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Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs of 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a list of the ten worst anti-Semitic and/or anti-Israel slurs of 2013. Arabs, Jews, Muslims, Europeans and Americans are well-represented.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center released its 2013 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs. There are far more than 10 on the list.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center released its 2013 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs. There are far more than 10 on the list.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center has just released its top ten anti-Semitic/anti-Israel slurs for the year 2013.

The SWC saw the most extreme hatred exemplified by three Arab and/or Muslim leaders, a UN official, a Christian Canadian denomination, a far right-wing European party, an aging rock star, an aging formerly famous novelist, an overripe teenager, an American academic association, a small New York school district, and quite a few European athletes.

1. The very top of the list of outrageous insults comes from Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who referred to Israel as the “rabid dog” in the Middle East region. Successfully adding insult to injury, Khamenei also said that Israel’s “leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human.”

“The genocidal animus of Iran’s Supreme Leader against the Jewish state continued unabated throughout the secret and direct negotiations with the United States and the P5+1,[which] places him at the top of the list,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s Associate Dean.

2. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan placed second on the SWC’s most worst list. Erdogan achieved this dubious honor in a year characterized by a dramatic deterioration in relations between Turkey and Israel. Twice the Turkish leader blamed Israel – using the code word “interest rates lobby” for serious challenges to his authority by the citizens of his country.  First it was the Gezi Park uprising and most recently that same “interest rates lobby” was blamed for a huge, still ongoing corruption scandal that has profoundly affected his government, with more than a dozen ministers either resigned or being fired or reshuffled.

3. In third place is the first Jew on the list. It is the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Arab Territories, Richard Falk.  This year Falk described Israel has harboring Nazi-like genocidal intentions towards the Palestinian Arabs. The hatred he exudes towards Israel is, perhaps, summed up best in his justification of suicide bombings perpetrated against Israel as a legitimate means to inflict sufficient harm on Israel.  There is much more to make your blood boil on the SWC site.

4. In fourth place the SWC listed the economic and legal warfare against the Jewish state known as BDS.  BDS stands for the Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel that is urged on by haters of the Jewish State.

In this BDS category, special mention is made of several practitioners. The first example offered is the American Studies Association.  Much has already been written on these pages about the ASA’s misguided effort to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The good news, of course, is that the ASA appears to have done far more damage to its own organization than any harm that could possibly befall Israeli academic institutions because of the ASA’s stunt. With close to 100 universities condemning the ASA’s boycott and several withdrawing from the organization altogether, perhaps we should really place the ASA’s boycott on a list of efforts taken which resulted in nationwide solidarity in support of the Jewish State.  So, thanks, actually.

The other practitioners mentioned are Pink Floyd’s former frontman Roger Waters, and the United Church of Canada.Waters has also been the subject of several articles here at The Jewish Press. The United Church of Canada, however, merits special attention.

“As Christians suffer in Syria, ethnic cleansing in Iraq, and are threatened in Egypt, the United Church of Canada endorsed a boycott of Israel – the only Middle East state that guarantees full religious freedom and protection to all faiths,” is how the SWC describes the UCC’s folly.

5. The extreme far-right wing Hungarian party, Jobbik, is fifth on the list of most awfuls. The deputy leader of the Jobbik party called for a registry of all Jews in Hungary as a security measure last year.  He also alleges that Israel “runs a Nazi system.”

6. In sixth place is a meme that never seems to go away.  This is the “Hitler as Hero” meme, which was taken up by an alarmingly large and diverse group of Arabs and Europeans over 2013, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Iraqi cleric Qays bin Khalil al Kalbi, Saudi cleric Muhammal al Farraj, a famous Lebanese singer, and several Turkish immigrants in Holland.

7. Several particularly egregious Cartoons That Defame Israel are seventh on the SWC list of most anti-Semitic/anti-Israel Slurs for 2013.  In what passes as an art form that has been around for centuries, this year’s entries into the pantheon of dehumanizing depictions of Jews (and the Jewish State) are prize winners.  Check the SWC site to see this ugly art.

