- - Monday, July 9, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Recent events have shown the disrespect of the radical left (specifically supporters of Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism) for not only religions in general, but Judaism specifically.

While it has been a long-held, and for the most part deserved, belief that the radical right holds anti-Semitic views, recent events have shown that more is to be feared on this score from the radical left. Such organizations as BDS, JVP and SJP have not only posed a verbal problem but now more frequently a physical-safety one. The Labour Party in Great Britain is certainly a major purveyor of not only anti-Israel sentiment but also anti-Semitism, particularly under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The radical left in France has taken up anti-Semitism in collaboration with Muslim voters, making life difficult for the large Jewish population there. Finally, Sweden, with its former open borders flooded by Muslims, has seen a rise in the number of physical attacks against its small Jewish population.

While Jewish groups have resisted, the real rebuttal should be from centrist, “tolerant” organizations and individuals. Unfortunately, while the general response of such groups to anti-Semitism has been muted, the same cannot be said of approval by radical leftist groups.

Recalling the early stages of the Third Reich in Germany, where Nazi fascists denigrated the Jewish population of that once-tolerant nation, the limited exodus of Jews was the only appropriate answer. I would suggest that British, French and Swedish Jews seek an early exit — and if the Democratic Socialist Party in the U.S. achieves power, American Jewry be not far behind.

NELSON MARANS

New York


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