Foxman: Anti-Semitism At Its Worst Since World War II


swastikaAnti-Defamation League chief Abe Foxman believes that anti-Semitism is at its height since the Holocaust, and threatens the lives of Jews all around the world.

“I think when we take a look at what’s going on, I think the assessment is that anti-Semitism, not only in Europe, but globally, is probably the worst that it’s been since World War II,” Foxman said in an exclusive interview to Ynet.

“Europe is where the Jewish people have paid the highest price for anti-Semitism, and it’s sort of an old-new phenomenon,” he said, defining it as “nationalists, anti-government people, neo-fascists, neo-Nazis of anti-immigration and anti-government coming together with a glue and cement of anti-Semitism. I think it’s a serious threat to Jewish life.”

As to whether European leaders are making sufficient effort to stop anti-Jewish activities, Foxman said that, “Sometimes they are and sometimes they’re not.”

He added that incorporating representatives of racist organizations into governments is certainly not helping. “We have to continue to remind them that to accept into their governments neo-Nazi, neo fascist anti-Semitic groups is to give it legitimacy.” Read more here.



  1. What is really just a mirror of hate is sometimes a clear call of unheard distant poverty asking for an excuse for its existence. Anti-Semitism is not just an anxiety of hatred against human suffering, it is also a coin of the solvent limited poverty of time’s connection to limited views. You can experience many forms of anti-Semitism even though you can not see a direct crime such as a swastika or a word of hatred emitted. Anti-Semitism is very prevalent, but I think that the anti-Semitic crimes against human form and society are lessened today. But he is correct, Anti-Semitism is in many places and the key to keeping faith in your own soul is keeping Torah Values. The rest is Hashem’s job.

  2. People now understand why more public pressure should have been placed on FDR in the 1930’s, but they strangely don’t want to lean on Obama today.