[September 15, 2014] The news was alarming to the very tolerant New York City residents. ‘The city that never sleeps’ has seen an increase in the number of violent attacks, vandalism, and harassment of Jews, especially in Brooklyn – a borough within the city. New Yorkers pride themselves on being able to get along with just about anybody. Note … this is true from my point of view as a non-native living in Brooklyn. Neighborhoods are mixed; my area has mostly Irish, Italian, Jamaican decedents, Jews, and me as the lone Texan. The cause of this increase in anti-Semitism, they say, is unknown.
What New Yorkers are telling us however is that it’s Islamophobia that is of concern. The tolerant New York City residents are sensitive to any slight to Islam but their tolerance of anti-Semitism may be another matter. We read about it in the newspapers but little is done to bring it to our attention. In reality anti-Semitism incidents outnumber anti-Islam incidents by at least 5 to 1. Where is the leadership in Brooklyn? Where is the leadership in New York City? Where are those who will stand up to anti-Semitism? This is where strong leadership is needed.
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