the UN the balance has been shifting against Israel.
But a number of contentions here need to be put into some perspective. A lot of people are denied entry or exit from the US for frivolous reasons. There's a list if you care to look it up but the one I most cherish is Farley Mowat the Canadian author of Never Cry Wolf and the Deer People, who once wrote the US government that if American planes continued flying over his house he'd be tempted to open fire on them with either a shot gun or a .22 rifle. Since the aricraft were at about 40,000 feet it was a frivolous and provacative gesture, utterly meaningless, but the Reagan White House banned him. Now Farley is a well known curmudgeon usually fuelled by scotch so that's the extent of that threat. I'll pass over Cat Stevens being taken off the plane.
Esther Ben Bassa is, as I understand it, a Sephardic Jew from North Africa and her views are known and accepted in academic circles.
Half of Israel espouses in one way or another the ending of the Jewish State, the extreme left as well as some of the Religious who do not belive in a secular state at all.
Frankly I think Tariq Ramadan's views are important when taken as a whole and not in the tiny quote you provided. Who can look at the war on Iraq and not see other agendas cropping up? And Saddam was certainly a straw man considering how quickly he folded.
Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda are a clever tiny insect able to inflict a dangerous bite. It is to be hoped that the real war on Terror, Afghanistan, has seriously impaired his ability to make war, and that he is captured, tried, and executed soon.
And unsurprisingly for a UN dependency, it finds the cause to be...Jews:
Yesterday the House International Relations Committee revealed that money from the United Nations Oil for Food program, which was supposed to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, helped pay the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. This shouldn't come as a surprise. The U.N. has a problem with anti-Semitism: It doesn't know what it is.
In order to figure it out, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and Unesco invited a group of experts to Barcelona last week. Their mission: to provide the U.N. special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Di