FROM RONSON’S ARTICLE: ‘OUR FREEDOMS ARE THREATENED’
“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.”