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The New Rise of Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Anti-Semitism explains why anti-Semitism is on the rise globally, the forces that aid it and what to do about it.

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Comments [43]

Imran gola

Brian
Correction to be made: Quran does not state jewish people to be sons of "pigs and monkeys" rather it was a group among the jewish tribe who were turned into monkeys because of their disobedience to god

Sep. 16 2013 09:08 PM
Bob from California

I am an anti-Semite. I have many Jewish friends--yes they are indeed friends. We disagree on a host of topics yet continue to socialize and discuss our differences. I think that much of the world's problems come directly from the Balfour Agreement. It is as absurd to claim ownership of a house you lost in foreclosure as it is for Jews to claim ownership of Israel because they once ruled it thousands of years ago. In the United States vast amounts of money is donated by Jews (and Christians) to support Israel politically and militarily. This defies the objectives of a democracy but also our forefathers admonishment to avoid foreign entanglements. Jewish cultural domination of educational institutions, media and entertainment distorts and denigrates the culture of the majority of Americans. I am an anti-Semite.

Sep. 05 2013 11:38 AM
Marc from Statin Island

Some Facts from Wikipedia on Islamists, European Capitalist Christians, and Jews ... from Wikipedia

In 1492, the Spanish rulers Ferdinand and Isabella promulgated the Alhambra Decree to expel Sephardic Jews from their domains. Many immigrated to Salonica, sometimes after a stop in Portugal or Italy. The Ottoman Empire granted protection to Jews as dhimmis and encouraged the newcomers to settle in its territories.

A dhimmī (Arabic: ذمي‎ , "the people of the dhimma") is a historical term referring to non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic state. Dhimma allows rights of residence in return for taxes. According to scholars, dhimmis had their rights fully protected in their communities, but as citizens in the Islamic state, had certain restrictions.[3] They were excused or excluded from specific duties assigned to Muslims, and otherwise equal under the laws of property, contract and obligation.
Under sharia law, dhimmi status was originally afforded to Jews, Christians, and Sabians. The protected religions later came to include Zoroastrians, Mandaeans, Hindus and Buddhists.

Sounds pretty fair to me ....

Sep. 04 2013 05:48 PM
Mike from UES


@ James Nez That was the BEST comeback I have seen here... he was telling you ..a Native American to stop your brutal occupation of your own land HA! Forget it James ... these folk, obsessed with justifying their "god given" right of occupation, exploitation and genocide, as was pointed out using their own religion... will not pay attention to what you are trying to say.. indeed it is THEIR religious tradition that was used to justify the past 500 years of slavery, conquest and genocide on this and other continents. And always RIGHT behind them is that cursed book ; that Torah, that Testament , that Q'oran. they fight each other and curse each other whilst never understanding that they are the root causes of their own evils and each and every one of them are as twisted as the other. Islamists destroy? Socialists destroy? you can't argue with the uneducated... they will always seek to have the last word no matter how ridiculous it is... but they can't fight the "Numbers" ironically, and apparently..... Numbers 31 ... notice how Ed just "skips over " those facts... and turns to name calling... what else can he do? Truth is to much to deal with I guess so back to the right wing canned retorts.

Sep. 04 2013 05:29 PM
JAMES NEZ from Queens

@ Edward Really? you could not be more of a complete @#$! ...
Shi Dine at e' That means "I am Navajo" in my own language.... Born for the bitter water clan and the Zuni clan ...I AM A NATIVE AMERICAN... WHAT IS IT TO YOU ? AND NO, NOT ALL NON NATIVE PEOPLE HERE ARE BRUTAL OCCUPIERS OF MY PEOPLE'S ancestral land .... stop trying to use Native American people to legitimize whatever snake oil you are selling.... It is especially foolish when in a city with such diversity you have no idea who you are trying to sell your deceptions to... and THAT is the real DEVIL in the details.....
....

Sep. 04 2013 05:16 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Chris and James,

Please end your brutal and racist occupation of Native American land. You belong elsewhere - East of North America probably.

Israel builds. Islamists and their socialist comrades destroy. Look at what's happening in Syria TODAY - protected by a KGB veto at the UN.

