Hatred of Jews is central to Islamist extremism, the murder of Jews a defining goal of Islamist terror, wherever it is found. Tellingly, both the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, and Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorists, Hezbollah, criticised the Charlie Hebdo massacre but not that of Jewish shoppers.
How did Europe’s largest Jewish community become so embattled? How in the face of Islamist extremists did a permissive attitude to anti-Semitism prevail? This April, on Holocaust Memorial Day, I will present the Holocaust Commission’s report to David Cameron. To understand how six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators while many stood by we need to recognise how centuries of hatred for “the Jew” permeated the thinking of ordinary people.