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Some Jews Are 'Going Underground' In The Wake Of Anti-Semitic Attacks

December 30, 2019

All over the world, December saw several anti-Semitic attacks. As a result, some Jewish people are taking extra precautions to protect themselves.

 

On Saturday night in the town of Monsey, NY, Grafton Thomas, 37, stormed into the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg during a Hanukkah celebration where 70 people were reportedly in attendance. Thomas attacked people in the home with a knife, stabbing five. Thomas was later apprehended by police in Harlem.

The attack comes a little over a month after a 29-year-old Jewish man was stabbed in the same community while he was walking to his synagogue.

 

Meanwhile, in north London, shops and a synagogue were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

 

Earlier in December, there was a shooting at a kosher market in New Jersey that left six people dead, including one police officer and three bystanders.

 

In Slovakia, 59 Jewish graves were vandalized. Headstones were "knocked down and desecrated," according to the Associated Press.

 

With all this happening, some Jewish communities are taking steps to protect themselves. A synagogue in the Dutch city of Groningen no longer publishes their service schedule, attendance is now by invitation-only.

 

Some Jewish people lament having to "go underground" but they feel they have no choice with these kinds of anti-Semitic attacks taking place. That link is to a piece in The Atlantic by Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust history at Emory University.

 

Lipstadt warns that for Jews to feel forced to hide like this it means that "something is terribly wrong—wrong for them and, even more so, wrong for the society in which they live."

 

Hopefully by discussing this and trying to understand what is driving it, we can fix the problems causing it.

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