Anti-Semitism simmers just under the surface in America; sometimes it bubbles up!


Here's a link to the latest story I have found on this topic:
If you read the entire article, you will note that there has been a significant increase in anti-Semitic threats and actions since January, 2017. Is this a coincidence? Yeah! Right!
There is not enough evidence for me to conclude that Lyin' Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like, is anti-Semitic. Some of his actions would lead some to this conclusion, however. Certainly, some of his statements have made it seem as though he is encouraging bigotry. At some of his rallies, he definitely encouraged violence against individual protesters!

But, really, I'm not worried at all. You see, Lyin' Don is protecting all Americans from those fleeing terrorism and persecution in Muslim countries. And, I have been admonished by a frequent poster right here on this very site, that anti-Semitic actions in America are perpetrated by Muslims. Whew! I feel so much better now!

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Here is a link to an article about this most recent example of anti-Semitism in America:
Please note that the article refers to previous assaults and threats.

Oh. And one more thing. This from the article about the recent attack on headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis: "Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi launched a fund-raising effort to help pay for the toppled headstones to be repaired." If the frequent poster on this site is correct, I guess these two "Muslim American activists" were acting out of guilt, because I have been admonished for stating that anyone but a Muslim could be guilty of hating Jews.

Excuse my ignorance and lack of knowledge on the subject but why is anti-antisemitism so prevalent in this country today? I don't get it. Why do some people hate Jews so much? From Hitler to Thump why the animosity? Is it because the Jews were the ones to crucify Christ?
Throughout history what have the Jews as a people done that is so terrible? Isn't Israel our closest allied? Another thing that don't make sense is that if Thump is so antisemitic then why does that prime minister of Israel Netinyahoo say he has known Thump for years and that is not true? Whats upp with all that?

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

"white" Americans are from families which originated in Europe. Unfortunately, many of these families brought their prejudices with them along with their personal items. If you look throughout history, while Jews have been accepted in a variety of societies, both by Christians and Muslims, sometimes for more than a century, Jews have been made scapegoats when problems arose in every society. For example, in Moorish Spain, Jews had a great deal of freedom. Once Spain was reconquered by the Christian-Spanish monarchs, they blamed ALL non-Christians, Muslims and Jews, and initiated the Spanish Inquisition that resulted in the killing of many Jews, and yet another time Jews had to leave a land where they had had a comfortable existence.
As I pointed out, both from historical documents and from my contacts over the years with Jews of German origin, the Jews in Germany were more integrated into German society than were Jews anywhere else in Europe in the early 20th Century. But, Germany had been so embarrassed and economically devastated by their defeat in World War I, Hitler looked for scapegoats to blame. Narcissists so often look to blame someone other than themselves for their own failures. According to Hitler, Germanic people were so intelligent and talented that they could only lose a major war if there were some gigantic international conspiracy at work to undermine the German war machine. And the Jews were both convenient and different. Remember, the Nazis, with Hitler as their leader, were ELECTED by the German voters to rule that nation starting in 1933!
Do many Christians still use the hackneyed tired charge that "the Jews killed Jesus?" Yes! Even though it has been 2000 years now, this charge is still made. Just read some KKK (or other alt-right) literature some time!
Netanyahu has a point of view shared by many Israeli Jews that liberal American Democrats hate Israel. So, in every recent election, they have supported the Republican candidates for POTUS against the Democrats. Netanyahu does not speak for all Israeli Jews, however. The opposition parties have a very different perspective on major issues. For example, here is what Isaac Herzog, the main opposition leader in Israel, stated about the two-state or one-state position with the Palestinians: "Netanyahu needs to choose whether he will continue to crawl embarrassingly after the extreme right, who want to annex into Israel a million Arabs, or if he is willing to be a strong and responsible leader who will speak to the US about a two-state solution."

Finally, as we have come to know, Lyin' Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like, is a master illusionist. But, we all know what Abraham Lincoln said about fooling people.

Thanks for the clarification Dale. Back in my younger days I dated a Jewish girl. Her and her family were nice and didn't seem any different than anyone else to me.
what is creepy is the similarities between Thump and Hitler.
The great philosopher Rodney King was right when he said "can't we all just get along".

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

You are both right. I looked it up. There is some disagreement about how much of all human DNA is identical, but most genetic experts place it in the neighborhood of 99% or more. Why do too many people emphasize the tiny amount that makes us unique individuals, and not the vast majority that makes us all alike in so many, many ways!

