Many thanks to our guest host: Michael Kagan, Director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic
Former U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley
Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Temple Beth Shalom
Jolie Brislin, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
Anti-semitism is the belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews.
Anti-Semitism is not a right-wing issue. It's not a left-wing issue. It's a problem in and of itself. It's unique, in that no matter where someone is on the ideological spectrum, they're able to manipulate anti-Semitic tropes to make a point if they want to.
In a variety of ways throughout history, Jews have been embroiled in a mixture of criticism, punishment, and disregard for humanity as they maintain their cultural, social and religious identities — in connection with non-adoption of the values and the way of life of the non-Jewish societies in which they lived.
Some would point to Biblical times, the World Wars, or the Holocaust as the last time they have thought about blatantly Anti-semitic actions toward this community, but there have been resurgences in Anti-semitism in a much more recent America. Please join us for this iteration of We Need to Talk, where we will discuss some of the pernicious ways modern Anti-semitism affects this group.