Anti-Semitism Grows More Violent

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In our ever angrier and more dangerous world, Jewish people have found themselves facing greater and greater threats, simply because of their faith. Writing for The Forward, Aiden Pink looks at the ever-growing anti-Semitic violence facing Jews:

Hate crimes, including anti-Semitic ones, were more violent in 2018, with assaults targeting Jews at an all-time high, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime report

The data indicates that the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history — the synagogue shooting on Shabbat in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshippers in October, 2018 — was not an outlier. Rather, it’s an example of a broader phenomenon of growing anti-Semitic violence, includes an ongoing spate of assaults on visibly Jewish men in Brooklyn.

“I think we have a leaner, meaner type of hate crime going on,” Professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, told the Forward…

New York City, in particular, is the home to the largest Jewish population in the country and has seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, according to the New York Police Department, whose data is included in the FBI report. Community organizations have reported dozens of assaults on Jews in 2018 and 2019, particularly in parts of Brooklyn like Crown Heights, where large populations of religious Jews are easily identified as such by their headgear or clothes.

“We’ve had numerous teeth knocked out, we’ve had broken limbs, bruising—we’re talking about several cases over the past year or so in Crown Heights where there are serious physical injuries,” Crown Heights Jewish Community Council executive director Rabbi Eli Cohen said…

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