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    • Peter Hndrup
    • 09.12.13 | 23:45 (IST)

    The first problem with such a survey is that the obsolete word, coined in the eighteenth century, ‘antisemitic’ was used. In English it is absolutely meaningless. A Semitic is person whose mother tongue is one of the Semitic languages of which there are approximately ten of any significance — Modern Hebrew being spoken by, by far the fewest population. Then there is the amazing tendency to label any form of criticism as ‘hatred’. Criticism of Israel, for example is just that, criticism of Israel, and there can surely be no complaint about criticism of such a state. General criticism is labeled ‘Hatred’. Strangely, criticism of other countries does not garner this immediate label, and comment that Jews/Israelis label such, is in normal criticism of our various level of government and political parties here in Australia. If New Zealanders were to react to Australian comment in the way Jews/Israelis do, there would be war ships in each others harbours! Do Australian’s ‘hate’ NZers? Probably, they cannot beat them at rugby, the ‘hate’ probably runs the other way when the contest is cricket, NZ never wins. The survey clearly states that ‘ In none of the eight countries participating in the survey . . . did more than 10 percent report they had experienced actual physical violence or threatening behavior over the last five years . . . some countries it was as low as three percent.’ Taking into account the sensitivity of Jews to slights, this is remarkably low, especially as any and everything would be seen through the lenses of ‘antisemiticism’, as opposed to the rough and tumble of live and bump and bruise that most of us accept as normal.

    from the article: European Jews feel comfortable at home, but see rising anti-Semitism
    First published 09:01 11.11.13 | Last updated 01:26 11.11.13
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