One of the most insidious forms of antisemitism is this idea of choice – that Jews are only victims of antisemitism when they choose to be. This is prevalent in some leftist communities, especially the idea that Jews are “European/white” in the same way goyim are. This idea leads to the inevitable conclusion that antisemitism is escapable for the Jewish people; in a way that racism is not. This puts the onus on Jewish people to assimilate in order to pass as gentile in order to avoid violence. More heinously, it also puts moral guilt on Jewish victims. A good example of this is the idea that Jews could’ve escaped the Holocaust because they, say, look no different than the rest of the European population. Jews are not only genetically unique, but had been segregated and labeled in European communities since kingdom come – Jews are wholly Jewish, their faces, names, families, etc. are not white European in the same way goyim are white Europeans. Every part of my being is Jewish, there is no part of me that is goy; in this way violence is inescapable both in my family’s past and in my future.
This is one of my main criticism of antisemitism being defined as the targeting of a specific religious minority – totally secular Jews are just as much targets of antisemitism as practicing Jews.
This apparatus of guilt that is constructed around Jewish victimhood– the constant need for Jews to prove they are still targeted, and the constant need to find Jews guilty of extorting their past to justify their crimes. (i.e. Our narrative of oppression is a smoke screen for us orchestrating the slave trade, and Jewish victimhood is a beneficial way to hide our wicked ways.) This not only asks a group of people who were recently mass slaughtered to carry out obscene amounts of emotional labor, but also allows for antisemitism to continue to flourish.