Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About Antisemitism

Because people are stupid and don't know or care about their history, we can't talk enough about anti-semitism. Aharon Lapidot writes about the anti-semitic genie out of the bottle and the reasons it has nothing to do with Gaza: 

"First, the Islamization of Europe. In European capitals, the number of Muslims has reached a critical mass. In Brussels, it is expected there will be a Muslim majority within a decade. Muslim community leaders do not hide their intentions to conquer Europe via demography -- and impose Shariah‎ law. Radical imams (including, for example, an imam in Berlin who recently said, 'Destroy the Zionist Jews. ... Count them and kill them to the very last one') are stirring things up and their followers are making sure everyone falls in line. It is no wonder then that most of the marchers are Muslims and the list of organizers of the demonstrations consists almost exclusively of Muslim organizations.

The second issue is even more serious. Operation Protective Edge has released the ancient European anti-Semitic genie from the bottle, after it was stuffed deep inside following the Holocaust. Blatantly racist remarks that no one would have dared utter a decade or two ago have all of a sudden become legitimate. In Europe, it has become fashionable again to call for sending the Jews to the ovens. There is no problem saying, shouting, writing or typing this sentiment. Perhaps the latest wave of anti-Semitism is being led by Muslims, but Europe is showing very little resistance to being dragged into an ugly, terrifying and barbaric reality. We know. We have been there before."

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