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May 14, 2015 12:19 pm

US Ambassador to Israel: American Jews Not Immune to Antisemitism

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro speaking at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism. Photo: Twitter Screenshot.

Despite the values of tolerance in U.S. society, American Jews are not immune to the perils of antisemitism, warned the U.S. ambassador to Israel at a Jerusalem conference on antisemitism.

Ambassador Dan Shapiro told an audience at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism — which took place between Tuesday and Thursday this week — that the U.S. has “zero tolerance” for antisemitism and is “pressing” other governments, including in Europe, to “stamp it out.”

He said the U.S. has urged other governments to hold perpetrators of antisemitic attacks accountable.

“Arrest, investigate, prosecute,” he said.

“We are not immune in the U.S.,” he declared, saying Jewish students have been targeted on campuses nationwide and noting a recent rise in antisemitic hate crimes.

“One hate crime is one too many,” he told the forum.

Indeed, one recent study showed that as many as 54% of Jewish college students said they had experienced or witnessed antisemitism at their schools.

The Anti-Defamation League said in its annual report that there were 912 antisemitic acts reported in the U.S. in 2014, up more than 20% from the 751 incidents in 2013.

Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center released a study that said 2014 was the worst year for antisemitic attacks in a decade, with 766 violent antisemitic acts committed and the majority occurring in the U.S. and European countries.

These attacks include the desecration of Jewish holy sites and threats against individuals or Jewish institutions, such as schools, synagogues and community centers.

“The U.S. will always lead, unequivocal in standing up to antisemitism, rally others, including vs [sic] unfair criticism or delegitimization of Israel,” Shapiro said via Twitter on Thursday.

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  • How can American Jews be immune to Anti-Semitism when President Barack Hussein Obama is allowing millions of uninspected Muslims to enter the USA to become citizens?

    Around year 1990 CE, I was told by very religious Chassidic Jews to NOT wear a yarmulke around the Atlantic Avenue area, because of the many Arabs who populated that area, even at that time. Notice that Atlantic Avenue is in BROOKLYN, which is the most Jewish place in the world outside Israel, yet even in BROOKLYN, there are places where Jews must be afraid to walk!

    Since then, the situation seems to have become worse:

    I have heard that Jews are leaving Kensington [one of Brooklyn’s oldest Jewish neighborhoods] because that area is now filled with Pakistani Muslims, most of whom are first-generation recent immigrants from Pakistan. I I have also heard reports of attacks against Jews that were never mentioned in the news media.

    According to one study, Pakistan is one of the top-three most anti-American nations on Earth.

    Super-terrorist Osama Bin Laden hid for ten years in Pakistan, and the government of Pakistan brought criminal charges against the Doctor who helped American soldiers find Osama Bin Laden.

    Why does the USA admit large numbers of immigrants from nations [like Pakistan] that are extremely anti-American, and are extremely likely to remain extremely anti-American?

    If you agree with me, then please say so.

  • Mike

    A disproportionate amount of antisemitism comes from “minority” groups and the liberal left.

    Google: “Report: 2013 Survey of American Attitudes Toward Jews in America”