FROM RON­SON’S AR­TI­CLE: ‘OUR FREE­DOMS ARE THREAT­ENED’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

“AN­TISEMITISM is called ‘the long­est ha­tred’ for good rea­son, and in re­cent years it has again been stirred up by global events, fears and un­cer­tain­ties. This is an­tisemitism’s uni­ver­sal les­son – it starts against Jews, but never ends there. An­tisemitic rhetoric now fits mod­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties, with the word ‘Zion­ist’ hav­ing largely re­placed the word ‘Jew’ in ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda.

“The vic­tims, of course, re­main the same —Jewish ceme­ter­ies and syn­a­gogues are still des­e­crated, and those who are vis­i­bly Jewish are still abused in the streets.

“This is racist and po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence, in which lo­cal Jews are of­ten at­tacked over events for which they bear no re­spon­si­bil­ity, such as Mid­dle East vi­o­lence or the 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks.

“Phys­i­cally, the worst threat is that of a largescale ter­ror­ist at­tack against the Jewish com­mu­nity, or against an Is­raeli-re­lated tar­get in its midst.

“An­tisemitism and ter­ror­ism ex­ist in very mod­ern con­texts, and both are un­der­pinned by po­lit­i­cal cur­rents that chal­lenge demo­cratic Bri­tish so­ci­ety, and our free­doms to live in the way that we choose.”

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