Here we go again, shrugging off the warning signs of antisemitism and what comes next

“Never again.”

It’s a phrase we’ve heard our entire lives. Once liberated from Nazi concentration camps, Jewish survivors transformed those two words into both a remembrance for the 6 million dead and a promise to their descendants.

Sadly, it’s happening again.

Students march the streets shouting antisemitic slogans. Activists deny Hamas launched a terror attack on Israel, killing more than 1,400 people. Even if Hamas did, the argument goes, they were polite about it. Progressive extremists tear down flyers begging Hamas to return more than 200 Israeli hostages.

The mob insists it’s not anti-Jewish, but anti-Zionist. Murdering everyone from infants to the elderly was merely a brave stand against colonialism, don’t you know.

Yet Jews well outside of Israel are still being attacked.

Antisemites still want Jews out

A picture taken from the southern Israeli city of Sderot shows smoke ascending over the northern Gaza Strip following an Israeli strike on Oct. 25, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.
A picture taken from the southern Israeli city of Sderot shows smoke ascending over the northern Gaza Strip following an Israeli strike on Oct. 25, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.

Eighty years ago, antisemites wanted Jews out of Europe. Today, they want them out of Israel. Only the outfits have changed, replacing brown shirts with black masks.

The National Socialists didn’t begin with industrialized genocide. They slowly ramped up the pressure. The Jews had too much power, you see. Some were even rich businessmen. And many had different customs from their German neighbors.

So, in August 1938, the Nazis forced Jews to adopt recognizably “Jewish” names and made them pay an exit fee to flee the country.

November brought Kristallnacht. Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were looted and burned, with about 30,000 Jewish men arrested.

The next month, Germany banned all Jewish businesses.

The warning signs were shrugged off. American GIs bore witness to the hideous results.

Allies weren't flawless then. Same today

Few conflicts bear the moral clarity of World War II. Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Japanese Empire were the obvious bad guys. America, the UK and their allies were the good guys.

This doesn’t mean every citizen of the enemy nations were evil or deserved punishment. But their countries were run by evil monsters who had to be dealt with.

It also doesn’t mean the Allies were flawless. America was still enforcing Jim Crow laws while the British Parliament harbored plenty of racists. But we remained the moral superiors in that war.

Hamas' atrocities: Are outmatched by Israel's cruelty

Israel’s current conflict is much the same. Terrorists murdered and kidnapped everyday citizens in the most gruesome fashion. And now, Israel will eliminate those responsible for the massacre.

None of this blames the conscientious Palestinians or wishes ill on innocent Gazans. Much like the Nazis, Hamas leaders are evil monsters who must be dealt with.

Hamas has rejected peaceful solutions for decades. Their founding charter states, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Why college kids support Hamas

It’s no surprise college kids are the most prominent group of Hamas supporters.

Bereft of life experience and accumulated wisdom, the Hitler-jugend often proved the most passionate supporters of the Third Reich. Their doting parents, many of whom never supported Dear Leader, often kept their silence, hoping it was just a phase that would pass.

But now we know how this story ends. Parents need their Hamas-jugend to wise up, and fast. Never again.

That phrase was a promise to future generations of Jews, but it was also a promise to their enemies. When they said those two words, they meant it.

The Jewish people will not allow another Holocaust, whether at the hands of Aryans or jihadis. They also won’t commit genocide on those who hate them. If they had wanted to eliminate Palestinians, they would have done it decades ago.

Instead, they will enforce those two words, eliminating Gaza’s terror-loving leaders just as the allies destroyed Hitler’s terror-loving crew. It’s time for all people of good conscience to support them in this righteous effort.

We must say, “never again,” again.

Jon Gabriel, a Mesa resident, is editor-in-chief of and a contributor to The Arizona Republic and On Twitter: @exjon.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Jews said 'never again' after WWII. But we're heading there