One of the more disturbing, startling things discovered in my investigation of European anti-Semitism is the similarity of views about Israel and the Jews between roughly one-half of contemporary Europeans and the Nazis of the 30s and 40s, especially the view that Jews control American Middle East policy.
The EU tabulates violent incidents against Jews in Europe, and if they decline in any given year, the official view is that anti-Semitism is lessening. That's what happened in 2007. But Jews see it differently. They see the almost total demonization of Israel in the press and hear the anti-Semitic overtones and the conspiracy theories and they're reminded of 1930s, when societies were being prepped by fascists for even more Jew-hatred.
In 2008, all of the Nazi stereotypes of Jews have returned to "respectable" European society. But now they travel in the editorial pages or in left-wing street protests under cover of criticizing Israel. To the Euro-left, Israel is the new South Africa, the quintessential politically incorrect state; a colonial, apartheid regime. And so this time around, it's the "Israelis" who are bloodthirsty, devious, conspiratorial and a threat to the planet. But studies show that anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism almost entirely overlap. A Yale study by Kaplan and Small found that anti-Israel sentiment consistently predicts the probability that an individual is anti-Semitic.
In Europe today, "neocon" or "neoconservative" is often a codeword for Jews who control U.S. foreign policy. The Nazis harped on this theme, too, especially at the end of the war. They viewed the victory of America over Germany as the victory of the Jews who control America.
Just before Nazi ideologue Julius Striecher was hanged at Nuremberg, he shouted "Purim Feast, 1946!" Striecher was hanged by American and allied soldiers. But he believed he was being killed by the Jews.
Many today--in Europe and the Arab world, as well as on the fringe in the U.S--see American soldiers in action, and believe they're watching the bidding of influential Jews.
It's unsettling, to say the least.