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As little as did the terror attack that killed four at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.</p>\n<p> THE RISE OF European anti-Semitism is in reality just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred &mdash; persecution, expulsions, massacres &mdash; was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable.<br />\n The hiatus is over. Jew-hatred is back, recapitulating the past with impressive zeal. Italians protesting Gaza handed out leaflets calling for a boycott of Jewish merchants. As in the 1930s. A widely popular French comedian has introduced a variant of the Nazi salute. In Berlin, Gaza brought out a mob chanting, &ldquo;Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone!&rdquo; Berlin, mind you.<br />\n European anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, however. It&rsquo;s a European problem, a stain, a disease of which Europe is congenitally unable to rid itself.<br />\n From the Jewish point of view, European anti-Semitism is a sideshow. The story of European Jewry is over. It died at Auschwitz. Europe&rsquo;s place as the center and fulcrum of the Jewish world has been inherited by Israel, now the largest Jewish community on earth.<br />\n The threat to the Jewish future lies not in Europe but in the Muslim Middle East, today the heart of global anti-Semitism, a veritable factory of anti-Jewish literature, films, blood libels and calls for violence, indeed for another genocide.<br />\n The founding charter of Hamas calls not just for the eradication of Israel but for the killing of Jews everywhere. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah welcomes Jewish emigration to Israel &mdash; because it makes the killing easier: &ldquo;If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.&rdquo; And, of course, Iran openly declares as its sacred mission the annihilation of Israel.<br />\n For America, Europe and the moderate Arabs there are powerful reasons having nothing to do with Israel for trying to prevent an apocalyptic, fanatically anti-Western clerical regime in Tehran from getting the bomb: Iranian hegemony, nuclear proliferation (including to terror groups) and elemental national security.</p>\n<p> FOR ISRAEL, however, the threat is of a different order. Direct, immediate and mortal.<br />\n The sophisticates cozily assure us not to worry. Deterrence will work. Didn&rsquo;t it work against the Soviets? Well, just 17 years into the atomic age, we came harrowingly close to deterrence failure and all-out nuclear war. Moreover, godless communists anticipate no reward in heaven. Atheists calculate differently from jihadists with their cult of death. Name one Soviet suicide bomber.<br />\n Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani once characterized tiny Israel as a one-bomb country. He acknowledged Israel&rsquo;s deterrent capacity but noted the asymmetry: &ldquo;Application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.&rdquo; Result? Israel eradicated, Islam vindicated. So much for deterrence.<br />\n And even if deterrence worked with Tehran, that&rsquo;s not where the story ends. Iran&rsquo;s very acquisition of nukes would set off a nuclear arms race with half a dozen Muslim countries from Turkey to Egypt to the Gulf states &mdash; in the most unstable part of the world. A place where, say, a moderate pro-American Yemen can fall to pro-Iranian rebels overnight.<br />\n The idea that some kind of six-sided deterrence would work in this roiling cauldron of instability the way it did in the frozen bipolarity of the Cold War is simply ridiculous.<br />\n The Iranian bomb is a national security issue, an alliance issue and a regional Middle East issue. But it is also a uniquely Jewish issue because of Israel&rsquo;s situation as the only state on earth overtly threatened with extinction, facing a potential nuclear power overtly threatening that extinction.</p>\n<p> ON THE 70TH anniversary of Auschwitz, mourning dead Jews is easy. And, forgive me, cheap. Want to truly honor the dead? Show solidarity with the living &mdash; Israel and its six million Jews. Make &ldquo;never again&rdquo; more than an empty phrase. It took Nazi Germany seven years to kill six million Jews. 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Auschwitz, today — a bitter irony

ANTI-SEMITISM: January 30, 2015

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