1. Yes. Islamic terrorism is at the heart of the Arab/Israeli conflict, together with the brutal and corrupt Arab regimes which use the conflict as a means of holding on to their power. That is why Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia incite, train and finance the Palestinian terrorists.Originally posted by Northlander
1. I think its obvious that whenever the pal-isr conflict is discussed here we almost instantly get into the discussion of islamic fundamentalists taking over the world and anti-semitism in europe.
2. When it comes to europe I think the discussion is exaggerated. A few arab hooligans as Takeo rightly puts it destroys synagogs etc. I for one live in europe and I still dont belive there is this raising anti-semitic movement here.
The biggest threat for jews in europe is probably Israel ignoring human rights.
Sure, we can talk about a land dispute, but the issue of land has been resolved in negotiations in Camp David 2000.
What's holding up progress is the Islamic terrorist infrastructure originating from outside the Palestinian territories.
2. Takeo simply denies anti-Semitism in France, despite the obvious facts. He will tell you that it is a few hooligans, etc., but there have been probably close to 380 anti-Semitic incidents in France alone at this point.
Maybe you and Takeo don't personally experience a rise in anti-Semitism because it is primarily directed at Jews who appear to be Jewish. For example, those who attend Jewish community centers, those who pray at temples and those who wear traditional Jewish jewelry or attire.
But denying the facts doesn't change the reality of the ugly face of European racism from the extreme Left (like Takeo's communist party) or from the extreme Right (like in Austria, France, Germany and Russia).
Still, hypocritical Europeans (and Americans, too) never go out to demonstrate against anti-Semitism, but instead go out to demonstrate against Israel's right of self-defense. This discrimination is why all these self-described human-rights activists are themselves giving moral ligitimacy to acts of Arab terrorism and are often as guilty as the terrorists themselves.