The Hidden Face of Antisemitism Unveiled

Anti-Israel Propaganda Inciting Genocide

On October 7th, 2023, Hamas, an internationally recognized terror group, invaded Israel and committed unspeakable, inhumane atrocities against innocent Israeli civilians - an act that has left the global community in heart-wrenching shock.

In the wake of these horrific attacks, a new and troubling shadow has emerged, threatening not only the Jewish people but the fabric of global society.

Antisemitism, once lurking beneath the surface, has risen in a manner that cannot be ignored. This article explores the surge in antisemitism worldwide in the wake of the war perpetuated by Hamas.

A Catalyst for Global Antisemitism

The massacre of October 7, 2023, stirred a cauldron of emotions and reactions on the global stage. The associated torrent of hate has risen to the surface as Jewish communities worldwide reported a surge in antisemitic incidents. 

Antisemitism in Berlin - Oct 2023
Images of Jewish homes and businesses in Berlin branded, as a form of hatred and intimidation, reminiscent of the Holocaust.  
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The Anti-Defamation League released a statement, highlighting the alarming resurgence of antisemitism in the wake of the Hamas war. 

Regrettably, our communities are seeing a shocking increase in antisemitic incidents, which foreshadows a troubling period ahead:  

There are too many similar examples from too many places around the world.

In Canada, the disturbing rise in antisemitism prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak out. "Since this conflict broke out, there has been a very scary rise of antisemitism here at home," Trudeau said at a conference on fighting antisemitism. Even prior to the ongoing conflict, he said, there had been a "steady rise" in antisemitism

Unmasking the Media: Fueling Antisemitism and Hate

In the age of information, it's crucial to be vigilant against the manipulation of facts and the spread of misinformation, particularly when wielded by media outlets with specific political agendas. These outlets may not always be blatant in their attempts to sway public opinion, but their tactics have far-reaching consequences.

Let's talk about how some media outlets facilitate the spread of misinformation to further political goals, the normalization of buzzwords that can breed antisemitism, and the repercussions of irresponsible fact-checking. We will also delve into the exploitation of celebrities by extremist groups to advance their agendas and the potential for indoctrination in academia.

Media Outlets and Misinformation

Media outlets have an immense influence on public opinion and can be used as powerful tools to advance political agendas. Some outlets subtly distort facts, promoting a particular narrative to serve their interests. This often involves cherry-picking information and framing stories in a way that bolsters their viewpoint while undermining opposing views

A Case in Point: Not using the term "Terrorists"

In the world of journalism, the choice of words is pivotal in shaping public perception and narratives surrounding events. One prominent example of media outlets influencing narratives through their language choices is the BBC's decision to refer to certain individuals or groups as "militants" rather than "terrorists." This seemingly subtle linguistic choice can have a profound impact on how the public views the actions of these groups and individuals.

Defining "Militant" and Its Distinction from "Terrorist":

A "militant" is typically defined as a person who is actively engaged in a conflict, often with the goal of pursuing a specific cause or agenda. While the term "militant" does encompass a wide range of actors involved in various forms of political or ideological struggle, it often lacks the connotations of deliberate, indiscriminate violence against civilians that are associated with the term "terrorist."

A "terrorist" is someone who employs violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, as a means to instill fear and advance a political, religious, or ideological agenda. The term "terrorist" is laden with the notion of deliberate and systematic targeting of innocent civilians to create terror.

The Impact of Terminology on the Global Narrative

The BBC's choice to refer to certain individuals or groups as "militants" rather than "terrorists" can have significant implications for the global narrative. It may downplay the severity and moral condemnation associated with their actions. Here's how this linguistic choice can shape the narrative:

Perceived Neutrality and Normalization of Violence: The use of "militants" may give the impression of journalistic neutrality, leaving it up to the audience to determine the nature of their actions. This can inadvertently sanitize the actions of these groups, normalizing violence as a means to further an ideology, potentially blurring the line between legitimate political activism and terrorism.

Impact on Public Opinion: The public often relies on news organizations for information, and these linguistic choices can influence how people perceive various conflicts. By referring to certain groups as "militants," the BBC might inadvertently shape public opinion in favor of those groups or, at the very least, generate sympathy or understanding for their cause.

In essence, the use of the term "militants" instead of "terrorists" by a respected news outlet like the BBC demonstrates the power of language in shaping public perceptions and narratives. It underscores how the media can subtly influence the way we view and understand complex global events, inadvertently bolstering the positions and agendas of specific actors while undermining opposing views. It is a reminder of the need for critical analysis of media language and its potential impact on our understanding of the world.

Hamas is a terror organization and classified as such. Learn more HERE.

