The resurgence of the world's oldest hatred

Sara Gon | Jul 03, 2019
Anti-Semitism has seen a frightening resurgence in the last decade world-wide, less than 75 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust.

Anti-Semitism, the world’s oldest hatred, has again become almost ‘acceptable’ particularly when viewed against other types of discrimination. The subject is of relevance to South Africa for a variety of reasons: the Jewish community is subjected to frequent and vituperative anti-Semitism in all media, and on university campuses. The ANC and its allies have warm relations with Hamas and Boycott, Sanctions, Disinvestment. Above all the ANC has resolved to downgrade diplomatic relations with Israel but not done the same against more egregious violators of human rights. There are only 50,000 Jews living in South Africa - 0,09% of South Africa’s population. Much current anti-Semitism is premised on Israel and its continued occupation of the West Bank. This series of articles, the first one being the opinion piece of Wednesday 3 July 2019, is intended to present facts that are seldom, if ever, considered about this phenomenon


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