Anti-semitism has been around since Jews have been around. Removed from their homeland by the Romans, after their Second Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70, the Jews went into widespread exile, existing as second class citizens, or under subjugation. They have gone through libels, expulsions, Pogroms and the mass murder, the Holocaust.
Jewish history is sprinkled with overt and painful antisemitism. For centuries it has been an international libeling sport to conspire against Jews. About the Jews’ control of the economy and the government; lies about rituals killing non-Jewish boys to bake their Passover Matzah with the boy’s blood. Or, nowadays the BDS movement, established by Islamo-Nazis-Jew-hating-anti-Semites. BDS means boycott, divest and sanction Israel. Their aim is to collapse Israel’s economy, and more wishful thinking, to be followed by the country ending its existence.
Anti semitism is a common denominator in many societies; it has its low and high tide. And with Antisemitism currently on the rise, one can see a convergence of society factions, generally at odds with each other, but agreeing on their dislike for Jews.
Antisemitism Rising Globally
What is going on with Jew hatred? Has the world forgotten its 20th century agonizing sins against the Jewish people? Why is Antisemitism on the rise all over the Western world and beyond?
With antisemitism rising globally, such questions are imperative to understand and answer.
As a daughter of Holocaust-surviving parents, the atrocities perpetrated against my family and my Jewish nation are something I take deep into my heart. I am very vigilant to try to make sure they never – ever – happen again.
I was born in post Holocaust era Israel. There, in the Jewish state, I knew I was sheltered against Antisemitism. It did not exist, in fact I hardly knew what it really meant.
I first experienced Antisemitism sentiments when I moved to the United States. As a single woman I began dating a non-Jewish man whose friends, to my chagrin, were anti-Semites. Of course the courting ended very fast, but not before I let them have it.
During America’s history, most American Jews were sheltered from Antisemitism. One can say that Jews may have been an oddity in American society, rather than a disliked object. Display of prejudice could have been regarded as the expression of ignorance or being malicious in nature. It was their bias problem, not the Jew’s.
However, acts of Antisemitism were no stranger to American Jews. They were fully aware of what took place in Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries and the outcome for the European Jews. American Jews, some of whose ancestors fled the late 1800’s Russian Pogroms, saw the United Nations Organization’s (UN) verbal attacks on the State of Israel. American media told horrific stories of blowing up buses, restaurants, cafes, and the like in Israel and Europe. And very recently there were attacks on Synagogues in the United States. And some supposedly respected leaders have expressed derogatory references to Jews.
No one can escape increasing Antisemitic news stories
Though, nowadays there is a flow of Antisemitism cases, I hardly believe that people understand the extent of the mounting problem and their growing rate.
The total reported Antisemitism incidents in the USA in 2018 amounted to 1,876.
According to new data from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish community in the United States is experiencing near-historic high levels of anti-Semitism, with attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions doubling in number.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway synagogue who, on the last day of Passover, 2019, was shot in both hands in the deadly attack on his synagogue, questioned our education system and had this to say: “We need to battle darkness with light.”
The rise of social media allowed anti-Israel-anti-Semitic fringe theories, sound bites and simplistic tropes to increase and become a torrent. Individuals in small communities, whose loathing of Jews were previously isolated, have formed in-common social media groups that are becoming waves.
The scapegoat is the Jew
Search the web for the term ‘growth of antisemitism‘ and you will get millions of results.
Since 2013, antisemitic incidents, enacted by individuals or connected to extremist groups, are up 150%, from harassment, vandalism. Sometimes they are accompanied by the Nazi Swastika, assaults, and some ended up in deaths. More outrageous is the fact that anti-Semitic sentiments appear to be in schools, preparing kids to be anti-Semitic adults and that leads to anti-Semitic college incidents.
Europe has been suffering from the mental and religiously inclined disease of Antisemitism for centuries. While delineating the alarming increase in antisemitism cases in the USA, the recurring practice has been of a greater alarm in Europe. After all, Nazi-German Antisemitism caused the murder of six million Jews when the Nazis perpetrated the Holocaust.
The [purposeful] loss of the collective memory of the Holocaust and the guilt associated with the brutal handling of the Jews in Europe fading. At the same time, intolerance sentiments are less held in check. This all makes Antisemitism so much easier to enact.
