Dr. Charles Asher Small, the founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, spoke to Arutz Sheva-Israel National News about the recent rise in antisemitic incidents around the world following the Hamas massacre of October 7, 2023.

"We're not surprised, and we're shocked at the same time," Dr. Small said of the outbreak of antisemitic incidents. "The exponential growth, and the speed of it, and how it seems to be growing faster and faster is surprising and troubling."

He stated that "this is really a crisis. As you know, antisemitism is really an early warning system for deeper societal problems. We see the radical left, the radical right, and political Islam using antisemitism as a core element of their ideology as they attack the democratic center."

Dr. Small noted the seeming irrationality of the alliance between the radical left and radical Islam, such as when left-wing intellectual Judith Butler defended and supported the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

"She's Jewish, she's a woman, and she's a proud gay person. And yet she famously reiterates the fact that Hamas and Hezbollah need to be understood as 'the progressive left.' Even after October the 7th, she was saying how the massacre of October the 7th, the pogrom, was 'jarring,' but it was a 'legitimate expression of resistance,'" he said.

"When people behave so irrationally and inhumane, it's very disturbing," he said. "I think what we have here is that the red-green alliance is that the radical left and this sort of twisted, nostalgic look at post-colonialism and the need to liberate all those who were once colonized by Europe on the one hand. On the other hand, you have political Islam, radical political Islam like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian Revolutionary regime and its offshoots, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, the whole gambit: They perceive any vestiges of Jewish, Christian, or European in the Middle East, in the Islamic lands as a problem."

He explained, "So you have the Western left that wants to get rid of Western and American and European hegemony and remove the West from the places that were once colonized, and then you have the radical political Islamists that also want to destroy the state. They see that as a vestige of imperialism and colonialism, and they want to replace it with an Islamic caliphate. So in a very twisted way, you have a reactionary social movement that's basically religious and archaic. And then you have people that pretend to be on the left, the radical political left, that also want to end Western hegemony. So you have this sort of red-green alliance. Even though they are diametrically opposed to any future vision of society, they want to rid the world of Western power, and they use antisemitism as the jet fuel for their twisted social movements."

The Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy has a research project called 'Follow the Money,' which mapped the funding of American universities by the Qatari government.

"We found tens of billions, with a b, of dollars, that the Qataris, as representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood are giving to American universities, and using soft power to influence our culture and through that perhaps the most sensitive institution in our democracy, namely higher education," he said,

"We can see that the discourse in the classroom by professors that demonize Israel and demonize the Jewish people is taking place at an alarming scale," he said, adding that the Students for Justice in Palestine organization is also an "offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood."

"They're sort of the shock troops, almost the Nazi thugs of the social movement that is making life physically difficult and socially difficult for Jewish students, faculty, and anyone who cares about democratic principles on campus. They're really hijacking, effectively, the student politics, as we're seeing being played out on our news now 24/7," he said.

According to Dr. Small, with Israel surrounded by a "ring of fire" of Hamas, Hezbollah, and their supporters in Iran and Qatar, the ideological war being raged against Israel is of vital importance. "As a community, we need to understand what's hitting us, what is the nature of this contemporary antisemitism, how is it threatening Jewish communities in the Diaspora, how is it affecting Israel, and to warn the world that once antisemitism is unleashed, Elie Wiesel famously taught us that antisemitism begins with the Jewish people but it never ends with the Jewish people."

"We know, and this is Muslim Brotherhood strategy, is that they're starting with antisemitism to remove Israel from the West, to push Israel away from the West, but they're also using antisemitism to fragment and weaken the United States of America," he warned. "This is their stated goal for more than 40 years. And we can see in the past 40 years, with the funding of our universities, with the funding of our cultural institutions like football teams and television and media, that they're really having an impact on ideology and popular culture."

"This explosion of antisemitism is an early warning system for human decency and democratic principles," he said, advising that the governments of Israel, the US, and Europe must be warned that "this rise of antisemitism is a threat to democratic values, democratic practices, and our stability in Western societies in general."