In 2020 the United States saw a 4% decline in recorded incidents of antisemitism, with this year’s number coming to a total of 2,204 according to the Anti-Defamation League.
That decrease comes following an increase that occurred in 2019, making for a trend line that leaves uncertainty as to how this year will turn out.
The L.A. Police Department is investigating a Tuesday night assault on a party of Jewish men dining in Beverly Grove by a pro-Palestinian group earlier this week as a possible hate crime. Although this incident has so far not been part of a larger trend, it has left local Jewish and Muslim communities worried that the current geopolitical problems occurring in the Gaza Strip may lead to an increase in hate incidents against both communities.
Today on AirTalk, we focus on anxiety over local hate incidents, if it holds back any inner-faith dialogue between the two communities, and how locals are reckoning with the 227 deaths that have occurred in Gaza. Join the conversation, call us at 866-893-5722.
Rabbi Naomi Levy, rabbi and author of many books, including her latest, “Einstein and the Rabbi” (Flatiron Books, 2017); founder and leader of NASHUVA, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in L.A.