One of the most often-used arguments in favor of anti-semitism is that since there is such a long history of persecution of Jews, the Jews must have done something really evil to deserve it.
In normal enlightened societies where racism and bigotry are frowned upon, the haters are the ones who are put on the defensive. But in the twisted world of the bigots, the innocents who are persecuted are the ones who must prove they shouldn’t be hated, an impossible task.
In today’s world, the two major recent recipient groups of unbridled hate are “Zionists” and Americans. And just like classic anti-semitism, the haters are arguing that their hate is justified because everyone else is doing it.
From the Los Angeles Times, in part of a response by an advisor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Obama’s Persian New Year’s greetings:
In all corners of the world, it is worth noting, the only flags being set ablaze belong to the U.S. and the occupying Zionist regime.
See? Because Muslims have a love of burning flags, then the nations whose flags are burned must all be evil! QED!
I would add that the major targets of shoe-throwing incidents have been Israelis and Americans as well. The author can feel free to use that argument next time.