A New Anti-Semitism
Jay ShapiroJay Shapiro is the author of six books on Middle East politics and aliyah....
A previously unknown and extremely toxic form of anti-Semitism recently appeared and has spread like the metastasizing of deadly cancer cells. It was not initially noticed because it appeared under what seemed to be an innocent and reasonable guise but it has affected a large population and has taken the form of a pandemic disease. Individual well known examples of the diversity of population infected by this new form of anti-Semitism include both Jews and Christians such as President Obama, Pope Benedict XVI and Tsippy Livni. There are no Moslems suffering from this disease since they are already infected by the older garden varieties of anti-Semitism so they are apparently immune to the new strain. One of the most insidious features of this new disease is the fact that those infected are completely unaware of the affliction. On the contrary, they actively strive to contaminate others.
This new anti-Semitism is called the two state solution. One of the reasons for its rapid spread is that the infected have taken neither the time nor effort required to understand the nature of this disease and why its seemingly innocent name does not reveal its true character. This can be done by evaluating one of its primary features – the assumption that Jewish settlements in the areas that are to become part of the proposed Palestinian state are an obstacle to attainment of the two state solution and must be dismantled in order to further and enhance the chances for peace in the Middle East.
To understand the fallacy of assumption, we need look no further than the status of the Arab population of the State of Israel. They make up roughly one-fifth of the population of Israel. They are able to have their own places of worship and schools. They are free to own and publish their own newspapers. Israel's Arab citizens are also entitled to vote for real representation in a real legislature. Currently, they have 10 of the 120 seats in the Israeli Knesset. There is an Arab justice on the Israeli Supreme Court. And a Druze holds a seat in the present cabinet.
Most importantly, as James Woolsey notes, law-abiding Arab citizens of Israel "can go to sleep at night without having to worry that their door will be kicked down and they will be killed" by agents of the Israeli government or others among the majority Jewish population. In short, they enjoy real security as well as opportunities in a society in which Israeli Arabs are a distinct minority. Regrettably, the world has a tendency to redefine bigotry when relating to Jews. As a result, governments around the world, including the Obama administration, never even mention the possibility that Jews should be able to enjoy the same rights and privileges in any future Palestinian polity that Israeli Arabs exercise today in the Jewish state.
The obvious question that must be asked is - why should Jews whose settlements fall within the borders of the new Palestinian state not be allowed to remain there as citizens of Palestine just as there are Palestinian Arabs who are citizens of Israel? They should be free to build synagogues and schools and publish newspapers that serve the Jewish population. Jews should also have a chance to elect representatives to a future Palestinian legislature. They should be able to expect to have representation as well in other governing institutions, like the executive and judicial branches. Such a likelihood is not even a topic for consideration in the discussions and negotiations that are supposed to lead to a stable peace in the Middle East.
Thus, the two state solution is a prescription for the founding of a political entity in which Jews are prohibited from taking up residence. To support this solution means to adhere to a policy whose name was coined by the Nazis – Judenrein. There are such states today – Saudi Arabia and Jordan among them – but for democratic nations like the United States to actively and aggressively pursue and promote the creation of a new Judenrein state, in addition to being contrary to the principles upon which the United States was founded, is overtly anti-Semitic.
It singles out Jews for discriminatory treatment. This subtle characteristic seems to have been overlooked or purposely avoided by those claiming to support the spread of democracy and self determination around the world. The organizations ostensibly devoted to fighting anti-Semitism have also failed to grasp the implications of the two state solution as applied to the conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land. Only by establishing full reciprocity as the prerequisite basis for a two-state "solution" can progress be made toward peace in the Middle East. Anything less will simply legitimize the further spread of this new and virulent form of anti-Semitism