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.