By JNS , Israel Hayom Staff—
Fifty-eight Jewish organizations gathered in New York City on Wednesday for a “National Consultation on Responses to Anti-Semitism” to address ever increasing anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, Europe and around the world.
Organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and hosted at the UJA-Federation of New York offices in Midtown Manhattan, the consultation was attended by Jewish leaders and included two members of the US Administration, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education Kenneth Marcus.
In the last year, deadly mass shootings have taken place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and Chabad of Poway in Southern California, and just this week, a 68-year-old Jewish man was injured in a drive-by shooting outside a synagogue in North Miami Beach.
Noting that “democracy is not an antidote” to the historical causes of anti-Semitism, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, said “America has proven it is not immune to this cancer that metastasizes everywhere.”
“We have reached the end of the age of deniability and innocence. We need to build coalitions everywhere and anywhere,” he stated.
Particularly disturbing is that the current wave of anti-Semitism has taken on multiple forms, both as violent incidents and harassment, as well as an ongoing politicized assault on the State of Israel, which often takes the form of promoting boycotts and the delegitimization and of the Jewish state. Continue Reading….