The recent conflict in Gaza, and the reckless actions of politicians looking to exploit it, are stoking the flames of antisemitism. I saw this danger firsthand when I lost 11 fellow-worshippers in a brutal attack on my Pittsburgh synagogue less than three years ago.
Tensions are understandably high after the deaths of at least 12 Israelis and 248 Palestinians over 11 days of fighting in Gaza. Regardless of one’s opinions on Israel, however, there is no excuse for the recent spike in hate crimes against Jewish Americans.
Joseph Borgen was singled out for wearing a kippah — a Jewish head covering — by pro-Palestine protestors in Manhattan. He was attacked and beaten while they shouted “Dirty Jew,” and “Hamas is going to kill you.”
Borgen says he now fears wearing his kippah outside, and he is not alone. Just one week after the Gaza crisis began, 193 reports of antisemitism were made to the Anti-Defamation League. They also found