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According to a Rabbi, America Has an Antisemitism Issue That Victims Cannot Be Left to Handle on Their Own
Antisemitism seems to be rampant in the United States, and it’s not only among the typical suspects like White nationalists and outspoken hatemongers. It’s now coming from its politicians, athletes, and renowned singers, and it seems to be trickling down.
In contrast to previous years, when the pushback to hate crimes seemed to bring about a respite—a momentary lull in the hatred directed at Jews—recently, it appears that the backlash merely feeds enmity. On November 3, 2022, in Hoboken, New Jersey, police officers keep watch outside the United Synagogue of Hoboken.
According to the FBI, there is a credible threat against synagogues in New Jersey. It is described as a widespread danger in a statement issued by the FBI’s Newark office on Thursday afternoon. Take “all security steps to protect your community and facility,” the warning advised synagogues. The FBI locates the individual who threatened the New Jersey synagogues and who “no longer poses a concern to the community.”
It’s an unsettling time for American Jews. Our CEO @JGreenblattADL explains: “When systems fail, whether it’s the government or the markets or anything else, leaders often look for someone to blame. Jews have historically played that role.” https://t.co/dFSQloFrTv
— ADL (@ADL) November 7, 2022
The rabbi who oversees the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, where 11 members were shot by a White supremacist four years ago, blatantly placed the responsibility on the entire nation. America, you’re a disgrace. You let it develop in this petri dish,” Myers said in a Haaretz interview.
If it sounds too general, take into account both the antisemitism’s origins and the gatekeepers’ responses to their duty to put an end to it. Adidas hesitated for days before firing Kanye West after he declared his intention to commit “death con 3” on Jews. He was regularly barred from social media, but this week, after being re-instated on Twitter, he tweeted a picture of Kyrie Irving without any commentary.
Irving, a Brooklyn Nets player, recently shared a link to a movie featuring numerous anti-Semitic stereotypes. He said he was against hatred, yet for days he wouldn’t say sorry. Even though a reporter remarked that the country would prefer a yes-or-no response, he refused to openly respond “no” when asked if he was antisemitic.
The NBA and the Nets took their time with everything, just like Adidas. After the 30-year-old point guard committed to sending a payment to the Anti-Defamation League, the league was satisfied to let Irving off the hook. However, the ADL no longer needs Irving’s money. Finally, he was suspended on Thursday and made a sincere apology.
The club “believed that adopting the path of education in this hard scenario would be the correct thing to do and thought that we achieved progress with our collective commitment to eradicating hate and intolerance,” according to the front office of the Nets.
In a tweet, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt outlined the position of his organization. The ADL believed Kyrie’s word when he stated he took responsibility, but today he did not keep that commitment, he said, adding that the answer to the inquiry “Do you have any antisemitic attitudes” is always “NO” without qualification. Kyrie obviously needs to put in a lot of work.
The ‘great replacement’ concept and politicians. It appears that many of the politicians in the nation share this opinion. Former President Donald Trump is at the head of the class, as he recently stated in a blog post: “U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel before it is too late.”
Given that other politicians have expressed unsettling ideas, it is clear why many in the Jewish community perceived it as a threat. Josh Shapiro, the state attorney general and rival to Doug Mastriano for governor of Pennsylvania, “is at best a secular Jew,” according to Jenna Ellis, a key consultant to Mastriano. At a press conference, when asked about it, Mastriano deferred to his wife Rebbie, adding, “I’m going to say we probably love Israel more than a lot of Jews do.”
Kari Lake, a candidate for governor of Arizona, first supported an anti-Semitic lawmaker before retracting her support. Mehmet Oz, a candidate for the US Senate, reportedly spoke at a fundraiser in front of Adolf Hitler’s automobile, which is on display in a California museum.
US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed last month in Arizona that millions of immigrants “are on the verge of replacing you, replacing your jobs, replacing your kids in school and…changing your culture.” Greene has frequently used Hitler and the Holocaust as political parallels.
It had a strong resemblance to the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “depends on fueling anxieties that a nonwhite population, which the theory’s proponents label as “inferior,” will supplant a white majority.”
Also, it is anti-Semitic. Some supporters of the “great replacement” do not specifically blame Jews for the conspiracy. Instead, they accuse prominent Jews like financier and philanthropist George Soros of being the problem or refer to unnamed “elites” or “globalists” in coded antisemitic terms.
The Republican Party has previously denounced Greene’s remarks, and it responded forcefully when Rep. Ilhan Omar accused Jews of buying political influence in 2019, but there hasn’t been much in the way of criticism recently. Despite the fact that antisemitic events have almost tripled since 2015 when the ADL reported 941 cases, this continues. There were 2,717 last year.
There doesn’t seem to be much of a break in the animosity. Those who agreed with West were not discouraged by his cancellation after his flood of antisemitism. Kanye is correct about the Jews, they hoisted flags above the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. On the overpass, people looked to be waving “Heil Hitler” signs with their arms extended.
The same statement was scrawled across a structure in Jacksonville, Florida, and the exterior of the stadium where the NCAA football game between Georgia and Florida was being played. “End Jewish Supremacy in America” and “Honk if you know it’s the Jews” were written on banners that were strung across Interstate 10 in Jacksonville.
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