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The Most Thinly Disguised Anti-Semitism

Aaron Kliegman

Free Beacon

Fri Apr 05 2019

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia put the shameful depiction into context. "This kind of repugnant caricature of Jews is a sore reminder of blatant anti-Semitism from the dark ages of medieval Europe when anti-Semitic propaganda depicted Jews as satanic consorts and an incarnation of absolute evil," the group wrote on Facebook. "Physically, Jews were portrayed as menacing, hirsute, with boils, warts, and other deformities, sometimes with horns, cloven hoofs, and tails. It is extremely painful to see that the same rhetoric is being used on the campus of an Ivy League university in the United States."

But do not worry: the horns are on an Israeli, not a Jew, so no anti-Semitism to see here.

Last weekend, Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia, compared Israel to the Islamic State in a Facebook post. "What's the difference between ISIS and ISRAEL? … ISIS murderous thugs conquered parts of Syria and declared a ‘caliphate,' no decent human being on planet earth recognized their armed robbery or their ‘caliphate' – their ISRAELI counterparts meanwhile conquered parts of Syria and declared it part of their Zionist settler colony – no decent human being on planet earth recognizes their armed robbery …" Dabashi wrote in a post he later deleted, before answering his own question. "ISIS does not have a platoon of clean shaven and well coiffured columnists at the New York Times propagating the cause of the terrorist outfit as the Zionists columnists do on a regular basis."

Again, do not worry: he is talking about Zionists, not Jews, so no anti-Semitism to see here.

A good rule of thumb is that, if you can take a statement and replace the words "Israel," "Israeli," and "Zionist" with "Jew," "Jewish," and "Jewish people," and that statement then sounds like it came straight out of the Dark Ages or Nazi Germany, it is probably anti-Semitic. The same goes for replacing "Zionism" with "Judaism."...

The Most Thinly Disguised Anti-Semitism