Professor Bill Mullen and the New Antisemitism

Purdue University professor Bill Mullen is a case in point of the New Antisemitism. He promotes violence, hatred, and U.S.-recognized terrorist organization Hamas.

A Brief History of Antisemitism in America

Generally speaking, antisemitism has been a minor force in the U.S., especially when compared to Europe. In fact, there has only been one case of state-sanctioned antisemitism – it came in the form of Ulysses S. Grant’s General Order No. 11 which sought to expel Jews from western Tennessee. Even though the order was rescinded by President Lincoln, it is still notable as the only piece of anti-Jewish legislation in the U.S.
The rise of cultural antisemitism came with the influx of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants between 1881 and 1920. Prior to that period, Jews comprised a tiny segment of the larger population. Whereas Jews were less than 1% of the population before 1900, they composed 3.5% by 1930.

Many of these newcomers, who came primarily to escape pogroms in Eastern Europe, advanced quickly in their societies. They became shopkeepers, department store owners, and businessmen. All of these factors contributed to a sense of them being “different.” Continue reading “Professor Bill Mullen and the New Antisemitism”