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Israel report terms Mideast 'hate industry'
a strategic threat

TEL AVIV — An Israeli government report warned of growing hatred of Jews by Muslim governments and organizations. The report by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said the trend could endanger Israel and the Jewish people.

"Anti-Semitism and the accompanying hate industry are a strategic danger for Israel and the Jewish people," the report said. "Generations of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims are brought up hating the Jews."

The report said anti-Semitism has been rampant even in Egypt and Jordan, Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel. The center also cited the increasing use of hatred for Jews in propaganda by Al Qaida and Hizbullah, Middle East Newsline reported.

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"Anti-Semitism with Muslim roots is growing," the report said. "Verses from the Koran and the Islamic oral tradition are politically interpreted in the spirit of radical Islam to delegitimize Zionism and the state of Israel and to dehumanize the Jewish people."

Anti-Semitism, whether on the Internet, in books or television, has also provided the justification for attacks on Israelis and Jews, the report said. The center cited the campaign by such Iranian-financed groups as Hamas, Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad, which have also threatened the United States.

"There is a link between anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism and anti-Western sentiment in general," the report said. "Hizbullah and some of the radical Islamic Palestinian terrorist organizations hold the same anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-Western ideology, and are often anti-Christian as well."

The report pointed to a threat from Iran, which has pledged to destroy Israel. Iran was said to make intensive use of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiments to advance its goals.

"Anti-Semitism supported by a state which publicly adheres to a policy of genocide and is making efforts to arm itself with non-conventional weapons which will enable it to carry out that policy is unprecedented since Nazi Germany," the report said.

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