Antisemitism and the Political Right EPA-EFE/ADAM BERRY

Antisemitism and the Political Right

Antisemitism didn’t die with the Nazi regime. It simply found new expressions and justifications


Twenty-seven-year-old neo-Nazi Stephan B. failed to break into the local synagogue in the German town of Halle on Yom Kippur, and so instead murdered two bystanders at a nearby kebab stand. It was only the heavy security measures taken by the Jewish community that prevented a far more tragic massacre. 

Stephan’s antisemitic motivations were obvious, but he articulated them nonetheless on the live-streaming video platform Twitch shortly before the attack, stating: “Feminism is the cause of declining birth rates in the West, which acts as a scapegoat for mass immigration, and the root of all these problems is the Jew.”

That brief manifesto and the horrific actions to which it led capture in an nutshell the moral position of antisemitism, namely that a world without Jews would be a better place. This point shouldn’t be missed, for it is this kind of argument that gives otherwise upstanding citizens moral justification for the hate they harbor toward the Jewish people. 

This particular brand of cleverly-justified Jew-hate has been correctly identified as…