It’s election season in Morocco, and one of the candidates for Parliment is Maguy Kakon, a Jewish Moroccan who identifies first as Moroccan and secondly Jewish. The other day I was reading a post in Martin’s blog about how the Spanish newspaper El Mundo referred to Kakon as being of “Israeli faith”.
Wow! That’s a new one for me. I didn’t know that Israel was a faith or that all Jews were inherently Israeli. Obviously not all Israelis are Jewish (Jews make up about 75% of Israel and the rest are Muslim and Christian Arabs), and not all Arabs in Arab countries are Muslim.
In a recent Washington Post article entitled “The New Anti-Semitism“, Denis MacShane (a Labor Member of the British House of Commons) wrote an op-ed piece on what he foundto be an increasing and alarming wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. The El Mundo journalist’s use of the term “Israeli faith”, although it may be based on ignorance, is devisive and reminds me of the 1960 US Presidential Elections when many Americans argued that JFK would not be a trustworthy president because, as a Catholic, his allegiance would first be to Rome and then secondly to the US.
Is this El Mundo journalist anti-Semitic or simply stupid?