As anti-Semitism skyrockets, left and right have abandoned American Jews – The Forward

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I am proud to be a Jew who does not apologize. Throwing a black knit kippah on my head, with white tassels known as tzizit running down the corners of my shirt, I walk through New York City with a confidence my Holocaust survivor grandparents could never know. . But now, as a 20-year-old college student living in New York City, I have to make these choices in the face of the perilous consequences of escalating anti-Semitism.

Antisemitic incidents have skyrocketed around the world in the past 10 days, including a staggering number 600% rise in the UK. We have been chased and beaten, chased and assaulted, at all times of the day, in all countries and cities. The reason? Supposedly, the Palestinian liberation struggle in light of the violence between Israel and Hamas. the real raison? The same old Jewish hatred that we have faced throughout our existence.

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My parents instilled in me and my seven siblings a vibrant Jewish identity, which has inspired and defined our lives. Anti-Semitism certainly hasn’t escaped us as New Yorkers, but we’ve never seen it like this. The land we once called home has assumed its natural role: another place where Jews are no longer welcome.

Yesterday afternoon in Borough Park, a stranger hit several times a Jewish face standing next to his car in broad daylight. Later, in New York’s Diamond District, pro-Palestinian protesters launched a petard in a jewelry store owned by Jews and Israelis. On the same day, other demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags viciously beat a Jew in the middle of the street. People see it, people watch it and people say nothing.

There are no more “safe spaces” for Jews. When I take the subway, I unplug my headphones and put my phone away, guarding my surroundings with a belligerent air. When I wander the once cozy streets of Manhattan, a calm voice in my head reminds me that at any moment I could be attacked. These streets are no longer mine.

Reviews | As anti-Semitism skyrockets, left and right have abandoned American Jews

Where are the “right” and the “left”, the so-called allies and friends of the Jews? I don’t see Ted Cruz or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issuing statements of support or calling attention to widespread anti-Semitism across America and the world. Again, the Jews have no reason to be surprised.

To be Jewish is to be hated by all and protected by no one. We are either seen as privileged whites who are no longer seen as a minority, or as non-white money merchants who are replacing white America. Masked as warriors for social justice fighting for the Palestinians, the masses have found a perfect cloak for their anti-Semitism.

This is why the conversations surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are flooded with the recycled anti-Semitic rhetoric of the Nazis. Tweets praising Hitler dominate Twitter, as CNN contributor now fired Put the: “The world today needs a Hitler.

Reviews | As anti-Semitism skyrockets, left and right have abandoned American Jews

Anti-Semitism is hatred that is not taken seriously. No one supports the Jews, and it always has been.

“All things are mortal except the Jews; all other forces pass away, but he remains, “said Mark Twain asking,” What is the secret of his immortality? The answer is the same as it always has been: we know that no one else will save us, so we only rely on God and ourselves.

What is surprising is that it still surprises me. Historically, whether it was millennia, centuries, decades or just a few years ago, it always has been. The Jews have to fight for the Jews, and I shouldn’t be stupid enough to think anything was going to change now. A people who have survived thousands of years of persecution and genocide will not be wiped out by the enemies of the Jews of 2021.

We are not the weak Jews that the world wants us to be. We have survived genocidal regimes from biblical Egypt to Nazi Germany, and we are not about to bow to cowardly anti-Semites. Our only option is to do what we’ve always done: persevere.

Reviews | As anti-Semitism skyrockets, left and right have abandoned American Jews

Sruli Fruchter is a rising senior at Yeshiva University, the editor-in-chief of The Commentator, Yeshiva’s independent student newspaper, and a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow for the World Jewish Congress.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Forward.


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