New-age antisemitism: Time to stop hatred in progressive groups in the US

American Jews’ long track record of involvement in civil rights campaigns, support for laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people and opposition to policies restricting immigration.

September 24, 2017 15:52
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Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. . (photo credit: THEO WARGO/GETTY IMAGES/AFP)

SHORTLY AFTER serving in the US Army during World War II, my father of blessed memory received a job offer from a chemical manufacturer in Pennsylvania only to have the offer rescinded when the firm discovered he was Jewish. He ended up making a living as a bookkeeper in his native Portland, Oregon, where, until the 1970s, there were country clubs that refused membership to Jews.

With the adoption of anti-discrimination laws and the emergence of a more open, tolerant culture in the US (the white supremacist fringe notwithstanding), it was assumed by many observers that such antisemitic exclusion would become a thing of the past. They were wrong.


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