Tuesday, November 12, 2013

War on Anti-Semitism Resumes

I have commented many times in the past about how anti-Israel forces (including those at the Huffington Post) are intent on fighting a "war on anti-Semitism." By which I mean they aren't trying to get rid of anti-Semitism itself, quite the opposite. They just insist that people stop using the term "anti-Semitism" and therefore can pretend that the hatred they spew can't be described that way. The tactics they use against anti-Semitism vary: there's the popular etymological one, there's the claim that Jews "exploit" it (which would be horribly offensive if directed against any other minority group, but that's the HuffPost for you), and the claim that it is used to "silence" critics of Israel. This is usually followed by a multiparagraph rant about how evil Israel is. 

We saw a perfect example of this over the weekend with an article in the "Religion" section about how European Jews are concerned about rising anti-Semitism in their home countries. You may remember that massacre of three innocent Jews in Toulouse, France last year. Here is the whole article, I will reproduce it because it's short:
"BRUSSELS (AP) — A poll of European Jews has found that more than three-quarters of those questioned believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they don't feel safe. 
The survey was conducted by the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights. Its release Friday was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany. 
Among the findings: 34 percent of poll respondents in Sweden and 29 percent in France said they never wear a Star of David or anything else that could signal their religion. 
The Agency for Fundamental Rights said 5,847 self-identified Jews were surveyed in eight Western European countries. It said its findings aim to provide guidance on measures to take against anti-Semitism."
What is a proud soldier in the war on anti-Semitism to do when presented with these facts? Clearly being honest is off the table, so the Huffington Post readership tripped over each other to claim that even though Jews have been hated for thousands of years this time it's all Israel's fault. That is, those who aren't spewing anti-Semitism themselves, much to the praise of the rest of the readers and the approval of the moderators. Before we get to the rest of the comments though, I wanted to single out this one as a perfect example of the kind of logic used by those fighting the war on anti-Semitism.

This argument is kind of etymological, but mostly irrational. If Jews would simply stop using the term "anti-Semitism" then anti-Semitism wouldn't exist! Of course Jews would still be slandered, murdered, massacred and attacked around the world, just as they have been before the term was created by Wilhelm Marr, but it wouldn't be known as "anti-Semitism" and therefore it wouldn't count. This is what 11 people on the HuffPost think would "solve the problem." 

 (This is the top rated comment, even though this article isn't actually about Israel.)

 (KIVPossum, as you may remember, is the HuffPost moderator who said that "owns our politicians.")

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