Anti-Semitism on the Rise Globally

Writing in the Washington Post today, Denis McShane reports that hatred of Jews has reached new heights in Europe and many points south and east of the old continent.

McShane headed up a blue-ribbon panel that issued a report which showed: “a pattern of fear among a small number of British citizens — there are around 300,000 Jews in Britain, of whom about a third are observant — that is not acceptable in a modern democracy. Synagogues attacked. Jewish schoolboys jostled on public transportation. Rabbis punched and knifed. British Jews feeling compelled to raise millions to provide private security for their weddings and community events. On campuses, militant anti-Jewish students fueled by Islamist or far-left hate seeking to prevent Jewish students from expressing their opinions.”

Comments

  1. On the side panel of your site, is lists “anti-Semitism” as a category. I do believe that most people who study antisemitism have decided it is more appropriate to drop the hyphen and capitalization. It’s what I find on h-net and in at least one book I have (and recommend to everyone when I get the chance).

    Beyond that, on a different note, it’s not only my belief that antisemitism is up worldwide, but that antisemitic topoi are entering the mainstream. (Especially if “mainstream” is limited to online, which is awkward. But then, you guys are online.) I think it deserves more attention than it gets. And attention from people like you – there seems to be a perception that anyone who talks about it must be a right-wing Jew angling for war.

  2. Jessie Author

    Good to read you here, Matt! Thanks for the correction on terminology. I’ve changed the link on the side. The Goldstein book that you linked to looks really good, I’ll have to check that out.

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