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Published on: December 7, 2011 11:10 PM
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Washington - President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Belgium has given Republicans heavy fodder for criticism by linking Israeli government policy with rising anti-Jewish sentiment among Europe’s Muslims — an argument that has angered Jewish groups and given the Obama administration a new headache as it seeks to counter Republican claims that it is anti-Israel.

Ambassador Howard Gutman forewarned a gathering of European Jews last week that he would challenge their assumptions on anti-Semitism. He started by recounting his own personal history as the Jewish son of a Holocaust survivor, and then explained why he felt it was important to differentiate between older forms of anti-Jewish hatred and a newer, growing anti-Semitism in Europe stemming from the tensions of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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“Classic bigotry” is being held in check, he said. But, citing the recent resignation of a Belgian professor and a racially motivated attack by several students on a young Jewish girl in Belgium, Gutman spoke of the “problem within Europe of tension, hatred and sometimes even violence between some members of Muslim communities or Arab immigrant groups and Jews.”

“It is a tension and perhaps hatred largely born of and reflecting the tension between Israel, the Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab states in the Middle East over the continuing Israeli-Palestinian problem,” he said, according to a prepared text. A full transcript of Gutman’s remarks wasn’t made public and few journalists were in attendance.

The story gained momentum over the weekend, prompting the White House on Saturday to condemn anti-Semitism in all forms. Gutman issued a similar statement, but some Jewish groups expressed outrage. Republican presidential candidates including Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney demanded Gutman’s resignation.

Gutman’s critics have argued that by drawing a distinction between different types of anti-Semitic hatred, he implied the newer form was somehow less heinous or excusable. Others contested whether it was fair to point to Israel’s policies as a cause for the growth of anti-Semitism.

Still, Gutman described Muslim anti-Semitism as well as a “serious problem” that demands counterstrategies.

He said much of the responsibility lies with Israel and Arab governments to establish peace.

“The largest part of the solution remains in the hands of government leaders in Israel and the Palestinian territories and Arab countries in the Middle East,” Gutman said. “It is the area where every new settlement announced in Israel, every rocket shot over a border or suicide bomber on a bus and every retaliatory military strike exacerbates the problem and provides a setback here in Europe for those fighting hatred and bigotry here in Europe.”

Gutman said this situation was unfortunate in that it affects people in Europe a continent away from the problem. But he argued that was fortunate because, unlike with the older anti-Semitism, a remedy exists. “Peace in the Middle East would indeed equate with a huge reduction of this form of labeled ‘anti-Semitism’ here in Europe,” he said.

His comments, which weren’t cleared by the State Department, have put the Obama administration in a bind. Officials have refused to condemn or endorse Gutman’s argument, repeating only its condemnation of anti-Semitism in all its manifestations. After the resignation calls from Romney and Gingrich, the State Department said it had full confidence in Gutman.


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 Dec 08, 2011 at 01:42 AM PureSatmar Says:

Chapeau Ambassador Gutman for hitting the nail on the head, although it’s not politically correct to cry out loud and clear the truth during a kind of allegation accusation presidential campaign, the unambiguous facts for the due causes of anti Semitism in Europe the USA cannot be twisted. Hurray Mr. Gutman.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 07:17 AM Butterfly Says:

Is everybody afraid of the truth?? Even the REPUBLICANS??? Does the truth hurt so much??

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 08:48 AM MosheM Says:

Reply to #1  
PureSatmar Says:

Chapeau Ambassador Gutman for hitting the nail on the head, although it’s not politically correct to cry out loud and clear the truth during a kind of allegation accusation presidential campaign, the unambiguous facts for the due causes of anti Semitism in Europe the USA cannot be twisted. Hurray Mr. Gutman.

Your Rebbe the Satmar Ruv once famously said that a non-Jew that is anti-Israel is an anti-semite.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 09:41 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #1  
PureSatmar Says:

Chapeau Ambassador Gutman for hitting the nail on the head, although it’s not politically correct to cry out loud and clear the truth during a kind of allegation accusation presidential campaign, the unambiguous facts for the due causes of anti Semitism in Europe the USA cannot be twisted. Hurray Mr. Gutman.

I was thinking the same thing! I re-read the article twice, making sure I truly understood where Gutman was coming from... and I can't see fault in any of what he said!

Not to mention, he himself is a Jewish man & lover of the Torah... is he not entitled to his opinions?

At first I thought his statement was nonsense. I even said so here on VIN! (lol) What's the difference between anti-semitism of the past or of the present?! What he said didn't make a lot of sense to me.

But after reading a more detailed explanation of his feelings... I can't say I find any fault in what he's talking about & quite frankly, I think it makes a lot of sense & is taking a rather honest look at the problem!

And ugh... who CARES if this is good "fodder" for the Republicans?!?!

If some Jewish voters are going to fall for their EXTREMELY (and very overtly Christian-based) "love" for Israel by all of them (come election time), then that's there problem.

