A Threat Assessment for American Jewry, Part Two

Parts of the Jewish people stand up to the barrage of anti-Semitism, but others do not. Those others are part of the threat.

Anti-Israel marchers in Columbus, Ohio in June 2021. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Anti-Israel marchers in Columbus, Ohio in June 2021. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Ruth R. Wisse
COLUMN
Aug. 4 2021
About Ruth

Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, will be published in September.

My earlier column on this subject listed four manifestations of anti-Semitism—physical attacks, campus campaigns of disinformation, penetration of the Democratic Party, and the collapse of moral self-confidence among a growing segment of American Jewry. The last of these, which may have seemed the most innocuous, proves the success of the other three.

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