On American Anti-Semitism

I haven’t had cable TV in this century.  So I don’t see CNN, MSNBC, or FOX News.  I gather, though, from what I read online that they are being very politically slanted in their coverage of the Squirrel Hill synagogue shootings.  It is only a week before the midterm elections in the U.S.  So this is what happens to the news when news providers are cheering on one side or the other..

Today I link to the one article I have read that makes sense to me.  I know it was published on a conservative website.  But the article itself talks about anti-Semitism that comes from the extremes on both sides.

Jews around the world have hoped that widespread anti-Semitism was put behind us after World War II. It would have been naïve to think it was eradicated completely, but, in recent years especially, it does seem to horrifically be making a comeback.

Between the rise of hate crimes against Jews in the United States, the abominable headlines we often hear about Jews being murdered in Europe, the animosity on college campuses fueled by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel, to the white nationalists chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville last year, anti-Semitism had made itself known, yet there was never any national dialogue about it. It has been sort of brushed under the rug.

Anti-Semitism is a societal cancer that needs to be addressed, and it’s one of the very few issues that affect both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately, the high-profile individuals who spread hateful rhetoric towards Jews aren’t shamed out of the public eye. The fringe left has Louis Farrakhan and Linda Sarsour, the fringe right has David Duke and Richard Spencer.

The author is Joseph A. Wulfsohn.  He offers some things we can do without adopting police-state restrictions on the freedom of everyone.  He notes that people who act out violently seem to leave “breadcrumbs” on social media.  In other words, if law-enforcement had been paying attention they might have been able to identify the shooter as a risk.

But more importantly now

we should hug our loved ones tighter, mourn for the families impacted by the Pittsburgh shooting, extend olive branches toward people of different cultural backgrounds, and preserve respectful dialogue about how we can prevent such massacres from happening again.

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About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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