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ANTI-SEMITISM

NO REASON TO PACK OUR BAGS

No question mark, so I assume this is a declarative statement on your recent issue's cover ("Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America"). Despite a rise in reported anti-Semitic incidents and the actions in Whitefish, Montana, reported in your cover story ("Report from Whitefish: After the Cyber Storm," September/October 2017), that does not mean a Holocaust is about to descend on American Jews. No reason to pack our bags and make reservations for a flight to Israel, which has equally compelling problems. On the one hand, we have two venomous, deranged hate-mongers, Richard Spencer and Andrew Anglin, and on the other, what I presume constitutes the vast majority of Whitefish residents backed up by the power brokers of the state. This does not a pogrom make. There have always been and will continue to be anti-Semites, and I assume they have been encouraged by the election of our current president to come out of the woodwork into the open. Still, if anything, the overwhelming response of the citizens of Whitefish and beyond shows that anti-Semitism is being shunted off its tracks. I wish you had taken Whitefish resident Francine Roston's advice when she is quoted as saying that cyberterrorists feed on just this publicity.

Robert Stern

Seattle, WA

A POWERFUL STORY

Ellen Wexler wrote a powerful piece--all the stronger for its understatement. I'm both glad and alarmed to have read it. Having said that, though, I do want to ask a question: The story reports that The Daily Stormer attracted $150,000 in its fund-raising campaign. How do we know that? Seems to me the only possible source is the website itself, which is hardly trustworthy. Should that dollar figure have been attributed?

I've spent more words here on that question than I have in praising the piece. But, as I say, it deserves substantial praise.

Mitch Gerber

Rockville, MD

A FOOLISH TACTIC

From reading Wexler's article in your current issue, I cannot tell why the Jewish realtor, Tanya Gersh, took any interest in Richard Spencer's mother initially. Unless the mother was an active supporter of her son, why urge her to sell her property?

Bennett Muraskin

Morris Plains, NJ

GUNS ARE THE ANSWER

Whether it is white supremacists, neo-Nazis from the left or right, Islamic fanatics or just plain criminals, we Jews will always be prime targets. Do not think for one minute that you have integrated, assimilated and are 100 percent American. T o many, we are the...

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