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Ruth Gledhill – Times Online – WBLG: Anti-Semitism: New, virulent and lethal.

Ruth Gledhill – Times Online – WBLG: Anti-Semitism: New, virulent and lethal.

‘Silence is not an option. The time has come not only to sound the alarm, but to act. For as history taught us only too well, while it may begin with Jews, it does not end with Jews.’ As we report, these are the words of Irwin Cotler, a former Attorney General for Canada and counsel to Nelson Mandela, Natan Sharansky and many others. These words are not to be taken lightly.

‘What we are witnessing today – and which has been developing incrementally, sometimes imperceptibly, and even indulgently, for some thirty-five years now – is a new sophisticated, globalizing, virulent and even lethal Antisemitism, reminiscent of the atmospherics of the 30s, and without parallel or precedent since the end of the Second World War,’ he says.

‘The new anti-Jewishness overlaps with classical Antisemitism but is distinguishable from it. It found early juridical, and even institutional, expression in the United Nations’ ‘Zionism is Racism’ resolution but has gone dramatically beyond it. This new Antisemitism almost needs a new vocabulary to define it; however, it can best be identified using a rights-based juridical perspective.’

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