British Anti-Semitism Returns - with a Vengeance

(Weekly Standard) Gabriel Schoenfeld - Today, Britain is awash with hatred of Jews carried in by followers of radical Islam who have found a congenial home in which to preach their genocidal doctrines. Anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2009 alone - vandalism, hate mail, and direct violent attacks on Jews - already exceeded the entire number for 2008 and reached a level not seen since such statistics began to be compiled in 1984. An astonishing ruling from Great Britain's newly created high court holds that an Orthodox Jewish school is guilty of "discrimination" for insisting that matrilineal descent - a core precept of Judaism - determines who is a Jew and eligible to enroll. This not only tells Jews, laments the columnist Melanie Phillips in the Spectator, "that the state will not accept their own decision about who is or is not a member of their own community but uniquely stigmatizes them for doing so." Anti-Semitism is playing offense in Great Britain. The writer is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a resident scholar at the Witherspoon Institute.

2009-12-25 08:22:17

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