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90% of European Jews say anti-Semitism has increased and 40% have considered leaving their home countries over the past five years new research shows

Anti-fascism and democracy are inextricably linked. If liberals regard democracy as inessential, how long can it be before anti-fascism is looked upon with similar regard?

Recent research on anti-Semitism in Europe by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has found that, among other things, close to 40% of European Jews have considered leaving their home countries over the past five years, while almost 90% of respondents claimed anti-Semitism had increased since 2013 with the strongest response in France, and 41% of German respondents said they had experienced anti-Semitic harassment over the past year.

Interestingly, when those polled across Europe were asked about the identities of their assailants, 30% responded that the perpetrator was ‘someone with an extremist Muslim view’ and 21% that the perpetrator was ‘someone with a left-wing point of view’. Those with a ‘right-wing political view’ were identified as being responsible in 13% of anti-Semitic incidences, some way down the list.

At around the same time, some revelations also emerged regarding the initial meetings of the anti-Trump Women’s March movement in the US, whose four national co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland were named among Fortune Magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ in 2017.

In the first meeting in November 2016, Perez and Mallory ‘allegedly asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people – and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade.’

An attendee at a meeting held in January 2017 further reported that “Tamika [Mallory] told us that the problem was that there were five white women in the room and only three women of color, and that she didn’t trust white women. Especially white women from the South. At that point, I kind of tuned out because I was so used to hearing this type of talk from Tamika. But then I noticed the energy in the room changed. I suddenly realized that Tamika and Carmen were facing Vanessa [Wruble], who was sitting on a couch, and berating her—but it wasn’t about her being white. It was about her being Jewish. ‘Your people this, your people that.’ I was raised in the South and the language that was used is language that I’m very used to hearing in rural South Carolina. Just instead of against black people, against Jewish people. They even said to her ‘your people hold all the wealth.’ You could hear a pin drop. It was awful.”

Following further revelations regarding the relationship between the co-chairs and Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, even the Democratic National Committee deemed it necessary to remove its sponsorship of the Women’s March. Numbers were reportedly down for this year’s events.

While such sentiments are fairly common currency among the basement dwellers of the online alt-right, it may come as a surprise that they also have currency among such heroines of the woke mainstream. However, when considering the provenance of contemporary anti-Semitism in Europe as outlined above – ‘Muslim extremists’ and ‘people with a left-wing point of view’ – it evidently shouldn’t come as a surprise as all.

In this fusion of the liberal left and Islamism, the liberals may think that they are the senior partner and the ones doing the using. Experience in the UK – Tower Hamlets and Respect – indicates otherwise.

While much is made in the liberal press of the apparent enthusiasm among young, educated Westerners for ‘socialism’, it is a version of socialism which is largely individualistic, motivated by subjective personal experience and grievance with no sense of collective agency, other than race. ‘Jews hold all the wealth’ is one consequence. Fittingly, many of its economic solutions are rooted in neo-liberalism: open borders (the free market is opposed in all realms, except for people), universal basic income (whose advocates included Friedman and Hayek), and in the UK membership of the European Union even at the expense of democracy. Anti-fascism and democracy are inextricably linked. So if democracy is regarded as subordinate to liberal priorities already, it can only be a matter of time before anti-fascism is looked upon with similar regard.

This article first appeared on the Independent Working Class Association facebook page on the date given above and has been transferred here in August 2019.

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