The entire world pays exorbitant fees, After Tax money, for overpriced OPEC oil. $4 barrel gas from $100 per barrel oil. The best way to defeat OPEC is for the US to drill for domestic oil.

I'm glad that Israel has nuclear weapons. It prevents Islamists from defeating Israel. Meanwhile Islamists are busy killing each other, with WMDs - hoping for a 72 virgin reward.

Chris and James, are you by any chance 9/11 Troofers too? LOL!

Sep. 04 2013 03:34 PM
NABNYC from SoCal

When any group claims to be persecuted or oppressed, I look for facts, not feelings. In the U.S., for example, I look at victim statistics -- who are most often the victim of beatings, violence, murder? Women, from intimate partners, and young black and Hispanic males. Who are the poorest people? Again, women, blacks and Hispanics. Who live in segregated communities with inadequate housing, schools? Blacks and Hispanics. So I don't see any factual support for the contention that Jews are somehow being victimized in the U.S. In most of Western Europe, it's pretty much the same: it's not the Jews who are factually at the lower end of education, healthcare, income, housing, other opportunities.

In terms of what is "anti-semitic," that is also a complicated issue. Criticism of Israel is not anti-semitic -- it's just anti-Israel. Criticism of Wall Street, or some of its better-known members who are responsible for the current economic despair in this country, is not anti-semitic -- it's anti predatory capitalists. Unfortunately, when people who criticize Israel or Wall Street are accused of being anti-Semitic, it creates the impression that it is never permissible to criticize a person who happens to be Jewish, which I guess means Son of Sam is off limits too.

If we want to try to make our country better, we could start by acknowledging who is really being excluded and brutalized in our country (women, blacks, Hispanics) and setting up programs to change that. But claiming that some other group is the real victim is just a distraction.

Sep. 04 2013 03:20 PM
Chris from New York

@Edward

In regard to occupation and settlements, ISRAEL IS DOING THIS TODAY. They are bulldozing villages TODAY, they have cut off Gaza into an apartheid state TODAY, they have secret nuclear weapons TODAY, they are one of the world's largest arms dealers TODAY. Pro-Zionist movements hold fundraisers at Citi Field to help Israeli settlers build walls and bulldoze Palestinian villages TODAY.

Making an argument that I should feel guilty because Native Americans used to hunt beaver and grow corn on Manhattan in the 1600s and were displaced by Dutch and British colonists is absurd and manipulative.

I have no ability to change when the past but every ability

Sep. 04 2013 02:57 PM
Alan from NYC


@ Martin
There will always be scapegoats. There will always be hate against all groups of people. Jews are not unique to this. They get the most attention because they have money and can speak the loudest.

I don't agree with Israel's policies which are very anti-Arab. There are plenty of Jews who say that BTW.

Sep. 04 2013 02:49 PM
James from Queens

@ Edward If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. quoting all the atrocities committed by your ancestors and talking about "comrades " what ever that is supposed to imply ... (known only to you ) STILL does not divert the truth ... the only hypocrites here are those that seek to make the perpetrators of religious genocide, those who have documented their evil in the Bible justifying it with supernatural authorization, into victims... That's the real Nazis... ever wondered where the Germans GOT the name Nazi from?

What exactly is a Nazi in Hebrew dare to give the answer? Merlin Sone in "When God was a Woman " does

Sep. 04 2013 02:31 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

James from Queens,

> @ Edward .... "sounds like" are we playing charades?
> I think we are....

One word. Rhymes with Hippo and Critic.

> dude.... a direct quote from the bible 'is what it is". I guess the stark reality of the Torah brings out the need to divert the argument with cries of "NAZI!" Nazi!... that is not working here... Am I to assume that you are gloating that "your side" won in the genocide on the Midianites and got the chance to write history to justify it?

Crusades. Inquisition. Imperialism. Colonization. Slavery. Socialism. WW1. WW2.

Please, No Double Standards comrade.

Sep. 04 2013 02:04 PM
James from Queens

@ Edward .... "sounds like" are we playing charades? I think we are....dude.... a direct quote from the bible 'is what it is". I guess the stark reality of the Torah brings out the need to divert the argument with cries of "NAZI!" Nazi!... that is not working here... Am I to assume that you are gloating that "your side" won in the genocide on the Midianites and got the chance to write history to justify it?

