As the contributor who sent this to MER puts it: "What would be more accurate is two say that these self-styled Jewish
leaders contribute to anti-semitism." It was only a few weeks ago that George Soros, in an impromptu comment after which he was quickly quieted, made clear his own view that today's anti-semitism was largely being created by Israeli and American Jewish organizational policies...how true!
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Jewish leaders accuse European Commission of anti-Semitism
Two Jewish leaders accuse the European Commission of encouraging
anti-Semitism by releasing a "flawed" poll accusing Israel of being the
most perceived threat to world peace and then by failing to release a
report on the involvement of Muslim minorities in anti-Semitic
In a piece to be published Monday in the Financial Times, World Jewish
Congress President Edgar Bronfman and European Jewish Congress President
Cobi Benatoff said, "Anti-Semitism can be expressed in two ways: by
action and inaction. Remarkably, the European Commission is guilty of
"First, the Commission released a flawed and dangerously inflammatory
poll, which purported to name Israel the greatest threat to world peace.
Then, it censored a study commissioned by its own Monitoring Center that
reported on the involvement of Muslim minorities in incidents of
mounting European anti-Semitism. Let us not mince words: both of these
actions were politically motivated."
The poll, released in November, reported that 59 percent of respondents
- citizens of the European Union -answered yes when asked if Israel
posed a threat to world peace, a higher percentage than those who opted
for other countries including North Korean, Libya and Iran.
The Commission, an arm of the European Union, disassociated itself from
its survey with the EU presidency saying the poll did not reflect the
group's position on the Middle East.
The World Jewish Congress, which released a copy of Bronfman's and
Benatoff's article Friday, said it was starting a global campaign soon
to secure passage of a stand-alone UN resolution condemning
"At the last UN General Assembly session, Arab states torpedoed an
effort on the part of the Irish to introduce such a resolution, WJC
executive vice president Elan Steinberg said, adding that the initial
step was to seek the resolution's adoption at a conference of European
nations next April.