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The new Anti-Semitism

Mahathir Mohamad, the long serving Prime Minister of Malaysia who stepped down on 31 October 2003 after 22 years in power, used his speech at the opening session of the 57-state Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on 16 October 2003 to argue that the Jews control the world:


“They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong; so that they can enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power.”


He also said that :


“the Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”


The speech got a standing ovation from the assembled kings, presidents, sheikhs and emirs.


The idea of a Jewish conspiracy ruling the world was first put out in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, which was circulated in Tsarist Russia to foment anti-Semitism and used by Hitler as one of the foundations of his programme to exterminate the Jewish people. Today the same myth is being propagated in the Muslim world to demonise the Jews as part of the campaign against the existence of Israel. The Protocols have been translated into Arabic and widely circulated in the Arab world. Egyptian TV broadcast a 40 part adaptation of the Protocols called ‘Horsemen without a Horse.’


According to ISIC Briefing 26 produced by the Barnabas Fund:


‘Anti-Semitism is now part of mainstream Islamic thought, and the anti-Semitic propaganda emanating from multiple media channels across the Muslim world is accepted as self-evident truth by most ordinary Muslims from Mauritania to Indonesia, even though most have never met a Jew. The Muslim world has now become the main repository of a deep hatred for Jews, reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Anti-Semitism is taught in schools, preached in mosques, propagated by the media, and expressed by leaders of state and society. A wave of anti-Semitic discourse has swept over the whole Muslim world. This new type of Muslim anti-Semitism sees Jews everywhere and at all times involved in a sinister plot to destroy Islam. All Jews everywhere and at all times are enemies of God, of humanity, and of Islam. It dehumanises Jews as monkeys and pigs and caricatures them as devils. It has revived the ancient blood libel allegations against Jews as well as the modern conspiracies about a secret Jewish plan to control the world.’


Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who currently has the Presidency of Europe wanted to put out a statement from the EU condemning Mahatir saying he used ‘expressions that were gravely offensive, very strongly anti-Semitic and strongly counter to principles of tolerance, dialogue and understanding between the Western world and the Islamic world.’


This move however was vetoed by French President Chirac on procedural grounds.


The French move highlights the growing power of Islam to influence opinions in Europe and the acceptance of attitudes which are clearly anti-Semitic. Melanie Philips in an article entitled ‘A Leftist axis of anti-Semitism against Israel’ makes the following point:


‘A strategic nexus has been forged between Europe and the Arabs. Europe has waited more than 50 years for a way to blame the Jews for their own destruction. So instead of sounding the alarm over genocidal Islamist Jew-hatred, the Europeans have embraced a narrative that depicts the Jews as Nazis. The result is that anti-Semitism, underground since the Holocaust, has reemerged under the guise of anti-Israelism. The old anti-Semitism wanted to destroy the Jews; the new anti-Semitism wants to destroy the Jewish state. So Israel is demonised and delegitimized. Many in Britain now believe Israel is as illegitimate as was apartheid South Africa.’


In her article she describes what happened when she appeared on a BBC current-affairs show :


‘An Israeli in the audience asked why Israel was being condemned for taking action against terrorists similar to the moves America was making in its own war on terror. My fellow panellists, including a Labour and a Conservative member of Parliament, deplored Israel’s brutality and the “terrorism on both sides.” The audience was even more hostile. When it was my turn, I said there was a double standard; I wondered why people were sympathetic when Israelis died, but not sympathetic when they tried to prevent themselves from dying; and said that the Palestinian Authority was a sponsor of terror and incited violence daily against Israelis and Jews across the world. The audience responded by hissing at me. Even worse, when I said that Israel was a democracy, they laughed derisively. A fellow panellist then accused me of having “double loyalties” because I was a Jew.’


She also describes how she appeared on a radio programme broadcast from Wokingham, Berkshire, the heartland of Conservative England. The audience cheered and clapped when revolutionary Marxist, Tariq Ali, said that America was the fount of all evil, that President Bush was more of a threat to peace than Saddam Hussein and that if there was a rogue state equipped with nuclear arms to be dealt with, it was Israel. When Melanie said the opposite she was booed and hissed.


The reason she gives for this situation is that the political Left has : ‘captured the Establishment: the media, politics, civil service, legal profession and the churches. As a result, its world-view has increasingly become the received wisdom of the public. And it is the Left which now openly promulgates the opinions that Israel should not exist, that it is a Nazi state and that the Jews control is the Left which now openly promulgates the opinions that Israel should not exist, that it is a Nazi state and that the Jews control America.’


The result is a radical hatred of Israel which is sweeping society, especially our universities and creating a climate of opinion which can even sympathise with suicide terrorists seeking to kill and main Israelis and Jews around the world. Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, organized an ‘anti-Israel hate fest’ in October 2003. The flyer advertising this event showed a hooded suicide bomber holding up a copy of the Koran.


The text read: ‘At Rutgers, you can’t kill Jews. But you can help people who do. Support Palestinian homicide bombers.’


Christian Friends of Israel has produced a video, ‘Lest We Forget’, which shows the connection between Nazi propaganda which demonised the Jews and prepared Germany and Europe for the Holocaust and the anti-Israel propaganda which is now creating the same mentality. We recommend this video for everyone to see (available from us for £15 plus £1.50 postage and packing).


Unfortunately there is nothing new about the ‘new anti-Semitism’. It is the same malign spirit which has expressed itself in many guises, including institutional Christianity, which has denied its Jewish roots and Saviour by persecuting the Jews in Jesus’ name. On the other hand many believing Christians who study God’s word and believe it to be true are recognising today that the return of the Jewish people to Israel today is a significant event fulfilling Bible prophecies. They believe the nations should take heed of the words of Jeremiah 31.10:


“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd does his flock’.”


Psalm 83.3-4 speaks of a time when the nations surrounding Israel would seek to destroy her:


“They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’”


Many passages in the Bible speak of a time of trouble coming for Israel and the Jewish people in the last days of this age. In Daniel 12.1 we read:


“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.”


As Jesus rode into Jerusalem he wept over the city saying, “Would today that you knew the things that make for your peace” (Luke 19.42). He went on to prophesy the coming destruction of the Temple and fall of Jerusalem with the dispersion of the Jewish people which happened in 70 AD. He said “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21.24).


The complete fulfilment of this prophecy will not happen until the second coming of Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem and He will be King over all the earth, bringing to an end the war which will be raging over the city and the land of Israel (Revelation 16 and 19, Zechariah 12-14). Then He will establish world peace and cause all people to live in peace and safety under his rule of the earth (Isaiah 2.1-4, 11).


In the meantime, God is looking for believing Christians to stand by Israel and the Jewish people and to oppose the spirit of anti-Semitism, which is always anti-Christian in essence as well. We should remember that Jesus was Jewish and therefore whoever hates the Jews hates Jesus also. It is significant that the main sources of the ‘new anti-Semitism’ are radical Islam and the radical Left. Both of these forces, when they have power, always persecute true Christians as well.


As Paul wrote in Romans 11.28-9 the Jewish people are ‘beloved for the sake of the fathers, for the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.’ On a spiritual level the reason for the whole huge controversy over Israel and the Jewish people is that Satan knows that Jesus is coming again soon to destroy his evil world system and he is throwing everything he can against Israel and the Jewish people in the vain attempt to prevent this from happening. He will not succeed, because the day is coming when :


‘The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah and He shall reign forever and ever!’ (Revelation 11.15).