Wednesday, January 29, 2020

No Epidemic of Antisemitism

Jewish law professor David Bernstein writes:
Over the last several years, concern about a purported dramatic increase in antisemitism in the United States has gripped the American Jewish community. There was a particular spike in such concern when Donald Trump got elected, manifested in particular in near-hysteria over a series of bomb threats in 2017 to Jewish institutions that turned out to the product of a disturbed Israeli-American teenager. ...

Nevertheless, I have consistently noted the absence of evidence that, despite the rhetoric of an "epidemic" of antisemitism, that there has been any actual increase in antisemitic attitudes among the general public. ...

The ADL just released a new study on antisemitic attitudes among Americans. While belief in stereotypes about Jews remains widespread, the ADL found that only 11 percent of American adults believed in six or more of the 11 stereotypes tested, which is tied for the lowest percentage ever. By contrast, the first year the ADL undertook this study, the figure was 29 percent.
This is correct. It is amazing how well accepted Jews are. Criticism or animosity towards Jews, what little there is, is almost entirely from the far Left and Moslem immigrants.

Amusingly, the same blog re-posted this 2009 quote:
"Hollywood Has the Best Moral Compass, because it has compassion…. We were the people who did the fundraising telethon for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and any world catastrophe." So says studio co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, as quoted by the L.A. Times.
If there were really any antisemitism in this nation, we would never tolerate all our movies having a Jewish moral compass.

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