A Rise in Global Anti-Semitism?

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CBNNews.com - A report issued Thursday by the U.S. State Department concluded that global anti-Semitism has risen during the past decade.

The report stated that governments worldwide promote hatred toward Jews and that much of the anti-Israel diatribes are expressions of Jew-hatred couched in a different package.

"Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event," the report, presented to Congress Thursday, read.

"The distinguishing feature of the new anti-Semitism is criticism of Zionism or Israeli policy that -- whether intentionally or unintentionally -- has the effect of promoting prejudice against all Jews by demonizing Israel and Israelis and attributing Israel's perceived faults to its Jewish character," the report stated.

Titled Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism, the report said that while such anti-Semitism was commonplace in Arab countries in the Middle East and in Muslim communities in Europe, it is even endorsed by the UN at times.

UN agencies are often called upon to investigate "sensationalized reports of alleged atrocities and other violations of human rights by Israel," the report read.

This unremitting criticism promotes anti-Semitism, as was seen by the surge in attacks against Jews worldwide during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006 between the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group and Israel.

Source: Haaretz

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