The “New” Anti-Semitism More Insidious Than the Old

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told a packed house at the March 19 opening of the 6th Global Forum on Combating Anti-Semitism that a “new” anti-Semitism, characterized by “the irrational, deceitful, and insidious vilification of Israel and its supporters under the guise of political commentary” worries him far more than the “old” anti-Semitism, and asserted that this new anti-Semitism is acceptable in polite society in a way the old anti-Semitism is not.  “Usually…we speak about efforts to end a disease – and make no mistake about it, anti-Semitism is a disease.”  He cited the passage in the Passover Haggadah that states “in every generation they rise up against us,” noting that  “combating [anti-Semitism] is something we can do. It is a sacred responsibility….”

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