They were probably people who weren't going to vote for Obama anyway, and just needed one more (stupid) excuse not to, and this provides it for them. (lol)

This is no different than the "birther" nonsense.

Making "something" out of NOTHING!

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 09:52 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
PureSatmar Says:

Chapeau Ambassador Gutman for hitting the nail on the head, although it’s not politically correct to cry out loud and clear the truth during a kind of allegation accusation presidential campaign, the unambiguous facts for the due causes of anti Semitism in Europe the USA cannot be twisted. Hurray Mr. Gutman.

Israeli treatment of Arabs I'm the disputed West Bank territories is the cause of European anti-Semitism?

That sure explains the Holocaust, the pogroms and 400 years of Polish persecution.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Nothing more yummy than a Jewish anti-semite, is there? Remember Judge Richard Goldstein? He's a pariah now (rightly so.) Good luck, Ambassador. Start setting your ducks in a row for when you are removed from office.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

CONFIRMED!!!

Sherry the Noahide is Charlie Hall in a dress.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 10:46 AM Berl Says:

The US State Dept was conceived in Jew hatred, breast fed the milk of Jew hatred and nurtured with Jew hatred from the days of the Arabist John Foster Dulles; every Sec. of State from the conception has been a Jew hater, remember Madeline (not at)Albright? , just because Colin Powell can speak yiddish does not make him love us, Condelessa Rice is a Jew hater, and Swillery Klinton despite the fact that her daughter married a Jewish son of a gonif hates authentic Jews! So what is the surprise here??????????

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 01:19 PM PureSatmar Says:

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MosheM Says:

Your Rebbe the Satmar Ruv once famously said that a non-Jew that is anti-Israel is an anti-semite.

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 02:00 PM anonymous Says:

Antisemtismus in State Dept. if endemic, systemic and part of their history. George Kennan in his biography complained that in 1941 Jews left before him and he knew well that Jews had to leave the Reichsgebiet within a certain time span. Dulles, McCloy were not philosemitic and it is part of the philosophy.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 05:22 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
PureSatmar Says:

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

The biggest lie, sheker and neveira are not the neveiras committed by some Zionists but the use of persons who died an agonizing death, by gas, bullets and bayonets for political purposes

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 04:15 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
PureSatmar Says:

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

Unfortunatey the spanish inquisition occurred long before Herzl was born , the crusades were before the creation of Zionism too

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 04:20 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
PureSatmar Says:

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

Check the dates when Chmielnitzki killed Jews in the Ukrainia and when Petljura lived and when the Judenstaat was written by Herzl. The Satmarer Rebbe was saved by the Zionists and not that the Zionists are tzaddikim. Facts are facts and allegations are allegations

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 04:54 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
PureSatmar Says:

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

Opinions and allegations are not facts. In 1939 a reform Jewish woman named Henrietta Szold from Baltimore created the Youth Aliyah which saved thousand of children from the gas chambers. I rather have a live Jewish man or woman religious and not religious than the end my little cousins met in Birkenau and my friend in Maly Maly Trostinec. 12 year old girls and 15 nd 16 year old boys inhaling Zyklon B and then thrown in a crematoria and burned. Healthy, intelligent human beings. It is a disgrace to play politcs with the death of innocent Jews. I smelled the crematoria, I saw the Einsatzgruppen driving off with men, women and children to be shot. Shame on you and throw away your tefillin, gartels, kapotes and if you can crawl out from your ignorance and be enschen. There was no one to lift a finger to save Jewish children. Check who Kastner saved because there was a lot money paid. Again you should be ashamed

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 05:15 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
PureSatmar Says:

Off course I know about this what he said, I think you didn’t realize that Mr. Fisher the ambassador is Jewish, son of a anti-Semitism holocaust survivor.
The Satmar Rav also writes very clear, that the anti-Semitism leading to the holocaust was a direct cause and fault of the back then Zionist movement.
Thank you for your reply anyway.

You know the answer and could give it if you would. Satmar's assets are in the millions and the fight over the millions was not settled by a Beth Din but in a goyishe treifene Federal District Court under the guidelines of the United States civil code. Kiryat Joel has a the highest number in welfare recipients . Why is not Satmar helping instead relying on goyishe treifene Barak Hussein funds

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 07:35 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

CONFIRMED!!!

Sherry the Noahide is Charlie Hall in a dress.

Better Charlie Hall in a dress than liars in a kapote and gartel

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

When will modern medicine find a cure for the illness known as satmar disease? When Hashem, when?

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 Dec 10, 2011 at 04:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
anonymous Says:

You know the answer and could give it if you would. Satmar's assets are in the millions and the fight over the millions was not settled by a Beth Din but in a goyishe treifene Federal District Court under the guidelines of the United States civil code. Kiryat Joel has a the highest number in welfare recipients . Why is not Satmar helping instead relying on goyishe treifene Barak Hussein funds

B. The Satmar feud is not yet settled, so it’s you who doesn’t the answer.

A. In what way is your comment referring to the Ambassadors remarks on anti-Semitism?

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