What Is Anti-Semitism?

What Is Anti-Semitism?

Roughly speaking, anti-Semitism is the discrimination of Jewish people based on their heritage and nothing else. Anti-Semitic acts increased by a third from 2016-2017, during a period where the term was frequently misused for political purposes.

During the presidential election of 2016, this term was often used by leftist sources to smear then-candidate Trump.  The media intended to use isolated incidents of Trump supporters to represent his campaign and the entirety of his voting base.  In this way, many in the media misused the meaning of anti-Semitism for political gain, and those who did their homework were able to see this.  Donald Trump has a long history of fighting anti-Semitism, and has even donated personal funds to Jewish organizations.  Trump’s own daughter and son-in-law are Jewish – a fact that the Washington Post used as evidence against Trump in a 2016 article implying his anti-Semitism.  As president, Trump has continued his friendship with the Jewish people by acknowledging Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.  He also stopped a transfer of $221 million from going into the hands of terrorists that want Israel wiped off the map.  These are only a few examples of President Trump’s friendly actions towards the nation of Israel, leading to the logical conclusion that he is not an anti-Semite.  Regardless of how often media sources try to connect Trump with disavowed anti-Semite David Duke, the facts speak for themselves.

While Trump has been one of the most pro-Israel presidents in history, this does not mean that Americans who question politicians with Israeli citizenship should be accused of anti-Semitism.  Some Americans may be concerned of such dual citizenship, as it may raise concerns about the national loyalty of a dual citizenship candidate.  This is a just concern, since any official elected by the American people should put the American people first.  In these instances, it is important to stop being snowflakes and look at the arguments in terms of national security. However, real anti-Semitism does exist, and needs to be called out when exhibited.  There are those who tear down Mezuzahs from the doors of Israeli homes.There are those who target Jewish kosher restaurants for acts of terrorism.  There are Twitter DM groups of white supremacists planning on taking out Jews in the media.  This is real anti-Semitism.  When the term anti-Semitism is used inappropriately, the public may be more likely to ignore stories detailing real acts of anti-Semitism.  As a small, Jewish community, we cannot allow this to happen. 

 

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