Anti-Jewish agitators in every era claim they're only responding to the 'actual' misdeeds of Jews. For violent Islamists and the left, Israel's occupation is just the latest iteration
Dr Dave Rich is Deputy Director of Communications for the Community Security Trust and an Associate Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism.
The former London mayor’s claims go well beyond lazy moral equations of Israel with Nazi Germany ubiquitous in anti-Israel circles. They have more in common with Holocaust denial.
His admiration for ‘Judeo-Christian values’ might differentiate Trump’s chief strategist from traditional European far right anti-Semitism, but stereotypes of Jews are still crucial to the global nationalist populism he champions.
The Labour party is working hard to give the impression it doesn’t really care about anti-Semitism. Shami Chakrabarti's peerage is a sell-out of U.K. Jews' concerns about anti-Jewish attitudes within the party, an act of stunning hypocrisy and a failure of principles.
Whole swathes of today's British Left either cannot or will not acknowledge the anti-Semitism that's staring them in the face.
In 1971 seven British embassies and Whitehall diplomats were asked to evaluate Zionist activity in the U.S. and Europe. Their responses echoed anti-Semitic notions of Jewish financial power, dual loyalty and undue political influence.
Themes from the history of anti-Semitism have re-emerged, cloaked in anti-Israel or anti-Zionist wrapping.