European Anti-Semitism ‘Has Reached Critical Mass …

Posted By on May 14, 2015

Anti-Semitism has reached "critical mass" in Europe, and stands at its worst levels globallysince the 1930s,a senior anti-hate campaigner has warned.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva at the 5th Global Forumfor Combating Anti-Semitism on Wednesday,ADL National Director AbrahamFoxman said that although anti-Semitism was not yet at the same levels as it was immediately prior to the holocaust, Jews are certainly being subjected to the worst levels of hatred since then.

"It's not like the thirties, but it's the worst its been since the 30s," Foxman said.

Explaining his alarming analysis, Foxman noted the growing numbers of deadly attacks against Jews, particularly in Europe, which - combined with other violent attacks - represents a wave of Jew-hatred unprecedented since the end of the Second World War.

"We're living in an era where again anti-Semitism presents a clear and present danger to Jews in various communities.

"It'sglobal in its nature, and it's endangering the lives of Jews -not just where they live or theirlivelihoods - andit has a dimension of terrorism,jihadism."

Foxman, a veteran campaigner who has been part of the struggle against anti-Semitism since the 1960s, said contemporary anti-Semitism is a combination of "both the old and the new," pointing to the confluence of the far-right, the far-left and political Islam.

That alliance is also greatly helped by the internet, he added, which enables anti-Semites to spread their message and reach previously unreachable audiences anonymously and with frighteningeffectiveness.

The subject of online anti-Semitism has figured prominently at the Forum this year, which is co-sponsored by the foreign ministry and ministry for diaspora affairs.

"Anti-Semitism has reached a critical mass. It'snot a drip-drip anymore," Foxman warned.

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