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In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, what should be done to fight anti-Semitism in the US?
Eleven people were killed last month in what has been described as the deadliest attack on Jews in the United States. After taken into custody, the alleged gunman, a white man named Robert Bowers, told authorities that “he wanted all Jews to die" and that "they were committing genocide to his people." Hours before the shooting, Bowers also posted an online rant aimed at a Jewish American organisation that helps refugees move to the US.
In the US, anti-Semitic incidents increased by 56.7 percent in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Jewish American groups that track anti-Semitism blame the surge on political rhetoric that emboldens white nationalists and online environments that easily allow racist conspiracy theories to flourish.
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On this episode of The Stream, we are joined with:
Talia Lavin @chick_in_kiev
Extremism researcher, Media Matters for America
Rabbi Mark Goodman @RabbiMarkAsherG
Spiritual leader, Brith Shalom Jewish Center
Tara Isabella Burton @NotoriousTIB
White Supremacy Can’t Be Untangled From Anti-Semitism - HuffPost
The centuries-old history of Jewish “puppet master” conspiracy theories - Vox