Sep. 04 2013 01:42 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Oscar from NY and James from Queens,

You sound like you're upset that the Israelis are not the unarmed Jews of WW2, that your side lost WW2. Good.

Em,

Nobody respects a Uncle Tom.

Mr. Bad from NYC

@ jgarbuz from Queens

> "liberated ancient territory" LOL. You must be kidding. The Old Testament is not a deed.

The Koran/Qu'ran is not a deed.

The Jews were in the Land of Israel long before Mohammed came on the scene.

Marcos from the Bronx,

>I believe your guest is talking about Anti-Jewish Prejudice not Anti-Semitism since Arabs are a Semetic people.

Are you now or have you ever been joyful, Gay? White people are also a "people of color".

Any European, African, Asian who lives on Native American land in North America and complains about "occupation" or "settlements", don't look now but YOU are brutal, racist occupiers of Native American land.

Take your own advice and pack up and LEAVE.

Anyone who thinks Socialism is a "progressive" ideology, a liberating force for good, please educate yourselves and acknowledge the 1939 "non-aggression pact between National SOCIALIST hitler and Soviet SOCIALIST Stalin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov%E2%80%93Ribbentrop_Pact

Stalin was not anti-fascist from the beginning. Stalin was OK with hitler until hitler broke their pact and invaded the Soviet Socialist Republic.

Note that there is a group calling itself the "Jewish Voice for Peace". Is there a sister group calling itself the "Muslim Voice for Peace"?

Sep. 04 2013 01:33 PM
Gerald from Bronx

The TORAH , Bible, Q'oran is SICK, SICK SICK ... after reading that passage NOTHING can rescue it or no SANE person can explain it away...

"Holy Land" ? more like UNHOLY LAND ! They have been involved in evil internecine over there for thousands of years ... I really do think that the so called Holy Land is actually the devils playground in facet that so called "god" is pretty evil ... you know it is the nature of a satanic force to convince you that you are doing "good" when actually you are doing evil... In history no "satan worshipper " has ever done any evil in any way shape or form like the "Yahweh" profferers have committed.... the GOD of the Bible is the real Evil one ... just look at all the evil done in his name and at his command ... I will bet that Satan is the good one

Sep. 04 2013 12:00 PM
Estelle from Brooklyn

The conservative Christian embrace of Jews has nothing to do with liking Jews. It is a result of the belief that the restoration of Jews in the Holy Land is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Christ.

Sep. 04 2013 11:52 AM
James from Queens

To all who think that the Israelites are the victims: Let's look at the BOOK that THEY WROTE and GOD that they obey ( just remember that the SON of SAM killer said that he dog told him to murder his victims)
FROM the TORAH: NUMBERS 31

They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Sep. 04 2013 11:52 AM
The Truth from Becky

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr

For some reason we are hell bent on the latter...

Sep. 04 2013 11:51 AM
Chris from New York

You have to be kidding me. Israel is an apartheid state that inflicts tremendous cruelty on minority populations. They build walls, bulldoze villages, export weapons, maintain their own nuclear weapons stockpile but maintain that none of their neighbors can have them and have an outsized influence on American foreign policy because of holocaust guilt and powerful, wealthy interest groups.

So now, when American foreign policy is on the edge of being drawn into yet another bloody, expensive conflict to protect Israel - because you know that the minute those Tomahawk missiles launch at Syria that Hezbollah will be launching rockets into Israel - you see another campaign rolled out to engender more guilt by claiming that "anti-semitism" is on the rise.

I am not an anti-Semite in the slightest. I have professional colleagues that are Jewish who I dearly respect. Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII. But this is absurd and manipulative.

Sep. 04 2013 11:51 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@JG "but Jews also invented the one God." INVENTED - too right.

Jews did not invent the A-bomb - scientists who happened to be Jewish, certainly helped.

Jews did not invent communism - That's an old anti-Semitic jab at Bolshevism and its Marxian roots (Marx btw, did not invent communism)

Jews did not invent capitalism - Again, another anti-Semitic, Roman era, "money lending" jab.

