Being Leftist and Anti-Semitic in Germany

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Susanne Urban - After the reunification of Germany, 1989 surveys indicated that there was much more anti-Semitism in West Germany than in East Germany. This was a fallacy arising from the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Since then, eastern German "anti-Zionism" has merged with western German "anti-Semitism" into a homogeneous whole. Since 2000, the German Left has voiced its solidarity and support for the Palestinians and for suicide bombers. This is an extension of the New Left anti-Zionism of the 1960s, with the same structural motifs and expressions. There is also a major trend in the German Left of Nazifying and demonizing Israel, opening the door to proclaiming Jews to be the source of the world's evils.

2005-04-22 00:00:00

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