• As Purim is Observed in 2021 … Anti-Semitism Still Threatens Jews Worldwide

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    Surge Summary: The Jewish celebration of Purim this year reminds us that hostility toward Jews – and Israel – remains a current threat. Anti-Semitism is sadly at work around the world and must be denounced and resisted.

    by Gary Bauer

    [Thursday night], Jews all over the world [celebrated] Purim.  It is the story of Queen Esther, who broke protocol and saved the Jewish people in Persia from a plot to annihilate them.

    Just as it did so many centuries ago, Israel is once again facing an existential threat from modern day Persia.  Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, routinely promises a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    His regime is working feverishly to develop ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction, while his terrorist proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, encircle the Jewish state from Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.

    So long as God gives me breath, I promise to fight the ancient evil of anti-Semitism (see next item), and to always stand with Israel and its people, the apple of God’s eye.

    To all of our Jewish friends and supporters, Chag Purim Sameach!

    Exposing Anti-Semitism

    Sadly, anti-Semitism is on the rise in many parts of the world today.  The Anti-Defamation League recently released a harrowing report on anti-Semitism in Europe.  And it is here in the United States as well.

    When we think of anti-Semitism, what often comes to mind are images of ignorant neo-Nazis vandalizing synagogues.  But it is also creeping into the mainstream of academia and Hollywood, where there seems to be a growing acceptance of anti-Semitism on the left.

    Oberlin College is in the news this week.  It turns out that a tenured professor of religion, Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, previously served as Iran’s U.N. ambassador.  He denied Israel’s right to exist and defended Palestinian terrorism against Israel.  Why would any American university hire him?

    NBC is taking fire for promoting anti-Semitic tropes on the comedy show “Saturday Night Live” and the medical drama “Nurses.”

    And there’s renewed concerns about anti-Semitism in the “woke” progressive movement after Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill said recently that the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t just about “dismantling white supremacy” in America, but also in Israel, which he referred to as a “settler-colonial movement in Palestine.”

    Again referring to the Jewish state of Israel, Hill added, “Black Lives Matter, very explicitly, is talking about the dismantling of the Zionist project” and “very explicitly embracing BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel] on those grounds.”

    This isn’t Hill’s first controversy involving his deep-seated anti-Semitism.  He was fired by CNN in 2018 after speaking at a U.N. conference where he called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”  That phrase is the unofficial slogan of Hamas and other radical anti-Israel groups, and it means erasing the nation of Israel.

    Again, anti-Semitism is not confined to the dark corners of the Internet or to any one end of the political spectrum.  It is a sin that must be confronted and condemned whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: Happy Purim; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; adapted from: zeevveez; https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeevveez/8507028124

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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