by: Teri S. Riddering
Friday, 2 November 2018 | The deadly rampage perpetrated by an alleged white supremacist who killed 11 Jews at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27 is being described as the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history. Even though Jews make up only about 2 percent of the US population, the Anti-Defamation League identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents in the US in 2017, up from 1,267 in 2016, and also reported a major increase in anti-Semitic online harassment. The FBI also identified that more than half of proven hatred and bigotry acts in the US are against Jews.
According to an article by the Associated Press in Ynetnews, “Of the thousands of anti-Semitic incidents in the US in recent decades, only a handful were deadly. In June 2009, a gunman who had anti-Semitic writings in his car killed a security guard while trying to enter the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. In April 2014, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. fatally shot a 69-year-old man and his 14-year-old grandson at a Jewish community center in suburban Kansas City, then killed a woman at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center.”
In spite of there being diverse interpretations among Jews as to the true Jewishness of the conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a tweet: “Jews were killed in a synagogue. They were killed because they are Jews. The location was chosen because it is a synagogue. We must never forget that. We are one.”
In a United with Israel article, the National Council of Young Israel published a public appreciation for US president Donald Trump’s heartfelt response to the attack, even amidst unfair accusations against him, saying that “there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America.”
In his powerful statement, Trump said: “This evil, anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It is an assault on humanity. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its ugly head. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism and vanquish the forces of hate. Those seeking their destruction, we will seek their destruction.”
Posted on November 2, 2018
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 1, 2018)
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