Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the lefts struggle against oppression | Bernie Sanders

The antisemites warning us dont time hate Jews. They detest the idea of multiracial republic and political equality, says US presidential applicant Bernie Sanders

On 27 October, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attempt in American biography, when a lily-white nationalist trod into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and assassinated 11 people and injured six others. He acted on a distorted sentiment that Jews were part of a nefarious story to undercut grey America- a plot to support the activities related to the “invasion” of the United Position by a van of migrants from Latin America. This monstrous lie about an “invasion” had been recited endlessly in rightwing media, on Fox News, across the internet and, most disgracefully, including the president of the United States.

Yes, Donald Trump’s own texts helped to inspire the worst act of antisemitic cruelty in American history.

The threat of antisemitism is not some abstract idea to me. It is very personal. It destroyed a large part of my family. I am not someone who spends a great deal of era talking about my personal background because I believe political leaders should focus their attention on a image and schedule for others, rather than themselves. But I likewise appreciate that it’s important to talk about how our backgrounds have informed our feelings, our principles and our values. I am a proud Jewish American. My father emigrated from Poland to the United Mood in 1921 at persons under the age of 17 to escape the privation and widespread antisemitism of his home country. Those in his family who remained in Poland after Hitler came to power were murdered by the Nazis. I know very well where white supremacist politics conducts, and what can happen when people do not speak up against it.

Antisemitism is rising in this country. According to the FBI, hate crimes against Jews rose by more than a third in 2017 and accounted for 58% of all religion-based hate crimes in America. A total of 938 hate crimes were committed against Jews in 2017, up from 684 in 2016. Just last week, on 4 November, we learned that federal authorities had arrested a worker in Colorado they conclude been participating in a planned to bomb one of the state’s oldest synagogues.

This wave of violence is the result of a risky political doctrine that targets Jews and anyone who does not fit a constrict imagination of a whites-only America. We have to be clear that while antisemitism is a threat to Jews everywhere, it is also a threat to democratic governance itself. The antisemites who marched in Charlottesville don’t precisely hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial republic. They hate the idea of political equality. They detest immigrants, people of colour, LGBTQ people, brides, and anyone else who stands in the way of a whites-only America. They allege Jews of coordination between a massive attack on white people worldwide, employing people of colour and other marginalised groups to do their dirty work.

This is the conspiracy theory that drove the Pittsburgh murderer- that Jews are conspiring to accompany immigrants into the country to ” supersede” Americans. And it is important to understand that that is what antisemitism is: a conspiracy ideology that a secretly powerful minority activities restrain over society.

The US chairman, Donald Trump. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters

Like other forms of bigotry- racism, sexism, homophobia- antisemitism is used by the right to divide people from one another and prevent us from fighting together for a shared future of equality, serenity, affluence and environmental justice.

Opposing antisemitism is a core value of progressivism. So it’s very troubling to me that we are also seeing accusations of antisemitism used as a sardonic political artillery against liberals. One of the most dangerous things Trump has done is divide Americans by exercising false allegations of antisemitism, mostly regarding the US-Israel relationship. We should be very clear that it is not antisemitic to criticise the policies of the Israeli government.

I have a connection to Israel going back many years. In 1963, I lived on a kibbutz near Haifa. It was there that I realise and knowledge for myself many of the progressive values upon which Israel was founded. I think it is very important for everyone, but particularly for progressives, to acknowledge the enormous achievement of establishing a democratic homeland for the Jewish beings after centuries of dislocation and persecution.

We must also be honest about this: the founding of Israel is understood by another parties in the district of Palestine as the cause of their unpleasant dislocation. And just as Palestinians to be recognized the merely claims of Israeli Jews, supporters of Israel must understand why Palestinians view Israel’s formation as they do. Acknowledging these actualities does not ” delegitimise ” Israel any more than acknowledging the dispassionate facts of America’s own founding delegitimises the United Country.

It is true that some disapproval of Israel can cross the line into antisemitism, extremely where reference is revokes the right of self-determination to Jews, or when it plays into conspiracy assumptions about outsized Jewish influence. I will always call out antisemitism when I see it. My predecessors would expect no less of me. As chairperson, I will reinforce both domestic and international efforts to combat this hatred. I will direct the Justice Department to prioritise the fight against white nationalist violence. I will not wait two years to appoint a special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, as Trump did; I will make one immediately.

When I look at the Middle East, I recognize Israel as having the capacity to contribute to peace and prosperity for the entire region, yet unable to achieve this in part because of its unresolved come into conflict with the Palestinians. And I realize a Palestinian beings yearning to make their contribution- and with so much to offer- yet crushed beneath a military occupation that is now over a half-century old-time, creating a daily reality of pain, dishonour and resentment.

Ending that occupation and enabling the Palestinians to have self-determination in an independent, democratic, economically viable state of their own is in the best interests of the United Nation, Israel, the Palestinians and states in the region. My pride and praise for Israel lives alongside my support for Palestinian freedom and independence.

I reject the notion that there is any incongruity there. The patrols fomenting antisemitism are the forces arrayed against subjugated people around the world, including Palestinians; the struggle against antisemitism is also the struggle for Palestinian freedom. I stand in solidarity with my friends in Israel, in Palestine and around the world who are trying to resolve conflict, diminish hatred, and improving the dialogue, cooperation and understanding.

We need this solidarity urgently now. All over the nations of the world- in Russia, in India, in Brazil, in Hungary, in Israel and elsewhere- we determine the rise of a divisive and destructive flesh of politics. We see intolerant, tyrannical political leaders assaulting foundations of democratic cultures. These leads employ people’s suspicions by enlarging bitterness, tending antipathy and instigating hatred against ethnic and religious minorities, fanning militancy toward democratic criteria and a free press, and promoting constant paranoia about foreign schemes. We see this very clearly in our own country. It is coming from the highest level of our government. It is coming from Donald Trump’s tweets, and from his own mouth.

As a people who have experienced oppression and persecution for hundreds of years, Jews understand the hazard. But we also have a tradition that points the way forward. I am a proud member of the lore of Jewish social justice. And I am so inspired when I see so many Jewish beings picking up this banner, extremely the younger generation of Jews, who are helping to lead a revitalization of progressive values in the US. They witness the fight against antisemitism and for Jewish liberation as connected to the fight for the liberation of persecuted people various regions of the world. They becomes part of a broad-spectrum bloc of partisans from many different backgrounds who guess very deeply, as I always have, that we are all in this together.

* Bernie Sanders is a United Country senator from Vermont and potential candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Such articles primarily appeared in Jewish Currents, an award-winning publication of politics, arts and culture

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