Former UK Chief Rabbi: Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism

Religious leader and philosopher Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, speaks during a press conference in central London on March 2, 2016. Rabbi Sacks was named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize.

Arutz Sheva reports: Britain’s former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (pictured) has written a blistering op-ed slamming modern-day anti-Zionism as the “new anti-Semitism.”

 In his Newsweek article, published Sunday, Rabbi Sacks refers to figures showing how escalating anti-Semitism has left many Jews considering leaving Europe (“as high as 46 percent in France and 48 percent in Hungary”), and noted that the phenomenon was quickly spreading to the US, specifically via university campuses.

The vehicle allowing anti-Semites to express their Jew-hatred is what Sacks describes as a sort of festival of anti-Israel hatred on campus.

“Much of the intimidation on campus is stirred by “Israel Apartheid” weeks and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel. These have become what Easter was in the Middle Ages, a time for attacks against Jews,” he writes.

Describing anti-Semitism as a “virus that survives by mutating,” he points to the rapidly-changing, often conflicting “motives” given by anti-Semites for their attacks against Jews.

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