Hatred of Israel has become vogue on the left. That needs to change.
Karen Lehrman Bloch writes at Jewish News Syndicate:
It’s time to de-normalize ‘Palestinianism’
Last year, there were nearly 3,000 anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S., an increase of 34% over 2020. In New York City, attacks increased by 409%. This is mirrored in the daily incidents on campus involving blatantly anti-Israel professors, speakers, students and resolutions. And it entered politics with Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s introduction of a “Nakba” resolution in Congress, which sought to enshrine in law that Israel’s creation was a “catastrophe.”
Anti-Semitism’s dramatic surge has been largely unopposed because it has hitched itself to various Woke causes in the potent form of “Palestinianism.” This new form of the old hatred is an ideology of lies about the land of Israel combined with a complete erasure of Jews’ Judean identity. While it builds on age-old anti-Semitic themes of world domination, Palestinianism has effortlessly merged with today’s ascendent Woke ideologies. Although it is every bit as violent, deceitful and dangerous as older forms of Jew-hatred, it has gone unchallenged to a shocking extent.
This is the only way to explain the lack of significant backlash when, on June 2, an interactive map of 483 Jewish and other institutions in Massachusetts—including a Jewish high school, a Jewish disabilities group and a synagogue—came online. Innocuously called the “Mapping Project,” the website unabashedly states: “Our goal in pursuing this collective mapping was to reveal the local entities and networks that enact devastation, so we can dismantle them. Every entity has an address, every network can be disrupted.”
Tapping into millennia-old anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish manipulation and political string-pulling, the map is essentially a 21st century version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the 1903 fabrication purporting to describe a Jewish plan for global domination, which helped to inspire brutal Russian pogroms and the Holocaust.
Jews, according to the Mapping Project, are responsible for everything bad in the world, and have manipulated other groups into collaborating with their nefarious plans.
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