Growing Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in America is increasing annually. While the attacks against Jews in Pittsburgh and California garnered a lot of media attention, there are ever-increasing incidents of hate crimes against the Jewish people in the U.S.

On the one hand there is the growing use of anti-Semitic tropes by white supremacists and members of radical Islamic groups. The tropes are meant to generate hatred of Jews and create conspiracy theories in order to incite and justify hostility, discrimination, and violence against Jews. Some of these groups are so virulently anti-Semitic that they do not use tropes, but instead directly call for the outright destruction of Jews.

On the other hand, there is a recent increase in “left-wing” anti-Semitism in which individuals claiming to hold anti-racist and anti-imperialist views employ anti-Semitic narratives or tropes in the course of expressing anger at policies or practices of the State of Israel. In some cases individuals expressing such views have engaged in Holocaust denial; in others, they have conflated Zionism, the self-determination movements of the Jewish people, with racism, claiming Israel does not have a right to exist; and accuse those expressing concern over anti-Semitism as acting in bad faith.

It is unacceptable to declare Jews as proxies for the State of Israel. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has characterized “attempts to de-legitimize the right of Israel to exist, including calls for its destruction” as contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.

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