Reader’s Write: Trump is not responsible for rise in anti-Semitism

Your editorial “Anti-Semitism Rise Not a Mystery”, on Jan. 10, 2020 is a ridiculous example of one-sided Trump Derangement Syndrome claiming that the rise of hate in America is the President’s fault. Actually, if the editor can clear their mind, one would easily find a University of Pennsylvania study by two sociologists, Professor Daniel Hopkins and Samantha Washington entitled, “Rise of Trump, The Fall of Prejudice,” which found differently. They studied the opinions of 20,000 Americans since 2008 and found, to their surprise, that since 2016 there has been a “sharp dive” in racist attitudes that is “statistically significant”.
Concerning the main issue of anti-Semitism in America, what can we attribute to the rise of attacks against Jewish people? Of course, Democrats automatically blame Trump who has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel and its people more than any other president since its creation in 1948.
Or, could the steady rise and acceptance of anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party be a major factor in the possible national rise of anti-Semitism?  After all, recently two Democratic women who have been unapologetically supportive of the boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) movement and speak anti-Semitic memes were elected to the House of Representatives in a blaze of glory. The BDS movement, fully supported by the left-wing of the Democratic Party especially on college campuses, is nothing but an anti-Semitic program similar to the anti-Jewish boycotts of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s repackaged by the social justice movement to destroy the lives of our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel. On many college campuses, the left-wing Democratic voting anti-Israel organizations have created an atmosphere of hatred making Jewish students very uncomfortable. Furthermore, Democratic Party leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have become apologists for the anti-Semitism of the two Congresswomen.  
Let us not forget the Democratic Congressional Black Caucus and its acceptance and even embrace of the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, which not one Democratic Party leader objects to or condemns. Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism and its great influence in the Black community is not even mentioned in your editorial.
The issues surrounding anti-Semitism in America deserves an honest, frank discussion of where it comes from and how to combat it.  Unfortunately, we’re not going to get a constructive discussion from the Great Neck News editorials.
Norman Gersman
Great Neck


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