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The rise of antisemitism in Europe is exaggerated. Why? A mix of paranoia and a means of deflecting criticism from Israel. European Jews have never enjoyed such freedom and success

By Antony Lerman   August 2002

When assessing the threat of antisemitism today, can we distinguish between true menace and fear of our own shadows? Given that antisemitism wreaked such havoc in the 20th century, you might think that there would be clear answers to questions like “How serious is antisemitism in Britain?” or “What threat is it to Europe’s Jews?” Many voices claim to provide such answers-they are, however, contradictory.

The case that antisemitism in Europe is deadly serious and getting worse was put in a famous article by Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. “In Europe,” he wrote, “it is not very safe to be…

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