What's On Our Mind ...
This week, we commemorated the victims of the Holocaust with Yom HaShoah. Sadly, hate did not end when the death camps were liberated. Jews around the world are still victims of antisemitism. People continue to be persecuted based on their race, religion and sexual orientation. White-supremacy has also gained traction on the political front.
The ADL said 63 percent of American Jews have experienced or witnessed antisemitism over the past five years — an increase from the 53 percent of respondents who expressed the same view in ADL’s survey last year. At the same time, 59 percent surveyed said they felt that Jews were less safe in the U.S. today than they were a decade ago. Nearly half feared a violent Synagogue attack.
The January attack on the Capitol by domestic terrorists was filled with racist, white-supremacist and antisemitic symbols. The attackers were seen carrying swastika flags and wearing shirts with slogans saying: “Camp Auschwitz STAFF.”
We must use our voices and might to stand up to bigotry in all its forms. At JAC, this begins by supporting candidates whose ideology embraces tolerance, acceptance and dignity for all.