Leaked cables confirm: Jews are feeling danger in Venezuela

December 3, 2010

From Fausta comes news that, among the thousands of classified cables leaked by Wikileaks and Julian Assange, is evidence that the Jews of Venezuela are increasingly frightened of their own government:

Jewish community leaders told PolCouns the Venezuelan government’s (GBRV’s) attacks and “double-talk,” constant criticism of Israel, growing alliance with Iran, and increasing limitations on freedom of speech contribute to a heightened sense of vulnerability by the Jewish community. …

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XXXXXXXXXXXX said anti-Semitic programs and articles have been regular features of government-owned media since 2004, and “international anti-Jewish campaigns have been tailored for use domestically.” XXXXXXXXXXXX emphasized that the anti-Semitism is “government-sponsored.” He noted that Emilio Silva, the author of a January 20 article on the government website aporrea.org which called for violent demonstrations at the Tiferet synagogue just 10 days before the synagogue was attacked, is still teaching at the pro-government Bolivarian University of Venezuela.

 

Visit her site to read more. If I were a Jew living under Hugo Chavez, I’d be feeling insecure, too.

RELATED: I’ve written about Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and antisemitism here and here. The Weekly Standard has an excellent backgrounder on this topic.

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Andrew Klavan: the crisis of Satanophobia in America

December 3, 2010

A bit of humor to wash away the sour taste from those last videos: PJTV‘s Andrew Klavan pokes fun at mindless multiculturalism and political correctness by looking at the heretofore unknown sufferings of a religious minority right here in America: Satan-worshipers.

How true. It’s dreadfully insensitive of us to call Old Scratch evil just because he’s evil. We should instead say he’s “differently morally enabled.”

Yeah, that’s it.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Islamic clerics: “Jews are murderous donkeys… or something”

December 3, 2010

Islamic clerics and scholars love to refer to Jews as descended from or related to apes and pigs, a slur rooted in the Qur’an itself. Not satisfied with that, Egyptian “cleric” Muhammad al-Zoghbi compares Jews to donkeys, to be ridden by Pharoah during their time in Egypt:

From the transcript:

[Pharaoh] would ride a Jew as one might ride a donkey. Let me show you how. Pharaoh would say: “Bring me a Jew, an Israeli.” The he would say to him: “Over here. Bend over and make like a donkey.” The Jew would crouch like a donkey, and Pharaoh would ride on his back, his legs dangling on either side. Sometimes, he would ride him sidesaddle. He would grab him by the collar, and lead him: Giddyup… He would ride him like a donkey because a donkey he is.

We do not encourage such a thing, but I must say that it is due to their sins, arrogance, and conceit that Allah sent enemies to rule them and turn them into donkey underfoot.

But while Jews are donkeys, they’re murderous, bloodthirsty ones that live only for war against peaceful, humble peoples. Don’t take my word for it; just listen to the wise words of another Islamic preacher, Abdallah Samak:

And, in case you don’t understand Arabic (as if I do…):

One of the characteristics of the Jews is that they are outstanding murderers. Who do they kill? If only they killed regular people, but they slayed the prophets. They unjustly slayed the prophets. The Jews are known for their merciless, murderous, and bloodthirsty nature. This is clearly documented in their holy books and writings, without beating about the bush.

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The number one characteristic of the Jews – which appears in the Bible – is that they are always prepared for combat. They believe that it is their fate and destiny to be in a state of perpetual war. This is not what we want. We are seekers of peace and security. We seek to spread love. But we are dealing with a people, a society, that believes that its destiny is linked to war.

Maybe it’s just me, but, if my people were subjected to periodic genocidal massacres and my homeland were surrounded by a bunch of countries that periodically try to destroy it, I might be inclined to be ready for war, too. I’m just sayin’…

Watching those videos, does anyone else get the impression these guys are projecting, just a bit? Samak rants on about warlike Jews, yet it’s the Muslims who keep attacking Israel and blowing up Jews around the world. Meanwhile, Al-Zoghbi accuses the Jews of arrogance, of refusing to assimilate and intermarry. Yet the Qur’an itself proclaims Muslims as the best above all other people and, by implication, the rest as inferior. And intermarriage, the ultimate symbol of assimilation is mostly discouraged for Muslim men and forbidden to Muslim women.  (Stephen Schwartz, himself a convert to Islam, in his book The Two Faces of Islam, has an excellent discussion of the purist, separationist aspects of Saudi Islam.)

The struggle between Israel and the Arab countries isn’t a fight over occupied territories or the rights of this or that victim group: it’s a religious war, brought about by a Jew-hatred hardwired into Islam from the beginning and carried on to this day, as you can see. If Israel were to withdraw to its 1948 boundaries, renounce all offensive weapons, and even abandon Jerusalem, their most holy city,  they would still be under attack.

But don’t you dare say Islam isn’t a religion of peace and tolerance.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)