Jay Tea at Wizbang likes the “Jews as Canaries” metaphor.
It states that the way a place treats Jews is a good indicator of how other groups will be treated down the line, and when things start getting bad for the Jews, it’s gonna start going downhill for a lot of other people in fairly short order.
However, the idea of looking at the Jews and using them as a barometer for how things are going, no matter how practical it might seem, doesn’t appear to be taking much hold in the world. In fact, just the opposite seems to be developing — problems for the Jews tend to get swept under the rug.
Let’s look at a few examples. Recently, the London tabloid The Sun put up a graphic charting Islamic terror attacks since 1993 — and didn’t include a single incident in Israel. (Online story has expired, but discussion here.)