JG - If I did not know you better, I would say that you were an anti-Semite.

Sep. 04 2013 11:49 AM
James from Queens

NO NO NO this is propaganda to perpetuate the "anti semitism" industry Ironic because Arabs are semites as well... This is all about ISRAEL..... and it's policies towards the Palestinians.

we are all human beings and should all be respected and cherished that is why I reject the Biblical tradition

This is NOT the racism and and evil that grew out of EUROPE ( along with the racisim that causes whites in Florida to convict Trevon Martin of his own murder)

Passover is a celebration of the murder of Egyptian CHILDREN!
Jews have to learn to distinguish the way that they have been treated by the EUROPEANS that they love and covet from the imperial and often racist policies that they practice as well. And Please do NOT quote the Q'oran and the New Testament... The OLD testament is FULL of GENOCIDE , Racist , sexist atrocities committed by the CHOSEN people on other groups by the " GOD of Moses" ... it's your book you wrote it . I cringe when I hear Jews accuse the New testament and the Q'uran as being anti semitic when The TORAH SANCTIONS genocide and racist war killing the semites that inhabited those lands they coveted and conquered

Sep. 04 2013 11:44 AM
hb from Brooklyn

WNYC,

I'm turning you off again. There is too much relevant and hard pressing news happening in the world to be stuck with this old hat topic that inevitably brings us nowhere.

This segment could literally be about any other race or creed and their hardships in the world. It does not inspire any healthy or enlightening discourse, it does not move the conversation forward, and at best it is an extended advertisement for Mr. Goldhagen. He must have a good publicist.

Sep. 04 2013 11:43 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Marcos

The term "antisemitismus"was invented by a Germany pamphleteer in the 1870s to "politely" refer to the animus against JEWS, not against Arabs or other semitic peoples. The term itself was invented to be used specifically against Jews.

Sep. 04 2013 11:43 AM
Karen from NYC

This segment disturbs me. It sounds like pro-Israel propaganda disguised as an attack on so-called global anti-semitism.

I'm not Jewish, but many members of my family are Jews, as are virtually all of my close women friends, including my son's godmother (he was baptized in a very progressive Episcopal church). Can I not criticize Israel without being called an anti-Semite? Can my friends? Can anyone?

Anti-Semitism and other forms of racism are poison. Listening to this guest, I think that he is stereotyping both Muslims and those who criticize Israel. Can't we have a guest on this topic who does not have a covert agenda?

Sep. 04 2013 11:41 AM
Marcos from the Bronx

I believe your guest is talking about Anti-Jewish Prejudice not Anti-Semitism since Arabs are a Semetic people.

Please fix this harmful misappropriation of language.

Sep. 04 2013 11:41 AM
john A

So, we just passed over Wall Street by calling any criticism merely the use of stereotyping? Too weak for me.

Sep. 04 2013 11:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Actually, I blame mostly Left Wing Jews for most of this. If there had been no Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917, there would have been no fascism or Nazism in western Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Had Jews ONLY engaged in Zionism, instead of socialism or trying to "change the world," and gone to Palestine in the 1920s and '30s as the Zionists were desperately urging, there would have been no Holocaust. The gates to Palestine were opened by the League of Nations in 1920 to Jewish immigration and settlement. That started the war between the Arabs and the Jews in 1921. But if a million Jews had come to Palestine in the 1920s and '30s there would have been no Holocaust in the 1940s. It is left wing Jews today who demonize Israel most of all, and the Arabs only use the scribblings of anti-Zionist Jews to further their case against Israel and Jews in general.

Sep. 04 2013 11:39 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ jgarbuz from Queens

"liberated ancient territory" LOL. You must be kidding. The Old Testament is not a deed.

@ Glenn from Manhattan

Agreed.

Sep. 04 2013 11:37 AM
Sarah from UES

Is this all WNYC talks about? My god, there is so much more bigotry against other minorities in the world. This is just too much.

Sep. 04 2013 11:36 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To EM

Did you also have criticisms of rockets coming in from Lebanon into Israel trying to kill Israelis? My first contact with that was when I first came to Israel as a tourist back in 1970. On the tourist bus going up to the north, near the Lebanese border, our tour bus guide told us we had to stop. A mortar had come in and hit in a town where we were going, but thankfully it only exploded on empty land. We got there later on and saw the small hole in the ground where the mortar had hit. It had been fired by Fatah across the border. This was way back in 1970. Did you hear any Muslim Arab criticisms of that?

