What you can do right now to combat domestic antisemitism
On January 15, an armed attacker, spewing antisemitic hatred and seeking the release of a convicted terrorist from prison, took a rabbi and three congregants hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. Just two weeks into 2022, American Jews were attacked, and many are increasingly concerned about antisemitism in our country – a hatred that is rising and becoming more open and violent.
The threat against American Jews is real. In the last three years alone, Jews have been attacked and killed simply for being Jewish in Pittsburgh, Poway, Jersey City, and Monsey. And this past spring, antisemitism surged in the wake of the Hamas-instigated conflict with Israel. This Jew-hatred continues to stem from a variety of sources, including from the far right, the far left, and religious extremists.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) has been sounding the alarm on resurgent antisemitism since 2001, first in Europe and then in the U.S. We’ve worked closely with policymakers at every level of government and with our faith and ethnic community partners to address the problem. We know that when societies cannot protect their Jewish communities, democracy is at risk.
Here’s what you can do right now:
- Take action. It is time for strong federal action to protect American Jews. Join AJC in calling for the White House to convene a taskforce that will develop a national action plan to fight anti-Jewish hate. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that American Jews are kept safe. Sign the petition here
- Show Jewish pride. We cannot succumb to fear. That is not how we will beat back antisemitism. We will win not by hiding who we are, but by celebrating it. We must continue to proudly display our Jewish identities and attend our Jewish schools, synagogues, and JCCs.
- Help us bring allies into the fold. Just as we stand with our coalition partners in their times of need, we count on our partners to stand with us #UnitedAgainstAntisemitism. Share AJC’s #UnitedAgainstAntisemitism graphic on social media and call on those you know to show solidarity with the Jewish community. Share the graphic here
- Read and share. Please also read and share this Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council statement on yesterday’s events and the urgent need to work together to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate. Read the statement here
- Watch and share. Please watch and share this video from AJC CEO David Harris recorded in the aftermath of the attack. Watch the video here
- Know the facts about antisemitism. To fight anti-Jewish hate, we need to understand it. Bigotry against Jews comes from multiple sources. We must be swivel headed and recognize that the perpetrators of recent attacks on American Jews have had varying motivations – with Jew-hatred being the common thread. To learn more, visit AJC’s antisemitism resource page and read AJC’s 2021 State of Antisemitism in America report.
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