This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.
Fight anti-Semitism by donating to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), offering to help your nearest Jewish Community Center (JCC), and telling your members of Congress to stop Trump from cutting the state department’s anti-Semitism envoy.
Even before Trump became president, anti-Semitism–hateful words and acts that target Jewish people–was on the rise in America. His election has seemingly given anti-Semites a green light to harass and terrify Jewish people.
Dozens upon dozens of bomb threats have been called in to Jewish community centers across the country since 2017 began. Three Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized as well, with the most recent crime taking place in Philadelphia in late February. (On March 3, investigators announced the first arrest in connection with the wave of anti-semitic acts, seizing Juan Thompson, who was fired last year from his job as a reporter at The Intercept for fabricating quotes.)
Intentionally or not, Trump has tacitly approved such acts by failing to speak out immediately and forcefully when the first ones occurred. He made things worse with an official Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that did not specifically mention the suffering of Jewish victims, who the Nazis deliberately tried to exterminate.
Trump let weeks pass before he finally condemned the disgusting phenomenon, calling the nasty acts “horrible and painful.” But he negated any good his words could have done by suggesting in the same statement that the incidents could be so-called “false flag” attacks–events that are not genuine, but deliberately staged to “make others look bad.”
You can push back against anti-semitism. One way is to donate to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Founded in 1913, the civil rights organization’s aim is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”
Donate to the ADL:
You can also locate the Jewish Community Center (JCC) nearest you and volunteer your time and your skills:
And you can call your members of Congress and urge them to urge Trump not to cut the state department’s special envoy on anti-Semitism. The job, created in 2004 under President George W. Bush, has focused on helping other nations fight back against violence, vandalism, and other assaults directed at Jews. If Trump eliminates the envoy, he will send a signal to the broader world that the United States does not care about fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism.
Sample script for calling your MoCs: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to ask (Senator/Representative Lastname) to fight any efforts by the Trump administration to eliminate the state department’s special envoy against anti-Semitism. We are experiencing a rise in attacks on our Jewish communities right here, right now, in the United States, due in part to Trump’s indifference to these horrible incidents. If Trump takes away the anti-semitism envoy, he will give a green light to anti-Semite around the world to unleash their hate. Please make a law that will stop him from doing this.”
Read these Vox stories about the wave of attacks, and about Trump’s unacceptably lackluster response to them:
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Read a Poynter story on Juan Thompson’s arrest:
Read about the state department’s anti-Semitism envoy position, and why we need to keep it: