A Distinction Without a Difference
Europeans like to distinguish between being anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist. Neturei Karta is an anti-Zionist branch of Judaism so opposed to the state of Israel that they’ve met with President Ahmadinejad, presumably to hear his exciting plans for wiping it off the map. Unfortunately, back in the Netherlands, this Neturei Karta rabbi’s assailant didn’t get the memo:
A friend of the rabbi told Channel 2, “As he was walking down the street, a car stopped next to him, and a man who appeared to be a Muslim immigrant came out. The immigrant started shouting anti-Jewish slurs at the rabbi. Rabbi Antebi is anti-Zionist, he does not advocate for war in the Middle East but he was identified as a Zionist. The Muslim started yelling at him and threatening him, and the rabbi noticed that the immigrant was going to attack him.”
At this point, the friend said, Rabbi Antebi asked passersby to help him, but was ignored.
“He tried to escape, and the Muslim began to run after him, caught him and started kicking him in the stomach and lungs,” said the friend.
“B-but I’m not that kind of Jew” doesn’t get you as far on the streets of Europe as it does in the presidential palace in Iran.