For hundreds of years, the Jews have suffered various forms of persecution, dispossession and discrimination at the hands of many European nations. This culminated in the horrific crimes committed by the Nazis in Germany during the Hitler regime. Yet, throughout history, the Jews led in all parts of the Arab world a prosperous life, entirely unmolested. In Spain, Egypt and elsewhere during the days of the Arab Empire, Jewish culture was at its happiest and contributed to the Arab civilisation, in Medicine, Science and Literature. It is ironic, however, that it should be the Arabs, completely innocent of Jewish persecution, who have to pay the price of crimes committed by the nations of Europe. These nations now sit in the Judge's seat preaching about anti-Semitism to the Arabs-Semites themselves-and demanding of them acquiescence to dispossession and persecution by Jews.
Abhorrent as anti-Semitism is, the most ruthless exploitation of it has been made by Zionists to achieve their aims. An example of this is revealed in an editorial article in Davar, the official news-paper of the governing Israeli Labour Party (Mapai). Editor Sharun wrote: "I shall not be ashamed to confess that if I had the power, as I have the will, I would select a score of efficient young men-intelligent, decent, devoted to our ideal and burning with desire to help redeem Jews-and I would send them to the countries where Jews are absorbed in sinful self-satisfaction. The task of these young men would be to disguise themselves as non-Jews, and, acting upon the brutal Zionism, plague these Jews with anti-Semitic slogans, such as 'Bloody Jew,' 'Jews go to Palestine,' and similar 'intimacies.' I can vouch that the results, in terms of a considerable immigration to Israel from these countries, would be ten thousand times larger than the results brought by thousands of emissaries who have been, for decades, preaching to deaf ears."
Another effective method of exploitation of the world's repugnance to anti-Semitism, is its utilisation, by Israelis and Zionists, to silence any criticism of Israeli policies by well-informed writers and politicians who will inevitably find the offensive charge of anti-Semitism thrown at them. Many distinguished and honourable men like Arnold Toynbee and even Jews like Rabbi Elmer Berger have been called 'anti-Semites' by Zionists, but were able, with moral courage, to withstand this offensive charge by which many lesser mortals were cowed.
An equally abominable form of anti-Semitism is Israel's treatment of her Arab citizens which led Norman Thomas to declare:
"An Arab, without too much exaggeration, can complain that the Jews are practising Hitlerism in reverse. Arabs have been made second-class citizens."
Israel's treatment of Oriental Jews is only a shade better than that of her Arab citizens. Alfred Lilienthal, a Jew himself, described how the Oriental Jews, who constitute more than 50% of the population, were looked down upon as an inferior group by the dominant Western and Eastern European Jews, and were forced to do the lowest kind of labour and called "black." Isaac Joseph, speaking for a group of Indian Jews in Israel, said "In India there is no discrimination. In Israel, we are Easterners and apparently inferior."
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