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    • Jan
    • 04.03.13 | 23:51 (IST)

    is a more balanced view. Let's not forget that we are also talking about times when it was quite normal to be murdered for "being different", like wiches for instance. The other side of the story is that the Jews didn't adapt. Don't take me wrong, I'm not talking about assimilation, but about adaptation. They themselves chose to set themselves apart, as the chosen people, which may be looked upon by the indeginous population of whatever country as being quite arrogant. In an article in this newspaper a few months ago you could read when the tensions between the Arabs and the Jews started. It was when the Jews that arrived from Europe didn't adapt to the way people behaved towards each other in the Middle east. Again, it's not about assimilation, but about adaptation. And still, after so many years most Israeli's don't understand the Middle -East. It is said about Abbas:"In Arabic he says things differently than in English". Yes, in the Middle -East what you say may depend on the person you are talking to. Please don't think I try to belittle how the Jews have been treated in 2000 years, also because of religious bias, but please don't treat this in such a simplistic way.

    from the article: Anti-Semitism in Europe: Jews are outsiders, not equals
    First published 09:34 04.03.13 | Last updated 09:34 04.03.13
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