Updated: Apr 5
Video from Yad Vesham
Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld examines the recent rise in antisemitism in the United States, exploring how it is expressed and what are its causes.
Anti-Semitism moved back into mainstream America in the 21st century. At a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, chants of “Jews will not replace us” could be heard. A year after that, on October 27, 2018, a mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue left 11 people dead and seven wounded, the deadliest attack ever on the American Jewish community. Subsequent attacks on the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California and on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2019, coupled with hundreds of reports of vandalism and harassment, made clear that anti-Semitism was back.
Today, as in the past, anti-Semitism reveals as much, or more, about America than it does about Jews.