IN ISRAEL ~~ MICHAEL DOUGLAS FINDS AND DEFINES ANTI SEMITISM

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“Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

Caption states 'Death to Arabs' A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

Caption states ‘Death to Arabs’
A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

What do you think the chances are of him visiting the ‘other side of the wall’ to see anti-Semitism in action?

 

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Michael Douglas: World must tackle ‘the madness’ of anti-Semitism

Ahead of trip to Israel, actor and producer outlines three causes of modern anti-Semitism, praises French PM and Pope for speaking out against it.

Shortly before he arrives in Israel with his family to receive the Genesis Prize, renowned actor and producer Michael Douglas called Sunday for the world to deal with “the madness” of anti-Semitism, calling it “a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Douglas recounted a recent anti-Semitic attack on his young son, whom, despite having a non-religious upbringing from his intermarried parents, “developed a deep connection to Judaism.” This connection, the star says, led him to “reconnect with the religion of my father”, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.

In the piece, Douglas defines three causes for the reemergence of anti-Semitism today. The first, he says, is the historic hared of Jews, ” always grows more virulent whenever and wherever the economy is bad.” At a time when people are struggling financially, Douglas writes, “some find Jews to be a convenient scapegoat rather than looking at the real source of their problems.”

The second cause cited by the actor is “an irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel.” He argues that acts of anti-Semitism such as the recent attacks that rocked Europe are explained away by blaming all Jews for policies of a nation.

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

” Does anyone really believe that the innocent victims in that kosher shop in Paris and at that bar mitzvah in Denmark had anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian policies or the building of settlements 2,000 miles away?” he asks.

Finally, Douglas writes, the rise in anti-Semitism can be attributed to a growing “extremist fringe” within Islam, aided by the widespread reach of the internet.

“We’re now seeing the amplified effects of that small, radicalized element. With the Internet, its virus of hatred can now speed from nation to nation, helping fuel Europe’s new epidemic of anti-Semitism,” he says.

Douglas ends by calling on world leaders, both political and religious, to address the issue, and hails, among others, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Pope Francis for their strong stance against anti-Semitism.

“So that is our challenge in 2015, and all of us must take it up,” Douglas writes. “Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

 

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HERE is the Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times

7 Comments

  1. Albert said,

    March 16, 2015 at 20:04

    antiGENTILEISM ….. going to “confront” THAT?

  2. Mo Stodd said,

    March 16, 2015 at 22:10

    “Because if we confront Nasti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

  3. aaheart said,

    March 17, 2015 at 09:39

    Mike, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…when Americans find that Israel nuked the WTC with W-54 plutonium pits made in Hanford WA and stolen from Pantec in Amarillo TX they will be livid! To discover how Israel and Israel-firsters in US government got us into wars that drained our resources and the blood of millions of people, destroyed our economy and careers, they will be unhinged. And when they used a cruise missile they had stolen from us to blast the Pentagon from a Dolphin Class sub offshore, they will want to know WHO in our government is responsible for all this treachery. Then you will see anti-Zionism, that you like to call anti-semitism.

  4. spacebluesonoma@y7mail.com said,

    March 17, 2015 at 11:51

    it is really sad and disgusting to see an american who is well-to-do, intelligent, and worldly spewing propaganda to defend a racist, terrorist, torturing, rogue state like israel. what a brown-nosing toadie he revealed himself to be. we already knew he was a weakling and a coward when he went to rehab for sex addiction.

  5. Ed Ski said,

    March 17, 2015 at 11:57

    even colin powell publicly stated that is NOT anti-semitic to criticize israel. nor is it anti-semitic to criticize israelis, their policies and actions. nor is it anti-semitism to criticize zionism and zionists.

  6. Ed Ski said,

    March 17, 2015 at 12:02

    it is really sad and disgusting to see a person who is well-to-do, intelligent and worldly, spewing propaganda for the racist, terrorist, torturing rogue state of israel. what a brown-nosing toadie he revealed himself to be! we already knew he was a weakling and a coward when he went into rehab for sex addiction.

  7. Ed Ski said,

    March 19, 2015 at 13:21

    “Because if we confront ZIONISM whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

    THAT IS THE ANSWER TO MICHAEL DOUGLAS!


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