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In Theory: Why the rise in Anti-Semitism?

May 31, 2013

Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world, according to a report by the State Department, which is taking the increase so seriously it's appointing a special envoy to monitor the rise.

The increase was revealed in the department's annual report on religious freedom around the globe. The report revealed that it's not just ordinary citizens who are expressing anti-Semitic opinions; many government officials and religious leaders are, too, especially those from Iran, Venezuela and Egypt. "Even well into the 21st century, traditional forms of anti-Semitism, such as conspiracy theories, use of the discredited myth of "blood libel" and cartoons demonizing Jews continued to flourish," the report said.

Q: What do you think are the reasons for the rise in anti-Semitism?

The current hostility toward Jews emanates primarily from Islamic countries, dictatorships and Muslim population centers of the European Union. The recent rise of anti-Semitism in the world can be directly attributed to the demonization of Israel — and by proxy, the Jewish people. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared in 1968 that "anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic."

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Certainly not everyone who criticizes Israel is anti-Semitic, but it is becoming increasingly clear that a large majority of opponents of the Jewish State have simply substituted anti-Israel sentiments in place of age-old bigotry. What is particularly dangerous and vile is the state-sponsored anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic programming prevalent among Palestinians and commonplace in the school systems of Arab countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Despite being the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel routinely faces more criticism and condemnation at the United Nations than any other country, including those that systematically kill their citizens and deny them the most basic of human rights. Even today, both the General Assembly and Security Council continue to pass one-sided resolutions that single out and vilify the Jewish state. Additionally, an overwhelmingly powerful bloc led by the Arab nations has met little resistance in promoting a narrow and slanderous agenda meant to isolate Israel.

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