Posted: Jun 04, 2021 12:01 AM
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This month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent extra state patrols to Jewish neighborhoods after a rash of attacks, including the beating of a man by a mob in midtown, a brick flying through the windows of a kosher pizza store and “protesters” spitting at and threatening restaurant patrons. Since anti-Jewish attacks in Brooklyn aren’t primarily the work of white supremacists, the incidents don’t garner widespread attention.
We shouldn’t exaggerate the circumstances: Hate crimes are still rare, and the United States is perhaps the safest place for Jews. That said, it would be a tragedy if we were on a European trajectory. There, the kinds of lies and smears now being normalized and spread by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and other progressives on the floor of Congress have manifested in harassment and violence against Jews. Nearly a quarter of the French, for instance, believe in some Jewish conspiracy theories. Nearly half of the French say that Zionism is a