This gives the phenomenon an intensity and immediacy it did not have when the Nazis began spreading their propaganda.
Millions of people saw a Syrian-produced movie on television that, among other things, showed a child's throat being cut.
The statistics would probably reveal that the number of European anti-Semites far exceeds those who like ballet. What more could and can we do to fight anti-Semitism? He asserted that when civilizations clash, Jews die.
A phenomenon that develops intensely in an entire continent over a period of many centuries becomes deeply embedded in the societal mindset and behavior. In his view, in certain European circles, revenge is being taken against the Jews because "nobody will ever forgive the Jews for the Holocaust." Sacks drew attention to the manipulation of words, like genocide and ethnic cleansing, by Israel's adversaries.
The resurgence of European anti-Semitism after the Holocaust suggests that it has deep roots in society.
It has been fostered in a great variety of ways by so many, for such a long time, in all European countries that one might consider this form of hate and discrimination as inherent to European culture and a part of European "values." New European anti-Semitism often originates from a young age, which indicates that it is an anti-Semitism of the future rather than of the past.
In a similar manner, a significant number of Europeans like ballet, while many others find it boring, decadent, or disgusting.
Yet dancing is part of European culture and has been practiced as a performing art for a long time.
At that time the term anti-Semitism first appeared.It originated in Europe, developed over many years, and is widely taught as well as frequently discussed by the cultural elite and shown in the major media.European anti-Semitism can be said to have similar characteristics.In the immediate postwar period, democratic societies such as Norway, the Netherlands, and others discriminated in various ways against the Jews in many domains. Norwegian historian Bjarte Bruland, who played a key role in the national restitution negotiations of the mid-1990s, says that among the survivors of the small prewar Norwegian Jewish community there were many "stateless Jews who had fled to Sweden, some of whom had lived in Norway for as long as 50 years, prior to the war.The Norwegian government initially refused to allow them to return to the country, a position which only later changed." Postwar legislation and its implementation in many countries frequently favored those who possessed the Jews' stolen property while, at the same time, liberated countries embellished their war history.The Netherlands provides one of many examples, including in regard to Anne Frank's memory.Twentieth-century Europe was a continent where a war criminal or a mass murderer had a better chance to survive than a Jewish child.Simultaneously it also serves as fireman, trying to quench the flames of classic religious and ethnic anti-Semitism. Although European anti-Semitism cannot be eradicated, certain steps can be taken to mitigate it.This requires a major change in discriminatory EU policies toward Israel.The European Union's attitude toward anti-Semitism is double-handed.Through its discriminatory declarations and votes in international bodies the EU acts as an arsonist, fanning the flames of anti-Semitism in its anti-Israeli disguise.