It was over 12 years ago that I started to realize that the “oldest hatred” had morphed into a new beast that could potentially be much more damaging than the old. The antisemitism of yesterday, based on the faulty Nazi assumption that Jews are a sub-human race destined to total annihilation, was no longer worth promoting. A new breed of anti-Semites started to appear–as committed to the complete destruction of the Jewish people as the old one–yet with a different message.
The boundaries had gone from the European railroad system (a LIMITED physical network) to the Internet and the media (an UNLIMITED virtual network). The cancer has now metastasized!
The methodology had gone from a racial antisemitism based on the flawed science of Eugenics and the very flawed hateful human nature to a postmodern anti-Zionism in the name of “peace”.
The source (while unchanged as it continues to be Satan) had started to subcontract its hatred of God’s chosen people to new groups of people including the Christian Church, the Liberal Left and Islam. It is important to note that not all people belonging to these groups are anti-Semites and that these three groups involvement in promoting the hatred of the Jewish people is on different levels.
A postmodern society was slowly finding a new way to hate the perpetual scapegoats of humanity. Out with the “dirty Jew”, “Christ killers” and “greedy kikes” and in with the “occupiers”, “oppressors” and “Islamophobes”.
In a ubuesque role reversal, the Jew became the “New Nazi of the Middle East” while the Palestinians became the oppressed and imprisoned innocent victims. This grotesque blame shifting is based on the acceptance of prejudiced assessments and fabricated stories. All that is needed is the story of an underdog “The Palestinian people” suffering from the oppressor and the world starts holding hands to stop the “Zionist occupiers”!
As damaging as this new breed of anti-Semitism is, I was convinced that it had superseded the “old”. I was always under the impression that the “old” anti-Semitism had been relegated to the outer fringes of the extreme right movement and neo-Nazis almost extinct sub-culture.
I am starting to believe that it might not be the case. Of course we must all understand that the goal of anti-Semitism has never changed: It is the destruction of all Jews simply because they are Jews.
The old adage “the end justifies the means” has never been truer than when it relates to the Jewish people. The progress made by all kinds of anti-Semitism is proportional to the level of acceptance by the general public, and to my great dismay, it seems that nowadays, more and more is becoming acceptable.
France is somewhat of a barometer of the New Anti-Semitism while Europe as a whole can also be one for the Old. The events of Toulouse in March 2012 were very possibly the catalyst for a new momentum in antisemitic acts. Caught in the whirlwind of the French presidential elections, both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande vowed to combat anti-Semitism fiercely. An example was to be made of how the Toulouse massacre was promptly handled and Merah found and stopped by the authorities. The opposite seems to be happening!
Oddly, the brutal murder of the rabbi and three other Jewish students has emboldened anti-Semites the world around. The old anti-Semitism is resurfacing as if encouraged by the results of the new and allowed to roam around freely due to a general apathy of the public.
Weeks after the Merah bloody murders in Toulouse, Jewish teenagers were attacked on the street in Villeurbane. And only a few days ago, a Jewish teen on a train from Toulouse was attacked. As a matter of fact, in the month following the Toulouse massacre, over 140 antisemitic acts were reported (that amounts to 1/3 of all antisemitic acts of 2011 in France).
In Cologne Germany, in June of 2012, a ruling was passed to ban religious male circumcision
(reminiscent of the Nuremberg Laws passed by Hitler in the 30s).
Hungary leads the way in the old anti-Semitism but is joined by the UK, France, Norway, Spain, Greece, Poland and many more European countries as stated in the latest Simon Wiesenthal Center Report. Swatikas are fast becoming the signature of Jew hatred again!
So, where is this all going? As the New anti-Semitism seems to be pouring fuel on the red coals of the Old, the Jewish people are now getting caught in a vise made of both sides of the political spectrum and slowly turned tighter and tighter by a postmodern society in search of world peace and tolerance.
The old and the new are joining forces in a final effort by God’s enemies to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. This is a new hybrid anti-Semitism that most people didn’t see coming and certainly didn’t expect. We can expect to see an exponential increase of anti-Semitism in Europe and do not think for a moment that we are exempt in the United-States. Just take a look at the latest wave of anti-Semitism in Brooklyn.
So, in all honesty, it’s not looking good for the Jews of France or for the Jews of Europe for that matter! It has become critical for those who seek real peace and who love Israel and the chosen people of God to SPEAK UP and STAND FOR ISRAEL before the Jews get further squeezed into the vise.
In between the times that we stand up for the Jewish people, we need to get on our knees before the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and intercede of Israel’s behalf. The Prince of Peace is coming back for His people, Jews and Gentiles who have put their trust in Him (Yeshua/Jesus). While God promised to never forsake Israel ( Jeremiah 31:35-37), this unfortunately doesn’t mean the safety of all Jews and most assuredly doesn’t mean the “salvation” of all Jews. As Rabbi Nicodemus came to Yeshua in John 3, he was told that even him “a teacher of Israel” had to become born again.
This is the real hope for Israel: Regeneration through the atoning death of Yeshua for their sins and the sins of the whole world (John 3:16).
Arlie Francis says
Thanks for this article. The Body of Messiah should also recognize that this plague impacts even non-Jews. Hatred towards one group always spills over to another.
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