Hanukkah is connoted to observe the victory of the Jewish people over religious suppression. However, the days and weeks leading up to Hanukkah that started on 2nd December Sunday, many Jews have felt vanquished as a fast wave of anti-Semitic events took place within the nation.
A psychology professor after reaching Columbia’s Teachers College on New York’s Upper West Side found swastikas spray-painted red in the hallway to her office. Two weeks before that a mural respecting the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was ruined on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. Before that, a man stood up and shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ while a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” was underway. Fearing gunshots, many people fled from the hall.
Well, these instances which went out reported have alarmed the Jews as well as Americans. For many American Jews, the furore of anti-Semitic occurrences is a recall of the stories that were narrated by their parents and grandparents about Europe before the Holocaust.
Based on a new survey carried by the Claims Conference which reimburses the survivors of the Holocaust with money obtained from Germany, found that 58% of Americans believe that a similar situation like Holocaust can occur again. However, many anti-Semitism believers think that the situation might not be as worse as one thinks it to be.
Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights stated that it is apparent that in the U.S anti-Semitism always existed and it won’t go away. Rather, it has become socially acceptable.
Many others are urging to see anti-Semitism as a right-wing phenomenon. Left activists have been charged with anti-Semitism. Last year, during a lesbian pride parade in Chicago three people who were carrying pride flags decorated with a Jewish Star of David, were dislodged.
In general, the fight against anti-Semitism hasn’t been a sectarian issue. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Task Force on Anti-Semitism are divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. After the Pittsburgh massacre, the House collectively certified a two resolution castigating the synagogue attack.