Old Hate, but With A New Face
By Ethan Hay
“F*** the Jews! Rape their daughters!”(1)
Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head again. It has even infected major news sites like CNN. Adeel Raja, a former CNN contributor, back in 2014 posted on Twitter the following tweet in support of Germany prior to the FIFA World cup between the latter country and Argentina (2), “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!” When Germany won, he followed up the next day with a tweet saying, “Hail Hitler.” When the violence began in Israel this year, he tweeted out on May 16th, 2021 “the world today needs a Hitler.” He also responded to a tweet supporting Israel from former Vice President Mike Pence in May of this year, saying “a history of creating terrorists and standing with them!” He was justifiably fired, but he wore his firing like a badge of honor, even tweeting “glad a single tweet contributed to the #Palestine cause and brought it to limelight with me loosing my job and the West’s claim of Freedom of expression and human rights!” (3)
Even the BBC has been infected with antisemitism. Tala Halawa, a Palestinian reporter for the BBC, tweeted out in July of 2014 “#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler. Oh #HitlerWasRight #IDF go to hell. #PrayForGaza.” She is reportedly under investigation at the BBC. (4) Also, before and since the violence erupted in Israel this month, there has been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks. The Anti-Defamation League of Florida reported a 40% increase in anti-Semitic activities. (5) Axios also reports that the NYPD has reported an 71% increase in anti-Jewish activity from January 1st to May 16th of 2021. (6)
Mark Ruffalo, an actor known for portraying the Incredible Hulk in Marvel, has said that Israel is committing genocide on the Palestinian people, a comment that he has since apologized for. (7) Susan Sarandon, another celebrity turned activist has also called the current Israeli Government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu an ‘apartheid government,’ in a tweet expressing support for both the Palestinian people and likeminded supermodel Bella Hadid. (8)
Then there is the BDS movement. What does BDS stand for? Boycott, Divest, and Sanction. It is essentially an attempt to cripple Israel economically. The official BDS website calls Israel a ‘regime of settler colonialism, apartheid, and occupation.’ (9) It has in recent days garnered the support of a variety of labor, academic, and even small local governments in the US and across the world. (10) We would also be remiss if Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the two most vocal members of congress who are in support of BDS. (11) They even attempted to push a pro BDS resolution in the house. It failed to pass in a vote of 398-17. Furthermore, there have also been reports of violence between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protestors breaking out. (12)
Prominent anti-Semites also continue to retain influence on both the social media and political front. Take for instance the Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran. He has literally posted on Twitter asking how ‘Israel should be eliminated.’ But he remains on the social media platform. (13) As does Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. He has ‘jokingly’ compared Jews to termites. (14) But he is allowed to remain on twitter and rub elbows with major political figures. Political figures as prominent as former President Barak Obama. (15) Twitter has conveniently sought to erase many of the so-called Reverends old tweets.
Is bigotry to become the norm of the 2020’s? It certainly feels that way. Especially as the media, the elite’s and political class are becoming more worried about staying in power as people continue to wake up. They now seek to divide people based solely on their faith, race, or political ideology. Hence the reason that race baiters like Al Sharpton have such a large media presence, (16) why critical race theory continues to be promoted, and now anti-Semitism has been thrown into the fray. It also feels as though that the Democratic party, the party of the KKK, Jim Crow, and slavery, has decided to embrace discrimination to its fullest. (17) There is racism on both sides, there is no denying that, but it seems to be coming primarily from the left.