Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Bird Flu: Jewish killer or killer of Jews?
The thing with paranoia and conspiracy theories is that they rarely make sense, anti-Semitism is a good example of this. In history the Jews have been accused of everything and its opposite.
Jews are too capitalist, Jews are too communist.
Jews mix in too well, Jews don't mix at all.
Jews are rich, Jews are poor.
Lately we have been hearing some extremely bizarre statements from the Arab world surrounding bird flu. Firstly, last month the state-run Syrian daily al-Thawra lately hinted that Israel developed the bird flu virus to harm the genes of its Arab neighbors.
An article published by the newspaper argues that Israel spread the virus in the Far East to mislead the world.
The newspaper backed its suspicions by citing a 1998 report in the Sunday Times that Israel is developing a biological Âethnic bombÂ that would kill Arabs and not Jews.
According to the Times, Israeli scientists are trying to identify genes characteristic to Arabs and then develop viruses that attack these genes. The newspaper said the program is being carried out at the Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tsiona near Tel Aviv.
Then the bird flu virus found in Israel last week was sent by Allah to punish the Jews for being "the worst of humanity" and is the beginning of the outbreak of other diseases meant to destroy the Jewish state within the next 20 years, a Gaza preacher said at mosque services this weekend.
Sheikh Abu Muhammed, an imam at the popular Al-Tadwa mosque in Beit Lahia north of Gaza City, went on to ask Muslims at his Friday night
sermon to pray for the sexual organs of Jews to "dry out" so they cannot reproduce, a Palestinian in attendance at the mosque services said.
"Praise Allah the bird flu has hit the Jews. It came because of their sins against the Palestinians; because they are the most cruel enemy of humanity; because they are themselves the enemy of humanity; because they don't believe in Allah; because they falsify the book of Allah; because they cheated the prophet Muhammed; and because they cheated Allah and even their own prophet, Moses," Sheikh Muhammed was quoted as saying.
The sad fact is that there are people whbelieveve either or both of these stories. Anti-Semitism seems to have no boundaries, not least sensical and logical.