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Anti-Semitism & The Left

This is not some sweeping indictment by any stretch of the matter. I think most of the prominent names on the left stand opposed to anti-Semitism and that many such accusations are often overstated. Nonetheless, I am constantly noticing  how the bulk of my anti-Semitic email comes from the left. This was not always the case. In the late 1990s, a lot of my anti-Semitic email was from self-described “paleo” conservatives.

Regardless, what I find particularly illuminating of late is that a lot of the leftwing pests I’m accustomed to hearing from have switched from sending me missives about Karl Rove’s pending indictment or Bush’s falling poll numbers to really nasty anti-Semitic attacks on Israel. Note: No, I don’t think criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic, but I do think Israel hatred often brings out  deeper anti-Semitic views. I find it a little disturbing that the run-of-the-mill partisans spammers are so comfortable switching from the usual partisan pot shots to diatribes about “the Jews.”

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