Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Columnist Says Anti-Semitism On Rise In Britain

Conservative columnist Melanie Phillips writing in the Autumn 2007 issue of Manhattan Institute's magazine, City Journal, says that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Britain. Here is a short excerpt from her lengthy article:

Every synagogue service and Jewish communal event now requires guards on the lookout for violence from both neo-Nazis and Muslim extremists. Orthodox Jews have become particular targets; some have begun wearing baseball caps instead of skullcaps and concealing their Star of David jewelry....

[A]nti-Semitism has also become respectable in mainstream British society.... At the heart of this ugly development is a new variety of anti-Semitism, aimed primarily not at the Jewish religion, and not at a purported Jewish race, but at the Jewish state. Zionism is now a dirty word in Britain, and opposition to Israel has become a fig leaf for a resurgence of the oldest hatred.