However much we might want to ignore anti-Semitism, it always rears it’s ugly head. A CNN poll taken in Europe – Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden, found that ca. 20% of all adults have classic anti-Semitic views, that Jews have too much power, that they control the Banks, the economy, the media, etc., and that ca. one third had never heard of the Holocaust.
Of course, the results varied from country to country, but these differences are relatively insignificant. We should not be surprised by this since the much larger poll by the ADL in 2014 found similar results (of course the poll results depend on the questions asked). Should we simply expect that 10-20% of almost every country in the world are anti-Semitic or should we be alarmed by this apparent rise in the public expression of standard anti-Semitic tropes.
As we well know, many people hide their animus towards Jews behind blaming Israel for many things, including influencing US foreign policy, controlling Congress, receiving too much US aid, as well as persecuting the Palestinians. Ironically the same week the poll was issued by CNN they fired one of their commentators, Marc Lamont Hill, a Black American, who expressed classic anti-Israel views at the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians (yes, they have it every year) , and wished that there would be a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
This would of course require the total destruction of Israel, and by the way what does he expect to happen to us, the Jewish inhabitants of Israel. Why of course, we would all disappear, all 6 million of us, probably in flames. I saw on i24 News an interviewee say that Lamont’s views were left-wing not anti-Semitic. Give me a break, the only group in the world not allowed to have their own State are the Jews? Not anti-Semitic? No one has ever explained to me why the Palestinians are more deserving of a State than we Jews! Anyway, we have it and they don’t, so swallow that!