The few Israelis who arrived Tuesday at the Swiss ski-resort town of Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, an annual meeting of approximately 2,500 business leaders, were in for a bitter surprise: A scathing and malicious article blasting Israel was included in a special booklet handed out to all the conference's attendees.The European protests of this book have been positively deafening; in other words, you will not hear a single voice raised above a whisper. I guess some things never change and European Anti-Semitism is just as alive and well as it was 70 years ago.
The article calls on its readers to boycott Israel and compares Zionism to the most radical forms of racism. The booklet, titled "Global Agenda," bears the logo of the World Economic Forum and includes an introduction written by the conference organizers. It appears to be an official publication of the World Economic Forum and is included in every file handed out to conference participants. It is also distributed at the Zurich Airport and at Swiss hotels.
The booklet includes an unusually harsh article written by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a lecturer at a number of American universities, titled "Boycott Israel." The article includes an unequivocal call to establish a global movement against Zionism and a global movement against the "Israeli apartheid", as well as anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic remarks and threats, the likes of which are usually published in marginal magazines in the West or by radical Islamists.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Hate in Switzerland; World Economic Forum
Ynet News Online carries this report from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.