Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott
The rally was held in Hillcrest by the flag pole. It was a rally held by both the LGBTQ community and the Jewish community, highlighting the rise of antisemitism in the United States, the State of California, and the City of San Diego.
This is now at alarming levels. Anti-defamation League Regional Director Fabienne Perlov gave the data to the assembled crowd of about two hundred people, with a single silent counter-protester. There have been over a thousand incidents nationwide, with a three hundred percent increase in antisemitic attacks. San Diego has seen a rise of four hundred percent. Given the history of the city, it was not particularly surprising.
This has made life for many of our Jewish youth less straightforward, and we have seen incidents across college campuses as well as schools. Young people are afraid and unsure about their identity and are forced to hide it.
The ADL is recording these incidents. As she pointed out, this is about the society we live in. However, she also emphasized that we humans “can hold many truths at the same time.” They are not necessarily in opposition to each other. So yes, you can be pro-Israeli and want a bright future for Palestinians. And I guess my usual disclaimer with these stories is to feel free to critique the government of Israel. I know I am not a fan. Just don’t jump to Jews or conspiracy theories. And yes, I am very concerned about the day after the war is over.
Tolerance must be how we live and how we engage with other communities. Perlov also noted the same thing I have as well. The new form of antisemitism is anti-zionism.
This is not new. It started in the Cold War but has become pervasive in the West. This means that denying the right of Israel to exist and screaming from the river to the sea is antisemitic.
Among the speakers was Rabbi Devorah Marcus, who spent the last month in Israel. She was able to talk with survivors of the October 7 massacre and also speak with people of other Israeli communities. It’s a Jewish state, but at least twenty…