Addressing throngs of attendees at a previously held national policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is known as the nation’s largest and most influential pro-Israel lobby organization, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom announced that “Anti-Zionism is the New Anti-Semitism.” Praising AIPAC for its unwavering support for Israel, Rabbi Sacks went on to speak of the alarming escalation of anti-Semitic attacks all across Europe, including France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
By: Fern Sidman
“In medieval times, the Jew was attacked because of his religion; in the 19th and 20th centuries the Jew was attacked because of his race, and in contemporary times, the Jew is attacked because of his state. The reason may change, but not the hate.”
Rabbi Sacks recalled that he had never experienced anti-Semitism until his youngest daughter, (who was attending a British university) came home in tears after attending an anti-globalization rally. She said that the organizer first began attacking America, then Israel, then the Jews. She told him that, “They hate us.”
Referencing the Passover Haggadah, Rabbi Sacks said that he never understood the part of the Haggadah that speaks of Jew hatred rearing its ugly head in every generation. “I had only thought this to be applicable to our parents generation; those who had experienced the Holocaust but not for us who were born and raised after the Holocaust, but now I see things quite differently”
He added, the phrase “Never Again” has come to mean “:Ever Again”