The brutal attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians, including teenagers at a music festival and babies in their cribs, were shocking. Also shocking was the cheering of many Americans and Europeans–not just Arab immigrants but also college professors, teenagers, and the non-Jewish progressive left–to those attacks.
I acknowledge the distinction between opposition to the Israeli government and hatred of Jews, but what emerged in the aftermath of the October 7 massacres, rapes, and kidnappings, was old-style hatred of Jews. The babies Hamas beheaded had nothing to do with the Israeli government, but I heard that an American defender of Hamas say that the babies too were “occupiers.” In America, Jews who had nothing to do with the settlement policies of Tel Aviv–an elderly Jewish man, Jewish college students–were assaulted by anti-semitic mobs. Protesters around the world chanted “gas the Jews” and called for their eradication “from the river to the sea.”