When you are in a daily fight against Donald Trump’s white supremacist agenda, it’s difficult to be thankful–even on Thanksgiving Day. Trump has realized demonizing minorities his favorite amusement, from his racist demand that four women of color in Congress “go back” to their country to his demeaning of black Americans as” low-spirited IQ” and “unintelligent,” to dubbing Latino immigrants ” rapists” and “invaders.”
Trump’s messages, like all global leader ‘, do more than merely derive glees at safarus rallyings. They inspire act. So it’s not surprising that the FBI earlier this month reportedthat violent hate crimes had reached a 16 -year high-pitched in 2018.
Worse, 2018 watched the highest number of hate crime murders in 27 years. This follows three years of unprecedented annual increases in hate crimes, from 2015 to 2017, which–not coincidentally–matches the rise of Trump.
Alarmingly, Trump’s white supremacist panoramas has implications beyond our own borders. For example, the gunman who murdered 50 Muslims who were praying in their mosque in New Zealand referred to Trump as a” renewed symbol of white name .”
It’s this fouled climate that explains why what took place in London this past weekend is so moving. The London Underground, much like the New York City subway, carries a indeed diverse cross-section of beings around that great city, and last weekend was no exception.
But regrettably for one jewish-orthodox Jewish family go with their three young children, all of whom wore yarmulkes, one anti-Semitic bigot tried to tell this family that they don’t belong in England. The happen, captivated on video, shows the man reading vigorously” anti-Jewish Bible verses” targeted at the family in an effort to harass them.
But then something beautiful happened. A Muslim woman wearing a hijab, Asma Shuweikh, is witnessed on camera confronting the anti-Semite. Shuweikh told the local media she” had to confront him ,” contributing,” Being a mother-of-two, I know what it’s like to be in that situation, and I would want someone to help if I was in that situation .”
Shuweikh locked the man and successfully distracted him so that he stopped hassling the Jewish family. After the video of the incident croaked viral, Shuweikh was praised as a “hero,” while the man was arrested by the police and charged with committing a” racially exasperated public require offence .”
To fully appreciate this event, you have to be aware that in the UK, both Muslims and Jews have been the target of increasing hate crimes. In 2018, as the British government reported, the groups suffering the most hate crimes were Muslims, followed by Jews, with both communities construing a spike in violent attacks inspected upon them.
Yet there was a person from a community being subject to hate standing up for another from a community enduring the same pain. As one witness to the incident so aptly situated it,” In this day and senility we are told how xenophobic everyone is and all beliefs hate one another, and there you had a Muslim woman sticking up for some Jewish brats .”
And thankfully we’ve seen increasing exposes of Jews and Muslims standing up for one another. After the horrible criticize by an anti-immigrant, white supremacist terrorist last-place November at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that resulted in 11 Jews being assassinated, Muslim radicals fostered the hundreds of dollars to help the Jewish community recover.
And when a few months later an anti-immigrant, white supremacist terrorist in New Zealand killed 50 Muslims praying in their mosque, that same Tree of Life community raised stores to help that Muslim community.
But a few heartwarming storeys can’t alleviate possible risks currently encountering Muslims and Jews move forwards , not only in the United Position, but in other Western republics as well. People who hate Jews or Muslims tend to hate the other group as well.
A 2018 Pew Survey of fifteen Western European countries pointed out that” attitudes toward Jews and Muslims are highly correlated with each other. People who express negative opinions about Muslims are more likely than others to likewise carries negative ideas of Jews .”
That poll likewise found that,” Western Europeans who identify with the far-right side of the ideological range in their country are more likely to express negative feelings about minorities and immigrants .”
Consequently, it’s not surprising that right-wing actors are attacking both communities. Even in Canada, which recently re-elected the progressive Justin Trudeau as prime minster, there has been an alarming 50 percent uptick in hate crimes in 2017 against minorities, with Jews being the number one group targeted followed closely by Muslims.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that for Muslims and Jews to thrive in the West, it is also necessary stand with one another through these challenging occasions.
I get that some of us have strong changes over the Middle East conflict, but we are both minority religions in a occasion where demonizing minorities is becoming not just acceptable, but a plank of politicians racing for place from the United Position to Europe–and winning a lot of elects and sometimes high-pitched office.
And as the Center for the Study of Hate& Extremism warns us,” Hate crimes have increased in every presidential election year since national FBI record holding began in the early 1990 s .”
That wants 2020 could be even worse. So this Thanksgiving, we should give thanks for the good things in “peoples lives”. But at same time prepare for a 2020 that may be the most challenging that Jews and Muslims in the U.S. had previously been experienced.