Anti-Semitism renders irrelevant the justice of Israel’s war in Gaza.
It doesn’t make sense that Israel is accused of “genocide” for killing a thousand Palestinians, most of them terrorists, when tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed or starved to death in Yarmouk, Syria, with barely a peep from the international community. It doesn’t make sense that according to a 2003 survey, most Europeans consider Israel “the greatest threat to world peace,” more than Iran, North Korea, or Afghanistan. It doesn’t make sense that of all the United Nation Human Rights Council’s resolutions, 38% have been directed against Israel, a democracy that grants equal rights to women, religious minorities, and gays. It doesn’t make sense that throughout America, colleges observe “Israel Apartheid Week,” while Israeli Arabs enjoy full citizenship, are enrolled in every one of Israel’s universities, get equal treatment in and are on the medical staff of all of Israel’s hospitals, are represented in the Knesset, and even boast an Arab member of Israel’s Supreme Court.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge Israel has made a concerted effort to present the facts to the world: that Gaza is not occupied, that every Israeli soldier and settler left Gaza in 2005, that Israel did not impose a naval blockade until Gazans elected the terrorist organization Hamas in 2007, and that Israel warns civilians to get out of harm’s way
Yet, rather than quell anti-Semitism, Jewish assimilation became the excuse for the rabid Jew-hating of Nazi Germany. The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 pointedly prohibited Aryans from cohabitating with Jews, and banished Jews from practicing professions and teaching in universities, where Jews were blamed for trying to take over. The German “Final Solution,” of course, made no distinction between an intermarried Jewish jurist and a Hasidic Jew with long beard and peyos. Assimilation-as-antidote-to-anti-Semitism went up in the flames of the crematoria.
The second logical answer to anti-Semitism was Zionism. Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, believed that Jews were persecuted because they lacked a state of their own, and the only way to extirpate anti-Semitism from Europe was to physically remove the Jews to Palestine. Herzl, the dreamer, could not have dreamed that once a Jewish State was established, anti-Semitism would simply transmogrify into anti-Zionism. Jews who had been vilified for their homelessness would now be vilified for their homeland.