Wrong Numbers

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In the days following the 9/11 attacks, conspiracy theories claimed that Jews had masterminded the attacks. Europe saw an increase in violence against Jews and Jewish targets, and classical antisemitic themes burgeoned in the Middle East media. Conservative voices in the U.S. responded quickly, publishing articles and books proclaiming that Jew-hatred’s new face in America was the face of the Left. Progressive criticism of Ariel Sharon’s far-right government in Israel ran this argument, but was merely a thin veneer masking an underlying hostility towards the Jewish people; and the clearly implied solution was to lift up our eyes to the conservatives, whence cometh our help.

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