Anti-Semitism: The Current Day Issue
Anti-Semitism (hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group) is rising around the globe. In some quarters of the world, the levels of Jewish hatred are reaching the pre-Holocaust intensity of the 1930’s. In America, there is a growing tide of anti-Semitism and it is especially evident on college campuses, both secular and Christian. In 2016, 1,266 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded across the United States, a 34% year-over-year increase from 2015. And 2017 saw a whopping 86% increase in the first 3 months.
“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016. We need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter anti-Semitism.”
ONE Cause of Rising Anti-Semitism
violent acts against Jewish people
a new anti-Semitic message
is posted on social media
Of Religious Hate Crimes Are Anti-Jewish
Only 22% Are Anti-Islamic
Anti-Semitic Acts in the U.S.
The narrative that is driven by those who oppose the existence of Israel frames the State of Israel and the Jewish people as oppressors who have illegally occupied their land.
However, this view overlooks two important facts:
- When the Middle East was divided into nation-states after World War I, Israel was given legal borders during the San Remo Conference in April 1922. Before this conference, not a single Arab or Jewish independent state existed. The entire territory was controlled by the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years and then by the British Empire. So, 22 Arab states and one Jewish state (Israel) were legally established as a result of the San Remo conference, during which the Allied powers determined legal boundaries. The fact is that Israel has the same legal right to her land as do the Arab states in the region.
- The second fact that gets lost in the argument is the long history of terror attacks against the Jewish people within Israel. This has forced Israel to build security walls to prevent suicide bombers from murdering innocent Jewish civilians. The walls have not been built to oppress people but to protect the innocent.
A true and thoughtful, non-biased burden for justice would mandate fairness and equity for all involved in this ongoing conflict. People are suffering on both sides of the issue—both Jews and Palestinians. No, the Israeli government is not perfect and sometimes employs unpopular tactics to safeguard its people against terrorism. On the other hand, the leadership of the Palestinian people severely oppresses their own people, many of whom long for peace, causing them to suffer economically and then using that suffering in a mass propaganda campaign that seeks to turn the world against Israel. Much of the international aid given to the Palestinian people for schools, roads, hospitals, and general welfare goes to building terrorist tunnels, missiles, and paying out rewards to the families of suicide bombers.