Chief Rabbi Mirvis on the Murnaghan show.
"Antisemitism is the oldest hatred and nobody has yet succeeded in pinpointing where does it come from and what it is actually all about. You know it's the biggest problem that we face. However, we need to confront it. Education is the key. And also having the right kind of education, setting the right tone within society, preventing and dealing with instances, that is important."
How a nomadic people could provoke antagonism in every other people it has come into contact with across thousands of years, and across much of the earth's surface, and yet this has nothing to do with its own behaviour is indeed a great mystery. When people try to explain this mystery and show how it is that Jews have behaved in distinctive ways that have harmed the peoples they have lived among, thus provoking the ethnic self-defence reaction known as "antisemitism", they themselves are called antisemites and subjected to persecutory sanctions.
Indeed, the mere suggestion that there might be an explanation for antisemitism - in other words that it is not something mystical and beyond the reach of human understanding - is now itself considered to be a form of antisemitism. The only acceptable view is that antisemitism just is and that Jews have always generated antagonism for no reason. This interpretation - that something happens for no reason - is, implicitly, an evocation of the supernatural. It is simply the Chosen Race narrative recast without its obviously religious trappings. And the fact that this kind of supernaturalism has been so casually incorporated into mainstream discourse is disturbing in a civilisation that sees itself as being grounded in science and reason.