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Antisemitism’s point of no return

Those friends of yours who cannot say the word “Jew” without hate do not deserve you.

An anti-Israel protest at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Rachel Cook.
An anti-Israel protest at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Rachel Cook.
Fiamma Nirenstein
Fiamma Nirenstein was a member of the Italian Parliament (2008-13), where she served as vice president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chamber of Deputies.

We have reached the point of no return, of zero tolerance. There can be no further conciliation with antisemitism, not even in our personal lives. Cancel the dinners, the holidays with friends, the traditional getaways where Jews cannot even be mentioned without a monstrous debate and perhaps a definitive split.

Those friends of yours who cannot speak the word “Jew” without an oration on the evils of Israel—who are now probably the majority of your friends—do not deserve you. Withdraw, split, abandon them. Better yet, tell them why. We should not share our tables with antisemites, with the frivolous and the foolish, with the cynical and the immoral.

Anyone who will not acknowledge that mass rape and murder, the beheading of children, the symphony of blood set to the cry of “yehud” and “Allahu Akbar” are crimes against humanity have betrayed their own humanity. They are unworthy of civilization. The only task before us is their overthrow.

As the barbarous U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said, the Oct. 7 slaughter did not take place in a “vacuum.” He was right, though not in the way he intended. It took place because of a long-institutionalized culture of Islamic terrorism, supported by the likes of Guterres and his gutter organization. He and his compatriots in managing the world have made their peace with the murder of children by children; the persecution of homosexuals, dissidents, minorities, and women who dare to think for themselves; the total extermination of humanity itself. The U.N. has become the godfather of this annihilation of the human rights it claims to uphold and the birth of a new antisemitism.

For the average liberal or progressive, however, this antisemitism is simply ideological and social opportunism, like the right’s turn against Ukraine. It’s a political wink, a desperate grasp at popularity, a hymn to ignorance.

This sleight-of-hand works for everyone. There was, for example, the now-notorious film director Jonathan Glazer, who took the opportunity of accepting the Oscar he won—for a Holocaust film!—to try to sever Israel from Jewish identity and accuse Jews of exploiting their Judaism to harm Palestinians. And, of course, he claimed Israel is the ultimate cause of the Israel-Hamas war. Arabs kill Jews and he blames the Jews. So do all his compatriots.

Like those compatriots, Glazer appeared unaware that, in speaking his lies and slanders, he placed himself on the side of a massacre on the level of Kishinev and the Nazi slaughters of women and children. So do all those who march through our great cities screaming “river to the sea” and attack Jews wherever they can find them. So do the racist presidents of Brazil and Turkey, who slam Benjamin Netanyahu while adopting the rhetoric of Hitler. So do all those who, in a bid for fleeting popularity, out of the urge to conform and a total absence of moral integrity, rush to the side of those who hate the Jews.

One wonders whether they will maintain their stance when the next bomb explodes in their own city, home or restaurant, as it inevitably will—Islamists, we should remember, hate everyone. Unfortunately, it is difficult to hold out hope. They have long since surrendered.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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