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Monday, August 29, 2005

The Newest Arrival: Japanese Anti-Semitism

Blogger Riding Sun describes a kids show on Japanese TV explaining the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. The host used dolls and maps to "explain" the background. The host said:

The Jews still encountered discrimination all over world, so they thought, "Hey, if we had our own country, we could be safe." So they came back to the area and pushed some of the Arabs out."

In a typical "cycle of violence" shorthand, the host showed warring soldier dolls facing off. As the blogger opined:

It would have been more accurate if it had shown the Palestinians attacking nightclubs and pizza parlors, not Israeli soldiers and tanks.

The security wall looked like something from Berlin. This should help Japanese children develop anti-Semitism in a place where it does not exist. No better way to join the world community.

2 Comments:

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost didn't believe this one. Hard to understand. And the kids involved seem to be too young to even question what is presented so seemingly benignly. Hope there is a follow up to this one in Japan itself.

 
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