Play retro games. Fight Antisemitism. Especially right now.
The recent round of escalation in the Middle East conflict in Israel/Palestine has unleashed a horrible outburst of antisemitic agitation and violent attacks against Jews in Europe and Germany.
I find this intolerable.
How to criticize Israel
If you want to criticize certain actions of the Israeli government and/or military, that is entirely possible without being antisemitic. I recommend this article on the subject matter. And just for the record, I would like to note that Hamas, which is not a rival sports club but a terrorist organization with the stated goal of destroying the state of Israel and Jews, which continues to shoot rockets against Israeli civilians, perhaps also deserves a tiny bit of criticism for that.
Free Gaza from Hamas
I truly hope that one day all people in Israel/Palestine can live in peace. Unlike insane people, I do not enjoy reading about dead civilians. In the long term, a project to ‘free the Palestinians’ that results in a peaceful coexistence with Israel should perhaps think about freeing Gaza from Hamas first.
Jew-Hatred at European Protests
Back to the protests in Europe. To my great horror, reasonable criticism is not what many of the ‘anti-Israel’ protesters in the past weeks have been up to. Here in Germany, an unholy alliance of right-wing extremists, Islamists, and the ‘anti-imperialist’ segment of the radical left has found common ground in their unabashed promotion of hatred of Jews. The slogans that have been yelled during those demonstrations and the violent attacks that followed them in some instances barely leave any room for a different interpretation.
This game is played out
So what can we do as individuals? First of all, speak out against all forms of Antisemitism. I am just a guy with a computer, and besides ranting about politics I like some retro games. But, straight outta Nerdistan, I am telling you that the 2014 remake of Antisemitism sucks just as much as all previous versions. It is never going to be cool. At least not in my corner of the universe.