From the Washington Post:
By Ishaan Tharoor February 28 at 12:59 AM Email the author
Readers of Today’s WorldView are well aware of how the far right has gone mainstream over the past year. They were brought there by a confluence of events: President Trump’s rise to the White House on an ultranationalist platform, the electoral gains made by once-fringe parties in Western Europe and the deepening illiberalism of parties in power farther east. As a result, we’ve seen a rise in Islamophobia as well as widespread demonization of immigrants in various countries.
But this resurgent nativism also encompasses an old and dark tradition: a virulent hatred of Jews. …
A new study by the Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based organization that tracks anti-Semitism and other bigotry, found an alarming rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. “The ADL’s 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents identified 1,986 examples of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and assault in 2017, the largest single-year increase and the second-highest number since it started tracking the data in the 1970s,” my colleague Tara Bahrampour reported.
“Vandalism was up by 86 percent, and incidents targeting Jewish schools, community centers, museums and synagogues had surged by 101 percent since 2016, the report found.
Well, sure, a huge number of incidents involving community centers were the work of Israeli Jew Michael Kadar, but as Mr. Greenblatt of the ADL explained to the NYT, hate hoaxes still count as anti-Semitism to the ADL.
Besides, who can remember all the way back to 2017?
“This is close to an all-time high,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization’s CEO, said to The Washington Post, adding that the last time the number of incidents was so high was nearly 25 years ago. He blamed the shift on “the divisive state of our national discourse” in the Trump era. …
While the ADL may be getting all the credulous publicity today, but the SPLC has got something brewing that’s going to blow the ADL away:
And that’s just what’s visible to the outside world. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks right-wing hate groups in the United States, recently released its own report on the surge in neo-Nazi mobilization in the country. Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, told Bahrampour that the organization’s research barely scratches the surface of what may be happening.
“We’re in an ugly time,” she said. “We’re not even close to capturing even one-tenth.”
The cossacks will be riding through the streets of Shaker Heights any day now. Unless you call this 1-800 number where SPLC operators are standing by.
Ishaan Tharoor writes about foreign affairs for The Washington Post. He previously was a senior editor and correspondent at Time magazine, based first in Hong Kong and later in New York. Follow @ishaantharoor