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France’s Hypocrisy on ‘anti-Semitism’

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A new peak in European hypocrisy, which was also a new nadir in its moral wretchedness, was recorded last week when France’s National Assembly approved a bill stating that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. This continent is clad in slogans of liberty, equality and fraternity, but unlike the East, which it describes in monstrous terms, it has abused its Jews for generations. Yet it’s this continent that’s now coming to teach us moral values.

In the seventh century, the second caliph, Umar Ibn al-Khattab, persuaded 70 Jewish families from Tiberias to return to Jerusalem, which was then under Muslim rule, according to Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book “Jerusalem: The Biography.” But in the 20th century, at the end of World War II, Europe turned its back on masses of Jewish refugees. And to emphasize the point, let us recall – again according to Sebag Montefiore, who cites the Armenian bishop Sebeos – that the first governor of Arab Jerusalem was a Jew.

Moreover, after all the horrors of Auschwitz and annihilation, this treacherous continent refused to pay the price of its crimes against the Jews. As........

© Haaretz