EU Soft on Muslim Anti-Semites

From the June 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

Last year, EU officials attempted to conceal a report produced by German academics that indicated Arab gangs were largely responsible for the increase in anti-Jewish violence in Europe. In March this year, another report on anti-Semitism, from the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, was modified to avoid placing any specific blame on Muslims.

The report summary says the majority of perpetrators were white, young, neo-Nazi Europeans—a flagrant contradiction to the evidence in the report itself: “In France, for example, the study acknowledges that the majority of 193 anti-Semitic attacks in 2002 were ascribed by local authorities to youth from neighborhoods sensitive to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, principally adolescents of North African descent. In only 9 percent of the attacks were neo-Nazi extremists identified as being responsible” (Insight on the News, May 10).

Such blatant censorship is just the sort of eerily anti-democratic behavior that makes Euroskeptics cringe. But the question remains of why such action has repeatedly been taken to distort the truth and appease the Muslim population. Investigators who worked on the report said they were under “tremendous pressure” to soften the wording in the summary. “… German academic Victor Weitzel, who worked on the center’s study, says the EU seems incapable of facing up to the truth on this. He added, ‘Everything is being tilted to ensure nice soft conclusions’” (ibid.).

It has long been suspected that Europe harbors a quiet fear of the Muslims in its midst—witness the revival of the anti-immigration issue at election time in numerous EU countries. Suppressing such information is also intended to calm the Islamic population not only within Europe itself, but also within the countries now brought closer to the EU via its newly expanded borders.

But perhaps there is a deeper reason for this determined cover-up, beyond fear of inciting Muslim anger. The EU is well-known to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, regularly at Israel’s expense. World media has also documented the steady rise of neo-Nazism in Europe over recent years, although precisely to what extent the neo-Nazi spirit permeates the conglomerate is unknown. Could it be that the EU lacks a belief in equality and democratic ideals strong enough to confront anti-Semitism head on?

Though this timidity may pacify relations with Arab neighbors for a while, eventually the lid will be blown off this fragile relationship. Request our free booklet The King of the South for more on this pressing issue.