Hanukkah is supposed to be a time to celebrate the festival of lights and spread holiday cheer, but for some this once happy holiday turned into eight nights of fear and hatred. On Saturday, December 28th, a man with a knife barged into Rabbi Chaim L. Rottenberg’s home and stabbed him and four others while they were preparing to light the candles for Hanukkah. The attacker then attempted to get into the synagogue next door, but luckily the people inside heard screams from the Rabbi’s house and locked the doors in fear.
Unfortunately this is not a rare occurance of hate crimes against Jewish people that have arisen recently. On December 10th, two men with armed rifles stormed a Kosher market in Jersey City and killed three innocent Hasidic Jews. One of the men was found to be apart of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, a hate group against Jewish people (NBC News). These attacks may seem sudden and out of the ordinary for the New Jersey/New York area, but statistics show these attacks are part of a pattern of rising anti-Semitic attacks. The number of reported attacks have risen by 40% since 2014, mostly in America’s larger cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (NBC News).
On Sunday, January 5th, thousands of Jews and non-Jews crowded the streets of New York City, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge and chanting “No Hate, No Fear.” The march was organized by a few Jewish groups to band together against the recent hate crimes (USA Today). People of all religions came together to support this cause, as it is not just about Jews, but about human beings being discriminated against for having different beliefs. These are the steps that are necessary to end these awful anti-Semitic acts; to join together and fight against the hate.
The march against anti-Semitism on January 5th, where an estimated 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.
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