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This analysis from one of Europe’s most distinguished anti-Semitism researchers. 

Cover picture, portraying the basic premise of this post, is from June 17, 2002.

‘In the past 10 years, anti-Semitic comments on the internet and in letters to editors have almost tripled’

Scientific measures indicate a massive upsurge of Jew-hatred on the internet, as anti-Semitism reestablishes itself as an increasingly visible element in European mainstream discourse.

There is less and less resistance to anti-Semitic utterances

[…there is] global Israelization of anti-Semitic discourse. The articulation of traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes by projecting them onto Israel is by now the most dominant manifestation of modern Jew hatred. 

Scientifically we can draw a very clear distinction between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. We give many examples for both types in our book. Those who claim that criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism cannot be distinguished do so in order to excuse or marginalize anti-Semitic views.

Full quote from source below:

European anti-Semites increasingly playing victim in classic ‘perpetrator inversion,’ says expert

If you thought you noticed increasing Jew-hatred online and in mainstream European media, you were right — and Professor Monika Schwarz-Friesel can quantify that scientifically
By Marc NeugroschelOctober 5, 2016, 3:17 am

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, professor and author of ‘Inside the anti-Semitic Mind,’ whose English translation will be released this upcoming November. (Marc Neugröschel/Times of Israel)

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, professor and author of ‘Inside the anti-Semitic Mind,’ whose English translation will be released this upcoming November. (Marc Neugröschel/Times of Israel)
‘In the past 10 years, anti-Semitic comments on the internet and in letters to editors have almost tripled’
JERUSALEM — One of Europe’s most distinguished anti-Semitism researchers, Monika Schwarz-Friesel has an alarming message: scientific measures indicate a massive upsurge of Jew-hatred on the internet, as anti-Semitism reestablishes itself as an increasingly visible element in European mainstream discourse.
A psychologist, linguist and professor of cognitive science at the Technical University of Berlin, Schwarz-Friesel is one of the most quoted experts on anti-Semitism in both international academic literature and the German media.
In her numerous publications she analyzes and exposes new manifestations of old anti-Semitic sentiments — disguised though they might be — employing much of the same Jew-hatred that has been shaping European discourse throughout the years, even when officially outlawed.
These analyses are evidence that recent anti-Israeli tropes demonizing the Jewish state are actually work-arounds of old anti-Semitic sentiments that have been with us for two millennia.
As the go-to scholar on anti-Semitism in Europe, in March 2016, Schwarz-Friesel delivered a keynote speech at the Berlin Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism in the Bundestag (the German federal parliament) which was attended by 100 lawmakers from 40 countries. In 2015 she wrote a much noted expertise that was part of the testimony against German journalist Jürgen Elsässer in a court case, in which the latter sued the publicist and former politician Jutta Ditfurth for calling him a “glowing anti-Semite.”
And now, to further amplify her research outside of Europe, an English translation of her much celebrated study titled “Inside the anti-Semitic Mind” (co-authored with former Brandeis University president, Jehuda Reinharz), will be available this upcoming November.
Currently, Schwarz-Friesel, is spending the last part of her sabbatical in Jerusalem, where she met with The Times of Israel on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus Campus to share some insight into the truly disturbing results of her research.
Your book “Inside the anti-Semitic Mind” reviews over 15,000 letters, emails and other correspondence that have been addressed to Israeli embassies and Jewish institutions all over Europe. What do these correspondences reveal?
Many of these letters employ classical anti-Semitic stereotypes in order to abuse their addressees, while demonizing the state of Israel and Jews. Jews in general are blamed for alleged crimes by the State of Israel that is slurred as “a hypocritical terror regime, living of the blood of Palestinians,” or a nation of “child-eaters.” Zionism is being equated with racism and Israel is being called an “apartheid regime,” posing the greatest danger to world peace. Such ideas have nothing to do with the reality on the ground. Instead they reflect classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have been with us for 2,000 years and that brand Jews as murderers and an omnipresent evil force in the world.

