The crucial point about the accusation, raised by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, that Israeli soldiers murdered Palestinians for their body parts, is that the current discourse in Europe on the Middle East conflict allows the most outrageous lies about Israel to appear credible. No real proof is required to accuse the Jewish state of crimes that seem to be dredged from Europe's oldest and darkest fantasies about the Jews. Indeed, just as it was once possible, not so long ago, to attribute the most vile traits to Jews, so it is now to the Jewish state.
Most of all, Israel needs to use this affair to challenge the general climate of demonization in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe, and expose the conceptual links between classical anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Accusations like the Swedish blood libel aren't just a threat to Israel's good name, but could become a physical threat to Jews everywhere, by encouraging the fantasies of genocidal jihadists. Terrorists could take "revenge" for the kind of Israeli "crimes" raised by Aftonbladet. In the current atomsphere, where the most inconceivable conspiracy theories involving Jews are readily believed by millions in the Muslim world, Aftonbladet's recklessness is potentially an incitement to murder.
Media analyst, writer, and consultant on Middle Eastern affairs.In 2005 he received "Congressional Recognition for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in Support of Israel" on behalf of his work with The Israel Project. David was Administrator of the first Jewish Hospice in the Pacific Northwest.
Dennis Ross Addresses The Israel Project Media Fellows
Dennis Ross gives a frank assessment of where the peace process failed. He presciently addresses the failure of the international community to hold the Hamas government accountable for the almost daily barrages of Qassam missiles into southern Israel following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in the summer of '05. Less than a month after his presentation, Hamas tunnels into Israel and kills two soldiers, kidnapping a third. And still the international community remained largely silent.