During the recent Israeli defense of its citizens from the rockets launched on its cities from Gaza, there was a furious explosion of Jew hate throughout Europe and to some extent in the United States.
I found myself defriending six people on Facebook who would previously have been considered friends. In four cases I told them what form of Jew hate they had expressed before I defriended them. In two cases I figured they were too dense and too vicious to understand who they are.
This episode came as a shock to me. The worst Jew hate I have encountered in my adult life was at San Francisco State post-high school institution. I can't bring myself to call it a college or university, it is a pathetic institution that has nothing to do with education or learning.
At San Francisco State, during the 1990s there were many episodes of Arab students expressing their virulent Jew hate on campus and finding plenty of official protection, support and defense for their ignominious behavior. All the Jewish faculty I knew left. I haven't paid attention to the campus since then.
To now find such extensive Jew hate among people I know has really shocked me. The United States has always been a relatively tolerant place and safe home to Jews. There has been a warm welcome from evangelical Christians and both American political parties. That was true up until the Democrats began ending their support for Jews, in the last five years. They already had a major Jew hater in Jimmy Boy Carter and a minor Jew hater in Billy Clinton.
I cannot see the future. I have great confidence in the institutions of this country. If it were not for the vast support of the evangelicals in America today, Jews would be in a much worse situation.
While we have moved from maybe a 1 to a 3 on a Jew-hate-scale of 10, the movement is still not alarming. Europe is already a 6.
My confidence in America is slightly shaken.
The movement from 1 to 3 among people I know, possibly could be attributed to the Internet which has made this kind of evil visible.
Nevertheless it is uncomfortable and unwelcome.