It is hard to believe that such views are prevalent in contemporary European mainstream discourse. Aren’t they just characteristic of uneducated, radical subgroups?
Unfortunately, no. The authors of the anti-Semitic letters that we reviewed included students, lawyers, journalists, doctors, priests, self-employed entrepreneurs, politicians and even university professors.
‘Israel and Jews are being portrayed as overly powerful and vengeful child murderers’
But still, people who address letters to Jewish institutions in order to condemn the State of Israel are not necessarily a representative sample of society.
True. However, other inquiries reveal the same anti-Semitic patterns as well in other domains, such as the social media and even in the quality press. In the framework of a new research project on anti-Semitism in the world wide web, supported by the German Research Foundation, I am currently reviewing Facebook posts and reader comments on articles in the quality media. What I am finding so far is a replication of the same anti-Semitic stereotypes. Israel and Jews are being portrayed as overly powerful and vengeful child murderers. Indeed, speaking for Germany, throughout the past 10 years, anti-Semitic content in comments on the internet and in letters to editors has almost tripled.
Is this upsurge of anti-Semitism on the internet paralleled by a similar development in the quality media?
There are ongoing investigations, the intermediate findings of which raise the suspicion that this could be the case indeed, though it’s too early yet to draw such conclusions with certainty. However, we don’t even have to wait for the definite results of these studies in order to establish that anti-Semitism has resurfaced as an evident element in mainstream European discourse. Just think about the utterances of writer Günter Grass or of the journalist Jakob Augstein that portray Israel in terms of classic anti-Semitic clichés, according to which Jews are a menace to mankind and control world politics.
Monika Schwarz-Friesel is currently on sabbatical in Jerusalem. (Marc Neugröschel/Times of Israel)

Monika Schwarz-Friesel is currently on sabbatical in Jerusalem. (Marc Neugröschel/Times of Israel)
In addition, there is less and less resistance to anti-Semitic utterances. A case in point is the lack of objection upon the conclusion of the speech by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to the European Parliament last June, which raised the false accusation that rabbis asked the Israeli government to poison the water of Palestinians. Abbas even received standing ovations after this speech, which promoted the classic anti-Semitic slur that Jews are well-poisoners.
Most of the examples that you mention involve anti-Semitic demonizations of the State of Israel…
There is a global Israelization of anti-Semitic discourse. The articulation of traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes by projecting them onto Israel is by now the most dominant manifestation of modern Jew hatred.
But isn’t it difficult to distinguish such Israel-focused anti-Semitism without being liable to declaring all criticism of Israel per se to be anti-Semitic?
Not at all! Scientifically we can draw a very clear distinction between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. We give many examples for both types in our book. Those who claim that criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism cannot be distinguished do so in order to excuse or marginalize anti-Semitic views.
A lot of people express concerns that they would not be allowed to criticize Israel without being labeled as anti-Semites…
‘None of the authors of the letters that criticized Israel without being anti-Semitic voiced any concerns that they could falsely be accused of Jew-hatred’
Yes. And remarkably, in the material that we reviewed, this concern is expressed exclusively by authors of letters that are actually anti-Semitic. None of the authors of the letters that criticized Israel without being anti-Semitic voiced any concerns that they could falsely be accused of Jew-hatred. It is the anti-Semites who actually commit the kind of false accusation which they claim to be a victim of, in order to deny their hatred of Jews. This implies a victim-perpetrator-inversion, which is a historically deep-rooted pattern in the standard repertoire of anti-Semitic constructions. Already in the 19th century anti-Semites accused Jews to use their alleged control over the media to censor and delegitimize anti-Jewish criticism.
Let’s discuss another concrete example of Israel-focused anti-Semitism. A German author called Christian Ebener recently published a travelogue of a road trip through the Middle East that also brought him to Israel about which he writes:
“Our short stopover in this […] state and the three days on the boat [from Haifa to Lavrio, Greece, which involved an encounter with a Palestinian passenger] have revolutionized our idea of the Jews. I used to think that this religious community is one of the most persecuted and suffering groups of mankind, which was abused over and over again throughout history up to point of annihilation. But today, I have to recognize that this is only one side of the coin. The other side is that Jews, in spite of their bitter experience are no better, as they persecute and kill people of different nationality and faith with the same kind of brutality.”
‘Equating Jews with Nazis invokes the victim-perpetrator-inversion’
Slurring Jews collectively as a people of culprits, this statement is clearly anti-Semitic. Equating Jews with Nazis, it also invokes the victim-perpetrator-inversion. A baseless vilification of Israel, which, without giving any evidence, except for the narrative of a random Palestinian on a boat, is slandered as a regime that conducts Nazi-like persecution and killings of national and religious minorities, is taken as a justification to condemn all Jews, be they Israeli or not. In addition to the quotation that you just mentioned, there is another paragraph in the same book, where Ebener questions the legitimacy of Israel’s very existence. This is another typical trope of contemporary anti-Semitism.
It would be absurd to suggest that such slander cannot be separated from founded criticism of particular Israeli policies.
Many people are concerned that anti-Semitism in Europe could further be aggravated by the massive influx of refugees from the Middle East.
Many of the refugees that have been pouring into Europe recently come from societies that are deeply anti-Semitic. It would be foolish to assume that their anti-Semitism can be educated away in a few years and that it won’t leave its mark on European societies.

