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With stories of Russian and eastern European pogroms stored in our memory banks, who thought we’d be talking about pogroms in 2021? Like many people, I know that the situation in the Middle East is extremely complex; efforts to oversimplify the issues can distort the facts beyond recognition. But I feel compelled to highlight some key facts that are actually facts, not propaganda. I make no secret of my support of Israel: I’ve lived there, visited there, have friends there, and I can assure you that none of them are terrorists, nor do they wish for anything other than peace. Whether peace can ever be achieved is another story.
What are the facts that I would like to highlight? There are many of them, but I’m choosing to focus on those that I think are central to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
This time is different: pogroms—this is the term that has been used of late, and in spite of the ugliness it suggests, it’s accurate: Jews are being attacked in their neighborhoods, as are their homes, synagogues, and businesses: