The last few weeks have been exhausting and terrifying for Jews everywhere. We are filled with anxiety and fear surrounding the military conflict between Hamas and Israel, during which 60% of the Israeli population was forced to seek refuge in bomb shelters. We are shaken by the shocking internal violence between Israeli Arabs and Jews. But there is another phenomenon that has emerged, just as troubling and with enormous implications for the future of the Jewish Diaspora. I am referring to the global Jewish pogrom which has erupted in response to events in Israel.
And what’s a pro-Palestine protest without a giant hook-nosed, Satanic-eyed, horned Jew? Protests such as this literally demonize all Jews one evil entity. These are not human rights activists. Note the signs: the Freedom for Palestine crowd are also Socialist Workers. Workers of the world unite! – against the Jews, I guess.
And now the protests and pogroms have come to America.
Sadly, as Jews face this explosion of physical violence, threats, and dehumanization, few allies, political leaders or influencers have spoken out on our behalf.
Perhaps this is out of ignorance – they’re simply unaware that these things are happening. Or perhaps out of fear – the virtual or real mob could come for them next. Or perhaps out of indifference – the guardians of wokeness have told us that antisemitism is not ‘systemic’ and therefore not significant compared to other forms of hatred and prejudice.
Or perhaps it is worse than that. Worse than we want to believe.
Perhaps a large number of our neighbors and fellow citizens simply believe the libelous narrative that Israel is a Nazi, colonial, settler, apartheid state bent on genocide and, therefore, Jews (cynically reframed as ‘Zionists’) deserve whatever happens to us. This was clearly the attitude of the British Labor Party under Jeremy Corbyn, who called Hamas leaders his friends. This week the comments and reactions from his ideological peers in the halls of the US Congress smell deeply of Corbynism.
I finish with a plea. Actually, a series of pleas.
To my fellow Jews, though our People are deeply divided in so many ways, religiously, politically, and socially, antisemites provide a cold reminder that we share a common fate. Only by uniting to support each other will we get through these trying times, as our Israeli brothers and sisters have done for 100 years, as our ancestors did before us, across Europe and the Muslim world, in all the lands of our dispersion.