The Arab World Must Stop Teaching Its Children to Hate and Curse Jews

Sept. 16 2019

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a dissident Saudi blogger, was arrested on charges of apostasy and insulting Islam. Two years later, a Saudi court sentenced him to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes, of which he has so far received only the first set of 50. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, has since taken refuge in Canada, and devoted herself to obtaining his freedom and to human-rights causes more generally. She writes of the anti-Semitism endemic to the Arab world:

Central to [my husband’s] case is his vision of a different future for his country and region; a future based on our shared humanity; one based on acceptance, respect, and mutual understanding; one that aspires to peace in the region.

Central to this vision is an end to the discourse of hatred that we have learned in our childhood, mainstreamed by extremist religious teachings and governments’ cynical exploitation of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Central to this vision is an acceptance that we are all equal in dignity and rights regardless of our religion, thoughts, sex, color, or social status.

Central to this vision is the recognition that Jews are not our enemies. . . .

We were taught in the Arab world that the Holocaust was just a big lie. . . . Since childhood, we grew up on hatred of Jews and were taught to curse them. We must insist on repudiating these messages and work actively to eliminate them.

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The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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