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Donald Trump can pull an invite, but he can't hide rising antisemitism

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There is now little point denying what many of us have suspected for some time: antisemitism is not a minor issue in Western society, the preserve of a fringe who do not matter, but a mainstream attitude. For all our obsession over the Second World War, and our constant invocation of the Nazis, the heroism of liberating the death camps and the sacrifice made by our nations, rather than address the root causes of antisemitism, we merely swept the thing under the carpet. That failure has now returned to haunt us.

As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week, Donald Trump's White House invited a cartoonist, Ben Garrison, to a social media summit. The reason this is a controversial invitation is that Garrison has form, having penned images depicting the financier George Soros and members of the Rothchild family as sinister puppeteers.

The invitation has since been withdrawn, following a backlash. But it is the latest in a series of moments in US politics when prejudice against Jews has risen to the fore.

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The New York Times recently did away with political cartoons entirely after publishing an image of a blind Trump in a kippah being led by Benjamin Netanyahu,........

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