A Case in Point: The Hospital Explosion

On October 18, 2023, the world witnessed a horrifying event when a hospital was destroyed in an explosion in Gaza. While the tragic incident was initially blamed in the global media on Israel, careful investigation revealed that it was the result of an Islamist Jihad rocket attack gone awry, something that happens to about 15% of the time.

This event demonstrated how media outlets can manipulate information to control the narrative and maintain a specific political agenda. By selectively highlighting certain facts while ignoring others, they can sway public opinion and further their cause. 

We'll focus on this particular example further below.

A Case in Point: Normalizing Antisemitism through Buzzwords

Media outlets may also contribute to the normalization of antisemitism by propagating buzzwords or phrases that perpetuate harmful stereotypes or biases. Often, these terms are subtly introduced into the public discourse, designed to go unnoticed by the casual observer. However, they can have a profound impact on shaping opinions. Hateful slogans, often heard in government institutions, as seen by Rashida Tlaib's use of from the river to the sea, can become normalized without opposition.

Misuse of "Colonization"

While "colonizer" historically refers to individuals or groups involved in establishing and maintaining colonies in foreign territories, it has been misused in some instances in the media to unfairly label certain groups or nations, often in a biased or one-sided manner. This misuse can contribute to the perpetuation of negative stereotypes and tensions, rather than fostering productive dialogue on historical or contemporary issues. It can also normalize any type of violence as "decolonization". We've witnessed protesters define the slaughter of 1,400 civilians as acts of resistance or decolonization.

Inaccurate Use of "Ethnic Cleansing" and "Genocide"

These terms have specific legal definitions under international law, denoting the deliberate and systematic targeting of specific ethnic, religious, or racial groups for destruction or displacement.

In some cases, media outlets have inappropriately used these terms to describe conflicts where such actions might not meet the legal criteria. This misapplication can not only misrepresent the reality of certain situations but also contribute to the normalization of these serious crimes by diluting their significance, which can be harmful and offensive to survivors of actual ethnic cleansing or genocide. The misappropriation of the terms "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide" can engender the pretext for violent responses under the banner of resistance, even in cases where such circumstances are non-existent. 

For the media it is misinformation, for terror groups it's a call to arms. For Israel and Jews worldwide, it's lies that lead to hate and violence.

Inappropriate Use of "Apartheid State"

"Apartheid" is a term historically associated with South Africa's system of racial segregation and discrimination that systematically oppressed and marginalized non-white populations. In some media discourse, the label "Apartheid State" has been inappropriately applied to other contexts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often without due consideration for the specific historical, political, and legal nuances of these situations. Misusing the term "Apartheid State" not only oversimplifies complex geopolitical issues but can also fuel tensions, detract from constructive dialogue, and, by association, undermine the severity and historical significance of true apartheid systems. This misuse, like the previous examples, highlights the media's capacity to inadvertently normalize biased or misleading narratives, underscoring the importance of precise and responsible language use in journalism.

The Dangers of "From the River to the Sea"

One such example is the chant "From the river to the sea," which has been used by some media outlets and activists. On the surface, it appears to advocate for the freedom of a particular region, making it an idea that is easy to stand behind. However, the true meaning behind this phrase is far more sinister, as it calls for the eradication of the Jewish people who inhabit the region from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. This is an alarming example of how seemingly innocuous language can conceal deeply troubling intentions.

These examples highlight the media's role in shaping public perceptions by using emotionally charged terms, inaccurately. This has contributed to the normalization of biased narratives and harmful stereotypes about Israel. It underscores the importance of responsible and accurate representation of complex issues. Their misuse have grave historical and legal implications, and their ill effects are seen more than ever now as we witness a surge in antisemitism worldwide. 

Extremist Groups Exploiting Celebrities

Extremist groups have increasingly recognized the influential role of celebrities in shaping public opinion and have adopted various tactics to exploit this influence for their own agenda. These tactics often involve the dissemination of extremist propaganda disguised as truths, frequently through the use of social media and digital platforms.

The Domino Effect of Misinformation

A lack of fact-checking leads to a domino effect of misinformation. The unchecked spread of baseless claims, conspiracy theories, and false narratives can incite panic, misinform the public, and contribute to societal discord. Media outlets, with their broad reach and influence, have a profound responsibility to maintain journalistic integrity.

Examples of Influencer Exploitation:

Celebrities as Advocates: Some extremist groups identify celebrities who are already sympathetic to their cause or have a history of advocating for certain ideologies. They encourage these celebrities to use their platform to promote extremist narratives. For example, in recent years, several celebrities have been associated with promoting far-left or extremist ideas, lending legitimacy to these narratives and attracting new followers to these movements. 

Memes and Hashtags: Extremist groups often create and spread viral memes and hashtags that appear harmless or humorous but contain hidden extremist messages or symbols. These seemingly innocuous online trends can quickly gain traction and serve as a gateway to extremist content. A very common example is the use of #freepalestine, an ideal that is wrought with genocidal intentions, sanitized to be shared with your social media profile.

