Not to be outdone, during a match in London against the same Jewish team, British fans of their opponent, West Ham, rained down anti-Semitic chants in support of the aforementioned Di Canio and came up with a few of their own, such as “Adolf Hitler’s coming for you” and “You’re getting gassed in the morning.” To emphasize their disdain, they made hissing noises, like the sound of a gas chamber. Even for the British, infamous for boorish behavior at sporting events, this was over the top.
Next up is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for defending Israel in the face of incessant rocket attacks from Gaza.
Latuff is famous for depicting Jewish people and Israeli leaders in the most contemptible ways. Many people including this writer believe that political cartoons cast a greater negative stereotype upon Jews than lengthy essays. For that reason alone, Latuff was placed at #3 for 2012.
At #2 is a conglomerate of Jew-hatred led by a little imp espousing Jewish derision in mammoth proportions: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Amongst a myriad of anti-Jewish invective over the years, this past July he’s quoted as saying: “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling the major world affairs.” When taken in context with past pronouncements calling for the complete annihilation of Israel, some might argue that this Holocaust-denying anti-Semite is actually moderating. (But not to worry: if he is, the head of Iran’s armed forces, Major General Hassan Fiouzabadi, isn’t. This past August, Fiouzabadi is quoted saying: “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause, the full annihilation of Israel.”)
Finally, here it is: the Wiesenthal winner of the 2012 Grand Prize for Jew-hatred. This coveted dishonor is shared by Muhammad Badie and Futouh Abd al-Nabi Mansour, two religious leaders belonging to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. The folks at Wiesenthal claim that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood produced the worst anti-Semitic/anti-Israel slurs over the past year. Badie, the Brotherhood’s supreme spiritual guide, bemoaned “Jewish control” and the “spread of corruption on earth.” What’s his remedy? Unremitting jihad.
Badie’s partner in Jew-detestation, Mansour took it a step further delivering a nationally televised sermon calling for Allah to “destroy the Jews and their supporters.” According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), he went on to say: “Oh Allah, disperse them and rend them asunder, Oh Allah, demonstrate your might and greatness upon them.” Interestingly, last month’s “mediator” of the Israeli/Hamas ceasefire, Brotherhood strongman and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi watched the sermon at a mosque and was heard uttering the term “amin” (amen) to every fiery invective hurled at Israel and the Jewish people.
And that sums up the latest entry in a long and ignominious list. From the ayatollahs in Iran to the hallowed halls of the United Nations, 2012 was a good year for the anti-Semites of the world. I won’t hold my breath, but hopefully 2013 will see a reversal of this trend.
Originally published at the American Thinker.Jerrold L. Sobel
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