January 06, 2009

Judeophobic non-invocation of hate crimes

Yesterday The Corner’s Jonah Goldberg showed what Canada’s Dr. Mohamed Elmasry said about Israel regarding its actions in Gaza:

Gaza has, in fact, been reduced to a new Auschwitz: the only difference – a nightmarish irony — is that Jews are now playing the role of Hitler’s ruthless SS.

Ironically, Elmasry is the guy who took commentator Mark Steyn to the Canadian “human rights” tribunal because he felt Steyn’s columns were … offensive to Muslims. But then there’s this street protestor in Toronto the other day: “Hitler didn't do a good job.” So far, this gent hasn’t been hauled over to the local court and charged with a hate crime. Which, actually, is a good thing Steyn opines:

By the way, it's good to know that, while my books and columns may be "hate crimes" in Ontario, shouting explicitly genocidal and eliminationist slogans on Toronto's main downtown thoroughfare isn't. Indeed, the city will send a large detachment of police officers to protect your right to do so.

It is always curious to me how, in the Western world outside of the U.S. – where First Amendment-style protections are far less reaching – Jews seem to have far less “hate” protections than virtually any other group (‘cept Anglo white males, natch). And Steyn thinks he knows why this is:

There is a crude arithmetic logic about European antipathy to the Zionist Entity: For your average finger-in-the-windy politician, there is simply no electoral upside in being pro-Israel, and quite a lot of potential downside. If you think Europe is soft on Israel's "right to exist" now, just wait another ten years.

More on just who is "Nazi-like."

Posted by Hube at January 6, 2009 06:31 PM | TrackBack

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