A lot of really ugly things were said about Jews during Israel’s war in Gaza. They were compared to Nazis; they were called “filthy self-centred—bigoted and arrogant circumsized anthropoids;” they were told to “go back to the oven.”
Similar comments could be found on the Website of StandWithUs, which organized a number of rallies in support of Israel and just sent me a release with a litany of hate-filled comments. Among them: “Hitler was right!! Wish he finished the job!”; “Admit to the thousand year old talmadic zionist bloodlust”; and “Drop dead jew.”
“All Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike, should be deeply concerned by this increasing anti-Semitic bigotry and its violent language, by the license many people seem to feel they have to express it so openly, and by the effort to intimidate into silence those with whom they disagree,” StandWithUs international director Roz Rothstein said. “This trend suggests that our country is moving in a dangerous direction. All Americans must stand up and denounce it.”
I far from think this is the beginning of the end for American Jews. But I’m always surprised by how virulent and deep-rooted anti-Semitism appears at times like these.
All the comments left on the StandWithUs site can be seen here. My personal favorite—and I use that word sarcastically—is this little bit of hate-filled brevity:
“SAY HI TO LUCIFER FOR ME”
For the story behind the image above, watch the video after the jump: