On International Holocaust Remembrance Day in America and Europe, recognized annually on January 27, people were working hard to draw attention to and advocate for an end to antisemitism. They can look forward to permanent employment. Antisemitism is a virus that can be treated but not cured; instead, it morphs.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: In the 20th century, the goal of extreme antisemites was a Europe “cleansed” of Jews. In the 21st century, another goal of extreme antisemites is a Middle East “cleansed” of a Jewish state. For many, “Never again!” means never again in the 20th century will European Jews be slaughtered by Nazis. As for Middle Eastern Jews in the 21st century, they’re fair game.
Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, expresses this candidly. “Israel must be burned to the ground and made to disappear from the face of the Earth,” he has said.
Eager to set those fires are Hezbollah and Hamas. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has described both groups as “friends.”