The Rise of American Anti-Semitism

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The Rise of American Anti-Semitism

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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In the past month, many Jewish community centers around the United States were threatened by anti-Semitic groups. This brings the question, what sparked this recent wave of anti-Semitism? Many argue it could have been the recent election of President Donald Trump, while other insist this anti-Semitism is nothing recent and has been occurring for a long time. Anti-Semitism, for those who are unaware, is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.” This hostility has been occurring for centuries since the creation of the Jewish religion, but now it must stop.

This concern over the state of American Jewish communities all started last week when several Jewish cemeteries were vandalized, where headstones were overturned and written all over. Following these various acts of vandalism at cemeteries, Jewish community centers started receiving bomb threats across the country. The Florida Interim Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, Yael Hershfield, stated, “The escalation in the widespread bomb threats around the nation is definitely different than anything we’ve seen before.” Many Senators have also expressed their concern for the recent rise of anti-Semitism. Jewish Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont stated that these acts of vandalism and terror must be condemned at the “highest level”. President Trump, however, refused to address this imminent issue at his last press conference, ignoring a question from Jake Turx, an Orthodox Jewish journalist. Nevertheless, a few days after this press conference, President Trump decided to make a statement about the recent rise of anti-Semitism in the United States during his visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Although he made his statement against anti-Semitism, many criticized its promptness and its simplicity. Whatever the case, America should be glad that our President has finally decided to address the wave of anti-Semitic actions confronting our nation.

I believe that this anti-Semitism has been occurring for a long time in the United States of America, but now that we discovered an increase in the crimes related to this prejudice, we should heighten awareness and make an attempt to prevent further offenses. For this, America needs the help of its President Donald J. Trump and his administration. It is imperative that prominent Jewish members of his administration such as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, which are part of his own family, speak out against the anti-Semitism. Other Jewish members in Trump’s cabinet include David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, advisors on Israel to the president. These key figures in the Trump White House have remained relatively silent while these indecent acts of terror have been surrounding their daily lives. At this point, it doesn’t matter who speaks out, but somebody must do the job.

Photo Credits to St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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