That’s the headline in Haaretz and other Jewish newspapers. There were more anti-Semitic incidents recorded in 2009 than in any year since the Second World War. It seems that 42 percent of Western Europeans agree with the true statement that “Jews exploit the past to extort money.”
If you have been paying attention as long as I have, you have probably heard all of this before. We hear about “record anti-Semitism” and the “new anti-Semitism” every year. The same scaremongers demand that something must be done. New laws must be passed. Commissions must be appointed. Taboos must be reinforced. Or else there will be another Holocaust.
My own theory is that we must be entering the annual fundraising cycle. I have no proof of this. It is only a suspicion. When Jews complain about rising anti-Semitism, I usually find that is a indicator that Jewish wealth, power, and influence has increased in some measurable way.
I will keep looking for any new relevant data.