Friday, January 12, 2007

PBS: Jew-Hatred Caused by Jews, Israel, Christianity

Posted by Rick Pearcey

"It only took PBS one hour to uncover the causes of anti-Semitism, now in an alarming heyday," writes columnist Diana West. "In 'Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence,' narrated by Judy Woodruff, PBS offered the answer: The reason for Jew-hatred, now widely promulgated among Muslim populations, is, well . . . Jews! Israel! Even Christianity! . . .

"The conventional wisdom, as expressed on PBS, does two things. It blames Christianity and the West for introducing Anti-Semitism to a practically Edenic Islamic world, and it minimizes Islam's non-original sin of partaking of it. . . .

"This same conventional wisdom suggests that Anti-Semitism is the natural, if unfortunate, response of 'unempowered' Muslims to contemporary political events beyond their control -- namely, the essentially Christian/Western-sponsored establishment of the modern state of Israel.

"If we bothered -- if we dared -- to examine Anti-Semitism in its historical Islamic context . . . , we would better understand Islam's hysterical rejection of Israel, which, in Islamic terms, is a state of 'dhimmi' inferiors restored to equality, if not economic and military superiority, its very existence a violation of traditional Islamic code.

"Failing to do this, the West overlooks and effectively absolves Islam of its animus against Jews, and, by modern extension, Israel. The West also consigns itself, and, weirdly enough, Israel also, to the role of guilty parties who must continually try to appease an aggrieved Islam. . . ."

Read the entire column here.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

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