Hate: Herzl’s unfulfilled vow

The Jewish state that was promised as antisemitism’s cure has become its excuse, focus and obsession.

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June 13, 2018 14:34
 Anti-Israel demonstrators at the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001

Anti-Israel demonstrators at the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001. (photo credit: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS)

IT WAS war by other means. Frustrated by their failure to convert them, early Christians set out to demonize the Jews and defame their faith.

The success of the consequent effort transcended anything its originators could have imagined, inspiring a multipronged attack that eventually harnessed legislatures, kings, armies, literati and mobs while crossing continents, lasting centuries and killing multitudes.

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