From The Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/the-lefts-hatred-of-jews-chills-me-to-the-bone/
Stephen Pollard 28 April 2016
a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom
she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice.
“Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was
always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.”
house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t
understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some
history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that
pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews.
my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish
meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I
adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your
average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If
you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real,
serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews,
rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in
civilised Europe, at least.
something happened. 9/11, to be specific. I realised something was up
that I didn’t really understand. So I read and read and read. And then
read some more – especially the words of the terrorists and their fellow
Islamists. They were explicit and open. Jews were the enemy.
All their "issues" with the West pivoted, in the end, on their Jew
hate. So I immersed myself even more in the issues around terrorism and
Islamism. Because, you see, it mattered.
It matters, of course, to
all of us, because – as we have seen both on 9/11 and ever since,
Islamist terrorism is not specific in its targeting. But it matters to
me more, I would say, than anything else I can think of. Because
although these maniacs will happily kill anyone, they say, and their subsequent murders show, that – quite specifically – they want to kill me.
A Jew. So on level I am not in the least bit shocked, or even
surprised, by the reemergence of Jew hatred as a thing in recent years.
By what arrogance would we think that our generation, alone in history,
would be free of the oldest hatred?
on another, more visceral level, it chills me to the bone. And it’s not
the terrorists. They threaten me, of course, as they threaten us all.
Yet to me, the real chill comes from their fellow travelers – the useful
idiots of the terrorists and Jew-murderers who say they do not have a
racist bone in their body, but when it comes to Jews, a blind spot
emerges. The likes, to be blunt, of the now suspended Ken Livingstone,
who claims never to have come across a single example of Anti-semitism
in the Labour Party. He clearly has never looked in the mirror. Much has
been written – especially by the brilliant Nick Cohen
– on the "Red/Green Alliance"; the phenomenon by which a swathe of the
Left has linked up with radical Islam, leading to the bizarre spectacle
of Leftist feminists supporting Islamists who would cut off the hands of
women who read books.
With "anti-Western-imperialism" as part of
the glue binding the alliance, everything else falls into place. So
Hamas and Hezbollah might have as their defining goal the elimination of
an entire people from the face of the earth, but that unfortunate
consequence for Jews is by the by, because Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighters.
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