Those confounded Jews. They just won't line up quietly for the march to the gas chambers. This, alas, now as for eons past, is the sum and substance of world opinion.
Anti-Jewish sentiment (since Arabs, like Jews, are Semites -- children of Shem -- it is ridiculous to call this anti-Semitism) has been durable. It is as rife in France today as it was a century ago during the Dreyfus affair. It is resurgent in Germany and Austria and Eastern Europe. And it is -- as always -- de rigeur in the Muslimworld.
About the only places in the world in which anti-Jewish sentiment does not prevail are the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The ordinary Brit eating fish and chips in the pub has nothing against Jews. But the old Etonians in the Foreign Office consider them quite a bother, and editors at the Guardian and the Mirror froth at the mouth whenever Israelis are mentioned.
I've never understood anti-Jewish sentiment. Aside from a distressing tendency to vote Democratic, most Jews in the United States have been model citizens. There have been Jewish gangsters (e.g., Meyer Lansky), but for the most part, Jews show up in violent crime reports only as victims. Jews are dramatically overrepresented in the educated professions, despite, in the past, having had difficulty being admitted to elite universities because they weren't Christian, and, in the present, having difficulty being admitted to elite universities because they are white.
Since last September, Jews in Israel have been under a vicious assault which should appall all who are civilized. Suicide bombers have been targeting the most innocent and the most helpless in Israeli society -- teen-agers at a night club, shoppers at a mall, revelers at a wedding, commuters at a bus stop, children at a day care center.
These attacks have followed not an Israeli provocation, but what arguably was the most breathtaking offer of unilateral concessions in the history of diplomacy, at Camp David in the summer of 2000. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, the Israelis have been willing to live in peace with their neighbors. It's their neighbors who have been unwilling to live in peace with them.
Hussein Hassouna, the Egyptian who is ambassador of the 22- nation Arab League to the United Nations, told college students in Pittsburgh this month that the dispute between Palestinians and Israelis is political rather than religious, dating from the establishment of the state of Israel.
Not so. Hitler was enthusiastically supported by Haj Amin Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and other Muslim clerics and political leaders, precisely because he hated the Jews. And this was well before the establishment of the state of Israel.
It was Husseini who suggested to Hitler what became "the final solution" of the "Jewish question," said Jack Wheeler of the Freedom Research Foundation. Hitler originally planned to get rid of Germany's Jews by expelling them to the Jewish portion of Palestine.
"At a meeting in Berlin with Hitler on Nov. 21, 1941, Husseini convinced the Fuhrer that such a plan would result in a powerful independent Jewish state, and that a far better solution would be a final one: kill all the Jews," Wheeler said.
At the Nuremberg trials, Adolf Eichmann deputy Dieter Wisliceny testified: "the Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in execution of this plan."
Public opinion in Palestine today isn't much different from the Grand Mufti's. It is illustrated by the mother of a suicide bomber who said she wouldn't be satisfied until all the Jews had been killed.
Israel is under attack by monsters. And world opinion is siding with the monsters. After each new Palestinian outrage, world leaders call upon the Israeli government to exercise restraint; i.e., to consent to the murder of its citizens. Even President Bush has piled on.
No negotiated political settlement will appease the suicide bombers and those who send them. They won't be satisfied until they have finished the job Hitler started. We shouldn't help them.For more on Haj Amin Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, see The Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection
Jack Kelly is national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio