“After the death of Jozef Pilsudski in 1935, anti-Semitism increased in Poland and particularly in the universities. Right-wing students attacked Jews and demanded ‘ghetto benches’ in the lecture halls to segregate Jewish students. Although many eminent Polish scholars protested, the situation continued to worsen.” — Samuel D. Kassow, from Who will write our history? (rediscovering a hidden archive from the Warsaw Ghetto)
If orange is the new black, then, if one notices the examples given us by history, the Left has become the new Right. Today, Left-wing students (and in some cases faculty) are leading the way in inciting hatred and violence against Jews in much the same way that Right-wing students incited hatred and violence against Jews in the 1930s. The Right-wing students of yesterday, who demanded “ghetto benches in the lecture halls to segregate Jewish students,” are today the Left-wing thugs who harass Jewish students in the hallways of our universities, blaming them for all the evils in the world, but especially for the statelessness of the so-called Palestinian people. The primary movers and shakers behind this very base and populist phenomena, who have ennobled their Jew-hatred into a most fashionable trend for both students and faculty, are Muslim. But this trend should come as no surprise to those who have researched even minimally into Islam’s traditional hatred of the Jews.
In his new book Sharia versus Freedom, Andrew Bostom quotes Moshe Perlmann, “a preeminent scholar of Islam’s ancient polemical literature,” who wrote in 1964: “The Koran, of course, became a mine of anti-Jewish passages. The hadith did not lag behind. Popular preachers used and embellished such material.” Mr. Bostom writes: “The anti-Semitic motifs in these texts have been carefully elucidated by scholarship that dates back to Hartwig Hirschfeld’s mid-1880s analysis of the sira and Georges Vajda’s 1937 study of the hadith, complemented in the past two decades by Haggai Ben Shammai’s 1988 examination of the major anti-Semitic verses and themes in the Koran and Koran exegesis, and Saul S. Freidman’s broad, straightforward enumeration of Koranic anti-Semitism in 1989.”
Arab Muslim violence perpetrated against Jews, like the Safed riots and Hebron Massacre of 1929, or the Battle of Tel Hai of 1920, for example, had nothing to do with Arab Palestinians being displaced by the dissilient emergence of the State of Israel in 1948, but everything to do with Islamic-taught hatred of the Jews. This is an irrefutable fact of history that those of the new Right (that is, the Left) are loath to discuss, simply because the new Right cares not a whit about Jewish history, no matter how obvious its lessons are.
And if anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism (which I believe it is), then Neturei Karta, a Jewish sect that supports and advocates the “Judenfrei” visions of Hamas and the PA, now number among the new anti-Semites. This Jewish sect refuses to acknowledge the dire significance of the Holocaust and how its place in the Jewish psyche serves to validate the prescient wisdom of Torah Zionism today, and the deterrent potency of a powerful Jewish state in the Muslim Middle East. Neturei Karta is shamelessly proud to have become the walking and talking justification for the Islamist-inspired, exterminationist BDS movement that today targets both Diaspora and Israeli Jews simply because those same Jews support the existence of the State of Israel.
In 1944 in the Warsaw Ghetto, Emanuel Ringleblum wrote, “Every day the press, radio, etc., infect the masses of the population with the venom of anti-Semitism.” The same is happening today, only today it’s called “anti-Israel sentiment,” as though such sentiment differs from the old-fashioned Nazi anti-Jewish bigotry of Emanuel Ringelblum’s horrifying experience. What was yesterday’s anti-Semitism is today’s “criticism of Israel.” I have Jewish friends who, without hesitation, vehemently criticise the State of Israel and Israeli politicians. But these criticisms are not what anyone could even remotely classify as anti-Semitic. And their criticisms sound very different from the plethora of openly malefic, anti-Israel animosities erupting from the BDS camp. The American Defamation League, back on March 8, 2016, expressed its disapproval of the BDS movement because of the fact that its founder, Omar Barghouti, “seeks to eradicate the Jewish state by bringing about an end to the self-determination for the Jewish people…” Barghouti, the ADL points out, “argues that it is not the occupation that is the challenge but Israel’s very existence as a Jewish State.” The media, nevertheless, insist that the BDS movement is not anti-Semitic.
Sophocles wrote, “The long, unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once unknown that may not become known. Nothing is impossible.” History will prove very clearly and decisively that the Left is today as hateful towards the Jewish people (in the modern context this would include the State of Israel) as was the Right before and during the Nazi Holocaust. History is the articulation, into words and thoughts, of the pulse of time concerning those hidden things it brings to light. Unfortunately, this same “pulse of time” is without the efficacy necessary to completely pin down in the light those hidden things so injurious not only to the Jewish people but also to the rest of mankind. Like a cockroach on a countertop, these hidden things somehow manage to scurry away, back to the darkness from whence they came, only to rear their ugly heads in a future world that fails to notice their approach. In that future, Right becomes Left, Jews become Jew-haters, and fascists like the BDS crowd become “peace movements.”