The New Anti-Semitism is the Old Anti-Semitism


Jewish Press: Why is anti-Semitism on the rise?

The Pittsburgh massacre and the San Diego shooting. Grotesque caricatures in a Belgian parade and the New York Times. The proliferation of BDS. Proposed legislation in Ireland criminalizing tourism in Israel. Synagogue and cemetery desecrations. Openly anti-Semitic epithets from within the American Congress and the British Parliament. Unprovoked threats and physical assaults.

After decades of dormancy, why now? The question is impossible to answer unless we understand why Jew-hatred exists at all. And that question has been debated almost from the moment the Jewish people came into existence. more …

Opinion: Right there, the Rabbi is on target. Unfortunately, he quickly departed from origins and went in a different direction identifying cultural “otherness”, as the source of Gentile animus toward the Jews.

“Sigmund Freud (like many before him) identified cultural “otherness” as the source of Gentile animus toward the Jews. However, history refutes Freud’s hypothesis. The violent oppression of the Syrian-Greeks following the rise of Jewish Hellenism, the auto-de-fe of the Spanish Inquisition following the conversion of the marranos, and the incineration of countless acculturated German Jews in Hitler’s crematoria all prove that assimilation intensifies, rather than inhibits, anti-Semitism.”

To find the origin of the hatred it is best to go to the book of origins:

And the Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than the other,
And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23

The older brother serving the younger is trouble even today. But in Abraham’s time it meant a dispute over the birthright, the title deed to the promised land. Ishmael, the child of the flesh (Galatians 4:28-29), had been banished and God instructed Isaac that Jacob was to be the heir.

Esau begged for a second blessing, but was told he would live by the sword and the younger twin would receive the fatness of the land (Genesis 27:28-29), Jerusalem. Esau in anguish promises he will kill Jacob (Genesis 27:41) and his descendants are still trying.

Isaac’s twin sons are the two nations we see in turmoil today. Jew and Arab each one clinging to that birthright. The secular world, especially those who passionately take the cause of the underdog, hate Jacob and love Esau.

“See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.” Hebrews 12:16 NIV