“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” ( Psalm 83:4 )
The murderous attack on Israel has ripped away what remained of a thin veneer that has covered up growing antisemitism in America and some of the rest of the world. Until now it has only periodically raised its ugly head. The reaction by pro-Palestinian groups to Israel’s necessary and defensible response to the terrorist attacks from Gaza reveals how this disease has spread.
For years prior to the invasion, there were occasional demonstrations against Jewish and pro-Israel speakers on some college campuses. Now, students and even some college presidents have blamed the killings on Israel for its “occupation” of land that is rightfully and historically theirs. This is like blaming Jews for their own deaths in the Holocaust.
After the attacks by Hamas, swastikas emerged in several U.S. cities. The BBC reported antisemitic incidents “quadrupled in the UK.”
We are constantly warned that words matter and so they do. Words can be used to heal, or to incite. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has compiled a partial list of words used against Jews that have fueled hatred and