In the continued pursuit of liberty and justice for every human being, there is no room for tolerating hate of any kind. Yet, despite the continuous need for the peaceful coexistence of all types of people, anti-Semitism is a specific type of hate that has been distinctively difficult to extinguish in its entirety.
Anti-Semitism is something that exists in a wide variety of forms. Sometimes its manifestation is limited to an off-color comment or a joke that is made in poor taste. But other times—as history has demonstrated time and time again—the unchecked manifestation of anti-Semitism can result in some of the darkest moments in human history.
Anti-Semitism has been a direct enabler of the numerous forms of violence against the Jewish people. There are few groups of people that can claim such a lengthy history of relentless discrimination, mistreatment, mischaracterization, and dehumanization as the Jewish people can. But, guided by faith, they continue on, relentlessly in search of creating a more just world.
Taking a stand
#France seeks to close loopholes allowing antisemitism and hate online #BDSFail France is learning from the #Israeli Antisemitism Cyber Monitoring System, a tool to track antisemitism worldwide that was unveiled at the beginning of the year https://t.co/ZnvXA7rBMg pic.twitter.com/WFvrI5ZVan
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) March 21, 2018
Because historically anti-Semitism has produced some horrific events, the importance of standing against any even remotely anti-Semitic movement cannot be overstated. In fact, according to a blog post recently written by Adam Milstein, the Jewish people of the world need to be particularly mindful of anti-Semitism being generated by unlikely radical alliances.
Adam Milstein is an Israeli-American who is not afraid to declare when enough is enough. His experiences living in both Israel and the United States have taught him that he cannot allow himself to be afraid to speak out against what he perceives as injustice.
In Milstein’s latest blog post, he observes the continuous connection between ideological extremism and anti-Semitism. Milstein argues that although, at first, it may seem that movements on the far-left and the far-right may seem to be opposites, they often find themselves in a dangerous moment of agreeance regarding their views of Judaism across the globe.
Drawing a clear line in the sand
Milstein talks about the important difference between tolerating individuals with opposing viewpoints and tolerating individuals who actively hate other groups of people. In a democracy, political disagreements are inevitable. It is okay, and often healthy, for two people to disagree on a given topic.
However, when someone is committed to hating an entire group of people—especially a group of people that has been so historically mistreated—there is no longer room to have a legitimate debate. Hate speech—whether it is anti-Semitic or anything else—is not a valid way of expressing an idea.
As Milstein would undoubtedly agree, we cannot allow hate speech to be treated the same as other forms of political expression. Hate speech is the gateway to hateful actions and attacks on entire populations.
Adam Milstein is one of many Americans who has drawn a clear line in the sand in regards to hate speech. Even with his intense devotion to protecting the freedom of speech of all Americans, he recognizes that hate speech is contrary to everything good about living in a free country.
Creating necessary allies
The Jewish-American population represents about 2% of the American population as a whole. Naturally, in any effort to defend such a statistical minority it is important to create allies outside of the community itself.
Milstein has been working diligently to assure that not only should Jewish people be unapologetically demanding of the respect they deserve, but those who are outside of the Jewish-community also have an important duty to recognize the dangers of anti-Semitism and to take a strong stand against it.
It is not enough for the non-Jewish people of the world to be indifferent. It is not enough to simply not be anti-Semitic. In the early 20th Century, many historians recognize that most Germans were seemingly indifferent to the presence of Jews in their society. But because they were indifferent—and not actively speaking out against anti-Semitism—the extremist minority that did harbor anti-Semitic sentiments was able to establish itself and acquire the power to commit genocide against innocent people.
Because of Milstein’s unique and nuanced perspective, he recognizes it is the duty of both those on the left and those on the right to speak out against the emergence of any anti-Semitic thought. The rise of ideological extremists, as has been seen in the past, is only made possible by the indifference of the masses.
Demanding a better world
Adam Milstein, an individual who has successfully established himself as one of the most vocal defenders of the Jewish people, carries the traditional Jewish spirit of constantly demanding a better world. Justice is not something that we can only expect from those who are close to us, but it must be something we demand from everyone we know.
Milstein has done a substantial amount of important work to continue the advancement of the Jewish cause. He has contributed significant sums of money to various pro-Jewish causes and has even created new organizations of his own. He has made substantial efforts to help restore the pride of American Jews and has also made it possible for young Jewish-Americans to experience the beauty of Israel firsthand.
Having individuals such as Adam Milstein take the initiative to demand a better world is undeniably important. With people like Adam Milstein, the creation of justice—and the destruction of injustice—becomes possible.
But the fight against anti-Semitism will not be won through the efforts of a single individual. The complete and total destruction of anti-Semitic thought will require the efforts of all kinds of people. No matter what your religious, political, racial, social, or economic background may be, you have the opportunity to demand justice by speaking out against anti-Semitism wherever it may exist. This battle may not be easy, but it is an undeniably important one to fight.
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