Christmas."
  • Most notorious of all is the Independent's Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk, who specializes in such observations as his comment that, "If ever a sword was thrust into a military alliance of East and West, the Israelis wielded that dagger,"

  • and who (Fisk) implies that the White House has fallen into the hands of the Jews: "The Perles and the Wolfowitzes and the Cohens . . . [the] very sinister people hovering around Bush."

'The invective against Israel elsewhere in Europe is less well known. In Spain, for example, on June 4, 2001 (three days after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 21 young Israelis at a disco, and wounded over 100 others, all in the midst of a unilateral Israeli ceasefire), the liberal daily Cambio 16 published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (with a hook nose he does not have), wearing a skull cap (which he does not usually wear), sporting a swastika inside a star of David on his chest, and proclaiming: "At least Hitler taught me how to invade a country and destroy every living insect."

'The week before, on May 23, El Pais (the "New York Times of Spain") published a cartoon of an allegorical figure carrying a small rectangular-shaped black moustache, flying through the air toward Sharon's upper lip. The caption read: "Clio, the muse of history, puts Hitler's moustache on Ariel Sharon."

'Two days later, on May 25, the Catalan daily La Vanguardia published a cartoon showing an imposing building, with a sign outside reading "Museo del Holocausto Judio" (Museum of the Jewish Holocaust), and next to it another building under construction, with a large sign reading "Futuro Museo del Holocausto Palestino" (Future Museum of the Palestinian Holocaust).

'Greece's largest newspaper, the leftist daily Eleftherotypia, has run several such cartoons. In April 2002, on its front cover, under the title "Holocaust II," an Israeli soldier was depicted as a Nazi officer and a Palestinian civilian as a Jewish death camp inmate. In September 2002, another cartoon in Eleftherotypia showed an Israeli soldier with a Jewish star telling a Nazi officer next to him "Arafat is not a person the Reich can talk to anymore." The Nazi officer responds "Why? Is he a Jew?"

'In Italy, in October 2001, the Web site of one of the country's most respected newspapers, La Repubblica, published the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," in its entirety, without providing any historical explanation. It did suggest, however, that the work would help readers understand why the U.S. had taken military action in Afghanistan.

'In April 2002, the Italian liberal daily La Stampa ran a front-page cartoon showing an Israeli tank, emblazoned with a Jewish star, pointing a large gun at the baby Jesus in a manger, while the baby pleads, "Surely they don't want to kill me again, do they?"
In Corriere Della Sera, another cartoon showed Jesus trapped in his tomb, unable to rise, because Ariel Sharon, rifle in hand, is sitting on the sepulcher. Sweden's largest morning paper, Dagens Nyheter, ran a caricature of a Hassidic Jew accusing anyone who criticized Israel of anti-Semitism.
Another leading Swedish paper, Aftonbladet, used the headline "The Crucifixion of Arafat."

You see, that last one makes sense because, as any European worth his salt knows, the Jews killed Jesus. What Americans might not know is that the idea of Jewish deicide has been used by European leaders for centuries to stir up hatred against the Jews, which usually led to murderous massacres.

What massacre are the Euros planning now? Could it have anything to do with handing Israel to the Palestinians in its entirety?