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Friday, April 27, 2012

The culture of Jew-hatred has been widespread throughout history.  And it continues apace today, with much the same ambivalence from many quarters to the implications.  Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe looks at anti-Semitism through history, from the time of the pharaohs to the plagues to the persecutions of the Holocaust, while Caroline Glick looks at the problem of Jew-hatred today, as it animates the lifestyles of large swaths of the Middle East.  It is a sad state of affairs, and one that gets only occasional lip service from the powers that be.

Case in point, President Obama recently gave a speech for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.   It was apparently a moving speech, but while he shared the stage with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, he simply ignored Wiesel's challenges regarding the threats to Israel from Syria and Iran.  And coincidentally, it was also the first day on the job for Samantha Power as Chair of the President's new Atrocities Prevention Board.  Which is ironic because this is the same Samantha Power who has called for an armed invasion of Israel to force a two state solution upon them, as well as castigating Israel for so-called "war crimes" on multiple occasions.

So the White House again demonstrates it policy of saying one thing and doing another.  I've always thought actions speak louder than words, but it would be nice if voters would start applying that policy to this President, as his actions continually help to further legitimacy for anti-Semitic interests, from empowering the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by endorsing the deposing of Hosni Mubarak to failing to act against a still-tottering Syrian regime to failing to voice any support for the Green Revolution of Iran in 2009 to calling for a return to Israel's 1967 borders.  But then, it is hard to ignore the trends of history.  It is often easier to just go with the flow.

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