This article in the Grundian is interesting.
But this paragraph worries me:
“Often, anti-Jewish conspiracy theories don’t explicitly talk about Jews or ‘the Jews’ as a group. There’s some kind of code word or symbol that’s used in place.”
I think this idea makes criticism of Israel and indeed any Jewish individual almost impossible and I think this idea is at the heart of many Jews response to criticisms of Israel.
The problem with the idea is that it means that people are actively seeking to attribute anti-Semetic motive to statements that are not in and of themselves anti-Semetic. This means that almost any proposition or statement about anything can be construed as anti-Semetic if an anti-Semetic motive can be constructed or implied.
I don’t think most of the Republican right* in the USA hate Soros because he is Jewish. They hate him because he is a rich liberal who openly supports leftist causes and is thus a threat.
Most of the time it is the Republican right who have the support of the rich and Soros is seen as sort of ‘class traitor’ who is betraying his fellow billionaire oligarchs. I perceive that this is the source of the vitriol against him rather than his religion.
13 letter bombs were sent by right-wing nutjob Cesar Sayoc and the thing that linked all the victims was not their religion but their opposition to Trump. Thus to try and frame these attacks as motivated by ‘anti-Semitism’ is frankly merely a disingenuous rhetorical construct and is counterproductive in the important fight against the evil that is anti-Semitism.
I am pretty sure that very soon someone in the mainstream media will claim that the attacks on Sir Philip Green are motivated by anti-Semetism. It is true that Philip Green is Jewish and that many people hate him. But his Jewishness is literally nothing to do with why people hate him. People like me hate Green because he is manifestation of the greed, sneering superiority, irresponsibility and sociopathy at the heart of neoliberalism. He’s not alone in my condemnation. I don’t pick him out because of his religion! His religion is literally nothing to do with anything. People like me attack the entire global oligarchical wealthy elite who are defined not by their ethnicity, sexuality or religion but by their class interests.
(*I am using the phrase ‘Republican Right’ to distinguish from the ‘Alt-Right’ who openly use explicitly racist rhetoric. Mind you even the alt-right’s attitude to Jews and Israel is today far more complicated than it was in the 1930’s. Much of the Christian Alt-Right for example are passionate supporters of a Jewish Israel because of their biblical ‘end times’ narrative and the right-wing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is cosying up to some very unsavoury proto-Nazi characters in the USA and Eastern Europe.)