My left of center politics was formed in the late 1960's in large part because of the Holocaust. I was not born when it happened but it did consume a major part of my thoughts when tying to decide where I belonged on the political spectrum. It became rather easy -- Nazism was the political extreme of the right and Communism was the political extreme of the left. Both extremes hated one another. I knew that while I would never be an extremist of any stripe I would rather be associated with a movement whose goal was universal equality for all irrespective of race and I wanted a more egalitarian society where economics was more universally distributed. The Nazis near extermination of all the Jews -- my Jews -- of Europe nearly became reality. Thus, my politics was born out of near genocide.
Helping me arrive at my philosophical and political decisions were campus anti-war movements dedicated to rethinking this nation's post WWII foreign policy and proclivity for war. There were books, movies, plays, professorial lectures by left of center intellectuals and there was a new form of music dedicated to creating a more just world -- folk artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, of course the Beatles and many others. Among these musicians were political satirists whose music I loved. One such satirist was Tom Lehrer. In his 1967 song "National Brotherhood Week" audio here or below one stanza of the lyrics reads:
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
And everybody hates the Jews.
Surely, everybody hating the Jews is not reality. Alan Dershowitz, however, makes an interesting case for not only German and Eastern European anti-Semitism but western European anti-Semitism as well. He indicts the left and the right for this obsession too. He wrote what I thought was an interesting piece on it to give some alternative perspective on this 2000 year old pathology. I paste his thoughts below.
Europe's Alarming Push to Isolate Israel