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Lying Liars

Some months ago, the EU got into trouble when its ‘racism and xenophobia’ monitoring center tried to suppress findings that much of the rise in european anti-semitism is attributable to young Muslims. Now it seems like Brussels is up to its old tricks again. The Daily Telegraph has more:

“A study released by the EU’s racism and xenophobia monitoring centre astounded experts by concluding that the wave of anti-Jewish persecution over the last two years stemmed from neo-Nazi or other racist groups.

“The largest group of the perpetrators of anti-Semitic activities appears to be young, disaffected white Europeans,” said a summary released to the European Parliament . “A further source of anti-Semitism in some countries was young Muslims of North African or Asian extraction.”

According to the Telegraph, the contents of the report tell a rather different story, however:

“The headline findings contradict the body of the report. This says most of the 193 violent attacks on synagogues, Jewish schools, kosher shops, cemeteries and rabbis in France in 2002 – up from 32 in 2001 – were “ascribed to youth from neighbourhoods sensitive to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, principally of North African descent. “The percentage attributable to the extreme Right was only nine per cent in 2002,” it said. The report on Belgium said most of the fire-bomb and machine-gun attacks on Jewish targets were the result of a spillover from the Palestinian intifada. The European Jewish Congress accused the EU watchdog of twisting data from the 15 member states to suit its own ideological bias, describing the report as a catalogue of “enormous contradictions, errors and omissions.”

Every time you think that the corrupt and authoritarian ‘Union’ has lost its ability to shock, it comes up with something else. So what’s going on? The EU’s bureaucracy is not, whatever people may say, riddled with anti-Semites, although there’s no doubt that some of the criticism of Israel from Brussels has tipped over into an expression of that ancient hatred (some of which, interestingly, has been displaced into an anti-Americanism that has long since lost any connection with the rational). The real culprint, however, continues to be Europe’s unwillingness to contemplate the nature of the challenge it now faces. It’s not a challenge that’s going away, but if the EU’s establishment has to throw a few Jews to the wolves in order to preserve the multicultural illusion for a little bit longer, that’s exactly what it will do.

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