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Krauthammer: 'Anti-Semitism Is Back in Vogue'

Krauthammer: 'Anti-Semitism Is Back in Vogue'

On Saturday’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer gave an interview that included the topics of Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 prospect and the return of anti-Semitism to Europe.

On the topic of anti-Semitism, Krauthammer explained why he said there was a return of anti-Semitism on the European continent.

“Well, it’s not an opinion, what I’m saying is a fair description of the demonstrations that occurred in London, Paris, Berlin of all places,” Krauthammer said. “Crowds chanting ‘death to the Jews,’ ‘Jews to the gas chamber,’ ‘Hitler was right.’ That’s pretty anti-Semitic. It is very clear what’s happening in these huge demonstrations in Europe — this intense animus is a resurgence, a recurrence of anti-Semitism, which had been after the holocaust for half a century, unfashionable. You weren’t supposed to be anti-Semitic after what the Nazis did. Those generations are gone. We have a new generation now. And anti-Semitism is back in vogue. You see it on the streets.”

“In America, I think it’s rather different,” he continued. “We don’t have a tradition of anti-Semitism. This has been the most welcoming country to the Jewish people in the history of the Jews, and I think most of it is largely ignorance. People don’t know the origin of the conflict. They don’t know what Hamas intends or what Hamas is or what Hamas’ tactics are. They see a picture or two on television. Their heart is broken, as every heart should be when they see a dead child. They have no context and they end up saying well, it must be the Israeli aggressors. That’s a far more benign reaction. It’s also a far more minority reaction here than it is the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic wave sweeping Europe.”

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