The Shocking and Disturbing Rise of Anti-Semitism

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.
The Jewish People are unique. No one has suffered for as long and as hard as the Jewish People. According to the writer/historian C.P. Snow the Jewish People have defied the odds. Despite our tribulations and persecution we have survived.
Mark Twain stated it well, "all things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass but he remains". Theories as to why Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the world today abound. It is clear to all that Anti-Semitism is on the rise. In the United Kingdom, Anti-Semitic incidents are up 500%. In France they have doubled. In New York, Anti-Semitic incidents are up 27%. Last week the day that the Four Great Rabbis (Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, and Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky) were murdered three assailants beat up a Rabbi on a Subway in New York.

A few days before a young Chasid was stabbed in Antwerp. Protesters in support of the Arabs of Gaza displayed a swastika at a Paris rally this past summer. The roots of Anti-Semitism go deep into the consciousness of man. The Holocaust had its roots as far back as Luther who in 1543 raised the concept according to historian Paul Johnson of "mass annihilation". Lucy Davidowics author of "War Against the Jews 1933-1945" argues that the idea of mass annihilation of the Jews, "had already been foreshadowed by apocalyptic-minded Anti-Semites during the nineteenth century". For example, known Anti-Semite composer Wagner in 1881 wrote, "I regard the Jewish race as the born enemy of pure humanity and everything that is noble in it".

 Even the New York Times was complicit by allowing a positive review of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in 1933 by James Gerard. At a recent Symposium at New York University Harvard Professor Noah Feldman came up with some ideas on the Anti-Semitism of today that miss the mark completely. Professor Feldman spoke about the worrying spike of Anti-Semitism across Europe and attributed it to the rise of right wing political groups like the Jobbik party, totally  leaving out from the equation the Arab influences and Arab direct attacks on Jews stating instead that a rise in Islamaphobia and attacks against Muslims in Europe was disturbing to him. He said explaining Anti-Semitism through the Bible was equivalent to accepting that Anti-Semitism is inevitable. He countered that the Two-State Solution in Israel was the answer.

He failed to acknowledge the virulent Anti-Semitic messages and attacks that are promulgated by the Islamists. In point of fact it is the obsessive bias of the media that demonizes Israel daily along with the Islamists call for a worldwide Jihad that has contributed to the steep rise in Anti-Semitic incidents. It was Elie Wiesel who knows more about Anti-Semitism than anyone, who was also at the Symposium, who set the record straight by connecting today's Anti-Semitism with Islam. It is the radical Arabs, who today, are fanning the flames of Anti-Semitism more than any other group.

In order to stop this process which seems to be spiraling out of control, the Leaders of the World must recognize the problem first and foremost and take the necessary steps to control a very unruly "mob" which is increasing daily. Leaders have this responsibility.Otherwise don't call yourself a Leader.