The Financial Times reports that “the European Union’s racism watchdog has shelved a report on anti-semitism because the study concluded Muslims and pro-Palestinian groups were behind many of the incidents it examined.”
This is a product of the multiculturalist “Muslims can’t be racists; they’re victims” school. “The Vienna-based European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) decided in February not to publish the 112-page study, a copy of which was obtained by the Financial Times, after clashing with its authors over their conclusions.”
Specifically, “when the researchers submitted their work in October last year, however, the centre’s senior staff and management board objected to their definition of anti-semitism, which included some anti-Israel acts.”
And more pointedly: “the focus on Muslim and pro-Palestinian perpetrators, meanwhile, was judged inflammatory.”
Said an unidentified “person familiar with the report”: “There is a trend towards Muslim anti-semitism, while on the left there is mobilisation against Israel that is not always free of prejudice. Merely saying the perpetrators are French, Belgian or Dutch does no justice to the full picture.”
There was more also: “Some EUMC board members had also attacked part of the analysis ascribing anti-semitic motives to leftwing and anti-globalisation groups, this person said. ‘The decision not to publish was a political decision.’ . . .
“In July, Robert Wexler, a US congressman, wrote to Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy chief, demanding the release of the study.
“Ole Espersen, law professor at Copenhagen University and board member for Denmark, said the study was ‘unsatisfactory’ and that some members had felt anti-Islamic sentiment should be addressed too.”
Fair enough, until you read on: “The EUMC, which was set in 1998, has published three reports on anti-Islamic attitudes in Europe since the September 11 attacks in the US.” (Thanks to Charles Johnson.)