When World War II ended sixty-seven years ago, the world learned that one-third of European Jews had been murdered by the Nazis and a multitude of European collaborators.
The Jewish people are easy scapegoats. We are characterized as both communists or capitalists. We are either rootless wanderers or rootless cosmopolitans, a people eternally damned because we rejected the ministry of Jesus or the cruel depredations of Mohammed.
Before the modern state of Israel was established, we were despised as a people without a nation. Now we are despised for having reclaimed it.
The Jewish people’s love of the land of Israel, which is one of the core narratives of the Torah, is part of Christian scripture as well.
Even the Koran, a Jew-hating document par excellence, mentions the Jewish people and Israel. But the Koran, the Torah, and the Christian Bible never mention any place called Palestine or a Palestinian nation. That is because Palestine is a post-modern construct designed by the KGB for their Arab allies during the Cold War. The purpose of this political fabrication was not to establish yet another dysfunctional Arab-Muslim nation, but to commit another genocide of the Jewish people.
We tend to think of Muslim Jew-hatred as an existential threat to Israel and to the Jewish people. We also tend to downplay European Jew-hatred as a vestige of times gone by.
But European Jew-hatred is alive and well. It has morphed into political anti-Zionism. And now the EU has institutionalized Jew-hatred in a series of boycott guidelines that recall the dry, legalistic language of the Nuremberg Laws.
The EU guidelines are clearly anti-Semitic: they are a unique set of guidelines crafted for the occasion of targeting Jews. The EU does not ask similar guarantees of China for Tibet, Turkey for Cyprus, or Indonesia for Western Papua.
Last week, the European Union issued guidelines regarding the use of EU funds in Israel. From now on, Israeli institutions cooperating with the EU or benefitting from EU funding must demonstrate that they have no direct or indirect links to Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. The guidelines, drawn up by the EU bureaucracy in Brussels, bind the EU, a supranational organization of 28 European nations, and one of the world’s largest donors of development aid. The guidelines also forbid any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in Jewish settlements in Israeli territories outside Israel’s 1967 borders.
Only the 500,000 Jewish inhabitants of Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are singled out in this respect. The EU guidelines are clearly anti-Semitic: they are a unique set of guidelines crafted for the occasion of targeting Jews. The EU does not ask similar guarantees of Chinese institutions regarding their links with Chinese occupied Tibet, nor does the EU forbid any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to ethnic Chinese residing in Tibet. Neither has the EU issued similar guidelines regarding Turkey and Turkish occupied Northern Cyprus, Morocco and Moroccan occupied Western Sahara, Indonesia and Indonesian occupied Western Papua, or territorial disputes anywhere else in the world.
In issuing the guidelines, the EU has come out in full support of the so-called “BDS” movement, which advocates “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” against the Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The EU decided to draw up the guidelines last December, shortly after a group of 22 political NGOs, all of them supporting BDS, called on Brussels to join the BDS actions. Ironically, many of these political NGOs, despite their involvement in a delegitimization campaign against Israel, have themselves for years been beneficiaries of millions of euros of EU money. In effect, the EU has been funding political NGOs whose main objective it was to pressure the EU member states into adopting anti-Semitic policies.