'Never Again for Anyone': the Latest Anti-Semitic Campaign

The campaign “Never Again for Anyone” this month went on tour across the United States -- from D.C., New Jersey, and New York, to Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Toronto. On February 19, it arrived in Los Angeles, where an habitually tolerant people had to face the following declaration, pulled from the "Never Again for Anyone" homepage:

In the face of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, attacks and persecution of Muslim and Arab communities in the US and Canada, and ongoing attacks against the rights of other communities and immigrants, we assert a commitment to collective humanity against the application of “never again” to only a few.

Yes: it's anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism framed as anti-racism. Since the late 1960s, it's been a constant theme.

The sponsors of the “Never Again” tour are American Muslims for Palestine, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and the Middle East Children’s Alliance. Here's a taste of what these organizations stand for.

On January 29, 2011, Rutgers University in New Jersey, a nationally renowned, state-sponsored institution, witnessed the following event. At the campaign stop of “Never Again,” Hajo Meyer and Hedy Epstein were invited to speak. A year ago, Meyer spoke in the UK during a tour of “Never Again.” An announcement for the January 26, 2010, gathering read:

Hajo Meyer -- survived Auschwitz -- Haidar Eid -- is surviving Gaza; both are united in a commitment to Palestinian freedom.

We know who Meyer is. He is driven by hatred and resentment. With him, an extremely tiny group of Holocaust survivors are distorting history. Rather than representing the Jewish community, they are a constituency unto themselves. Meyer uses Auschwitz as a tool to fight today’s Jews. In doing so, he encourages Hamas, known for its commitment to destroy Israel, following the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna, whom they quote in their charter. Is there anything more disgusting a person can do?

German bestseller and journalist at Die Welt Henryk M. Broder -- himself a Jew -- won a lawsuit against Hajo Meyer in 2007. According to a report in the Jewish Press on November 21, 2007, Broder is officially allowed to say that Meyer “is an expert in applied Judeophobia.”

After Auschwitz, comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and framing an event with the phrase “Never again” is, quite simply, anti-Semitism. According to the "Working Definition on Antisemitism of the European Union," as well as the definitions relied upon by the U.S. government, “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is anti-Semitic.

So much for Hajo Meyer. The other speaker at Rutgers was Hedy Epstein, known for her support of the “Free Gaza” movement, which ignores or affirms the blatant anti-Semitism of Hamas.

Well, Jewish anti-Semitism is a well-known phenomenon. Indiana-based Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld dealt with it a few years ago in a text titled “‘Progressive’ Jewish Thought and the New Antisemitism.”