Manipulative Content: Extremist groups use celebrities' images, quotes, or statements out of context to manipulate their message. They may quote celebrities to support their narratives, even when these celebrities have no association with the group or their beliefs. This manipulative content can mislead the public and create a false association between the celebrity and the extremist cause.

Indoctrination in Academia

In the realm of academia, there is a growing concern about the indoctrination of young minds. While education should encourage critical thinking, some argue that it is increasingly used to promote specific political agendas, often under the guise of intersectionality

The danger of blind acceptance is further exacerbated by the influence of far-left faculty members on college campuses. When students are exposed to a one-sided ideological perspective without being encouraged to engage in critical thinking and robust debate, they may unquestioningly adopt the beliefs and ideas promoted by these instructors. This lack of diversity in thought can stifle intellectual growth and hinder the development of well-rounded, independent thinkers.

The Intersectionality of Causes

Intersectionality seeks to find common ground between the oppressed and the oppressor. It combines various causes, such as LGBTQ and trans rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement, under the same umbrella. While this approach has merits, it can make it difficult to differentiate between individual struggles, potentially simplifying complex issues into a singular narrative. This fosters a culture of unquestioning adherence to ideologies aligned with "my specific agenda," often disregarding considerations of legitimacy or nuance.

The CNN Effect: Manipulating Media for Strategic Gain

In the tumultuous landscape of the war, a disturbing phenomenon known as the "CNN effect" has come to the forefront. This term encapsulates a strategy employed by groups like Hamas, the terrorist organization that governs the Gaza Strip.

Hamas seeks to exploit the media's reach and influence by orchestrating situations that showcase the suffering of Gazan civilians. Their aim is clear: to vilify Israel on the global stage, casting it as an evil entity.

The CNN Effect | Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza: A Closer Look

There were challenges faced by journalists and researchers in determining the cause of a massive explosion at the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Initial reports attributed the explosion to an Israeli airstrike, but Israel denied responsibility, claiming it was caused by a misfired rocket from a Palestinian militant group. The U.S. supported Israel's claim based on its analysis of overhead imagery and intercepts.

As more evidence emerged, independent analysts noted that the damage was inconsistent with a standard Israeli airstrike. This speaks to the rapid spread of unverified information, old videos, and bogus eyewitness accounts on social media, fueling speculation and making it difficult to establish accountability for the tragedy. The proliferation of misinformation had real-world consequences, including protests and diplomatic impacts. It's vital to point out the role of social media platforms in disseminating false information. Here is a timeline of the event:

Hamas recognizes that the more they can have the casualties and destruction in Gaza broadcasted across the media, the stronger the international sympathy will grow for their war efforts. This manipulation of the media is an alarming and deeply cynical ploy.

As part of their strategy, Hamas has been known to use civilian areas, schools, and hospitals as shields for their military activities. They have even issued directives to their own people, instructing them to remain in areas they know are military targets.

The tragic result is that Gazan civilians become unwitting pawns in a deadly game, caught in the crossfire as Hamas uses them to shield their operations, provoke international condemnation of Israel and demand a ceasefire.

This calculated approach is, at its core, an extreme form of antisemitism. The deliberate endangerment of civilian lives, the manipulation of the media to portray Israel as an evil aggressor, and the sacrifice of their own people in the name of smearing Israel is a horrifying manifestation of hatred.

It is important to understand this facet of the Hamas terror regime, as it reveals the depths to which antisemitism can sink. It serves as a stark reminder of the complex and multifaceted nature of the challenges facing the Jewish people.

Parellels to the Past: Fueling Antisemitism and Hate

Parallels to the Past: The 'Jewish Question' Revisited

What makes the current rise in antisemitism all the more unsettling is the striking resemblance to events preceding the Holocaust. 

Propaganda: Then and Now

1930s: The Nazis employed a sophisticated propaganda machine to dehumanize Jews, spreading grotesque stereotypes. Nazi propaganda posters depicted Jews with exaggerated features, casting them as malevolent figures undermining society, and representing a danger to Germany.

Today: Antisemitic propaganda proliferates on social media, painting Jews as manipulative puppet masters, echoing the hate-filled rhetoric of the past. Memes and graphics circulate online, depicting Jewish people in a derogatory light, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and conspiracy theories. Misinformation buzzwords have proliferated in the media landscape - terms like colonization, apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Uncontested, these buzzwords and memes attack the need for transparency and truth.

Misinformation as a Weapon

1930s: False narratives about Jews being a threat to society were disseminated in Germany. Newspapers and publications spewed antisemitic content, promoting hatred and distrust.

Today: The digital age provides a fertile ground for misinformation to thrive, with fabricated stories and conspiracy theories targeting Jewish communities. Social media platforms amplify this misinformation, creating an environment where lies spread like wildfire, sowing discord.