8. The small upstate New York school district of Pine Bush has permitted ugly anti-Semitic abuse of its Jewish students. Parents have sued the school district for allowing the ugliness to continue. One school official allegedly responded that the complainants’ “expectations for changing inbred prejudice may be a bit unrealistic.”  Really? Let’s hope that official’s hope to keep his job is a bit unrealistic.

9. Two American authors, one a has-been and the other a never-been, are in the 9th place “poison pen” position on SWC’ list. Alice Walker, who easily could have appeared in the fourth place as a practitioner of BDS, appears here because her most recent book, The Cushion in the Road, is described by the SWC as being approximately 25 percent “a diatribe against the Jewish state.”

Walker was the author of a hugely popular and powerful novel, The Color Purple, albeit that was 30 years ago.  The second person in the poison pen category is mostly famous for having a semi-famous daddy, Sidney Blumenthal, a speechwriter for Bill Clinton. Max Blumenthal seems to have spent the past 20 years of his life attempting to be an enfant terrible, but now he’s mostly just terrible. His new book, Goliath, practically takes anti-Semitism to pornographic heights.  He refers to Israelis as Judeo-Nazis, and blames the Arab-Israeli conflict on “Israeli society’s nationalistic impulses.” Blumenthal is at least nominally Jewish.  So sad.

10. The Wiesenthal Center describes various European Sports Venues as having been “Hijacked for Hate,” and placed them in the final slot of its 2013 list of most egregious anti-Semitic/anti-Israel slurs. Of particular note were European soccer stadiums as the stage where a great deal of ugly anti-Semitism played out over the past year. Italian, English, Polish, Hungarian, Latvian and Croatian teams or their members were cited for anti-Semitic activity this past year.

In a late-breaking addition to the list, the Wiesenthal Center included its request that NBA Star Tony Parker apologize for using a Nazi-like salute which is currently widely used by neo-Nazis in Europe. The gesture is called a quenelle, or a reverse Nazi salute.  It has been denounced by French authorities and leaders of the French Jewish communities.

The Wiesenthal Center asks readers to share with it incidents of anti-Semitic or anti-Israel slurs so that such incidents can be explored and exposed, and the perpetrators held accountable.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.

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42 Responses to “Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs of 2013”

  1. Clo Clo says:

    I’m not gonna read those evil things. I don’t even want to know. the Bible intructs us to guard our hearts. I would rather speak words of edification

  2. Don’t Want to Smell, Their Bad Breath
    Beside, Jew Comes from selling
    Jewelry, They’re Not Hebrews

  3. Debbie Hall says:

    I'm looking at the poll on the side. It didn't offer CUFI as a choice, but that's my choice as most dangerous to Jews in 2013.

  4. Citing the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is rather like citing a butcher who condemns killing of animals. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is up to its gills in the sewer of spreading hate but it is still glorified because of its name (which has nothing to do with the real Simon Wiesenthal) and because of the fact that the targets of SWC's hate-mongering are Islam and Muslims.

    SWC hosts anti-Islam speakers, shows anti-Islam, anti-Muslim films (The Third Jihad) and has even produced a film (Ever Again) that promotes anti-Islam, anti-Muslim fears. These are just a FEW of the many anti-Muslim activities of the SWC, but they are lauded by those who also profit by portraying Islam and Muslims as existential threats to Jews and Israel.

  5. Olive Tree says:

    It is difficult to select only three from your list at the right. Good list but not really complete. But your writer Debbie Hall cites CUFI. I am not sure why, but as a Christian advocate of Israel and Zionism, there is no more passionate advocate for Israel in the USA that Pastor John Hagee of CUFI. Unfortunately he is always under attach from both Christians and Jews. Who can figure it all out. Great article

  6. If people were to read the Quran, they would all fear Islam. It's a religious version of The Art of War, complete with anti-semitism and passages condoning genocide against all non-Muslims. Why don't Muslims be more honest with the world and tell us all what the "end-game" is for their global conquest. Besides, these lists contain many more names than Muslims, although I'd argue that the Islamic-driven hatred of Jews is a larger threat than others, because their hate doesn't stop with the Jews.

