Anti-Semitism cannot be who we are

By Elise Alexander

Back in late June, the US State Department and the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism sponsored a discussion examining the state of anti-Semitism in 2014. At the time, the response was cautiously optimistic. Speakers voiced concerns about the rise of parties like Greece’s Golden Dawn and the loss of Christians in the Middle East, like the Jews before them.

Other incidents, such as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, loomed large in the background due to their recent addition as crimes against the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The final note, however, was that while anti-Semitism may never be eradicated, it can be fought and the current generation can equip the next one to continue that struggle.

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