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I’m having a hard time with two streams in my Jewish community right now. On the one hand, there are those who hold the tragedy of the #TreeOfLifeShooting as an exceptional act of hatred, and minimize the other horrendous violent acts of last week.
On the other hand, there are some who are using this moment criticize Jews for holding this tragedy as somehow distinct — with posts expressing disappointment that community vigils “failed to acknowledge how antisemitism and other forms of violence are interconnected.”
This is not the time for exceptionalism, nor is it the time for diminishment. There is space for the Jewish community to mourn its tragedy without mentioning other forms of violence, just as it is important for the fight against antisemitism to be against white supremacism.
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