We have done our best to sound the alarm on the rise of anti-Semitism in our world today. Anti-Semitism can be marked historically as a precursor to very dark times; the Holocaust and WWII, the pogroms against the Jews in Russia in the 19th and 20th Century, the terrifying attacks on Jews throughout Medieval Europe coinciding with the spread of the bubonic plague, and so many more examples are littered through history.
My point is that a culture willing to hate a group (any group really) solely for their ethnicity or their religious beliefs is a culture that is prone to do horrific things.
Generally people think this kind of thing could only come from fascist groups, like the Nazis or the Islamofascists. But that’s just not true, and even some on the left are starting to take note.
In Die Welt newspaper, one Jewish German wrote, “Jewish students get anti-Zionist hate mail when Israel responds to rocket attacks by Hamas. The loudest part of supporters of Palestine has lost all sense and gives all the guilt to anyone who wears a skullcap or a Star of David.” He added: “For Jews, the danger comes not long only from the right.”
That is a big part of the problem. Anti-Semitism has historically been associated with the far right, parties of which have capitalized upon the Credit Crunch and done well in recent European elections. The recession has drawn some back into narrow-minded nationalism, and even the blood and soil politics of the 1930s.
Obviously, I’m concerned about a rise of a socially acceptable anti-Semitism that threatens the well-being of those Jewish friends that I know and love. But I also despair that the European peace movement has allowed this situation to develop without stopping even to think about it.
The tolerance that some on the left are showing toward anti-Semitism threatens to delegitimize fair and reasonable criticism of Israeli policy. They have allowed a potentially noble cause to be infiltrated by people without a shred of nobility. They need to put their house in order before it collapses down on all of us.
See, the basic problem is not a right-left issue.
I completely disagree with the notion that conservatives are more prone to racism. I wholeheartedly believe that the rise of anti-Semitism coincides with a cultural view that life is cheap. (The fascist groups that hate minorities can hardly be considered conservatives; conservatism is diametrically opposed to fascism! They cannot coexist!)
So the common strain that I see between anti-Semitic forces of the past and anti-Semitic forces of today is a lack of respect for life.
In Medieval Europe life was cheap and death was always hanging around. In 19th and early 20th century Russia the Jews were seen as “less than” their non-Jewish Russian neighbors. In WWII Europe the racist views of the Nazis permeated society and combined with their eugenic beliefs the world bore witness to the Holocaust. At least 6 Million Jews wiped from the face of the earth. Islamofascism has always regarded the Jew as a kafir or infidel (technically all non-Muslims are) and held a special place as almost subhuman. To understand the modern Islamofascist thinking one only has to listen to the way member of Hamas speak about the Jews.
“Whoever is killed by a Jew receives the reward of two martyrs, because the very thing that the Jews did to the prophets was done to him.
“The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth, because they have displayed hostility to Allah.
“Allah will kill the Jews in the hell of the world to come, just like they killed the believers in the hell of this world.
“The Jews kill anyone who believes in Allah. They do not want to see any peace whatsoever on Earth.”
— Sermon from Atallah Abu Al-Subh of Hamas
Modern “civilized” culture tells us that abortion is completely moral. It also tells us that euthanasia is a perfectly acceptable way for a life to end. In fact, in Europe the discussion is now more about when suicide is “not” acceptable instead of whether or not it is. Our culture now says that murdering unborn babies is okay, killing the elderly and sick can be justified, and some nations even allow children to use medical help to commit suicide. Certain special needs groups are disappearing (90% of children who may have Down syndrome are now aborted)…how far off do you think the time is when medical professionals will be allowed to choose who lives and who dies based on their “impact on society.”
We’re a lot closer than you realize.
Here’s the dirty secret about the modern left.
Basically everything that the Nazis believed about eugenics is being carried on today by the modern liberal. Not the philosophy of why, but the practical reality is exactly the same.
Thankfully, there are a few voices on the left, like Timothy Stanley and Alan Dershowitz, among others who are sounding the call against liberal anti-Semitism. Some in the government’s of Europe are also noticing the trend and trying to stem the hateful tide. France’s Laurent Fabius, Italy’s Federica Mogherini and Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently issued a joint statement condemning anti-Semitism in Europe:
“Anti-Semitic incitement and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish faith and synagogues have no place in our societies,” the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement issued in Brussels. “Nothing, including the dramatic military confrontation in Gaza, justifies such actions here in Europe.”
I hope and pray our culture can recover and find forgiveness for these horrible wrongs… but I am pessimistic. This culture of death has buried its hooks deep into our collective liberal soul, and since they make up more than half of our modern western civilization, it will be tremendously difficult for us as a group to recover.
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