Sep. 04 2013 11:06 AM
Em

I worked in an office where the managers were all Jewish. I was friends with an Arab-American colleague and was criticizing Israel's action's in Lebanon. To my shock she actually turned both ways before she answered me - being Jewish (which she wasn't aware of) I immediately girded myself for some vaguely antisemitic commentary, but she said something totally innocuous. She was actually turning around to see if anyone had heard what *I* said. I think that both Arabs and Jews in this country have an extremely heightened state of paranoia, that leads to a very unhealthy level of debate.

I've heard plenty of casual antisemitism in this country, which included one orthodox Jewish woman who told me how lucky I was that I didn't "look Jewish" because Jewish men prefer that. I've heard plenty of casual racism from Jews toward both black people and Arabs. And you wouldn't believe what I've heard some Puerto Ricans say about Dominicans.

But whenever Israel gets in the news again, influencing US foreing policy, WNYC rolls out the problem of antisemitism. The usual dog whistle, the usual suspects.

I come from England, my mother lost 13 cousins in concentration camps. I'm aware of what antisemitism is. But growing up I was fortunate to have friends from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel which I think gives me a greater perception of the issues than many of the sheltered people who tend to corner this debate, many who've never even been to Europe let alone the Middle East. I'm also aware that just as there are Islamo-fascists who make everything a Holy War, there are Judeo-fascists, like Netanyahu and AIPAC who make everything about the next Holocaust, and don't mind fundraising in Southern Baptist churches, preaching Armageddon so they can get money to fight their own Holy Wars.

So long, TBLS & WNYC. It was nice knowing you.

Sep. 04 2013 10:59 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Oscar is exhibit number #1 for antisemitism. Jews killed God, i.e., Jesus, but Jews also invented the one God. Jews killed God. Jews invented communism, and capitalism. Jews invented the atomic bomb AND the polio vaccine. Jews have been kicked out of almost every country, but cannot go back home to their own land without being demonized for doing that as well!
Jews have been demonized for being cowards, and demonized for winning their own homeland back in 7 wars.

Oscar is the perfect picture of antisemitism, but he can justify it, just as Hitler did.

Sep. 04 2013 10:46 AM
Robert from NYC

There is no rise in anti-semitisim, there has always been, is now and always will be anti-semitism, just as there has always been, is, and always will be racism, or hatred of any particular human group by another or other human groups. Sometime the hatred of a group becomes more open and vocal at various times throughout time for one reason or other. But hatred of individual ethnic or racial or religious groups is always around and can be recognized, be it loud or whispered. The best we can do is educate people why they are wrong to hate and to be sure to prevent the worst end of this kind of hatred, genocide.

Sep. 04 2013 10:46 AM
Oscar from NY

There's been anti semitisim since the time of Pharo, later they were divided into many tribes and so Jews come in many varieties. There are some that call themselves Jews but are not, these Zionist Jews or demons are who have given a bad rap to these Jews, these are the ones who decapitated the long awaited messiah of the Jews the Elijah, John the Baptist and if this wasn't enough they also slaughtered the messiah of everyone Jesus.
Today if not for the Internet many around the world would be blind to these fake Jews who are cowards and insite war all over, including Syria problem, these are agents embedded across the world and work thru satan their father.
Israel's leaders are a big problem because they thru their brothers the Muslim are in a holy war to convert everyone to corruption, the Muslim because of their zealous approach of The Lord will find out that the master is pretty fed up with these Jews and Muslims in particular and that is why he has given his gift right away to fulfill his promise and not owe these ppl nothing anymore, it's like The Lord paid his bill in advance.
But to any Jew, muslim, gentile goy retard , at the end we will all have to explain in front of the owner, so as long as we wait here on earth I try to at least have some shade of the right

