Global Anti-Semitism Forum Has a "New State" to Tackle

Imagine a state with the principles stated below. Will the Global Forum Against Anti-Semit​ism tackle this new anti-Semit​ic state now in formation?

David Bedein

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This week, The “Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism” working under the aegis of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is convening in Jerusalem

The test of the credibility of the Global Forum is simple: Will it come to terms with the new anti-Semitic state alongside Israel that is now in formation, and is now recognized and encouraged by the entire world? Or will it respond as it should?

Imagine, if you would, if any nascent nation-state anywhere in the world was being formed and that it had taken on the following features:

* Selling land to a Jew is to be defined as a capital crime.

* The state's constitution will not allow juridical status for Judaism and Jews will not be allowed to live in the country.

* The school system is expected to inculcate children to make war on the Jews.

* Those who murder Jews are to become the heroes of the new country.

* The designated head of state earned his Ph.D. on the basis of a published thesis arguing that the millions of Jews who were murdered during World War II were actually executed by the Zionists, who were allies of the Nazis.

The reaction to such a “state in formation” would be an outcry from all of the Jewish groups that monitor anti-Semitism.

Yet there has been no outcry from most Jewish groups in the case of the proposed Palestinian Arab state to be formed based on the ideology of the Palestine Liberation Organization, even though the proposed state possesses the six characteristics described above.

There are some influential non-Jews who have expressed concern about the anti-Semitism of the nascent Palestinian Authority.

As a result of the Vatican study of the PA textbooks, the Italian government withdrew its money from the Palestinian Ministry of Education textbook project.
A case in point: Ten years ago, our agency covered a briefing for a visiting United States congressional delegation provided by the former Vatican representative to Israel, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. The Papal Nuncio warned US lawmakers that the new Palestinian Authority approved a draft state constitution, funded by USAID, which provided no juridical status for religions other than Islam in the new Palestinian Arab entity.

The Papal Nuncio also warned that the Palestinian Authority had adopted a Sharia legal system modeled on the Sharia law that rules in Saudi Arabia, which dictates absolute supremacy of Muslims as a matter of law.

Archbishop Sambi provided the text of that proposed PA constitution, with the hope that Jewish groups which would object to such a proposed Palestinian state constitution.

In addition, Archbishop Sambi initiated a Vatican study of the new PA textbooks, which the Vatican would determine to be anti-Semitic in nature.

As a result of the Vatican study of the PA textbooks, the Italian government withdrew its money from the Palestinian Ministry of Education textbook project
An expert whose research is impeccable on this subject is journalist Dr. Arnon Groiss, who earned his Ph.D. in Islamic studies at Princeton, and who worked for ten years as a researcher for, also known as the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, where Dr. Groiss became an expert on Arab school books.

Over the past year, Dr. Groiss made presentations for staffers and members of the US Congress and the Canadian Parliament, in which he showed how the new textbooks of the Palestinian Authority, instead of educating for peace with Israel, promote the “armed struggle” to liberate "Palestine" — all of what they call "Palestine" - this area includes Israel..

From these textbooks, Groiss showed that the PA curriculum teaches the following fundamentals:

* Jews are foreigners and have no rights in "Palestine".
* The Jews have a dubious, and even murderous, character.
* Israel is an illegitimate usurper that occupied Palestine in 1948 and 1967.
* Israel is the source of all kinds of evil done to the Palestinians.
* Peace with Israel based on reconciliation is not sought.
* Armed struggle for liberation is encouraged instead.
* The exact area to be liberated is never restricted to the areas taken by Israel in 1967.
* Jihad and martyrdom are explicitly encouraged.

The list of accusations against Israel appearing in the new Palestinian Authority schoolbooks includes more than 25 allegations, including:

* Israel contributes to Palestinian social ills and family violence.
* Israel causes the increase of drug abuse cases in Palestinian society.
* Israel pollutes the Palestinian environment.
* Israel usurps Muslim and Christian holy places.
* Israel strives to obliterate the Palestinian national identity and heritage.

Over the past two years, New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, a 34-year Republican veteran of Congress, announced that he would lead a campaign for the US to condition aid to UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority on the nullification of the anti-Semitic curriculum of the Palestinian Authority.

Rep. Smith’s initiative was reminiscent of Archbishop Sambi, who died two years ago while serving as the new Papal Nuncio in Washington.

Archbishop Sambi was never afraid to take a stand on the official anti-Semitism which he discerned in the Palestinian Authority.

It remains to be seen whether mainstream Jewish groups will follow the lead of Rep. Smith and the late Archbishop Sambi to make such demands of the Palestinian Authority.

Sometimes it takes a courageous gentile to speak up, so that Jews will not hesitate to follow their example.

Will the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism learn from the message of Archbishop Pietro Sambi?

Perhaps the warnings about the anti-Semitism of nascent Palestinian Arab entity should be heeded.