The resurgence of European anti-Semitism after the Holocaust suggests that it is integral to European culture.
The regular resurgence of European anti-Semitism after the Holocaust suggests that it is integral to European culture. This should not be construed falsely to mean that all Europeans are anti-Semites. In a similar manner, classical ballet is an expression of European culture, yet many Europeans find it boring, decadent or disgusting. This does not negate, however, that ballet is integral to European culture and has been practiced as a performing art for a long time. It originated in Europe, developed over many years, and is widely taught as well as frequently discussed by the cultural elites and the major media.
European anti-Semitism can be said to have many similar characteristics. That many Europeans condemn, dislike or are indifferent to anti-Semitism does not contradict its role in European culture, as statements of European politicians, the media and leading intellectuals prove. Also, varying types of anti-Semitic feelings are expressed in polls. If one analyzed the statistics, the number of European anti-Semites would probably far exceed those who like classical ballet.
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs | March 30, 2004
NB: Hmm, the Holocaust was supposedly the result of Christian anti-Semitism, and now that Europe has been flooded with non-Christian Arabs — who have brought with them their centuries-old hatred for Jews and their more recent (and probably more intense) hatred of Israel — the anti-Semitism behind the Holocaust is still alive and well. It is tempting to label logic such as this as insanity, but we mustn’t forget the concept of the Big Lie.