We bring you a conversation between Acton’s Director of Communications, Eric Kohn, and the Jack Miller Family Foundation’s Director of Freedom Initiatives, Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg. In this episode, they discuss a new surge in anti-semitic violence in America as tensions between Israel and Gaza continue to grow.


Jews have been beaten in broad daylight, synagogues have been vandalized, pro-Israel demonstrations have resulted in riots, and major cities across the United States have experienced explosive growth in anti-semitic attacks.


Journalist Bari Weiss wrote in her new article, “We saw them on Thursday, when pro-Palestinian protesters threw an explosive device into a crowd of Jews in New York’s Diamond District. We saw them on Wednesday, when two men were attacked outside a bagel shop in midtown Manhattan. We saw them on Tuesday, at a sushi restaurant in West Hollywood, when a group of men draped in keffiyehs asked the diners who was Jewish, and then pummeled them. And in a parking lot not far away, when two cars draped in Palestinian flags roared after an Orthodox man fleeing for his life. And in the story of the American soccer player Luca Lewis, cornered by a band of men in New York demanding to know if he was a Jew.”


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  1. colleenb Member

    Excellent discussion. I do think it should have been mentioned that there are more Palestinian/Muslim area immigrants to the US. They will, unfortunately, bring their anti-Jew hatred with them. I think we, as a country, have done little to try and get immigrants to understand how freedom of religion works in the US. And freedom of religion is being threatened in a lot of ways. I don’t think ‘secular’ Jews and Christians (and eventually Muslims, Hindus, etc) can stand up to the secular tide in America. It will be the religious people who have to make a stand for everyone – and we are fast becoming a minority.

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