Not shocked

How did we get to a point where someone thought it was acceptable to daub "Jews Die" on the wall of a school?

The offensive graffiti at Mount Scopus College.
The offensive graffiti at Mount Scopus College.

How did we get to a point where someone thought it was acceptable to daub “Jews Die” on the wall of a school?

We suppose we should be shocked. But sadly, after the ever-growing torrent of Jew-hate our community has experienced since October 7, this is just the latest in a long line of incidents. We’re deeply saddened, yes, but not shocked.

Globally and locally, the Israeli victims of October 7 and those still being held hostage have been either forgotten, sidelined in the conversation or worse still, blamed for the crimes committed against them. Hamas’s heinous sexual violence has been downplayed and excused, including by so-called feminists.

The corrupt United Nations and its equally tarnished legal arms, the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court, have made a mockery of international law in voting to admit non-existent states and issuing skewed judgments and statements cheered on by the worst despotic and corrupt regimes.

The media has done its part to stir the pot, with biased reporting, poor fact checking and reproducing Hamas propaganda as gospel.

Here in Australia, where antisemitism soared by 738 per cent late last year, we have heads of major universities being either wilfully blind to the hate being spewed by ostensibly pro-Palestinian protesters on campus or capitulating to their perverse demands. At one university at least, these radical extremists have now openly admitted their real goal is Israel’s annihilation.

We have political leaders who, while well-meaning, are terrified to talk about antisemitism without mentioning Islamophobia in the same breath, despite the uniqueness and far higher prevalence of the former.

And we have the leader of the Greens, the third-largest party in our Parliament, refusing to endorse Israel’s right to exist as part of a two-state solution or to label Hamas – who on October 7 perpetrated the single largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust – a terrorist organisation.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told The AJN back in 2022, “The antisemitism of the radical left … starts slowly and some people don’t see it. Some people deny it. Some people dismiss it. And it grows and it grows and suddenly the temperature is up here.”

And that is how we got here.

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