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Not Just Another Act of Gun Violence

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by Doug Aronin

In his Times of Israel Blog article, Douglas Aronin discusses the implications of the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh for antisemitism in the United States.

To our non-Jewish fellow citizens, the mass shooting that took 11 lives at the  Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh will be remembered as yet another instance of murderous violence at an increasingly tumultuous time in our nation’s history. …

But for us as American Jews, the Pittsburgh massacre can never become just another act of gun violence among many.  It can be — it must be — a wake-up call, reminding us that even here in America, the most hospitable of the many Diaspora communities in which we have lived during our centuries of exile, the specter of anti-Semitism is capable of extracting a lethal toll.