by: the Common Constitutionalist
Hatred of the Jews has literally been a staple of history. Jews have been hated and persecuted in nearly every era of world history – the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Egyptians, the Byzantines, the Visigoths, Spaniards, English, French and of course Germany, the Soviets and Muslims.
However, for a few decades after World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust it seemed that anti-Semitism had begun to wane.
Yet over the past decade or so, and certainly recently, that same unhinged hatred for the Jews has returned. Discounting Muslim hatred (they hate everyone who isn’t Muslim, or Muslim enough), the recent rise in anti-Semitism seems to be almost fashionable.
In the space of one week in July of 2014, no less than eight synagogues in France were attacked. One such synagogue outside Paris was attacked and firebombed by 400 people. The Guardian reported that “A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowds chants and banners included ‘Death to Jews’ and ‘Slit Jews’ throats.’”
That same month in Germany, another synagogue was attacked with Molotov cocktails.
Here in the United States Jews have always been relatively safe, but that too is evidently changing. In Kansas a 74-year-old man, Frazier Glenn Miller killed three people at a Jewish center in Overland Park. After shooting the three he shouted “Heil Hitler.”
Miller, who founded a KKK group in North Carolina, asked police how many Jews he had killed. Much to his chagrin, none of the three victims were Jewish.
Okay, this guy is an old fart, Jew hating white supremacist from way back, but he is just one of many examples of overt anti-Semitism here in the tolerant United States.
There seems to be no longer a week that goes by where we don’t hear of or see some demonstration of Jewish hatred. Is this just the latest stupid American fad, like homosexual marriage or wanting Kim Kardashian’s bubble butt?
I say that because there appears to be no logic to it. It seems that folks today are looking for something or someone to hate – something or someone to blame for their problems and the Jews are an easy “soft” target. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis said the reason is that “It’s not a big deal to hate the Jews.”
We witness one after another instance of swastikas defacing buildings. In January, 2 swastikas were painted on the wall of the Jewish Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at UC Davis. Last summer swastikas were found covering mailboxes outside the same fraternity at University of Oregon in Eugene.
We see this more and more on college campuses all over America and I have a theory as to why this is happening today.
I believe this anti-Israel/anti-Jew movement has been fueled by the pro-Palestinian movement. Pro-Palestinian groups have been calling for university divestment of any investments made in Israeli companies or anything Israeli.
Many universities bowing to the pressure have begun doing just that.
The student body then believes this “Free Palestine – Imperialist Israel” movement to be legitimate, although it is really just the next cause du jour, much like the idiotic and short-lived “Occupy” movement.
The university students – these know nothing sculls full of mush (hat tip Rush Limbaugh) glom onto this latest cause celeb, of course egged on by their radical professors, become all frothy over it and take to the streets, protesting and defacing property.
And as the Rabbi said, Jews are a nice easy nonviolent target
Add the students to the growing mix of perpetually angry communists and neo-Nazis and there you have it.
Maybe some no nothing 20 something techie will design a “How I hate the Jews – let’s count the ways” app.