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November 11, 2013

Author speaks at University of Oklahoma about antisemitism

NORMAN — International best-selling author Dr. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen spoke Monday at the University of Oklahoma about “The Globalization of Antisemitism.”

Goldhagen discussed how anti-Semitism is a growing problem across the world. It is also more powerful than ever since the Holocaust, especially in Middle Eastern and European countries.

Many anti-Semites believe Jews are powerful and that power is dangerous to the world. They are painted as people who willfully do harm and are said to have a plot to dominate and destroy the world, Goldhagen said.

Many of the countries he mentioned Monday were areas in which Jews are minorities, either representing 1 percent of the population or, often times, even less than 1 percent of the population. Yet, antisemitism is profoundly prevalent.

Statements by political Islamic leaders also are more openly anti-Semitic and worse than the Nazis ever put forward publicly, Goldhagen said.

One political leader speaking publicly at mosque in Damascus made it known that his intent was to destroy Israel when the audience he was speaking to began to chant the words, “Death to Israel, death to Israel, death to America,” Goldhagen said.

The political leader told the crowd, death to Israel was not enough. The leader said Jews must first be humiliated and degraded; Allah willing, they will first lose their eyesight and then lose their brains.

Another example was a passage Goldhagen read from a statement later published in 2002 in one of Spain and Europe’s leading newspapers from Jose Saramago, a Nobel Prize winner. The passage read as follows:

“Intoxicated mentally by the messianic dream of a Greater Israel which will finally achieve the expansionist dreams of the most radical Zionism; contaminated by the monstrous and rooted ‘certitude’ that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God and that, consequently, all the actions of an obsessive, psychological and pathologically exlusivist racism are justified ... the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it to the world as if it were a banner.”

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