Beyond Left or Right: Whose Fault is Antisemitism?

Antisemitism has always been spread by offenders across the ideological spectrum. That's why it is key to focus on the fighting antisemitic ideas and not get hung up on the identities of whoever is perpetuating them.

When we learn to rebuke anti-Jewish bigotry no matter who spreads it, we will be one step closer to defeating it. Watch the rest of the series here.

Created and Written by Yair Rosenberg:

Comments (19)

(11) Anonymous, November 14, 2021 12:28 PM

I’m a Chinese. I will stand up for you and support you whenever I need to. I love you my Jewish friends.

(10) Elliott Baral, August 25, 2021 8:32 PM

Rosenberg's recipe for disaster

Mr. Rosenberg’s claim that “when we learn to rebuke anti-Jewish bigotry no matter who spreads it, we will be one step closer to defeating it,” is not merely nonsensical, but malevolent.

We Jews know that G-d alone runs the entire world. We know G-d wants a close, personal relationship with every single Jew. And we know that when Jews drift away from G-d, G-d sends reminders to each of us individually -- and to the Jews as a nation -- saying, please come back to Me!

And we know that when we ignore the first, subtle messages, the messages become louder and louder, more and more physical. That’s the message of this week’s Torah portion, Ki Savo: “If you don’t harken to the voice of Hashem, your G-d… then all these curses will come upon you.”

In other words, antisemitism is not about the haters. It’s about you and G-d. It’s G-d begging you, I love you, please come back to Me! And Mr. Rosenberg tells us, when G-d is begging us to come back, we should focus on the non-Jews?! That’s not just counterproductive, that’s disastrous.

(9) LOIS SAM, August 23, 2021 1:22 PM



(8) Edward O Reid, August 22, 2021 9:09 PM


I don't need to watch the video without having to say that some antisemitism is the fault of Jews themselves and how they behave. A huge issue is self-introspection. They blame everyone else without questioning if they may actually be something that is causing a problem.

As an individual, if people don't like us, most of us would take a moment to ponder why? Maybe we are acting in a way that is making people, not like us, but many Jews simply don't do this and I don't comprehend this. Is it some sort of self-absorption from centuries of believing they are always victims when obviously historically this is not always the case.

Mike, August 22, 2021 10:36 PM

Your comments would be more helpful if you gave us some actual examples of how our lack of self-introspection is causing people to hate us. For example, what insight should the Jews have had that would have prevented the slaughter of millions by the Nazis. How about the 1.5 million children who were killed by Hitler. What changes in their behavior would have saved their lives? When Jews were being shot dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue the killer must have based his decision to end their lives on how they were treating him, right! Maybe the animals who shot up the kosher mart in Jersey City did it because the cashier was rude to them? On 12/28/19, a masked man entered a home in Monsey during a Hanukkah celebration and stabbed a Rabbi. The Rabbi eventually died from his wounds. Was it his fault? Last Tuesday, a group of men chased a yeshiva student into his school and shot him dead. They had never met him before and he was doing nothing except standing on the street outside his school minding his own business. Perhaps you would explain your theory about self-introspection and how it relates to these Jewish victims.

037, August 23, 2021 4:55 PM

Couldn’t agree any more

Well said Edward, it always take two to tango. It’s always easy to point the finger, without looking into the mirror.
Thank you.

Mike, August 24, 2021 2:25 AM

An explaination is requested.

The quaint saying"it takes two to tango" does not explain 2000 years of antisemitism. Why did the Nazis murder Jewish children? Why did the crusaders force the Jews of Jerusalem into their synagogue and burn them to death? Why did the Czar launch pogroms against poor helpless Jews living in villages. "It takes two to tango" is a meaningless phrase. I wish that the people who hold this theory to be true would explain it. Tell us why we Jews deserve to be brutalized.

Alan S., August 23, 2021 5:28 PM

Here is the likelihood that Jews cause a substantial amount of Antisemitism: Zilch

Introspection (the word 'self' is redundant) is fine, and perhaps there are and have been a few Jews in the annals of history that created or caused Antisemitism.

This said -- I have no hard figures to back this up -- this type of Antisemitism, the type that Jewish people cause or create themselves, likely amounts to an infinitesimally small number compared to the google-like Antisemitic numbers caused and created by non-Jews.

