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US anti-Semitism controversies will grow

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Subject

Anti-Semitism in the United States.

Significance

Concerns about anti-Semitism, its extent, political and social influence and security implications have grown in the US Congress in recent months. This follows synagogue shootings last October and this year in April, both deadly attacks highlighting a rise of anti-Semitic harassment and violence in the United States. In recent months, concern has grown in Congress about anti-Semitism, including its extent, political and social influence and security implications. This follows synagogue shootings last October and this year in April, both deadly attacks highlighting a rise of anti-Semitic harassment and violence in the United States.

Impacts

  • More shootings in religious venues (and schools) will advance calls for gun control; major reform is unlikelysoon.
  • The Democratic Party will lose further support if it is popularly deemed to be ‘anti-Jewish’.
  • Donald Trump will need to improve his appeal to religious minorities ahead of the 2020 election.
  • The upcoming Jared Kushner-made peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians will divide opinion, including in Congress.
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