Jim Denison on Three Responses Christians Should Have to the Rising Scourge of Anti-Semitism

Nearly half of Jewish young people in America have been the victims of anti-Semitic acts in the last five years. Think about that fact for a moment. More than a third have experienced such hatred on a college campus or know someone who has.

Today, 88 percent of Jewish Americans think anti-Semitism is a problem in the US; 84 percent believe the problem has gotten worse over the last five years. The Anti-Semitic League reports that anti-Semitic acts in the US rose 57 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. These are staggering numbers as well.

Writing for The Atlantic, Emma Green documents a frightening list of anti-Semitic reports in recent months. The title of her article: “American Jews Are Terrified.”

“A crisis of anti-Semitism gripping this nation”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party won what the New York Times is calling a “striking victory” in yesterday’s election. Last night, the House Judiciary Committee postponed its impeachment vote until this morning.

In the midst of such historic events, the shooting in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon has received less attention but is nonetheless tragic, not just because of the lives that were lost but because of what the attack signifies. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal stated yesterday, “We are now investigating this as acts of domestic terrorism fueled by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed, calling the attack “an act of terror.” He added: “There is a crisis of anti-Semitism gripping this nation.”

This problem is not confined to the US. Some 87 percent of British Jews believe that Jeremy Corbyn, head of the Labour Party in the UK that was defeated yesterday, is anti-Semitic. Nearly half said if he had won yesterday’s election, they would “seriously consider” leaving the country.

Anti-Semitic attacks this year have killed more Jews around the world than in any year in decades. Worshipers were gunned down at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. A Jewish college student in California and a Holocaust survivor in France were killed. German Jews were warned not to wear a skullcap or a Star of David on the street.

Describing anti-Semitism 

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance defines anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.” The Alliance cites as examples:

  • Denying the reality and scope of the Holocaust
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination “by claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor”
  • “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”
  • “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison