Monday, January 21, 2019

The new antisemitism: Loving the dead, hating the living

By JPost, Jan. 20, 2019

When faced with cataclysmic or unprecedented events, even astute observers of history tend to throw away their knowledge and proclaim a new reality, the one devoid of the past. Take Francis Fukuyama and his bombastic essay of “The End of History.” Fukuyama, a talented student of the world, fell into historical amnesia forced by the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Antisemitism, one of the most ancient hatreds, had a similar Fukuyamesque moment. After the Second World War, when the atrocities of the Holocaust became public knowledge, many had assumed this millennia-old dislike of the Jews had become, if not extinct, but absolutely unacceptable in public discourse. Many assumed antisemitism as they knew it had became the persona non grata of the civilized world. Those naive individuals were technically correct. The antisemitism familiar to them would never become acceptable again. What they did not anticipate is antisemitism innovating itself, becoming part and parcel of the New Left’s ideology and assuming the old hatred with a modern facade. This ideological “remodeling” allowed for some Jews to be liked or even loved: the ones who are dead.
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