anyone predicted in 1945 that six decades after the Holocaust,
antisemitism would be a metastasizing global phenomenon and that Jews
would in the 21st century be facing a jihadian future in democratic
countries like France, he would have been regarded as wildly
Had anyone predicted in 1945 that
antisemitism would one day become both acceptable journalism in
prestigious newspapers, magazines and news channels like the BBC, he
would have been looked upon as someone badly in need of the couch that
Yet physical violence against Jews has
become a pan-European phenomenon, says Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior editor
of Commentary magazine. And the epicenter of this violence is France,
where Muslims, who now comprise nine percent of the population, are
expected to make up a quarter of the population by 2025.
In the face of this antisemitism, we
have President Jacques Chirac spluttering: "There is no
antisemitism and [there are] no anti-Semites." Perhaps Mr. Chirac
ought to read the Le Monde editorial of January 20, "Vulgate anti-semitisme,"
which supplies a contradictory view.
Mr. Schoenfeld's searing description of
the spread of this sanguinary racist doctrine raises some startling
questions. It has been a widely held belief that racism would diminish
with the downfall of totalitarianism and the globalization of democracy.
In 1946, there were a dozen or so democracies. As of 1995, there were
114 democracies out of 191 states, yet antisemitism is more widespread
today, as Mr. Schoenfeld documents, than it was at any time in modern
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