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  • Anti-Semitism in US Spikes after Nearly a Decade of Decline

    Lauren Markoe

    Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, unsettling many American Jews who had thought that hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline, at least here at home.

    The ADL has released a spring report that, for nearly the past 10 years, showed fewer incidents targeting American Jews. That downward trend contrasted sharply to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe — recently witnessed in the January killings of four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris.

    “The United States still continues to be unique in history” as a safe place for Jews, said Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director.

    But this new ADL report casts a shadow on the idea that the U.S., which is home to about 40 percent of the world’s Jews, stands in stark contrast to European anti-Semitism and far higher levels of antipathy against Jews in the Middle East, as reflected in studies of anti-Semitic attitudes worldwide.

    “It’s still different here than anywhere else, but don’t take anything for granted, and be concerned,” Foxman said.

    The ADL counted 912 incidents in 2014, up from 751 the previous year.

    The report includes assaults, vandalism and harassment targeting Jews, Jewish property and institutions that were reported to ADL’s 27 regional offices and to law enforcement. It shows 36 assaults, up from 31 in 2013; 363 incidents of vandalism in 2014, compared with 315 in 2013; and 513 incidents of threats and harassment in 2014, contrasted with 405 in 2013.

    Though the report does not consider anti-Zionist or anti-Israel expressions (unless they cross the line into anti-Semitism), ADL researchers nonetheless correlate the rise in anti-Semitism to last summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. During the war, for example, a vandal in Malibu, Calif., painted “Jews=Killers” and “Jews are Killing Inno*cent Chil*dren” near the entrance to a Jew*ish sum*mer camp last July. Another vandal spray-painted “Free Palestine” and “God Bless Gaza” in red on a synagogue in Lowell, Mass.

    Those were among the 139 anti-Semitic incidents reported in July 2014, more than double the 51 reported incidents for the same month a year earlier.

    The ADL also called 2014 a particularly violent year that included the fatal shootings at a Jewish community center in Overland Park, Kan.

    Separately from ADL, Moment magazine editor Nadine Epstein launched a campaign this week to combat anti-Semitism by encouraging more Jews to invite non-Jews to their Passover seders, or ritual meals, where the story of the ancient Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt is retold.

    The idea sparked some controversy among some traditional Jews because a strict interpretation of Jewish law actually forbids non-Jews at seders, which will be held on Friday and Saturday this year (April 3 and 4). The prohibition, which is rarely observed or even known by many Jews, stems from a rabbinic opinion that Jews should not cook for those who do not observe the laws of the holiday.

    “If every family does this, some six million non-Jews will experience a Seder this year, and at the very least taste traditional Passover foods and learn of their significance — not to mention gain an invaluable window into Jewish life and values, and a better understanding of the connection Jews feel to the land of Israel,” she wrote in the New York Post.

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    The incidents the ADL, as per a documentary I watched, counts are not even anti-Semitic. Why should Jewish people be given more importance than any other race or religion? There have been many real Muslim discrimination incidents in the USA versus the imagined ones of the ADL to justify their own existence and continue to collect contributions. There is, for instance, the murder of the three Muslim young people last year. The world media belittles and participates in dehumanizing the Muslim - it is the 'trend' and it is very bad. And what of the Christians? The Christians in the Middle East suffer persecution, death, rape etc... Ancient communities of Christians which date back to the time of Christ are being eliminated all thanks to Zionism to make way for Eretz Israel (Greater Israel). The Muslims and Christians are suffering on account of Zionism. These faiths are just as important as Judaism and so are the peoples. We say; we shall never forget, but this is so it will not happen again to any people not just the Jewish people. Yet, it is happening to the Muslims. The Muslim nations are being destroyed and their land contaminated with Depleted Uranium and their children are being born deformed and they are loosing their land and power as millions die - to make way for Eretz Israel. It is only human right now to have compassion for the small Christian communities and the Muslim nations. They are the ones that are being destroyed and discriminated against.
    Last edited by Adorer; 04-06-2015, 11:30 PM.
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      Originally posted by Adorer View Post
      Why should Jewish people be given more importance than any other race or religion? ... The Muslim nations are being destroyed and their land contaminated with Depleted Uranium and their children are being born deformed and they are loosing their land and power as millions die - to make way for Eretz Israel. It is only human right now to have compassion for the small Christian communities and the Muslim nations. They are the ones that are being destroyed and discriminated against.
      To answer your first question, they shouldn't. However, I can think of political reasons to back theocratic Israel. I can also think of reasons not to support theocratic Israel. As to Muslims being discriminated against, I must admit I have an issue sympathizing with the cause of Islam.

      A lot of people do not know about the depleted uranium from A-10 Warthogs. Those tank busters wrecked havoc on the enemy. I was attached to the 363rd Fighter Squadron during Desert Storm, an F-16 squadron that later picked up those nasty hogs spewing pig greased 30mm depleted uranium tipped ammunition...

      Welcome to the forum, Adorer,

      God bless,
      William
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        Originally posted by William View Post

        Welcome to the forum, Adorer,

        God bless,
        William

        Thank you. :)
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        • #5
          You never see headlines like "Anti-Semitism on the decline." You never see headlines like "Anti-Christianphobia on the rise."
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