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Tue Feb 18, 2014, 03:40 AM

Global Anti-Semitism and the Erosion of Shame

Some of my worst fears about a resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world seem to be coming true. I have been talking for some time about the unique dynamic of anti-Semitism as a phenomenon and the changing world environment, which together are likely to cause a resurgence of anti-Semitism going forward.

Anti-Semitism has characteristics like other forms of bigotry in terms of stereotyping, alienation from the other, and discrimination.

But what makes it different, and which goes a long way to explain anomalous things about anti-Semitism -- how long it has lasted, how it pops up in different places, the concept of anti-Semitism without Jews, the contradictory accusations against Jews, etc. -- is the core of the anti-Semitic idea: that Jews are not what they seem to be. The real Jew, according to the anti-Semite, is a hidden conspiratorialist, all-powerful and evil.

So any time there is a crisis in society, the Jew can be seized upon and blamed as the secret cause of society's suffering. And, of course, over the last decade the world has experienced a series of crises.

Islamic terror beginning with 9/11, the financial collapse of 2008, the multitude of economic and social crises in Europe and the Arab Spring's expectations and disappointments top the list. All these anxiety-provoking developments contributed to the growth of anti-Semitism.

But other factors play a role and are increasingly worrisome. There is the erosion of shame about anti-Semitism as the Holocaust becomes more remote in time and as survivors pass away. The too-easy analogizing of every bad thing that happens today to the Holocaust, which the Anti-Defamation League condemns whenever it surfaces, is just one manifestation of the loss of impact on attitudes that the Holocaust formerly had.

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abraham-h-foxman/global-anti-semitism-and_b_4769804.html


And as proof, and for shits and giggles:

Why anti-Semitism is an outdated pretext

Do be sure to read the comments and the "related" stories!

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Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:07 AM

1. What about anti-Zionism?


is that Anti-Semitism?

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Response to imthevicar (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:09 AM

2. It certainly can be.

Usually a tale-tell sign is someone who claims Zionists are responsible for the Holocaust and controls various things; media, governments, etc.

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Response to imthevicar (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:34 PM

3. Turning "anti-Zionism" into a core ideological plank implies that "Zionism" is a core ideology.

As opposed to a garden-variety exemplar of 19th/20th century nationalism. "Zionism" is no more a distinct ideology or set of practices than is "Kurd-ism" (Kurd nationalism). People who elevate "anti-Zionism" as a core ideological "good" are elevating "Zionism" as a core ideological "bad." From thence it's a very short distance to "Zionism" as a very familiar flavor of omnipresent and immortal evil. Zionists caused 9/11. Zionists killed JFK. Zionists killed Jesus. And yes, I've seen all three seriously argued by oh-so-progressive hip and edgy "anti-Zionists." There's nothing new, by the way, in antisemitism seeming hip and edgy in its day, nor in its being associated with progressive or radical movements.

There's a difference between "anti-Zionism" and criticism of Israel, and I've just delineated it.

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