SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 20)
A leading daily newspaper in the Philippines has published an article that manages to be both anti-Semitic and anti-papal at the same time.
The article in Business World claimed that the Vatican has changed its religion from Catholicism to “Judeo-Christianity” and lamented the “infiltration of talmudism in our churches.”
The article — which also denied the Holocaust as a myth “invented by Hollywood” and claimed that Pope John Paul II is Jewish — appeared after the Vatican recently issued a statement on the Holocaust saying that many Catholics, but not the church itself, had failed to do enough to save Jews from the Nazis.
The article further claimed that Anne Frank’s diary is a postwar forgery and that the Auschwitz death camp was an “agricultural research” center.
Colin Rubenstein, national policy chairman of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, which operates throughout Australia and Asia, called on the publisher of Business World to “redress the damage caused by this pernicious and deplorable article.”
“The severity and extremism of the article is one of the most appalling examples of anti-Semitism yet seen in Asia,” Rubenstein said.