Last spring, in reaction to a report that anti-Semitism and holocaust-denial were increasing globally, the U.S. State Department created a special committee to help supervise and control anti-Semitic attacks. While anti-Semitic flare-ups can occur in any country at any time, even in the U.S. and Canada, some countries are known for their anti-Semitic views, and even have policies of anti-Semitism.
In 2012 the report on religious freedoms stated even though we are into the 21st century, anti-Semitic views are still common around the world and that Jews are still discriminated against in the media through the use of disrespectful cartoons, ignorant conspiracy theories, and the blood-libel myth. It also stated that outbreaks of anti-Semitism generally coincide with political leaders expressing anti-Semitic opinions. Often such opinions create a snowball effect whereby other leaders echo such opinions, and their followers invariably engage in anti-Semitic acts of violence. The areas of greatest concern with regards to anti-Semitic rhetoric are in Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela.
For example, in Venezuela the media, which is controlled by the government, posted several anti-Semitic views when Henrique Capriles was running as a presidential candidate. Egypt regularly broadcasts anti-Semitic views in its media using topics such as holocaust glorification and denial. On October 19th, 2012 the Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was caught condoning anti-Semitic views when a religious leader said “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters” and Morsi replied “amen.” The Iranian government continuously belittles Judaism and calls for the destruction of Israel. It is also involved in terrorism against the Jewish state.
John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, while at a news conference responded to reports of increased anti-Semitism by stating that “religious freedom is a basic human right” and that “in too many places governments are failing to protect the minorities from social discrimination and violence.” The national director of the Anti-Defamation League stated that the U.S. is taking the rise in anti-Semitism very seriously and that the U.S. will “urge foreign governments to take action against anti-Semitism.”
It is quite shocking that nearly seventy years after the holocaust this hateful discrimination is still part of everyday life in so many countries. Political leaders continue to voice hateful opinions towards the Jewish people and incite violence against Jews globally. That such hatred and discrimination is still occurring is disheartening to say the least. The Jewish people have already endured tremendous suffering, and if history has taught us anything it is to take hateful rhetoric and discrimination seriously. To sit idly by is not an option we should be willing to live with.
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