USA - Rise in Coronavirus-Linked Anti-Semitism

Arno Froese

Israeli researchers have tracked a global trend of anti-Semitic hate speech blaming Jews and Israelis for the coronavirus. But they stress that Jews are not the only target of virus-related conspiracy theories.

Coronavirus-related slurs against Jews are promoted mainly by “extreme rightists, ultra-conservative Christian circles, Islamists, and to a minor extent by the far-left,” according to an annual report on global anti-Semitism by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University. This year’s report, which notes an 18% increase in anti-Semitic violence in 2019, was issued ahead of Israel’s annual commemoration of victims of the Holocaust.

“Since the beginning of March 2020, we have been receiving disturbing information on accusations of Jews, Zionists and Israelis, as individuals and as a collective, for causing and spreading the coronavirus,” the report says. “Will the coronavirus crisis result in more accusations of the lowest kind against the Jewish people and its state, or will the understanding prevail that the fate of all mankind is intertwined, and that there is no way out of it but in cooperation and mutual support?”, 21 April 2020

Arno's Commentary

On numerous occasions, we have noted the rise of anti-Semitism, particularly in recent years. But we must face the troubling fact that too often the source of this hate is not just coming from Muslims or the left, but people and organizations that we may otherwise tend to agree with. The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization based in New York, tracks incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States, and finds that a disconcerting number are perpetrated by conservative Christians (at least nominally). 

As we know, Genesis 12:3 teaches us to love and support Israel: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Parallel passages make it clear this includes not just the land but the children of Israel—the Jewish people. So, let us be careful that our witness reflects our love for the Jewish people wherever they are, not just Israelis and the modern State of Israel. Remember, there are anti-Semites in this world who also support the State of Israel, but only because they wish to see Jews leave their country and move there.

[By Joel Froese]

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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