At a time of world-wide economic problems and political upheaval, the traditional scapegoat has emerged once again as the focus, as anti-Semitic activities appears to be at, if not an all-time high, certainly making more and regular headlines than in any decade since World War II.
Around the world, we see the rise of Ukrainian Nationalism replete with an outlandish return to nazi- and USSR-era type labeling requirements and restrictions on activities, and we see otherwise fair-minded people buying into the propaganda of anti-Israel interests, castigating the small enclave of democracy for defending itself and its people against constant and deadly terrorist activities.
And right here in Southern California, two seemingly divergent news stories of the past few days are actually opposite sides of
“Adolf was right. Kill Jews” was sprawled by one Amos Hason on a fence behind a business, in full view of surveillance cameras. He has been charged with hate crimes by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. News reports state that Hason has on his record several prior arrests and two convictions relating to illegal weapons possession, including possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault another.
Yet, this is one deranged man, and society has taken action to punish him, and to protect the safety of the public. Remember, when that horrendous assault occurred last month in Kansas, the man who shot up two Jewish activity centers killed no one of the Jewish faith, but did kill three people of other faiths. No one is safe when such deranged people have access to deadly weapons.
But another local story from a few days earlier is much more frightening, and for many reasons, including its lack of notoriety and the almost total lack of outrage that it engendered.
But not so much among the Rialto School District, where eighth graders were given the assignment of researching materials promulgated by the virulently anti-Semitic Bible Believers Church of Sydney, Australia, and writing papers arguing that the Holocaust was a hoax.
When learning of this assignment, the Los Angeles-area chapter of the Anti-Defamation League sent this email to representatives of the school district:
“It is ADL’s general position that an exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust Denial”
What is even more despicable was the fact of little to no protest on the part of students or patents to this outrageous assignment.
This is the most scary part of today’s anti-Semitism, of the less obvious side of the coin.