Anti-Semitism is mankind’s oldest hatred, irrational, obsessive, and seemingly indestructible. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose childhood was spent in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, recalls being instructed “practically on a daily basis that Jews were evil, the sworn enemies of Muslims whose only goal was to destroy Islam.” She grew up hearing Jews blamed for everything from AIDS to war; “if we ever wanted to know peace and stability,” she was taught, “we would have to destroy them before they would wipe us out.”
The Jew-haters always see themselves as victims, and their victimhood becomes their license to persecute. It is a phenomenon as old as the pharaohs and as contemporary as Al Qaeda. Hitler took it to an unprecedented scale. But while Hitler died in 1945, genocidal Jew-hatred lives on.