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America’s Jews face a New Reality

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Hitler’s Brown Shirts are alive and well, trolling the streets of America in keffiyehs, harassing and assaulting Jews, painting swastikas on walls, and vandalizing synagogues and Jewish-owned property. This is the image that comes to mind, a comparison between the activities of the Nazi Party’s para-military troops of the 1930s who attacked Jewish citizens of Germany and vandalized Jewish-owned property, and the swarms of pro-Palestinian ruffians who have literally been hunting Jews in order to harass and assault them.

This sudden explosion of violent physical antisemitic behavior witnessed in recent days in a number of large American cities, but also in Toronto and London, was not a spontaneous expression of mass rage. It was almost certainly an orchestrated campaign emanating from somewhere within the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization.

An attack on a Jew in New York City (Photo credit: YouTube screengrab, cropped)

For over a half-century and throughout all of Israel’s wars, American Jews have felt secure when publicly demonstrating their support for the Jewish state, as secure as when walking down the street simply going about their daily business; there was no reason not to. Jews identifiable by their garb, a kippa, a Magen David or a Hebrew necklace felt no threat to their person. Their homes were their castles. Jewish businesses were never singled-out and targeted. Until recently American synagogues required no security. This idyll is no longer the case and it represents a watershed in American Jewish life.

It is natural to wish that this new reality be limited in both scope and time. It is understandable for Jews to think “This is America, America is different,” or perhaps........

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