Preface: This post uses the current interpretation of ‘Palestinian’ (non-Jewish). Several years ago Jews in Israel were called by the same name.20140302-140434.jpg

You are expecting the headline to be deceptive or just plain false? Well, it’s based on poll data specifically around confidence in & criticism of PA leadership on the topics of human rights & democracy. Frankly, in 2014, Palestinians still prefer to be ruled by Israel rather than the PA. The quite illogical disclaimer could maybe have been that some Palestinians would prefer worse human rights & democracy, if only they could have Sharia, but the first quoted extract below disproves that.

Read the articles linked to, and the quotes below, carefully, and see if they seem authentic & decide for yourself. Note details like: “The total sample size of this poll is 1319 from Palestinians 18 years and older, in the West Bank (814) and the Gaza Strip (505) Interviewed face-to-face, in 120 locations.”

2014:

Mohamed Samara, a chemical engineer and football coach who spoke with the Post, is a resident of Tira, an Israeli Arab city to the west of Rout 6. He said he is against Liberman’s plan. “We are happy here; we have all the rights and live well and don’t want to be sacrificed,” said Samara. “We do not want to be in a Palestinian state, under a new political area,” he said. “We work here,” he said, noting that his city has good relation with Jews. Asked if he identifies with Palestinians in the West Bank, Samara responded that he has feelings for them and has some family members that live there. However, at the same time Samara says he identifies with being an Israeli citizen. Asked what percentage of residents of Tira would agree with his views, he responded, “90 percent.”

2002:

Only 19% give PA democracy a positive evaluation and only 17% expect a democratic system in the Palestinian state. But 66% of the Palestinians give a positive evaluation to the status of democracy and human rights in Israel.

These are the results of opinion poll # 6, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) between 14-20 November 2002. The poll deals with the Peace Process, reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, political reform and new Palestinian government, corruption, democracy and constitution, Arafat’s popularity and political affiliation. The total sample size of this poll is 1319 from Palestinians 18 years and older, in the West Bank (814) and the Gaza Strip (505) Interviewed face-to-face, in 120 locations. The margin of error is 3%.

1996:

The CPRS polls carried out between September 26 and October 17, 1996 and later between 26-28 December, reflect a great concern among the Palestinians for democracy and human-rights practices. Not more than 36% believe the PNA is heading towards democratic rule and 60% would like to see the executive branch of the PNA implement all decisions taken by the legislative.
There is also widespread denouncement of corruption (51%) and wasta (personal connections and nepotism), where 57% of respondents think that employment is obtained through personal contacts. Regarding freedom of expression, 52% think it is impossible to criticize the PNA without fear and only 28% think the press is free.
However, a sizable percentage of respondents (44%) give the transition to democracy in Palestine a positive evaluation in comparison to Jordan and Egypt (both 34%), but not in comparison to France (60%), the US (68%) and Israel (78%). Such concern with democracy is a healthy sign, which reflects a high level of awareness and appreciation of the democratic process among the Palestinian public. Hopefully this will work as an incentive and a guarantee for a democratic future.