Over 50 years ago, my wife had a friend, whom I knew as well, who was (and still is) one of the nicest people I have ever known. She is also bright and today is an accomplished professional. She was and is Jewish. She was dating a non-Jewish guy, whom I happened to know very well. He was one of my very best friends while we were growing up in Toledo. He was (and is) a great guy, and an accomplished professional today himself.
Her parents went crazy because he was not Jewish. They insisted that she stop seeing him immediately. She did. Both are married to others, and have made comfortable lives, with some accommodations. I often wonder what would have happened if they would have ended up together with her parents' (and his parents') blessings.
Yes. Prejudice can go in any direction. Members of a minority can be every bit as intolerant as those in the majority.
IMHO -- Prejudice is always wrong! Thanks again Rodney, and you too, Donnahoney, for reminding us of Rodney's plea for tolerance!

I have said over the majority of my 69 year lifetime that anti-Semitism is very prevalent in the United States of America. And, throughout all these years, many people have tried to tell me that I am wrong. Well, let the deniers walk in my Jewish moccasins and then tell me what I have experienced first-hand is but a figment on my imagination!
Ever since the Trump Dump ascended to the throne, I have seen incidents of anti-Semitism reach higher and higher peaks. Coincidence? I think not. Trump is a catalyst for hatred. Rather than bringing people together making America great (again?), The Donald has fueled fear, hatred, and xenophobia creating the biggest schism in America since the era of Vietnam protests and the Civil Rights movements of 50+ years ago.
I do not doubt for a second that if Barack Obama were President today that Donald J. Trump would be placing responsibiity for the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the U.S.A. squarely on the shoulders of President Obama, calling President Obama an anti-Semitic (as in anti-Jewish) Muslim, and then calling him weak on the fight against anti-Semitism.
FYI, another article regarding the swellling tide of hatred and violence towards Jewish people in general, and Jewish Americans in partcular, may be found in the followng embedded link:
New threats to US Jewish centers by Marilia Brocchetto

acting like brothers and sisters? Aren't they supposed to be bitter enemies? Isn't all of the anti-Semitism (the Jewish kind) in America perpetrated by Muslims? A poster on this site has admonished me for stating that people of any other religion than Islam hate Jews in America!
Here's an article about how Jews are helping Muslims rebuild after bigots burned a Mosque in Florida. The same article points out that Muslims helped Jews when headstones in a Jewish cemetery were damaged. Other acts of kindness between Muslims and Jews are documented:

In all seriousness, aren't these examples of brotherhood and sisterhood what makes America great and unique in the world? Why can we not emphasize the positive examples of our diversity? Anti-semitism of all kinds are as unacceptable as are any other forms of bigotry and discrimination in America. I remember a time in the Greater Toledo area when my wife and I attended a joint India-Pakistan Festival. Where else but America could these two cultures celebrate their heritages together?

in the Christian Science Monitor!

There is always hope that people of good will of all religions, and those who choose to follow no organized religion at all, can make this world a better place. If groups of Jews and Muslims can get along in Jerusalem, why can we not have peace among ALL Americans, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or any other reason which artificially divides us?

"At least five North American Jewish centers reported bomb threats Sunday as Jews observed the religious holiday of Purim."
That is the opening sentence in one of the more current reports about anti-Semitism in an increasingly intolerant America.
Go on over to read the entire article, Holiday bomb threats target 5 Jewish centers in US, Canada.

Here's an article focusing on how many college instructors are shaping anti-semitic messages leading their students to have anti-semitic views.

But, not to worry. All of these Jew haters must be Muslims. That's what at least one who posts here has insisted. And we all know that Lyin' Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like is going to prevent Muslims from coming to America. So, we Jews will be safe at last! Whew!!

Sean Spicer is the Press Secretary to Lyin Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like. Speaking about the horror of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on its own people, Spicey stated, "...someone as despicable as Hitler ... didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
The problem is, many of those who support Spicey's boss do not understand the Holocaust. They do not know history well. They believe every single thing that is stated by Lyin' Don and/or any of his top spokespeople! They are searching for justification for not trusting anyone who is not a Christian.
Yes. I know. In a very un-Trumpian move, Spicey actually apologized for his terrible error.
But some damage is done. As is often said in courtroom situations, you can't unring a bell. Once a lie is stated as though it is the truth, it is believed by some. No apology, no matter how sincere it may be, changes the effect of the lie. This all feeds Holocaust deniability among both outright Holocaust deniers and general anti-Semites as well.
Spicey is some great spokesperson all righty!

Republican. His name is Larry Pittman. He is a State Representative in North Carolina. Here is what he actually stated, as reported on Faux News: "In the lengthy thread, someone posted that 'the Civil War is over. The Fed won. Get over it.'"
In an apparent response, Pittman said, 'And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant.'"
As I recall, Lincoln was the first ever Republican POTUS. So I guess Pittman is a good Republican?

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