Antisemitism is the remaining ‘acceptable’ bias/prejudice within polite societal discourse.
The rapid rise of global antisemitism is unprecedented. Antisemitic incidents have increased nearly 400% from 2013 to 2014, and this is not incidental. In 2013 70% of the UN General Assembly resolutions for human rights violations were against the State of Israel. A moral equivalency between Hamas — a designated terrorist group that deliberately targets Jewish children and uses its own as human shields — and Israel — a democratic sovereign state that defends itself but only to protect its cherished children — has become common place, most especially in the mainstream media.
It is a hostile climate for world Jewry again. Jews in Denmark of all places, a country that refused to turn over its Jewish population to the Nazis and saved almost every last one from an uncertain fate, have been warned by Israeli and Denmark officials to conceal religious symbols and dress and not to speak Hebrew in public due to a surge in antisemitic violent attacks, including against school-aged children. The same official warnings have been issued to Jews in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hungary, Belgium, and Poland. Greece, Italy, France, and certain parts of Britain are following closely behind. Many have begun to make their exodus out of Europe to Israel, and Denmark is nearly Judenrein (“Jew free”) now.
Even the United States has seen a 127% rise from 2013 to 2014 in antisemitic incidents, a figure that only reflects those reported and then recorded (CFCA, “Statistics and Trends”). As a matter a fact, Jewish hate crimes in America surpass any other group and have remained at the top of the list since the FBI first began compiling and reporting hate crime statistics.
Emboldened by the media’s demonization of Israel and the Saudi funding of multicultural study centers and programs, which has precipitated administrative complicity, Islamic-sponsored groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the Muslim Student Association (MSA), and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) movement have penetrated college campuses and are indoctrinating our youth with lies that deny Jewish history and the Holocaust and that portray Israel as an apartheid state. This has created a hostile environment for Jewish youth, where harassment, intimidation, and physical threats and attacks by these groups are tolerated and have become predominantly permissible. Under the guise of human rights, morality, and opposition to Israel’s policies, as well as under the safety of political correctness, they are targeting Jews throughout the world and have waged an all out economic, intellectual, and creative war against them.
Anti-Zionism is just an excuse for antisemitism. Jewish hatred did not abate simply because of a Holocaust. The Jewish people have been scapegoated and persecuted for thousands of years. Antisemitism just went further underground, at least for a few decades, and we are now witnessing once again Kristallnacht (the “Night of Broken Glass”), only this time on a global scale, and it is our human obligation to resist and stop it. As Martin Niemöller wisely proclaimed in his 1946 speech,”First They Came,”
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
Israel’s Voice monitors and reports on antisemitic events, incidents, demonstrations, and media bias. While we maintain a powerful online presence, social media also has not always worked in our favor. It has provided a public platform for antisemitic propaganda to influence those who are ripe, planting the seeds of hatred due to the lack of accurate information and knowledge. It has also afforded terrorist groups a breeding ground to recruit.
We need your help! Notify us about antisemitic events, demonstrations, and media bias, and help us to track and take actions against it. The time to unite is now!