Antisemitism on Campuses

1930s: Universities in Nazi Germany purged Jewish faculty and indoctrinated students with antisemitic ideology. Professors who opposed Nazi ideology often faced persecution, leading to a chilling atmosphere of indoctrination and intolerance.

Today: Misinformation surrounding Hamas' war on Israel has, unfortunately, found its way into North American colleges and universities, contributing to an atmosphere of tension against Jewish students on campuses nationwide. This issue often stems from a lack of nuanced understanding and a tendency to oversimplify a complex geopolitical conflict. In some instances, biased narratives and one-sided perspectives can lead to an unfair portrayal of the situation. Such misinformation can fuel misguided sentiments and contribute to instances of discrimination and intolerance against Jewish students. It is crucial for academic institutions to promote open and informed dialogue, encouraging students to critically analyze information and engage in constructive discussions to foster a more inclusive and tolerant campus environment. 

The Nature and Progression of Hate

The Pyramid of Hate

Anti-Defamation League (ADL), illustrates the progressive nature of biased behaviors, demonstrating how seemingly less harmful attitudes and actions at the base of the pyramid can lead to more extreme and dangerous forms of hate as one moves towards the apex.

It emphasizes that behaviors at each level negatively impact individuals and groups, with increasingly life-threatening consequences as we move up the pyramid. Importantly, the pyramid underscores that the acceptance or normalization of behaviors at the lower levels can contribute to the escalation of hate towards the higher levels.

This concept is fundamental in understanding how prejudice and discrimination can lead to violence and even genocide when unchecked.

The Pyramid of Hate is a model that illustrates how prejudice and discrimination can escalate from seemingly innocuous attitudes and behaviours to more severe forms of hate and violence. Here's a step-by-step description of how hate can escalate according to the Pyramid of Hate, starting from the bottom:

Biased Attitudes

At the base of the pyramid are biased attitudes, where individuals may hold prejudiced beliefs, stereotypes, or negative attitudes towards a particular group. This often includes oversimplified thinking, misconceptions, or generalizations about the group in question. 

Acts of Bias

Acts of bias represent a significant escalation in the Pyramid of Hate. This stage involves more direct and hurtful actions that target individuals from marginalized groups. Acts of bias may include bullying, ridicule, and name-calling based on a person's perceived identity or membership in a particular group. Biased belittling jokes, derogatory slurs, and insults are commonly used as means to demean and intimidate.


At this stage, individuals or institutions engage in more systemic and structured forms of discrimination against the targeted group. Discrimination can manifest in various ways, including economic, political, and educational discrimination. Discrimination at this stage has far-reaching consequences, impacting the targeted group's socioeconomic status, political power, and access to opportunities. 

Biased Motivated Violence

Individuals or groups may resort to extreme acts of violence and persecution motivated by their deep-seated biases and prejudices. This can include horrific acts such as murder, rape, assault, arson, terrorism, desecration of religious or cultural sites, and even threats of genocide against the targeted group.

Biased motivated violence is the most dangerous and destructive stage, as it causes severe harm and poses a grave threat to the lives and well-being of individuals within the targeted group. It reflects a complete breakdown of empathy, tolerance, and respect for human dignity. This was on display in the atrocities witnessed on October 7.


Genocide represents the ultimate and most extreme form of hatred and violence. It involves the deliberate and systematic annihilation of an entire people or a specific group based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or other defining characteristics. Genocide is characterized by mass killings, mass deportations, forced sterilization, torture, and other atrocities, all committed with the intent of eradicating the targeted group from existence.

Social movements that include "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" is a direct call to action, and at the top of this pyramid.

The Pyramid of Hate serves as a stark reminder of how prejudice and bias, if left unchecked and unchallenged, can lead to the most tragic and inhumane outcomes. The goal of understanding and visualizing this pyramid is to foster greater awareness, education, and advocacy for tolerance, respect, and human rights to prevent the escalation of hate to these unimaginable levels.

The Perilous Consequences

While the impact of antisemitism is devastating on the global stage, it also infiltrates the daily lives of Jewish children, particularly those attending schools in Canada. Discrimination and harassment based on religion and ethnicity can leave lasting scars, affecting not only the students but also the communities they belong to.

The negative effects are not confined to Canada; they reverberate across the United States, where college campuses become ideological battlegrounds. 

The surge in antisemitism witnessed in the wake of Hamas' war on Israel should serve as a stark warning to the world. The past is not just history; it is a chilling mirror reflecting the darkest depths of human prejudice. As we stand at this precipice, it is imperative that we confront antisemitism with vigilance, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to justice.

The global response to this crisis is a litmus test of our collective humanity. For the sake of the Jewish community and the world at large, we must not allow the sins of the past to cast their long shadow on the present and the future.