A new “virulent” form of anti-Jewish sentiment is sweeping the globe says eminent human rights lawyer
From The Times online UK discovered through gayandright.blogspot.com, an excellent blog by the way and worth checking often.
A new, virulent and even “lethal” anti-Semitism is sweeping the globe and putting the lives of both Jews and non-Jews at risk, a leading human rights lawyer will argue this week.
At a conference in London of 100 parliamentarians from 40 countries, Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer from Canada who was once counsel to Nelson Mandela, will argue that the world is seeing a return to the vicious anti-Semitism that culminated in the Nazi Holocaust and the death of six million Jews.
In a paper seen by The Times to be presented at the conference tomorrow, Mr Colter says the level of anti-Semitism is “without parallel or precedent since the end of the Second World War.”
He says there is a “new anti-Jewishness” that overlaps with classical anti-Semitism. Where traditional anti-Semitism is the assault on the rights of Jews to live as equal members of whatever host society they inhabit, the new anti-Semitism involves the discrimination against the right of the Jewish people to live as an equal member of the family of nations.
The focus is on Israel as totemic of the entire Jewish people. And whereas in the past the goal of anti-Semites was to rid the world of Jews, now it is to rid the world of the state of Israel, he says.
He says Israel is not above the law and must be held accountable for any violations of international law or human rights. “The Jewish people are not entitled to any privileged protection or preference because of the particularity of Jewish suffering.”
But he says that extremist attacks on Israel are still anti-Semitic. He cites the parading in the streets of Teheran of a Shihab-3 missile draped in the emblem ‘Wipe Israel off the Map’ and the statement by Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar proclaims that, ‘before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded’.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has also said that “If all the Jews were gathered in Israel it would be easier to kill them all at the same time”.
Nasrallah has also said: “If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli.”
Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, the guest of honour at Monday’s conference dinner, will speak out on the scope and impact of global anti-Semitism and call for multilateral and EU action on the issue.
Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister for the UN, will address the conference on tuesday.
<p>John Mann MP, who as chair of the UK’s Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism set up the event, said: “We’re meeting because antisemitism is on the rise. There must be a fight-back and we parliamentarians are willing to lead from the front. Jewish communities across the world should know that they are not alone.
“Whether it is the UK’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, the two comprehensive responses from the government and numerous policy changes, the UK has earned its role as the host of this historic conference.
“We are proud to be joined by national leaders across the political spectrum, who stand united and ready to confront this oldest hatred in the newest of settings.”