Originally created 11/30/02

Anti-Semitism taught

There's reason to believe that the twin attacks against Israelis in Kenya Thursday were inspired, if not coordinated by, al-Qaida terrorists or their allies.

In one sense, the Israelis were lucky. Two missiles fired at a commercial airliner carrying Israelis home missed their target. Had it been hit, hundreds of innocent lives would have been lost.

Suicide bombings at an Israeli-owned hotel were, from the terrorists' perspective, more successful - 12 were killed and many more injured. Nine of the killed were Kenyans, mostly hotel staff.

Israeli security and intelligence experts noted that past terrorist activities in East Africa pointed to involvement by al-Qaida, which carried out almost simultaneous bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, killing 231 people, including 12 Americans - and injured 5,000.

Killing innocent civilians, trying to shoot down civilian airliners; where does such hate come from? Why do Arabs hate the Israelis so much? Largely, it's because they're taught.

During Ramadan, the most sacred of holy days for Islam, the Arab world is being exposed to a 41-part so-called historical drama being shown on Egyptian government TV, called Horseman Without a Horse.

The plot is mostly based on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, one of history's most notorious political forgeries promulgated by Russia's czarist secret police at the turn of the century.

The lying booklet, which has become the bible of anti-Semitism and was cited by Nazis to justify the Holocaust, charges Jewish leaders with a massive plot to take over the world - a plot Jew-haters still believe is underway.

Any nation that dramatizes Zion garbage as truthful or sympathetic is engaging in the most despicable anti-Semitic propaganda possible. It can do nothing in the Mideast except to pour more gas on the flames of hate most Arabs already have for Jews.

That is wrong. Constructive religions are supposed to encourage love, not hate. Good governments are supposed to promote peace, not war.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he regrets the hateful TV show, but it's out of his hands. He says if he intervened to drop the drama, he would be harshly criticized for censorship and with giving in to pressure brought on by Israel and its supporters.

So what? It would still be the right thing to do. Not to shut off hate is to let the detestable lie run its course. As for Mubarak saying his hands are tied, that's nonsense. They wouldn't be tied if it was Islam his government TV was trashing.

The Egyptian president is shaming himself, his government and his nation.


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