Anti-Semitism is rising dramatically in the United States, putting Jewish communities at risk. There’s an argument to be made that it’s largely due to the Left’s obsession with causing division among Americans, coupled with their aggressive anti-Israel narrative.
Democratic politicians like Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have repeatedly made extremely offensive remarks about Jews. Here’s a recap of a few of the hateful things the two “Squad” members have stated without remorse: American Jews have “dual loyalty” to Israel and the US, they’re “all about the Benjamins”, and most notably, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil wrongdoings of Israel.”
Whether the Democrats like it or not, America stands with its allies and helps to foster new democracies. Not only is Israel a strong ally of the United States but they are also the only democracy in the Middle East, making them a valuable strategic connection. This alone is a reason to support Israel, regardless of America’s broader opinions on the religious war between the Jewish state and Palestine. Freedom and human rights are always worth supporting.
Leftist contempt for Jews simply widens the divide here in America, causing harsh discrimination against their communities across our country.
New statistics from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) indicate a massive surge in violence against Jews in the past few years. The ADL’s annual audit found a 12% increase in incidents since 2018, which brings it to the highest number since 1979. Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey are particularly under attack. Research found the Empire State’s statistics skyrocketed by 106%, while New Jersey’s soared by 76%.
New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo simply makes matters worse by targeting synagogues during coronavirus lockdowns, which were already facing threats and attacks.
Due to the severely lacking support from the leadership, community patrol groups like the Guardian Angels of New York have taken matters into their own hands, helping Jews for the first time since the 1970s. The Guardian Angels patrol the streets to thwart any threats to the community and also train Jewish citizens in self-defense against attackers.
While it is comforting to know that some non-Jewish American citizens are willing to step up to help those in need, should this really be necessary in 2020?
If I remember correctly, America went to war with Nazi Germany in the 1940s to save the Jews. Now, those who were horrifically persecuted during the Holocaust are afraid to walk the streets of America due to their heritage? This is unacceptable. While the hatred toward this minority is in part because of Leftists, it’s also due in part to a massive failure of secondary education in America.
The truth is that many students today simply don’t know about the historical suffering of the Jewish people.
Fortunately, President Trump, who describes his movement as “America First” – a term Democrats also weaponize to hurt the Jewish community – is taking measures to combat their hate.
Trump is set to sign The Never Again Education Act which will dedicate $10 million dollars to fund Holocaust education programs in schools nationwide. It will also provide resources for teachers to incorporate Jewish history into middle and high school curriculums. According to Newsweek, Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan co-sponsored the legislation. Currently, only 12 states require Holocaust education, Buchanan’s state being one of them, and he justifiable wants to see that changed.
When discussing the new bill intended to fix a multi-generational issue, Buchanan stated, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our country, especially in our schools, we need to do all we can to combat this evil ideology.”
The Senate passed the bill with a unanimous vote earlier this month, which also happens to be Jewish National Heritage Month. It will reportedly be signed by the president shortly. Hopefully, this step will help future generations of Americans understand the tragedy of the Holocaust and remind them why we need to ensure that it never happens again.