In case anyone doubts the world is witnessing history repeating itself, I offer the following evidence of the resurgence of global anti-Semitism, which, despite what anyone tells me, I am not creating out of my own paranoid imagination:
First, just this week the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that some of the few Jews left in Yemen are being forced to flee for their lives.
Threats from Muslim extremists have caused the 45 Jews in one town to abandon their homes, according to a Saudi report.
The Saudi daily Al-Wattan reported the Jews received letters recently from a local Al-Qaida-linked faction accusing them of being part of an �international Zionist conspiracy,� and threatened murder, abductions and looting if they did not evacuate their homes within 10 days, the report said.
Substitute �banking,� �Christian baby abducting,� or �well poisoning,� for �Zionist� and, if you are the least bit familiar with Jewish/world history, you see that only the excuse has changed.
And lest you think the increasingly virulent disease is limited only to exotic Middle Eastern countries or those in Europe long plagued by the problem, another story this week proves otherwise.
Anti-Semitism is alive and flourishing in such all-American areas as Northern California, where a left-leaning political activist in the San Francisco Bay Area recently noted �The growing acceptance of anti-Semitic rhetoric (among the left) is so commonplace it is not even recognized as anti-Semitism.�
Officials of San Francisco�s Anti-Defamation League office report dealing with complaints like this on an increasingly regular basis.
So pervasive is the problem, that this month the League convenes a daylong conference aimed at empowering Jewish progressives to respond to what organizers describe as an alarming trend toward anti-Semitism on the left.
It�s a conundrum a lot of us found ourselves in when the world shifted after 9/11. That�s when, it seemed to me, my life-long ideological buddies on the Left, left me.
It suddenly became Right Wing to be pro-Israel. This forced me to look at everything else I thought I knew and believed about the Left differently. And I came away feeling that if they can turn on me so easily and completely, then they�re not, and probably never were, what I thought they were.
I can�t help thinking that if the Left can be so off-base as to allow itself to become infected with anti-Jewish hatred, it is not what it pretends to be. They have found a way to believe that the well-being of a billion Arab/Muslims is threatened by 5.5 million Jews. And if they can be so dead wrong about that, I have to wonder what else they�re wrong about.
So now many university campuses and various anti-war protests feature anti-Semitic imagery and slogans like Israeli flag burning, chants of support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Nazi-like arm salutes, the story said.
Many of these �progressives� insist they�re not anti-Semetic, but merely anti-Zionist, implying that somehow the murder of Israeli Jews is justifiable. But their rhetoric and behavior proves even that a lie.
I guess some things never change.
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