How to combat anti- semitism in the aftermath of Pittsburgh
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Americans are angered and grieving in the aftermath of another anti-Semitic attack. On Saturday, October 27, a gunman open fired at The Tree of Life Synagogue. Eleven people were murdered in the attack, making it the most deadly attack against Jews in American history.
Despite the fact that the United States is possibly the greatest and safest country for Jews in human history, anti-Semitic attacks still pose a significant threat to the Jewish community. Jews comprise around 2 percent of the American populous, yet are the victims of roughly half of hate crimes.
The gunman was clearly motivated out of animosity to the Jewish community; he has a long history of postings expressing his hatred for Jews and his belief they were harming the country. He now faces 29 federal charges, 36 local charges, including 11 counts of homicide, and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.
Many Americans are wondering what they can do to possibly alleviate the anti-Semitic rhetoric from public discourse. Much progress has been made, with many groups with hatred for Jews being shunned by the general public. Neo-Nazis and the KKK, for example, are essentially unanimously condemned by the entire country.
Many other public figures in the mainstream holding anti-Semitic views, however, are still normalized and not adequately condemned and ostracized. It is my hope that those seeking to cleanseour public rhetoric from this vile hatred join me in unequivocally condemning the following prominent figures with anti-Semitic pasts and expressions.
First is Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan has a long history of anti-Semitism, calling Jews satanic, controllers of Black intelligence, instrumental in the 9/11 attacks, and termites. He is still largely embraced by many politicians and members of the public. For example, three of the four co-founders of the Women’s March have consistent ties to Farrakhan. Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez have joined with Farrakhan in events and pictures. Mallory attended a speech of Farrakhan’s, where he called the Jews his enemy and also commended Mallory for her efforts in the Women’s March.
Linda Sarsour is the third co-founder of the Women’s March with anti-Semitic ties. She has referred to Farrakhan as a brother, asking God to bless him. Additionally, she has appeared at events of the Nation of Islam. Sarsour has expressed sympathy to terrorists in the past and expresses contempt for the Zionist movement.
Keith Ellison, a congressman from Minnesota, has a past of anti-Semitic ties. Ellison routinely worked with and publicly defended Louis Farrakhan. Additionally, he voiced support for Stokely Carmichael, another anti-Semite who despises Israel. Ellison’s prominence is disturbing, especially because he was almost elected chairman of the DNC in 2017.
Lastly, Al Sharpton is still widely respected and hosts a show on MSNBC, despite a history of anti-Semitism. He helped incite a riot in Crown Heights, New York, where Yankel Rosenbaum was repeatedly stabbed and suffered a fractured skull. According to the sworn testimony of Efraim Lipkind, he witnessed Al Sharpton encouraging rioters to “kill the Jews” twice.
These remarks and actions of public figures are reprehensible and despicable. I hope my fellow students and Americans are as outraged at these instances as I am. The remarks I presented are clear and obvious, in an attempt to encourage unity in condemnation. All decent Americans were horrified about the attack in Pittsburg, and I invite everyone to begin the quest of squashing anti-Semitic language from civil society with these obvious and prevalent figures