Thursday, August 7, 2014

Anti-Semitism Erupts Globally

From Professor William Jacobson, at the Hill, "Anti-Semitism flares up with Gaza crisis."

William recounts the wave a vicious Jew-hatred erupting around the world over the last month, and seen in the U.S. as well. These are not isolated incidents but a new phenomenon of global anti-Zionism manifesting itself as eliminationist hatred of the Jews.

William concludes:
The boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement is the modern mother’s milk of anti-Semitism.

BDS was founded at the 2001 Durban conference, which was so anti-Semitic that the U.S. walked out.  The extreme anti-Zionism of BDS fuels the hatred of Israeli Jews as colonial occupiers, even in Tel Aviv, and seeks to dehumanize the right of the Jewish people to a homeland in the Jewish homeland.

It’s no surprise that BDS banners and shirts were seen at some of the anti-Semitic protests listed above.

Certainly, in theory, one can be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic.

There are ultra-religious Jews who do not believe in Zionism for religious reasons. And there are some left-wing Jews who side against Israel.

There also are those who truly just want Israel to leave Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), although the Israeli departure almost a decade ago from Gaza calls such a strategy into question.

But the exceptions prove the rule. Intellectually one can distinguish anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism. But in the real world, on the streets of Paris, Berlin, London, Boston, Miami and elsewhere, they are one and the same.

It’s time we stopped pretending otherwise.