The audio below is an interview with Palestinian Media Watch founder – monitoring Arabic-language media.

Listen to the audio below, or download it here.
Listen to full audio here.

Line of Fire Radio – 02.27.14 Shocking News from the Middle East and Answers to Jewish Questions

UNRWA vs UNHCR with different rules about temporary vs perpetual refugee status? Are all refugees not equal? Why? What is the point & objective to be classified as a refugee?

Check the audio above & text extracts from Wikipedia below.

A United States Sentaor claims that UNRWA is an example of a United Nations anti-Israel bias, and that Palestine refugees should be treated the same as all others with refugee status around the world.

Critics of UNRWA say that the present definition gives Palestine refugees a favored status when compared with other refugee groups, which the UNHCR defines in terms of nationality as opposed to a relatively short number of years of residency. For example, journalist Arlene Kushner stated that:

Other refugees worldwide are tended to by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, which works under the guidelines of the Convention on Refugees of 1951. Only UNRWA and its Palestinian Arab protégés stand apart from this: UNRWA is the only agency that is dedicated to a single group of refugees and establishes its own rules for them. The High Commission is mandated to help refugees get on with their lives as quickly as possible, and works to settle them rapidly, most frequently in countries other than those they fled. UNRWA policy, however, states that the Palestinian Arabs who fled from Israel in the course of the 1948 war–and their descendants!–are to be considered refugees until they return to the homes and villages they left more than half a century ago (which actually no longer exist).

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Extract from: INR – The False History of Oslo. Listen to full audio here.

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This should be a simple question. It should have a simple answer. Why all the permanent commotion about the fraction of a fraction of real estate – Jerusalem, in Israel. Israel is small. Yet, the nations burden themselves with Jerusalem. So then – is the following true?

On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. (Zechariah 12:3 ESV)

Yes! It’s true and even the “powerful America” cannot lift this stone – cannot move it. Will they hurt themselves in the process of being burdened by this? Yes again – they probably already have. Even apart from, but also including 9/11, God’s blessing is departing from the federation that is the United States of America. The hope remains, ironically in disunity with the prevailing federal direction – by the White House, Obama etc.

The audio below is a discussion about the saddest day of the year for observant Jews – the day that they mourn the destruction of the second temple. Would you be surprised that Jews are routinely denied passage onto the Temple Mount while tourists & others go on undeterred & unquestioned. Amazing? I think so.

Who does Jerusalem belong to?!

Israel National Radio – Temple Talk – Mourning and Gladness in the Month of Av. Listen to full audio here.

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If you haven’t heard of this famous piece by Mark Twain, give it a read and/or a listen. Why are Jews so notable in society given their minuscule numbers globally & through the ages? Why did they survive and still thrive after thousands of years – unlike other peoples & cultures that came & went?

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Anyone know of an equivalent law in Israel? I suspect not. What is the underlying message that is so plainly made by Hamas passing this law?

AlbertMohler.com – The Briefing. Listen to full audio here.

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Extract from Line of Fire Radio. Dr. Brown interviews Jonathan Cahn and talks about the state of the nation before God. Take some time to listen! Listen to full audio here, or download segments here and here.

See also: “the harbinger” – prophecy today? …instant ny times best-seller! – 48min


 

‘The Harbinger’ achieves ‘New York Times’ best-seller milestone

Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s novel, The Harbinger, marks a milestone in 2012 as the longest-running Christian title on the New York Times Paperback Trade Fiction list. The book has also sold 1 million copies.
The FrontLine/Charisma House Book Group title has ranked for 52 weeks [54 weeks at time of this quote] on the best-seller list, placing at No. 14 [13 at time of this quote].

The book has placed regularly on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Best-sellers list, ranking at No. 1 on the January 2013 Fiction list and at No. 6 on the General list. It is also No. 3 on the latest CBA best-seller list.A new FrontLine title, The Harbinger Companion With Study Guide gives the story behind the story, taking readers deeper into the prophetic revelation in the novel. Featuring a 13-week study guide, photos of the actual harbingers mentioned in the novel, articles, maps and more, the companion work releases Jan. 8. – Source