Fanning the flames of hatred.

Author:Wolf, Christopher


Thank you for your symposium on anti-Semitism ("What Are the Origins of Anti-Semitism and Why Does it Persist?" March/April 2014). In a society generally characterized by growing tolerance and diversity, anti-Semitism is in many respects invisible. Right-minded people take comfort in statistics showing percentage drops in overall acts of anti-Semitism. But hidden in the shadows are people like Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of three people outside the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City, Missouri, and James Von Brunn, the 88-year-old killer of Stephen Johns, a guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Even if the number of anti-Semitic acts is dropping, those that occur kill innocent victims and terrify a community. And while the overall numbers may be down, the FBI reports well over half of religiously motivated hate crimes recorded in 2012 were directed at Jews, and in 2013, the Anti-Defamation League reports that the number of violent attacks on Jews almost doubled. Where are the fires of hatred against Jews kept alive, and where are the seriously violent crimes incubated? Online. Anti-Semites of all ages have adopted the Internet as the place to fan the flames of anti-Semitism. Von Brunn had his...

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