For those of us (including me) who thought that Anti-Semitism was a creation of Rome after the destruction of the Second Temple—guess what we’re wrong—it started in Egypt, a backlash of the publishing of the Torah in Greek. When the Egyptians read it they were not happy with the account of the Exodus so published their version—Egypt threw out those disgusting Jews. Three hundred years later Alexandra hosted the first pogrom in recorded history.
23 Centuries Later Egypt is still hating the Jewish people, as you can see by the political Cartoons in this post which come from Egyptian State media. Many people will try to tell you that its just a symptom of Egypt’s mistrust of Israel, but as you will see below; it has very little to do with Israel and lots to do with Egypt’s hatred of Jews:
These examples are especially notable because they have nothing to do with Israel or Zionism. They expose the falsehood — popular with prominent scholars like John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of last year’s best-selling book “The Israel Lobby” — that hatred of Jews is not one of the great motivating factors in the Arab world’s overall objections to Israel. But these examples also raise a serious question about what passes for liberalism in the Arab world. Why bother listening to these voices on matters of economics — much less politics, democracy or human rights — if they also propagate hateful conspiracy theories? There’s another question: Over the past eight years, the United States has invested huge resources in attempting to bring democracy to the Middle East. But it’s not clear whether that project will succeed as long as America’s natural allies in the region remain themselves so profoundly irrational and illiberal. What can be done? Here’s a modest suggestion. The Egyptian state and the country’s newspapers go out of their way to make a leper of any author who expresses even remote sympathy with Israel. Perhaps Western institutions could adopt a similar practice, refusing to invite to their various functions any editors who allow their pages to become Jew-hatred platforms. The cold shoulder alone might get these lunch-eaters to change their tune.