Five Jewish groups penned a letter to President Joe Biden on Friday expressing concern concerning the current surge of antisemitic hate crimes in the U.S. amid the army confrontation between Israel and Hamas, which agreed to a cease-fire this week.
The American Jewish Community, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America referred to as on the president to make use of his platform to sentence antisemitism and take a variety of actions to fight anti-Jewish hate in the U.S.
“We are grateful for the current ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, but we fear that the way the conflict has been used to amplify antisemitic rhetoric, embolden dangerous actors and attack Jews and Jewish communities will have ramifications far beyond these past two weeks,” the groups wrote.
The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took impact Thursday night after each events agreed to halt an 11-day army confrontation that left no less than 230 Palestinians and 13 Israelis lifeless. Some 58,000 Palestinians have fled their houses, the Associated Press reported.
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The battle has elevated tensions in the U.S. – online and in particular person – between supporters of Israel and Palestinians. The Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based worldwide Jewish group, stated it has seen a “dangerous and drastic surge” in antisemitic hate crimes for the reason that battle broke out.
“We are tracking acts of harassment, vandalism and violence as well as a torrent of online abuse,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stated in a statement Thursday. He added, “It’s happening around the world.”
The Anti-Defamation League said it has documented “disturbing antisemitism” on a number of social media platforms, together with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. The group stated its evaluation of Twitter posts from May 7 to May 14 discovered greater than 17,000 tweets used variations of the phrase, “Hitler was right.”
“ADL has also seen an increase in on-the-ground activity that demonizes Israel and that has crossed at times into antisemitism,” the group stated in an announcement.
Thousands of individuals have marched in main U.S. cities in current weeks to protest Israel’s actions. The majority of protesters “have stayed within the lines of free and civil discourse,” however there have been “some expressions of clear antisemitism at these events,” the Anti-Defamation League stated.
The group stated it has documented “signs that invoke the age-old antisemitic accusation that Jews are responsible for killing Jesus” and “Holocaust analogies that demonize Zionists.”
Last Sunday, two folks shattered a window at a synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, according to local police, who’re investigating the incident as a hate crime. Police stated officers on the scene positioned a damaged stick and a “Freedom for Palestine” signal on the bottom beneath the window.
In Bal Harbour, Florida, police are investigating after a Jewish household stated 4 males in an SUV hurled antisemitic slurs at them early final week.
Around the identical time, somebody smashed the front door of a synagogue in Tucson, Arizona, in response to police.
In New York City Thursday night, 26 people were arrested as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators clashed in Times Square, and police had been investigating the assault of a Jewish man in the identical space as a hate crime, officers stated.
“The anti-Semitism we’re seeing across our country isn’t in isolation and isn’t just a few incidents. It’s part of a horrible and consistent pattern. History teaches us we ignore that pattern at our own peril,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter Friday after assembly with Jewish neighborhood leaders at City Hall.
Authorities in Los Angeles, in the meantime, were investigating a pair of incidents, each of which concerned a caravan of autos, this week as attainable antisemitic hate crimes.
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The is not the primary time the U.S. has seen an increase in antisemitic hate crimes following battle in the Middle East, in response to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
“Since national data collection began in 1992, the worst months of each decade revolved around disputes in the Holy Land or around conflictual elections,” Levin stated.
In the Nineteen Nineties, the month that noticed probably the most antisemitic hate crimes in the U.S. was March 1994, following the Ibrahimi Mosque bloodbath, when an American-Israeli man fatally shot 29 folks and wounded greater than 100 in the West Bank, Levin stated.
In the 2000s, the worst month for antisemitic hate crimes in the U.S. was October 2000, throughout the Palestinian uprising towards the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Over the final decade, nevertheless, probably the most hate crimes occurred round the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Levin stated.
In 2019, antisemitic hate crimes hit multiyear highs and, for the first time in current reminiscence, Jews had been the highest goal in America’s three largest cities, Levin stated. But as coronavirus pandemic lockdowns took impact, antisemitic hate crimes declined considerably as crimes towards Asian Americans surged, he stated.
“This month, as violence in the Middle East escalated, that pause in antisemitic violence appears to be over,” Levin stated.
Dozens of U.S. lawmakers have condemned the wave of antisemitic hate crimes. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who has been vocal concerning the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., wrote on Twitter the “wave of anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community is disgusting & must not be tolerated.”
“An attack on one community is an attack on all of our communities,” Meng added.
In addition to the rise in antisemitic violence, Muslims in the U.S. have additionally been the targets of hate in current weeks, and no less than two mosques have been vandalized in what police are investigating as hate crimes.
Last week, worshippers arriving for morning prayers at a mosque in Brooklyn to have fun the tip of Ramadan discovered the phrases “Death to Palestine” spray painted on the doorway. And Monday, a spiritual flag was burned and graffiti was written on the bottom of a mosque on Long Island.