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."