May 24, 2002
Called 'Superhighway' for Anti-Semitism
By Julie Stahl
Jerusalem Bureau Chief
(CNSNews.com) - The
Internet and a religious element have made
anti-Semitism even more virulent than it
was in time of the Nazi Germany, said
Director Abraham Foxman.
Foxman, who is visiting Jerusalem,
released the results of the ADL's newest
survey this week. The survey shows that a
majority of Americans believe Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is
out "to destroy Israel."
The poll of 1,000 Americans also showed
strong support for Israel in the U.S. A
majority of Americans believe anti-Jewish
sentiments will increase worldwide
over the next few years.
"The significant part of it is that
American people continue to strongly
support Israel's position," Foxman said.
"It continues to be solidly with Israel on
key issues relating to the conflict." As
an example, he noted that 59 percent of
Americans believe that Israel truly wants
peace with its Arab neighbors.
Foxman also pointed to the poll finding
that 42 percent of Americans believe
Palestinians are to blame for recent
escalation of violence.
"After September 11 we are finding that
Americans have a heightened awareness to
terrorism, and when it comes to issues of
terrorism here, fewer Americans are
willing to give the Palestinian leadership
room for excuses.
"The League's survey found 58 percent
of Americans believe that the real goal of
Arafat and the Palestinians is to destroy
Israel, he said.
Nevertheless, 49 percent of Americans
believe that Israel has used excessive
force against the Palestinians, while 36
percent said that Israel has not used too
Foxman a "Holocaust
David Irving comments: It
depends how far apart you set the
CHATTING with me on our stand
at the 2002 BookExpo in New York,
noted Forward gossip-
columnist Marsha Leon was
vitriolic about "Abe"
Foxman and his oft-stated
claim to be a survivor. She said
-- and I agree -- that there
ought to be categories of such
survivors, with those who
narrowly escaped liquidation
coming right at the top, those
who lived a plush life in some
non-Jewish family right at the
bottom, if not beneath it.
Foxman was born in 1940, and
spent the war years living in
comfort with a Catholic family
(his parents also survived the
war). Some "survivor"!
Sixty-three percent of Americans said
they believe that if Israel fails to stop
the suicide bombings, the same terrorist
tactic may be used against the United
States, according to an ADL summary..
The same number, 63 percent, believe
there could be an increase in anti-Jewish
feelings around the world in the next few
Anti-Semitic incidents around the
world, particularly in Europe, have been
on the rise since the eruption of the
Palestinian uprising in September
According to Foxman,
himself a Holocaust
survivor, there are two things that
make anti-Semitism worse now than it was
during World War II, when six million Jews
were murdered in Nazi death camps.
"One is the information revolution
. . . which has made it so easy,
so magnificent for us to communicate
instantaneously . . . has a dark
underbelly. It is also a superhighway for
hate," he said in reference to the
Internet. "It comes with a certain
The other dimension, he said, is
"I agree with President Bush on
most everything on his assessment on the
threat to democracy in America but he said
this is not a religious war. . .
The fact is . . . that it's the
plaintiff that sets the parameters of the
litigation, not the defendant.
"The plaintiff here is Osama bin
Laden and his buddies," Foxman said.
They have said this is a religious war,
that this is a war of culture, that this
is a war of values and therefore that's
what it is.
"Suicide bombers...they wrap themselves
in 'God,' in faith, in religion and that's
what they kill for and die for. Now that's
a very, very dangerous element," he
A wave of
Jew-bashing in Europe
to Anti-Defamation League to Censor
by Board of Deputies of British Jews to