We Thought Anti-Semitism Was No Threat to U.S. Jews. We Were Wrong

(Ha'aretz) Eric H. Yoffie - Anti-Semitism is back, and Jews everywhere in America are concerned. Jews have been in this movie before, and their antennae are up. America was supposed to be different, but now the possibility is beginning to emerge that it is not. Anti-Semitism is not a single phenomenon with a single source, but multiple things happening at once. There is the anti-Semitism of white nationalism, a bigotry of the right. There is the anti-Semitism of intersectionality, a bigotry of the left. There is the anti-Semitism of jihadism. There is the anti-Semitism rooted in anti-Zionism. People hate Jews for a variety of reasons, and that is as true in the U.S. as it is elsewhere. Bottom line: Anti-Semitism never disappears from the human heart. And we must fight the deadly toxin wherever we find it. The writer is a former president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

2020-01-03 00:00:00

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