It is odd that the Middle East was highlighted as being anti-Semitic. When
Christian Europe was expelling and persecuting Jews Moslem countries were
welcoming them.I wonder if somehow the survey has confused
anti-Semitism to valid objections of Israel's oppression of the
@TekakaromatagiDammam, Saudi Arabia" When Christian Europe was
expelling and persecuting Jews Moslem countries were welcoming them."Considering that your own country (Saudi Arabia) now doesn't even
allow Jews to reside within its borders, it's clear that we aren't
welcome there or in numerous other Islamic states. Restricting Jews from
entering, residing or worshiping in a country is a pretty good indication of
anti-Semitism. Keep in mind that when Jews were welcome in those countries,
those countries were also known for intellectual study and scientific research,
an enlightened attitude that has long been extinguished by fear and enforced
ignorance. "I wonder if somehow the survey has confused
anti-Semitism [with] valid objections [to] Israel's oppression of the
Palestinians?"Read the survey questions for yourself.
They're written carefully to avoid that sort of issue.
@Eliyahu:Given that the Palestinians, who are living under apartheid
conditions imposed by the IDF, are ranked as the most anti-semitic country in
the world, do you seriously think that their so-called anti-semitism is somehow
inspired by the KKK or the Aryan Nations? Do you think. it might be related to
a crushing blockade, thleir lands being taken for Israeli settlers, or Israeli
settlers bullying shepherds and olive farmers, or a crushing Gas Strip
blockade?I live in Ssudi Arabia. But I am an American, so Saudi
Arabia is not my country. Liberty and justice for all is one of my values. It
is based on the Old Testament principle that the justice needs to be done to the
stranger, i.e. that the laws need to be applied to the politically weak in the
same way as they are applied to the politically powerful. That is not
happiening in Israel.
Palestinians could learn a lot from Mormon pioneers, who upon being unfairly
kicked out of their own homes and communities, got over it and made the best
possible life for themselves and their children somewhere else--instead of
harboring hate and grudges and attempting to punish those they feel they were
wronged by. While much can be said about Palestinian rights, as well
as the rights of Jews to live in their historical homeland, getting over
offenses from decades ago and learning to live together in peace and prosperity
would sure be a better option than the continued distrust, rancor and hatred
that exists in the region now.
We need to be able to have a rational discussion of the Israeli Palestine
conflict without name calling and using the term "anti Semitism" to
defame one side.