We are witnessing a significant spike in the frequency and severity of antisemitic incidents across the country and around the world. This increase has been exacerbated by the response of some to the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. Countering antisemitism is a matter for four steps:
Take time to understand antisemitism in all of its manifestations so you can call it out when you see it and educate others. Here are some helpful resources:
Call out antisemitism wherever you see it – online, at work or in school, and in the media. Understand when antisemitism is disguised as anti-Zionism. Calling out hate can be intimidating and exhausting, but silence fosters complacency.
Pay attention to how your elected officials respond to antisemitism. Thank those who speak out, and call on those who don’t speak out to do so. And ask them to take action. Right now you can call on your federal elected officials to:
Most hate incidents never get reported. Robust data enables community organizations to understand local trends so that they can educate lawmakers, law enforcement, and other community stakeholders and take appropriate action. In Orange County, report antisemitic incidents to the Anti-Defamation League or Orange County Human Relations.