Sep. 04 2013 10:40 AM
April from Manhattan

I just returned from a month in Canada, where I read a story in The Globe and Mail about an incident in a Canadian city in the late thirties, early forties. (Can't find the clipping). 33 men held a huge sign of a swastika and fought Jews who protested after a baseball game. Jews won the fight, after losing the game). The article concludes, "Now we're a tolerant country." Not exactly. A friend there told me about seeing a swastika on the gate of a house and on the sidewalk in front of it. She wouldn't give me the address. I spent all day trying to reach the synagogue there, the only one in a huge territory of Newfoundland and Labrador. Finally the rabbi contacted me from Israel to say he wanted nothing done. I'd proposed organizing church leaders to support them and protest the incident. He wouldn't even let me contact the papers. And my friend told no one else. That, to me, is a mistake - the ghetto mentality of some Jewish communities - as in the ultra orthodox group who didn't want wide sexual abuse reported. Isolation is NOT good for the Jews.

As to why anti semitism is increasing worldwide, I believe Israel is, at least, partly to blame. A BBC poll of countries has Germany at the top and Israel down with North Korea, as I learned from Ha'aretz. They don't like the never ending settlements. The BDS movement is spreading. My feeling is the US should tell Israel "You stop the settlements, not freeze them, or we cut aid." Watch the IQ2 debate on whether the settlements are bad for Israel. Final vote 900 pro. About 23 for.

Sep. 04 2013 10:38 AM
Glenn from Manhattan

@Mr. Bad from NYC

There will never be a separation of criticism of Israeli politics with calls of antisemitism. It is a convenient political tool. Of course, I am not trying to say there is not real antisemitism out there.

Sep. 04 2013 10:22 AM

How is this anti-Semitism different than other forms of hate which also seem to be on the rise

Sep. 04 2013 10:18 AM
Net from NYC

I had a conversation with a French person about the rise of crimes against Jews in France. She became very defensive of her country and said no can can control the acts of a few in the face of a great many countrymen.
She felt I was labeling all French people.
Rightly or wrongfully, there is a rise in anti-antisemitism in France.

Sep. 04 2013 10:06 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mr. Bad From NYC

Your "Palestinians" were murdering Jews as far back as 1921 and certainly in 1929. The Arabs in Palestine drew FIRST BLOOD! Never forget that! Despite that Jews have been compromising all along, willing to split the tiny country as far back as 1937, to no avail.
There have been over 7 wars since. Israel, despite all odds, won. Since when does a people win 7 wars and still negotiate over what is to happen with its liberated territories? I don't know of any other country that is still willing to give back territory - liberated ancient territory - after winning 7 wars. If there is such a country under the sun, I'd like to have heard of it.

Sep. 04 2013 10:05 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Are you JIDF? C'mon, I'm the farthest thing from an anti-semite but that has got nothing to do with Israel and Israeli policy towards the Palestinians and there are plenty of jews who feel the same way? Are they anti-semites too?

Sep. 04 2013 09:57 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

It's funny how some people wanna be conservatives here, become Al Sharptonesque liberals on one issue only.

Anti-semitism never went away, it has always been here. It's just not fashionable yet, to make a pubic comeback in the US.

So, for those here who think it's ok for our government to keep people in detention for years without trial, to bash minorities and immigrants, to take away our LEGAL guns, and to use the state to spy on us - the attempt at another holocaust will happen, it will creep up on us.

Will we be prepared this time?

Sep. 04 2013 09:47 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

There is no end nor solution to racism, and Jews are one of those peoples people love to hate since ancient times. Thankfully, today there is a Jewish state that Jews can take refuge in if once again required. Love is fleeting, but Hate is forever...

Sep. 04 2013 08:53 AM
john from office

I know alot of people from Europe and I sense a deep antisemitic theme when we discuss politics, the middle east and America. I dont know if it is that we get filtered news or they get slanted news, but it is there.

Sep. 04 2013 08:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Let's begin this discussion by pre-empting the convenient yet vile and dishonest canard that anti-Semites employ via "Oh, I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just anti-Israel".
I've yet to meet, in over 60 years, a passionate "anti-Israel" advocate who wasn't, at heart, a stone cold anti-Semite.

Nice try, but we're not that stupid ... and you're not that clever or the first to use that trick.

Sep. 04 2013 07:26 AM

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