“The Arab press has outdone Hitler’s propaganda,” Anti-Defamation League National director Abraham Foxman said Monday, noting that “a grotesque propaganda war which has reached a new dimension” had emerged from the war in Lebanon.
Foxman, speaking at an ADL press conference in Jerusalem, said the anti-Semitic material in the Arab press frequently depicts Israeli control over the UN, an irony noted by Foxman, who pointed to the UN support of Arab causes, particularly in the UN Human Rights Council.
Cartoon published in the Syrian A-Dustur
Over 100 incidents of anti-Semitism have been triggered by the war in Lebanon, Foxman said, and while there had been an increase in the US and Europe, the situation was not nearly as serious as in the Arab world.
“Conflict in the Middle East legitimizes anti-Semitic actions worldwide,” explained the ADL director. However, he noted that “if you over hype specific incidents, such as the attack in Seattle, the anti-Semites win because people will stop going to Jewish centers and institutions – it’s a delicate balance.”
Commenting on Germany’s potential role as part of the UN peacekeeping force, Foxman said that its participation “is still an issue.”
“The fact that one still needs to struggle with the issue is important, but at the end of the day I would like to see the Germans as peacekeepers,” Foxman said. He added that “it is important that there is an element of historical trauma. Jews and Germans will always have that shadow of history, but it’s healthy.”
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