Adding to the mix are Muslims, born and trained to hate Jews, pouring into the European continent. This migration added much to the constant increase in violent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, which, for example, grew 60% in Germany, 74% in France and 80% in Belgium. Not to omit the Scandinavian countries, where the governments, influenced by anti-Zionism, or opposition to Jewish ritual, are partially at fault for the rise of Antisemitism there. These governments encourage radicalism and irrationality through their foreign and domestic policies while they fail to address anti-Jewish hate crimes when they occur.
The other scapegoat is the Jewish State, Israel
Israel’s more than a few, very bad political decisions and hardly existing good public diplomacy has not stood the time to rebut the relentless Arab deception and propaganda against Jews and their nation state. The United Nations organization (UN) member states, mostly the Muslim and Arab, dislike for the state of Israel, their libel misconceptions about the Jewish state combined with Antisemitic sentiments, have held Israel to a standard that no other country would accept. That is collective antisemitism.
The BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, & Sanction Israel) is a collective Antisemitism manifestation. This movement has gained popularity on college campuses in the USA and Europe.
In Britain, the Labor Party is of clear Antisemitic polity. Some European dissimilar political groups have joined with radical Islamists and together they practice anti-Zionism, which also means antisemitism.
Not escaping the United States Congress, Jew hatred, fig leafed by objection to Israel’s existence or policy, is nowadays embodied by Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
In Israel it is 100 years of Arab Antisemitism
This week, late August, 1929, marks the 90th anniversary of the Arab jihad-massacre of their Hebron Jewish neighbors. That brought about a temporary end to the Jewish community in the biblical town where the Jewish Nation’s Forefather and Foremothers are buried.
In a bid to consolidate his power over rival Arab leaders, the brutal riots that led to the vicious fatal attacks were instigated by the Jew hater, later on turned Nazi collaborator, Haj Amin Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem.
The surviving Jews were deported from the city by the British forces who ran an anti-Jewish British Mandate in pre-Israel Palestine.
At that time there was no State of Israel, no “occupation,” no Jewish “checkpoints,” no “nakbah,” no “Zionist provocations,” no excuse whatsoever. There was Islamic Jew-hatred that was born with this religion. Arabs [and Muslims] Jew hatred did not need any excuse or political correctness, as it is applied nowadays.
In his August 23, 2019, article Dr. Andrew G. Bostom writes: ” ..the U.S. Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, Nebraska), proclaimed, ‘MOSLEMS SATE BLOOD LUST. Even Little Children Die By Knife in Jehad.’ This brief report conveyed with grisly accuracy the Arab Muslim jihad [jehad] predations against the Jews of Hebron which began with the isolated stabbings (one fatal) of two yeshiva students on Friday, August 23rd, flowing by a raging massacre the next morning, during which 66 Jews were butchered within two-hours. In practically every instance, death was caused by swords or knives. Even young children of two and three years, many of them girls, did not escape the savagery of the attack.”
While the greatest carnage of Jews was in Hebron, the Arab Muslim jihad rampages continued throughout the land until August 29th. They extended to Jerusalem, Safed, Jaffa, Haifa, Ramle, Beit She’an, Acre and Nazareth, with 133 Jews killed, and 241 injured.
The Arabs murdered a large majority of the unarmed and unprepared Jews in their homes. Most of the dead Arabs were felled by bullets fired by the British Mandate armed forces.
1300 years of chronic jihad
The 1300 years of chronic jihad-imposed dhimmitude and Islamic antisemitism, with sporadic frenzies of mass-murderous jihad violence against Jews, within their ancestral homeland and in other Jewish communities in Islamic lands has been ignored.
In Iraq, on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, in 1941, the Farhud massacre, in which Iraq’s Jews experienced a pogrom that claimed over 180 lives, ended in mass looting of Jewish businesses.
And at the present time, again, Jews are constantly being murdered in their homeland, Israel, by Jew-hating anti-Semitic Arabs.
This is history which illuminates much of today’s Arab-Israel conflict.
Where do we go from here?
I am a Jewess, but a fearless one. My fellow Jews, however, are worried and their concerns grow.
For once, not sitting idle, rather, combating Antisemitism is imperative.
Education about the meaning of Antisemitism is not a free speech debate. These sentiments must be totally eradicated from the minds of the next generation.
There is no Antisemitism in Azerbaijan – a majority Muslim country – or China. Ask why? Because it is not taught, practiced or allowed. Such countries are totally void of Antisemitism.
We must listen to Martin Niemöller, the German theologian and Lutheran pastor best known for his opposition to the Nazi regime during the 1930s. His widely quoted poem, as it appears in the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust resonates:
“First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.”
The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ demand and command, since 1945, must not become a meaningless slogan.