According to a recent poll in October 2009 by the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitism is at its lowest in America since 1964. from a high of 29% in 1964 it has fluctuated up and down to only 12% in October of 2009. In a sense, this is a victory, but no matter which way you look at it this still means that there are about 30 million people in the United States that are anti-Semitic. This is still too many by any standards.
Sometimes one doesn’t have to go very far to experience the vitriolic effects of anti-semitism. The University of California Irvine (UCI) that hosts up to 30,000 students has for several years been the breeding ground for many anti-semitic discourses against Israel and the Jewish people. I can surely appreciate the fact that we in America benefit from Freedom of Speech, but how far will we let that go and how “tolerant” do we need to be.In my research of over a decade, I have come to the realization that tolerance to Islam and to some extent, “radical Islam” (see Newsweek issue, March 9, 2009), has always been a one way street. Actually, tolerance in the name of multiculturalism isn’t even a one-way street, it is pushing Americans slowly but surely towards the back of a cul-de-sac. We “Freedom Loving Americans” are loosing ground daily.
I am pleased to report that the Egyptian culture minister Faruq Hosni was defeated 27/31 yesterday at the UNESCO second vote for their new Director General. Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova was elected instead. Somehow, the people listened to the concerns, complaints and petitions against Mr. Hosni and his anti-Semitic stance.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency of the United Nations that was established in 1945. It strives to contribute to peace and security by advancing international collaboration through education, science and culture. It also claims to promote justice, human rights and fundamental freedoms as proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.
UNESCO (based in Paris, France) is currently seeking a new Director General to replace Mr Koïchiro Matsuura who will end his second term in November 2009. UNESCO Executive Board will vote the new Director General in from a list of nine candidates.
The leading candidate is Egypt Culture Minister Faruq Hosni. While he fell short of the 30 votes needed to be elected, he is still considered the most likely next Director General. There is a great concern by world citizens who adhere to the values proclaimed and hopefully upheld by UNESCO. A final vote will be held shortly with results in October 2009.
Mr. Faruq Hosni has a history of rejecting cultural relations with Israel and he was once a proponent of Hebrew book burning in Egyptian libraries.
He is said to have apologized about his biased censorship in the name of Islam. He also claims that he is not an anti-Semite since he restored all the synagogues in Egypt.
The water is muddy at best. Mr Hosni might have changed his stance on book burning – a good move if you want to be the next UNESCO Director General – but he remains a Muslim. What do I mean by that?
While not all Muslims are terrorists and not all Muslims hate Israel and the Jewish people, I see Mr Hosni’s appointment as one more step towards Global Muslim control. He himself might or might not be a practicing Muslim. He might even call himself a “moderate Muslim” (no such thing in my book). The reality is that with a Muslim at the head of an organization created to promote education, science and culture, the future of our free world seems again a little shakier.
Political Correctness towards Islam will be the demise of Western Civilization!
Eight years ago, lives were lost, buildings leveled and enemies made. Western civilization will never be the same. Just as we can divide Jewish History using the Holocaust as a marker, I believe that we should divide American History using the events of 9/11 as a marker.