  7. europe, muslims and psycho self-haters are drowning in their own sewage. good to see them go.

  8. How may I find the articles re: Roger Walters??

  9. thanks for your hilarious comment, Jeff Siddiqui. comic relief.


  11. Prove it you hate monger. Nothing you cited verifies your spewing of continous attacks against the Jews.

  12. Roasted Locust Excellent RL!!! You are so right…NO ONE READS the BOOKS!!! They really don't know what they're talking about. Just because they know a few peaceful Muslims they assume that they're all that way. When the rubber hits the road, those peaceful Muslims will join the Muslim masses or LOOSE THEIR HEADS…AND WE'RE NEXT…the great US SATAN. That's a FACT Mr Siddiqui whether you believe it or not…!!!!

  13. Judith Grayson Yes Judith….Well put!!!

  14. I would add Noam Chomsky and his disciples.

  15. I would add Noam Chomsky and his disciples.

  16. Leo Erwin says:

    thank youj……..yes………………….the center get hateful…..

  17. Ron Kall says:

    SO Jeff Siddiqui, you are right that he SWC does deserve great credit for exposing the monstrosity that is called islam!! Congratulation are in order, of course a muslim like yourself should start doing what SWC does and expose your islam for the sickness that it is! Spreading hate!! That is so funny coming from the only group of people on this planet that are slaughtering people in the name of their sick cult, islam! Shame on you!! You should convert or are you afraid they will kill you for doing so!! The religion of peace!!

  18. Bill Bilek says:

    Siddiqui, please post ANYTHING that the SWC has reported that is patently untrue. Just because it reports on the anti-Semitic activities of groups, and those groups "happen" to identify themselves as "Muslim", does not make the SWC anti-Muslim, but rather clearly anti-judeophobic.

  19. A MUST READ! All too terribly true.

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is an inflammatory list that makes me wonder what those who put it together were possibly thinking. I cannot believe the Center is really saying The United Church of Canada's boycott is one of the top 10 anti-semitic slurs of 2013. It is really sad when you accuse a church of anti-semitism just because they endorse a boycott. That's an outrageous accusation. And literary genius Alice Walker. And an academic association (whose president is radically misquoted here by cutting down the lengthy NTY quote in the story of record down to 5 words). This is a serious issue and a serious charge to make and when you say a church is making an anti-semitic slur when it endorses a boycott, that is just pushing things too far.

  21. None of these would really classify as slurs.

  22. Carla Smith says:

    Michael Schuman
    Wrong!! the list stands true and you know it !!

  23. Silke Pfeiffer says:

    this isn't very loving either -,-

  24. Silke Pfeiffer says:

    Europe has always helped Israel, I cannot see from where you're drawing such disdain …

  25. Ask yourself this! What is this Church doing calling for and endorsing an Boycott anyway?? Is this the Christian Docterion of your followers ,or and endorsement of the arab propaganda the Honors Hitler as an hero????? Should make you wonder immediately, considering how many brave Canadian Soliders did die fighting the Nazis back then. Are you saying they were wrong too>

  26. Islamic fueled hatred has been growing by leaps and bounds from the eurtopean countries that are now infested with them. NOTE HERE: I did say infested.

  27. Harris Lenowitz says:

    well, bfd. you'd prefer "self-hating jew," maybe?

  28. Being Jewish ,I must always look upon people in their most favorable side. Just one thing abnout this is ,that Islamic influences are double think and double talk. Their is no favorable side. You even pervert the word SHALOM, to mean peace when all other faiths,especially Jews are wiped off the face of the Earth and all others become Dehimi!

  29. Richard Fry says:

    Reading the posts help to know what hate really is; if everyone knew God, they would know life is about love for one another, not hate. The top ten just show those that don't understand love;

  30. Dorinda Agosto says:

    Ask yourself why a church would EVER endorse a boycott of Israel!? There is a price to pay for not honoring Israel and make no mistake the people who made this list will pay the piper in one way or another…and I'm glad.

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