Is Anti-Semitism on the Rise?

One thing we know, at this stage in history, that’s not good for the Jews: economic turmoil. Whether it be 1095, 1492, or 1935, economic crisis has fueled anti-Semitism. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Ira Stoll writes of a “foreboding that the financial crisis may trigger a new outbreak of anti-Semitism.” And the Jews’ two havens—Israel and the United States—may not be as safe as they seem. The former may soon be threatened by a nuclear attack from Iran, while the high social standing of Jews in Vienna in 1900 indicates that even places that are friendly, like the United States, can turn quickly.