Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What is Worth More? A Jewish Life or a Carpet?

If you were to go by the statements of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, the carpet.  Apparently some pissed off residents of Judea and Samaria through a burning tire through a mosque, damaging a carpet.  This is what the UN respresentative had to say about the matter:

The actions of Israeli extremists are highly provocative and threatening. I note the condemnation of this attack by the Israeli government and stress the need for forceful action against this and other like attacks...  Consistent with its obligations under international law as the occupying power, the Israeli government must ensure the accountability of those responsible and protect the human rights of Palestinians and their property, including religious sites.

When he mentioned religious sites, I started to remember the recent attack in which Palestinian authorities, while shouting "Allahu Akbar", shot and killed a Jewish worshiper at one of our holiest sites, Joseph's Tomb.  I decided to google any statements the illustrious Robert Serry might have made about the attack.  I found nothing.  It is always possible he did say something but the press ignored it, but I doubt he said anything.  This is the guy who welcomed the inclusion of Hamas in the Palestinian government, calling it "overdue".  So I must conclude that he thinks it is more serious for a carpet to get vandalized than a Jew being killed in cold blood simply because of his religion.

In other anti-semitic news, Yale just killed its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, after complaints from the PLO and other anti-semites.  This of course is the same University that published a book about the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, but then didn't include the cartoons themselves in the work out of fear.  I wonder how long it will be before they remove the Hebrew letters from their logo? 

As further proof of the need to study anti-semitism, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed a Jewish conspiracy for the Economist endorsement of his opposition.  Michael Rubin from Commentary added:

During Erdoğan's tenure, Mein Kampf again became a best-seller in Turkey, books hit the market promoting wacky conspiracy theories delegitimizing Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, on the grounds that he was a secret Jew, and Erdoğan's own wife endorsed Valley of the Wolves, a crude piece of propaganda suggesting Jews were exploiting the Iraq war to sell the organs of Muslims to Israel. When I was in Turkey this past November, I found copies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in every bookstore I visited. Erdoğan's media and education system has inculcated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories into a generation of Turkish school children and civil servants.

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