CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I would draw a sharp distinction between the European sympathizers and demonstrators from the American ones. When it comes to Europe, I think the overwhelming factor is raw, native, deep-seated anti-Semitism. This is 2,000-year-old anti-Semitism. Now for awhile they discovered that if you put the veneer of anti-Zionism -- the cover of anti-Zionism -- you can get away with it in respectable society. The veneer and cover are gone. You've got placards being carried in Germany of all places, 'Hitler was right.' Chants of Jews to the gas. This is raw anti-Semitism finding a semi-respectable outlet and you get the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy issuing a joint statement denouncing anti-Semitism in their country.
In the United States, it is very different. Anti-Semitism is not a major factor here. You know, of all the countries that the Jews have lived in this 2,000 years, this is the most tolerant, friendly, loving country that the Jews have ever known. What I think is the most important factor here is sheer, raw ignorance. They have no idea what Hamas is. All that you said. They have no idea, for example, that there is no occupation in Gaza. You'll hear them talk about Gaza being occupied. The Israelis left in 2005. They tore out their settlements. There's not a settler, there's not a soldier, there is not a Jew left in Gaza. Do any of these people know it? No.
Are they aware that just a few days ago the spokesman for Hamas in Lebanon said, on Arabic television, that the Jews lust for the killing of children, after all, they have always loved the blood of children in their mazahs on Passove? And when he was asked about that again, I think it was yesterday on a major American network, he refused to retract. This is the oldest blood libel of all. Are they aware to the fact that Hamas' charter calls not for just the destruction of Israel but for the killing Jews everywhere in the world? This is a openly genocidal organization.