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The article neglects to mention why anti-Semitism is rising in Europe. Hint, it’s related to anti-Israel sentiment in a certain religion.

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There is a certain segment of the population for whom every time things get tough domestically, no matter how thoroughly it’s been debunked, the go to reaction will be “it’s the (insert minority here) fault.”

In Europe it seems to be Jews. In America, it’s immigrants and “globalists” (because xenophobes can’t say “it’s the Jews” in America anymore).

One would really think that a documented mass murder of 6 million people on the basis of their religion would be enough to wake the planet from this nightmare of stupidity and ignorance.

Maybe that’s just MY foolish pipe dream.

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One must feel for those unfortunate brainwashed children. Superstition and religious dogma will no longer allow them to ever think freely.

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The article neglects to mention why anti-Semitism is rising in Europe. Hint, it’s related to anti-Israel sentiment in a certain religion

Anti Semitism in Europe considerably pre-dates the modern state of Israel. It goes back to the founding of the Catholic Church. Find out what the Catholics once taught about the blood "curse of Pontius Pilate", Find out what the "blood libel" was (for the modern day version replace Jews with "democratic elite", they are otherwise the same). The Black Plague was blamed on Jews who were rumored to have magical powers. It was Christian anti-Semitism that motivated the Crusades and the Inquisition. Protestants were not much better. Martin Luther wrote a book "On Jews and their Lies" thus Protestantism because a continuation of medieval Catholic anti-Semitism and the book is considered a milestone on the path to the organized anti-Semitism and killing machine of the Nazis. All of this considerably pre-dates WWII much less the founding of the modern state of Israel. In Europe it seems any time there is economic and social stress, Jews are blamed for their misfortune.

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One must feel for those unfortunate brainwashed children. Superstition and religious dogma will no longer allow them to ever think freely.

To quote James Madison on that subject:

"Because experience witnesseth that eccelsiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of Religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."

Not much has changed in the past 250 years.

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(because xenophobes can’t say “it’s the Jews” in America anymore)

Not true. It was on full display at the infamous Charlottesville "Unite the Right" demonstration to the point of some chanting "Jews will not replace us" Most of the other chants, signs carried and shirts worn cannot be quoted here.

https://www.adl.org/blog/anti-semitism-on-full-display-in-charlottesville

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/nazis-racism-charlottesville/536928/

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EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe

Typical.

A story about the EU’s NEW strategy “to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe”, without mentioning any actual facts of rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Desert,

Not true. It was on full display at the infamous Charlottesville "Unite the Right" demonstration to the point of some chanting "Jews will not replace us" Most of the other chants, signs carried and shirts worn cannot be quoted here.

Noted and point taken.

I would amend my statement to say that "other than virulent racists and wanna be domestic terrorists, casual xenophobes cannot say "It's the Jews" in America anymore." Thus the term "globalists" coined by Bannon et al. with it's wink, wink, nod, nod anti-Semitic undertones.

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How to stop antisemitism?

Stop them treating Palestinians like animals and stealing their land! That would be a great start!

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I think what needs to be clear is that anti-zionist and anti-Israeli government is not anti-semitism. Criticism of Israel and it's government is not criticism of Jewish people. If people are lashing out at jews randomly then that is anti-semitism....but if the negativity is against the Israeli government and its treatment of the Palestinian people (which is ALSO anti-semitism btw but we're not allowed to mention that) then it is NOT anti-semitic in nature.

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Stop them treating Palestinians like animals and stealing their land!

What??? Anyway….

That would be a great start!

Israel could give up all of their land and then some and it still wouldn’t give the Jewish people peace or security. As long as the Israeli Jews are alive, the Palestinians will always be a threat to them, so basically it just wouldn’t matter in the end.

