Letter: More people need to stand against antisemitism

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Letter: More people need to stand against antisemitism

I was impressed by your Oct. 27th comprehensive front-page article: “On New England campuses, antisemitism takes a toll on Jewish students.” As you rightly state, Jewish college students and others on campus are increasingly apprehensive due to explicit antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment.

At the end of your article, you briefly mention that there are some ways to address and possibly resolve such antisemitic rhetoric at various universities and (I would add) their surrounding communities. I feel it’s vital to elaborate on such positive steps in order to allay your readers’ fears.

For instance, a clergy alliance in Sarasota, Florida, has been speaking out against rising antisemitism in our region of the country.

While more support is always needed, a number of clergy and politicians in various states have been outspoken critics of antisemitic outbursts and anti-Israel invective. One stellar example is Congressman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx.

More people of good will – Jewish, Christian and Muslim – need to publicly deplore antisemitism whenever it arises. Jewish leaders and other members of the Jewish community on- and off-campus can do a lot more to work together to diminish and possibly eliminate intimidation that accompanies anti-Jewish rhetoric.

In addition, certain on-campus Jewish groups and some student leaders over the past decade have reportedly helped dispel disinformation about Jews and Israel on specific campuses. I imagine that upon further inquiry, Hillel’s national leaders might share such positive on-campus experiences with the Journal’s editors.

Rabbi Dr. Edgar Weinsberg, Sarasota, Florida

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