Anti-Semitism: The Current Day Issue
Violent Anti-Semitic acts are on the rise. In 2016, 1,266 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded across the United States, a 34% year-over-year increase from 2015. And 2017 saw a whopping 86% increase in the first 3 months.
“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016. We need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter anti-Semitism.”
Causes of Rising Anti-Semitism
violent acts against Jewish people
a new anti-Semitic message
is posted on social media
Of Religious Hate Crimes Are Anti-Jewish
Only 22% Are Anti-Islamic
Anti-Semitic Acts in the U.S.
Anti-Semitism (hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group) is rising around the globe. In some quarters of the world, the levels of Jewish hatred are reaching the pre-Holocaust intensity of the 1930’s. In America, there is a growing tide of anti-Semitism and it is especially evident on college campuses, both secular and Christian.
The rising hatred against Jews is often cloaked as “Social Justice.” In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, social justice proponents argue that the Palestinian people are being oppressed by Israel and therefore deserve the reward of justice rather than Israel. This view ignores the long and murderous injustice of terror attacks against Israeli Jews that forced Israel to build security walls to prevent suicide bombers from murdering innocent Israeli civilians.
This view also overlooks the Palestinian leadership’s severe oppression of its own people—many of whom long for peace, causing them to suffer economically and then using that suffering in a mass propaganda campaign that seeks to turn the world against Israel. A true, non-biased social justice movement would mandate fairness and equity for both sides.