A is for antisemitism – B is for blind

The Elder of Ziyon reports (here) on another – and it is one of many – dose of antisemitic poison from PA TV. This one includes such classics as:

“They [the Jews] are usurers. See, the usury money and usurer banks, those who control the money in the world can be counted on one hand – a few individuals – and all of them belong to the Jewish world. They control the media, the money, the press, the resources, the plans.”

As many others have stated, this continual hate is a major obstacle to any progress in this part of the world.

It’s also an incitement whose ripple effects can fairly be said to cause everything from antisemitic graffiti to verbal abuse to physical assault to murder. The build up of hate needs an outlet, and woe betide the poor Jews who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But it’s the role – the passive, turn a blind eye role – of virtually the entire western media which is also a scandal.

Most of them see it as appropriate to intermittently mention the “a” word, and may even go so far as to endorse the latest campaign by NGO or government that might attempt to tackle the subject.

But in between?

They ignore the poison from the PA. They take the same approach to the antisemitic drivel coming out of any and all the Arab states. They positively bend over backward to excuse the Iranian version as being political and anti-Zionist in nature. Sometimes, you get the impression that people who only get their media fix from these sources must wonder what this antisemitism is that is being talked about. After all, their media sources do not report much, so there cannot be anything serious, can there?

And then there are variations on a theme, of which the Willcox Gambit is a recent version. As BBC Watch puts it:

“In other words, Willcox falsely implied that – like Jews in France – Palestinians are targets because of their religion and/or ethnicity and that European Jews can be held collectively responsible for the perceived actions of Israel.”

Antisemitism? It’s understandable and it’s Israel’s fault and Jews’ responsibility. What a toxic cocktail. And, as you will see from the BBC Watch report, they just do not get it. Either through ignorance or willful pretense, they do not get it.

Given the abundance of hard evidence, the objective observer will surely conclude that the western media is mostly blind to antisemitism. But why?