America has an anti-Semitism problem and the victims cannot be left alone to fight it, the rabbi says




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The United States seems to be rife with anti-Semitism, and it’s not the usual suspects like white supremacists and avowed haters. It is now spilling over from its superstar musicians and athletes, as well as politicians, and seems to be on the decline.

While in recent years the backlash over acts of hate seemed to bring a respite – a brief respite from the vitriol directed at the Jewish people – lately the backlash seems to have only fueled hostility.

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who leads the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, where 11 white supremacist congregants were gunned down four years ago, placed the blame squarely on the country.

“Shame on you, America. You let it grow in this petri dish,” Myers said in an interview with Haaretz.

If that seems broad, consider not only the sources of anti-Semitism, but also the responses of the gatekeepers charged with shutting it down.

When Kanye West said he wanted to do “death 3” to the Jews, Adidas spent days before dropping it. He was repeatedly banned from social media, but when he reinstated Twitter this week, he posted a picture of Kyrie Irving without saying a word.

Irving, star of the Brooklyn Nets, recently posted a link to a movie full of anti-Semitic tropes. He said he is against hate, but refused to apologize for days. When asked if he was anti-Semitic, he refused to say no outright, even when a reporter suggested a yes-or-no answer for the nation.

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Like Adidas, the NBA and Nets took their time doing anything. The league seemed content to let Irving slide after the 30-year-old forward promised to send a donation to the Anti-Defamation League, but the ADL he doesn’t want any more of his money. Finally, on Thursday, he was suspended, and he apologized for real.

The Nets’ front office said he delayed taking action in fact, the group “believed that in this difficult situation it would be appropriate to take the path of education and thought that we have made progress in our joint commitment to eradicate hatred and intolerance”.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt He explained his organization’s position in a tweet. “The answer to the question ‘do you have anti-Semitic beliefs’ is always an unequivocally ‘NO,'” he wrote, explaining that the ADL accepted Kyrie’s word that he took responsibility, “but today he didn’t do that right. Kyrie promises. it’s clear that he has a lot of work to do.”

It seems many of the country’s politicians do too. The leader of the class is former President Donald Trump, who recently wrote, “American Jews must get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel before it’s too late.”

Many in the Jewish community saw him as a threat, which is understandable given how other politicians have championed troubling views. Jenna Ellis, a senior adviser to Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, said opponent and state attorney general Josh Shapiro is “a secular Jew at best.” When asked about this at a press conference, Mastriano let his wife, Rebbie, know. he answeredsaying, “I will say that we love Israel probably more than many Jews.”

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Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake endorsed an anti-Semitic legislative candidate before revoking her endorsement. US Senate candidate Mehmet Oz gave a fundraising speech in front of Adolf Hitler’s car on display at a California museum. US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has repeatedly cited Hitler and the Holocaust in political comparisons, said last month in Arizona that millions of immigrants “are about to replace you, replace your jobs and replace your children in school and … replace your culture.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the “great replacement” seemed like a conspiracy theory that “depends on inciting fear that a non-white population, defined by the theory’s proponents as the ‘inferior,’ will displace the white majority. It is also anti-Semitic. Proponents of the ‘great replacement’ some do not specifically attribute the plot to Jews. Instead, they blame powerful Jewish individuals such as financier and philanthropist George Soros, or use coded anti-Semitic language to identify shadowy “elites” or “globalists.”

Where the Republican Party has called out Greene’s comments in the past — and he was vocal in accusing Rep. Ilhan Omar of buying political influence from Jews in 2019 — there hasn’t been much recent condemnation.

This, while anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, has nearly tripled since 2015 when the ADL reported 941 incidents. Last year, there were 2,717.

There seems to be little pause in the hatred. Following the current of West’s anti-Semitism, those who agreed with him did not flinch at his annihilation. On the 405 freeway in Los Angeles they hung banners that read: “Kanye is right about the Jews.” People on the sidewalk appeared to wave “Heil Hitler” with outstretched arms.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the same message was displayed at the Georgia-Florida college football game and across a city building. Banners hung over Interstate 10 in Jacksonville that read: “End Jewish Supremacy in America” ​​and “If You Know It’s Jewish.”

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On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged that “times remain tense for our Jewish communities facing a wave of anti-Semitic activity” after the FBI announced that threats against synagogues in the state had been mitigated. A Jewish family in Stoneham, Massachusetts woke up this week to plastering swastikas in front of their house with the message “Go to hell,” and just days ago, the ADL reported three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti in suburban Atlanta. Brookhaven, including a spray painting of “Jews Kill Blacks” on the side of a house near a train station.

“It should come as no surprise to anyone that when celebrities spew anti-Semitic vitriol and don’t accept responsibility, there are consequences,” said Eytan Davidson, ADL Southeast Regional Director.

The ADL has had a busy week, the organization’s extremist center has learned, as the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco also appeared to have some basis in anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

Along with QAnon troops and anti-government extremists, suspect David DePape’s August writings include “explicit anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, Islamophobia, white supremacist language, and misogyny” and the tabs “da jewbs” and “The Great Reset.” notify

All this comes around the fourth anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history.

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“It cannot fall on the Jewish people alone to deal with these acts of hate,” Rabbi Myers told CNN.

“Victims are not the cures for anti-Semitism,” he said. “The place where he grew up is what needs to be healed. So in the case of America, America has allowed anti-Semitism to grow steadily for a long time. … We have to turn to the rest of America and say, ‘America, look what’s going on. Look at the rot from your core.’ ”

“You have to fix that,” he continued, “because this is just the beginning. It does not end with anti-Semitism. … From anti-Semitism, it goes to another minority group and another minority group until there is no one left to call, because all the groups are no longer there.’