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The Rise in Antisemitism


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
 

AN EARLY WARNING SIGN: THE RISE OF ANTISEMITISM

The rise of antisemitism is an early warning sign of threats to freedom and dignity for all. In a report released by the American Jewish Committee in October 2021, nearly one out of every four Jews in the US has been the subject of antisemitism within the past year. Out of fear of antisemitism, 39% of American Jews changed their behavior within the past year. Following the recent violence in Gaza, the Anti-Defamation League received reports of a nearly 50% increase in antisemitic violence in the United States.  Nearly 90% of Jews believe antisemitism is a problem in the US.
        
Hatred of Jews is not solely a Jewish problem. Antisemitism is a sign of an intolerant society. By ignoring it, we grant society a broader license to hate. All individuals should care about antisemitism in order to build a society that is more compassionate, educated, and committed to the value of human dignity. Making hatred of Jews socially unacceptable requires Jewish allies to be invested in creating a more compassionate and caring community.
WATCH: Why Antisemitism Matters to Everyone (1:30)
WATCH: Is the Focus on Antisemitism Overblown? Unpacked  (4:20)
READ: Antisemitism is a Symptom
VIEW: Index of Antisemitism

 

KRISTALLNACHT: A CASE STUDY IN SEEDS OF HATE

In 1930s Nazi Germany, antisemitism was rampant – Hitler instituted boycotts of Jewish businesses, Jewish civil servants were fired, Jewish books were destroyed, German businesses refused to serve Jews and the Nuremberg laws were passed, which only allowed Aryans to be full citizens of Germany. These discriminatory practices were primarily politically and socially punitive and non-violent. But, everything changed on the night of November 9, 1938 when the Nazis vandalized and set fire to Jewish businesses, homes, schools and synagogues:
WATCH: Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass (1:15)
WATCH: Kristallnacht: Remembering The ‘Night of Broken Glass’ (2:46)
WATCH: One Short: Kristallnacht (3:22)
WATCH: The Echos of Kristallnacht (10:30)
WATCH: We were frightened for our lives (3:05)
Antisemitic sentiments led to actions and policies, ultimately leading to the Holocaust and culminating in war.
 

CONNECT

Community Conversations: The State of Antisemitism in Nebraska
January 11, 2023
7pm  |   Alan J. Levine Theater at the Staenberg Omaha JCC.


DEEPER DIVES

WATCH:  State of the Union Part 3 - Advocating for the Jewish Community (9:52) Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.  Featuring guest speakers Noa Tishby, Bari Weiss and Eve Barlow.
WATCH: Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz (9:59)
WATCH: Ever Again, narrated by Kevin Costner, this film explores the resurgence of violent antisemitism in Europe (2:26:00)
LISTEN: We Share the Same Sky (podcast), produced for USC Shoah Foundation. Rachael Cerrotti traced her grandmother’s war story, as she traveled to Europe to find the people who saved her.
READ: Antisemitism Posts Rarely Removed By Social Media Companies National Public Radio
READ and LISTEN: Antisemitism now, Antisemitism then. The Ezra Klein Show, featuring Deborah Lipstadt. (1:32:31)