(7) Alan Bly, August 22, 2021 8:25 PM

Who...I'll tell'ya who

Anti-Semitism has been around since there were Jews. That we all know. And, it will never go away and that was even recognized by HaShem from the beginning. So, what about today because, after all, that's when we Jews are living, isn't it? The "progressives" is the answer. And, horrifically, Jews themselves are prominent in that movement. Sure there are neo-Nazis and other right-wing loonies about...and there always have been. But, if we're looking for the provenance of the undeniable contemporary upsurge in anti-Semitism you'll find it...without the Left. And, just who is it? It's Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Nadler and Schiff and on and on it goes. They've long been the promulgators of the "Israel is a brutal occupier" nonsense. They've ignored and denied it when Blacks and Arabs beat up Jews in the streets of NYC or Los Angeles. They've excused it time and again within their own ranks coming from the likes of Ilhan Omar and Rashida the Halls of Congress...and consistently equate a non-existent, imaginary "Islamophobia" with a very real, concrete anti-Semitism in the country. That's not to say it doesn't also come from the extremist-right. But they've always been there and what they see is a license to act and write and speak against Jews coming from the highest power brokers in American government and society and that means...The Democrats and their allies in the news media and social media. Surely, there will be those that disagree or deny...but that's just being silly and putting one's head in a hole in the ground. There...I've said (written) it.

(6) Tracey Rich, August 22, 2021 8:09 PM

Jews are hated even when they blend in

The video seems to operate from the premise that Jews are hated because we keep ourselves separate. But the fact of the matter is, Jews are hated even when they assimilate. Wilhelm Marr, who invented the term "antisemitism" (which he thought of as a scientific term for a well-reasoned point of view), initially favored Reform Jews because they blended in better than the Orthodox, but as time went on he hated Reform just as much as Orthodox. Hitler murdered anyone with Jewish ancestry even if they had converted out of the faith, murdering Catholic nuns who had converted from Judaism. Many members of my distant family were murdered in the Holocaust even though they had converted long before the Holocaust began. One distant cousin converted to Catholicism in 1890 but his wife divorced him in 1936 on the grounds that he was Jewish and he was murdered in the Holocaust. This is not about keeping yourself separate. This is about a hatred that has been around so long that nobody bothers to question it any more.

Dvirah, August 25, 2021 1:52 PM


Part of the explanation lies in how "Jew" is defined. When the definition was religious, then Jews who spontaneously converted to other religions were accepted following the conversion. (Of course, that did not hold for forced conversions because the forcers knew that the "converted" were faking.)
In the 20th century the definition shifted to a national, then even a genetic one; with such a definition no born Jew could ever be anything else.

(5) Gloria Frisch, August 22, 2021 6:11 PM

Very interesting. I agree with his opinion. I really dislike Bernie Sanders and feel ashamed of his behavior. May he rot in hell!

(4) Rivka, August 22, 2021 2:55 PM

What else is new?

Listen this has been going on for centuries. The biggest mistake some of the people in your video are making specifically the Jewish senators and Congressional Representatives, is trying to distance themselves from Israel and the Jewish people. They're trying to pretend that they're just American. That didn't work in Germany and it's not going to work here. We should probably be Jewish, and continue to refuse to conform to anti-semitic ideals just because we're afraid. Of course we're afraid but Hashem will protect us as he always has.

037, August 23, 2021 5:07 PM


God point! May the Ha Shem bless you always.

(3) Nancy, August 22, 2021 2:40 PM


I am totally in board with the sentiment expressed in this video.

(2) Anonymous, August 22, 2021 12:59 PM

Best video on Antisemitism

You are to be applauded for the best summary of Antisemitism that I have seen

(1) Alan S., August 22, 2021 11:34 AM

Frightening but honest video on the virulent, pervasive world-wide disease known as Antisemitism.

Whether it is the intersectional left or the fascist right, Antisemitism is (probably) the only disease that affects most of the world without rational explanation. It also affects, sadly, many Jews. The video's conclusion should be every moral person's goal.

Anonymous, August 22, 2021 5:05 PM


The Left and the Right are far from equal here. Anti-Semitism has been mainstreamed on the Left, and is usually called out on the Right. Just look at how the Squad is treated with kid gloves, while the right-wing fringe of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green has their every word scrutinized (and rightly so.)

Alan S., August 22, 2021 5:12 PM

Both the left and right say equally stupid, wrong and outrageously cruel statements. Both sides are equally virulent and despicable and both need strong condemnation.


Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment

Receive Weekly Israel Update Emails

Sign up to our Israel Update Newsletter.

Our privacy policy