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I have read articles in the Western media linking the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe to the increased numbers of Muslim migrants there, and I’m sure that’s true and goes part way to explaining why this is happening. However, I’m equally certain that the people who follow the likes of Marine LePen or any of the other right-wing movements in countries such as Italy, Hungary and elsewhere are just as anti-Semitic as they are anti-Muslim, thereby continuing the loathsome tradition of prejudice and persecution which, as Desert Tortoise says, stretches all the way back to the advent of Christianity.

What do you do about it? No-one’s been able to find the answer to that question for 2,000 years or so.

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Thus the term "globalists" coined by Bannon et al.

By and his alt right ilk have pushed that word, but I first read it used by Nazis in the 1930s. And others have said, anti-Jewish movements have been fundamental to European history.

And though Hitler and followers were blatant about a 'final solution', Stalin might have killed more people, while also targeting Jews. But Stalin was on the winning side in WW2, so Russia has been able to partially re-write and whitewash USSR's involvements.

Timothy Snyder's "Bloodlands" has frightening accounts of the evils committed by both Hitler's forces and Stalin's. Totalitarianism and cult of personality gone mad. And still today there are people who push against democracy, and push for 'strongman' leadership.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodlands

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Being against the Zionist policies and actions of Israel is not antisemitism. The tide is turning in support for Israel as more people realize the truth and see through the pro Israel lobbies propaganda.

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Netanyahu didn't help with his right wing fascist party killing Palestinians and annexing their land with impunity!

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I'm a little intrigued by the photos depicting Jewish people (adults and kids) with orthodox hairstyles. How common is this? I'm asking because when I went to primary school in Scotland, about a quarter of the kids in my school were Jewish. None of them or their parents had such hairstyles. (A local Rabii who sometimes visited the school had a bushy beard.) Later when I lived in Japan, I met and worked with a number of Jewish people from the States. None of them had orthodox hairstyles. These days, when I visit the neighbourhood I grew up in, I see some Jewish men with orthodox hair and clothes - not many, but I saw none when I was young. So is there a trend towards orthodoxy in Jewish communities?

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They are Orthodox Jews, found in places like Stamford Hill in London.

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered by staff at Auschwitz death camp. Nine barracks were spray-painted with anti-Semitic phrases and slogans denying the Holocaust, according to the Auschwitz memorial and museum.

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The majority of Jews are not orthodox.

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The biggest part of that problem is intentionally imported, not having thought about the consequences that brings it with, for example those. Now they are astonished and complain, but nothing else could be expected.

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Most of the anti-semitism and other racial hate downs are from white extreme right wing supremacist groups. In America, the FBI consider them the greatest threat to the country.

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They are Orthodox Jews, found in places like Stamford Hill in London.

Right. But I find it a little odd that it's typically photos of Orthodox Jews that are used in the media (in the UK anyway) when the story is about Jewish people in general. It's not my image of Jewish people - thinking of those I played with at school and have gone drinking with since.

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albaleo

They are Orthodox Jews, found in places like Stamford Hill in London.

Right. But I find it a little odd that it's typically photos of Orthodox Jews that are used in the media (in the UK anyway) when the story is about Jewish people in general. It's not my image of Jewish people - thinking of those I played with at school and have gone drinking with since.

When I lived in London I had many Jewish friends and girlfriends, none of them orthodox. They look just like everyone else, I suppose that's why the media use photos of orthodox Jews which could be considered to be anti-Semitic.

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Being against the Zionist policies and actions of Israel is not antisemitism.

And yet in one of those delicious ironies of history, Zionism was driven precisely by Russian and Polish pogroms. The whole idea of fleeing Europe and establishing a Jewish homeland in the former land of Israel was born out of the death and oppression Jews faced in Europe. Another fun irony is that the Kibbutz is very much a socialist commune not that much different from what one found in the USSR or later Communist China. Different in execution, true, but the same idea. Israel early on was very much a socialist country and even today has an Army run radio station. Yet that was ok with the US and the rest of the west.

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The European Union unveiled Tuesday a new strategy to combat growing antisemitism in Europe 

There will not be much progress on this front until the authorities confront the systemic hatred of Jews that is weaved into the politics of the European Left.

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