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Why The Persistence Of Antisemitism Makes Equalizers Necessary
Sondages, public opinion polls, and study of those polls, suggest that in Italy the glad news is this: 56% of the public is devoid of antisemitism. That means that 44% of the public is not, and there is even a hardcore of those who qualify as "obsessive antisemites." And this is in Italy, the best of countries. Imagine what the figures must be in Germany, or Austria, or England where people are fed their anti-Israel poison, which naturally promotes and undergirds antisemitism,just as antisemitism promotes, and undergirds, anti-Israel sentiment, by the BBC and "The Guardian" and the rest -- Ewa Jasewiecz being a recently-identified addition -- of that unholy crew.
So what should you do, if you are one of those untainted. Do the math. If about half the population is completely devoid of antisemitism, that already means that half the population is not. And those people are well-represented at the BBC, and if you assume that there are others, the half of the population that is untainted, are there, they will surely be influenced on any given matter by the 50% who are very much parti-pris. So the cards are stacked against Israel well in advance. So your task is not to "be fair" and not to be "neutral." Your task is to be completely, unshakably, on the side of Israel and always, everywhere, against those who are antisemitic to any degree, about anything. You need to find out a bit more about the Middle East, and about Islam, so as to make yourself more potent, possibly unanswerable, in debate. It's not hard. You have to find out a little about the Mandates system, and the terms, and express purporse, of the Mandate for Palestine. You need to find out what the cadastral and demographic records for that area, begining in the early nineteenth century, tell us, and what travellers to the area reinforce. And then you need to find out about the Arab in-migration from the period 1900-1940, and all the ways that the British authorities in Mandatory (or Mandatary) Palestine did, or did not, meet their solemn responsibliites. You need to know about the history of the Middle East, and about how Muslim Arabs have treated non-Muslims and non-Arab Muslims. It's not hard to find out. Do it. Strengthen the muscles of your moral sense. No more wan "I support Israel" sentiments. Find out more, gird your loins. Be an equaliizer.