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Im gorzej tym lepiej ,...
" And the question is, how many incidents do you need as to make it
disturbing? (A Jewish activist called me this morning to say that the ADL is
mainly "concerned" because the decline in anti-Semitism might result in a
decline in contributions)
How many anti-Semitic incidents do you need for it to be 'disturbing'?
I would guess that the Anti Defamation League didn't count the Walt-
Mearsheimer study as an anti-Semitic incident, although one can conclude that
it is - as is the case with Prof. Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins University's
School of Advanced International Studies.
Today, in the Washington Post, Cohen writes thus: "Inept, even kooky academic
work, then, but is it anti-Semitic? If by anti-Semitism one means obsessive
and irrationally hostile beliefs about Jews; if one accuses them of
disloyalty, subversion or treachery, of having occult powers and of
participating in secret combinations that manipulate institutions and
governments; if one systematically selects everything unfair, ugly or wrong
about Jews as individuals or a group and equally systematically suppresses
any exculpatory information - why, yes, this paper is anti-Semitic."
Anyway, the ADL reports that, "despite a slight decline, the number of anti-
Semitic incidents in the United States remained at disturbing levels in 2005,
according to newly issued statistics." And the question is, how many
incidents do you need as to make it disturbing? (A Jewish activist called me
this morning to say that the ADL is mainly "concerned" because the decline in
anti-Semitism might result in a decline in contributions).
At the JNF conference (Plug and Play Judaism) I attended in Denver, there
were no indications of any disturbances. Research presented by Anna Greenberg
indicated "Generation Y Jews no longer personally experience anti-Semitism or
exclusion from the opportunities society has to offer."
The ADL has a different perspective: "While any decline is encouraging, we
remain concerned because too many people continue to act out their anti-
Jewish hatred," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said. "We have always
said that America is different, that the Jewish communities here are
fortunate to be largely immune from the kind of anti-Semitic violence
experienced by some European Jewish communities. The numbers remain sobering
because we know from painful experience that it only takes one incident of
anti-Semitism to affect an entire community."
The League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued today, reported a
total of 1,757 anti-Semitic incidents in 2005, a 3 percent decline from 2004.
Acts of vandalism decreased by four percent to 617 incidents, compared to the
644 reported in 2004. Incidents of harassment decreased by 3 percent in 2005,
with 1,140 incidents reported, compared with the 1,177 reported in 2004.