Caroline Glick left journalism to join the New Right (Hayamin Hehadash) party.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Caroline Glick, author and former Jerusalem Post columnist, is known for her fiery rhetoric about Israeli politics and security. But antisemitism?
Glick sat down with Avi Abelow, CEO and co-founder of the Israel Video Network, to discuss what she described as a growing concern that antisemitic views are being pushed onto the global public through the realm of fake news.
"You use fake facts in order to rationalize violent facts against Jews," Glick explained.
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She said antisemitism throughout the ages has manifested itself as fake news or fake facts, such as the idea that Jews make Passover matzah with the blood of Christian children
"That is a fake fact," she said. "So then, antisemites will say, 'It is not that we hate Jews. We are concerned and we need to deal with the fact that these Jews are eating our children.'"
As a result, when people become brutal or genocidal against the Jews, they can justify their behavior, Glick said, as "just taking the normal action that anyone would take if someone were eating their children."
This was the case in Nazi Germany, where the lie was spread that Jews were destroying German society by being communists.
"Obviously, if the Jews are destroying Germany because of communism, you have to commit genocide," Glick said. "It is not that you are antisemitic. You are not anti-Jewish. You are responding to some terrible act that the Jews are committing and therefore it makes sense to kill them all."
Glick's comments come on the heels of recent studies about the rise in antisemitism.
An April 2019 report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry showed that the number of major violent attacks on Jews and Jewish targets around the world jumped 13% last year, from 342 to 387. Those violent attacks were centered in the United States, which was home to more than 100 cases.