But “the only truly modern component” found in left-wing, right-wing and Islamic anti-Semitism alike is Israel: “Anti-Israel sentiment is already the predominant justification for violence, murder and hatred against Jews in the Middle East and Europe.
Now it’s coming here.” Indeed, “the only anti-Semitism still widely used in public discourse is the kind masquerading as anti-Zionism.” Fact is, “when outlets like The New York Times spend decades normalizing the idea that Zionism is tantamount to fascism and apartheid, it’s just a matter of time” before some editor can’t differentiate between a “supposedly ‘anti-Israel’ cartoon and a demonstrably anti-Jewish one.”
Nothing aggravates anti-Semites more “than the idea of Jews protecting themselves after 1,800 years of being at their mercy.”
A columnist for San Juan’s El Nuevo Día published a column blaming Jews for controlling the disaster relief efforts after a devastating hurricane struck the island September 2017.
In her bizarre rant “What Does ‘The Jew’ Want From The Colony?,” Wilda Rodriguez says decisions about the future of the island’s finances and infrastructure are being manipulated “behind closed doors” by Jews who constitute “the secret structure that rules the United States.”
Forty-five percent of the island’s residents currently lack power and many are facing food and medical supply shortages. Many cite the island’s pre-hurricane infrastructure’s poor upkeep as one of the main reasons why the island’s recovery efforts have taken so long.
“More than 20 years ago, the Israeli paper Ma’ariv had an article in Hebrew that explained how the Jews control Washington,” Rodriguez writes. “For Israelis, recognizing Jewish power over Washington is not an offensive statement. It is the victory of the Diaspora.”
Rodriguez continues by providing a conspiracy theory that Jews on Wall Street are punishing the island because of its massive $70 billion debt, which she believes would be “fatal” to financial markets if Puerto Rico refused to pay back.
“The punishment needs to make it clear to the debtor world that Wall Street cannot be manipulated,” she writes.
The article was later updated with a disclaimer from Rodriguez apologizing for any “offense to people of that religion.” El Nuevo Día also provided its own statement saying the paper does “not promote content that can be interpreted as anti-Semitic.”