By Abraham H. Miller
For decades, the American Jewish community has avoided dealing with the growing anti-Semitism of the left. When tiki torch-carrying white nationalists marched through Charlottesville, Va., at night in the summer of 2017 chanting, “The Jews will not replace us,” Jewish organizations saw confirmation of their historical fears. When in October 2018, the Tree of Life Synagogue*Or L’Simcha in Pittsburgh was shot up during Sabbath services, the focus on alt-right anti-Semitism grew sharper.
Such high-profile cases further blurred what many Jewish defense organizations already refused to acknowledge. For years, in the media, the colleges and universities, and the corridors of power, left-based anti-Semitism was not only becoming institutionalized; it was becoming so commonplace as to attain an illusory air of legitimacy.
Now, however, the dramatic upsurge in violent anti-Semitic attacks carried out by progressives and supporters of Hamas in the wake of Israel’s recent conflict with the terrorists has forced the American Jewish community to acknowledge that there is an insidious and vicious anti-Semitism sourced in the left.
This has prompted the American Jewish community to ask: Is the golden age of American Jewry at an end?