Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews

(New York Times) Laurie Goodstein - Until recent years, many Jews in America believed that the worst of anti-Semitism was in Europe. American Jews were welcome in universities, country clubs and corporate boards that once excluded their grandparents. So the massacre on Saturday of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, by a man who told the police that he "wanted all Jews to die," was for many a shocking wake-up call. In 1985, a man killed a family of four in Seattle after he had mistakenly thought they were Jewish. In 1999, a white supremacist attacked a Jewish community center filled with children in Los Angeles, injuring five. In 2014, a white supremacist opened fire outside a Jewish community center in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., killing three people. Deborah E. Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust history at Emory University in Atlanta, likened anti-Semitism to a herpes infection that lies dormant and re-emerges at times of stress. It does not go away, no matter how "acculturated" Jews have become in America, because "it's a conspiracy theory."

2018-10-30 00:00:00

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