And the consequences for the world.
The major instigators of antisemitism today come from the radical right, radical left, and radical Islam. Even though these three major groups despise each other and would like to destroy each other, they are united in their irrational hatred of the Jewish people.
These haters of Israel and Jews are distorting and manipulating the essential concepts of advancing human rights, fighting foreign occupations, pursuing peace and equality to make them fit into a new narrative of “intersectionality.” Meaning anti-Semites and anti-Zionists are “hijacking solidarity” “by joining other minority groups in order to use them to amplify their hate towards Israel.
Many books have been written about this phenomenon. Still, it seems that the most recent wave of antisemitism has gained momentum due to a deceptive, multimillion-dollar “influence machine” “that is targeting and supporting the pernicious denial of the well-documented right of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland in the land of Israel. The overwhelming majority of Jews are considered supporters of Israel, and therefore all Jews are being targeted.
This “influence machine” is working overtime to paint the Arab-Palestinian Authority and Hamas terror group as the underdogs instead of being called out for what they are. Entities that brainwash children and adults with a hatred of Jews pay salaries to terrorists. At the same time, Hamas continues to build a terror infrastructure designed to kill Israeli civilians and destroy the State of Israel.
The reach of this “influence machine” “extends to universities, print and online media outlets, and the Western public at large, without being challenged adequately. To make the war on this misinformation even worse, many oblivious and naïve Jewish students and adults think that if they stand against their Jewish sisters and brothers and the only Jewish State, they will be respected by these anti-Zionist groups. They are so wrong.
Exposing and dispelling the lies and deception in an effective way will require a massive international effort, which will have to include cooperation between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities. The world needs to wake up and understand that if we allow this dangerous brainwashing to continue, the future of all humanity is in jeopardy. It doesn’t differentiate between Jews and non-Jews.
A classic example can be found in how Nazi Germany started by exterminating innocent Jew but eventually ended up destroying the lives of millions of people who wweren’tJewish. The same can be said for terrorists who have attacked targets around the world, in New York, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Gaza. They don’t care who the actual victims are and differentiate between their political beliefs or religion.
So, how can we fight this growing, dangerous trend of like-minded people who are being brainwashed by this “influence machine” “to become anti-Israel?
Firstly, education is critical. People from different religions should learn more about Jewish history and the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, especially to Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, which have become focal points in the Israeli-Palestinian discourse. Secondly, we need to expose the leading players and the money trail behind this multimillion-dollar “influence machine” it uses social media, international media, education institutions, NGOs and more, to undermine IIsrael’sright to exist as a Jewish-Democratic state. Finally, we need to work harder to show non-Jewish people and non-Zionists in the West that standing for Israel and fighting hate against Jews is in their interest. If the Jews and the Jewish State get weaker, the West and liberal values will also get more fragile. If the Jews and the democratic State of Israel flourish, the future of free Western societies will also succeed.
Cross-posted from Front Page
Notes from the Editor
While I agree almost entirely with the author, Dr. Shmuel Katz, I think a separation needs to be made between groups practicing this hatred. I am no fan of White Supremacists, as a Jew, I find what they stand for offensive, but I do stand up for their right to free speech, even if I find it hateful and disgusting. But last I checked, these people make up less than 50,000 nationwide, groups working in campuses, liberal groups supporting antisemitic ideology number in the tens of millions.
We see the likes of Rashida, Ilhan, AOC, and others driving the far left with a racist agenda; you don’t see White Supremacist doing this.
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