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Spain's Anti-Semitism: Continuing "Lawfare," Selective Application of the Law

Society & Culture  (tags: society, politics, anti-Semitism, Spain, news, culture, law, world )

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Spain has become a haven for anti-Israel lawfare.Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who makes no secret of his dislike of Zionism, is well known in Spain for his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish outburst

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ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 6:02 pm
thanx Cal, interesting to note that a European country is anti-Zionist.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 10:27 pm
Wouldn't worry too much about this fascist - his intolerance won't be accepted for too long in the EU. Spain is also heading the way of Greece and Ireland - so perhaps Zapatero is trying to divert attention from his Country's disastrous credit debt.

Alejandra Vega (139)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 10:34 pm
I've just taken a look at the cartoons... completelly sickening...

Thomas C (116)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 1:07 am
Anti Semitism is a convenient band wagon in Europe that has centuries of usage when politicians seek to deny whatever they have personally messed up. Had Europe have had any significant black or other easily identifiable population in the middle ages no doubt they would have also become scapegoats for political expediency.

Sadly the charge of anti semitism is also being levied by a small number of extremist Zionists at any criticism of Israel especially their Nazi style tactics against Palestinian civilians and others the most obvious being mass reprisals of disporportioate force, bulldozing peaceful protestors and the targetting of zoo animals in Gaza, actions which mimic Hitler's minus the swastika. Hamas of course enjoy this response as it "legitimises" their terrorist actions against innocent Israeli civilians and so the stalemate continues. I doubt even Soloman would have the wisdom required to bring peace to these intransigent beligerents! Of course the scenario is pertpetuated by external forces fueling the flames with aid and support for the parties in one way or another and as when the US was funding anti British, Irish terrorism in the UK, their involvement in the Middle east is equally unhelpful and they would be better employed sorting out their domestic problems of poverty, unemployment,slavery, oil dependence, healthcare, animal abuse, etc etc. Sadly the UK has no better record in this area as it would appear that politicains are banned from reading history books or if they are not then they learn nothing from doing so!

Sick though the cartoons are they play on irrational fears and have many parallels in the right wing extremism of America's politics directed at the US President.

Spain is a country of amazing culture and hideous contrasts from state and Church sponsored animal cruelty to beautiful dance, art, cuisine and wines. If I were Spanish (and of course as a Brit) I would not want to add anti semitism or indeed any othe form of discrimination to the negative side of that list! It is interesting to note the expulsion of a UK MEP from the European parliament for insulting a German MEP by calling him a Fascist and using a Nazi slogan "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer" of course the context of the outburst was the idea of a "United States of Europe" dominated by Germany and not used in an anti semetic way as so many slogans from that awful period of history are. Hitler would of course have loved the idea of a USE with him at the helm! Fortunatly for us my parents and millions of their generation fought Hitler's Nazis and their anti semitism etc, for our current freedoms in the UK, US, Europe and beyond!

Mike Feenaughty (267)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 3:20 am

Bob Algeron (47)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 7:06 pm
Spain is either way on the line of Jihadists' fire, because it is another land which at some time was under Islamic control and has to be eventually returned to it.

Zapatero forgot who made bombing in Spain, or may be he just prepares for participating in The World Califat.


Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday November 26, 2010, 12:47 am
Spain has historical involvements both with the Muslim world and with Jews. The Moors that once controlled Spain were Muslim and the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492. These prejudices have deep, widespread roots.
On the bright side, I'll be an usher tomorrow evening at the "Holy Melbourne" concert in the Melbourne Town Hall, where representatives of the many religions that are represented in Melbourne will perform their sacred music on stage. As gestures of goodwill, during the last two concerts, Jewish musicians accompanied the Muslim singers and the other way around.
Lets hope that this kind of appreciation of each other's cultures and cooperation will entrench itself and spread.
One reason that Jews would have been unpopular in Europe is that their religion did not condemn usury.
Christians and Muslims were not permitted to lend money at interest, whereas Jews were. That of course would have led to a lot of tension as they would lend at high rates of interest and bankrupt people.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 26, 2010, 2:36 am
Nazism is alive in Spain and always has been.

Terry B (649)
Friday November 26, 2010, 5:18 am
Spain againt -- the nation whose history in brief comprises enslaving most of South and Central America, brave men stabbing cows, expelling Jews, and the Inquisition.

Gillian M (218)
Friday November 26, 2010, 9:53 am
Alexandra, that was a really interesting comment about Australia and I'm pleased to hear that all enjoyed playing together.

However, the comment on usury is not accurate. Jews are not permitted to lend money to obtain interest that is a no-no (where do you think Muslims got most of their ideas for their religion from or Christians?). However, most countries did not allow Jews to hold land or jobs so the only occupation open to them so that could live was as a money lender. I'm not sure about other countries but, in England, no-one was legally obliged to pay back a loan from a Jew and, during the medieval times, Jews were owned by the king.

As for Spain, it is time that the EU put its money where its mouth is and accused Spain of anti-Semitism and took them to the court of Human Rights.
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