Stephanie Z. Bonder
Stephanie Z. Bonder

Where’s the Outrage?

This morning I woke up to the Jerusalem Post alert sharing that pro-Palestinian protesters in Brooklyn shouted, “We don’t want no two states, we want it all!” and “There is only one solution, intifada revolution!” I was shocked and appalled. Where are the voices demanding response? Where are the voices calling out this hate? I did not hear about this on the mainstream news. I live in the metropolitan New York area. You would think, a demonstration like this with such a hateful message would make the news. How is this different from Charlottesville? Is it because this is coming from the far left instead of the far right? Isn’t hate, hate?

I also woke up to the news that a professor at CUNY recently preached that “Muslims will erase this filth called Israel”. He declared that Israel was a colonial project and that the Koran proved that the Muslims will defeat the Jews. This event, in a mosque in Union City, NJ, took place on June 25, but we’re only hearing about it on August 1. Is it because the CUNY teachers union just passed a number of resolutions against Israel? These resolutions caused over 100 professors to resign from the union? Where’s the outrage?

Another piece of news that I read this morning, shared that Billie Eilish made a TikTok promoting her new album and said “Hi Israel!”. Her album is being released in Israel and she was promoting the album to the Israeli public. Instead, she began to get multiple hate filled responses against Israel and her supposed support of Israel.

In the Olympics, two judo competitors refused to compete against Israel. Many other countries around the globe have conflicts. The Olympics are supposed to be a place in which athletes can compete without that political bias. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to Israel, when it comes to Jews.

I was gratified to hear that Professor Deborah Lipstadt has been nominated to the post of Ambassador Monitoring Antisemitism for the United States by President Biden. I am hopeful that she will be able to get right to work, standing up for the Jewish community in the United States and showing solidarity with Jewish communities around the world. It was quite unbelievable to learn that a swastika was scratched into an elevator in the State Department near the office of the antisemitism envoy. How is this possible? Aren’t there security cameras in the State Department? How is it possible that the culprit has not been apprehended yet?

We are experiencing a rise in antisemitism that is frighteningly similar to that of pre-WWII. We have seen this before, we cannot be complacent. We need to push our journalists to report these events in the major media outlets. They did not report on the Rally Against Hate in Washington, DC that took place on July 9, 2021 either. It seems that hate against Jews continues to be accepted and acceptable, while hate against other ethnic groups, gender identities, religions are protested. We, Jews and non-Jews, need to push our congressional leaders to demand a strong response against the hate and in support of the American Jewish community. As a lifelong Hadassah member, and advocate, I have lobbied for the passage of the “Never Again Holocaust Education Act”. I am also lobbying with Hadassah, to promote the International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism. Hadassah continues to stand up against hate against our Jewish people, as well as hate and discrimination against others. We stand up for what is right.

So many people stood up against the White Supremacist march in Charlottesville. Again, I question, “Where’s the outrage now?”

About the Author
Stephanie Z. Bonder is a true "Jersey Girl" raised in the beautiful Garden State of NJ. She developed her deep love for Israel when her father first started talking to her about Israel when she was a little girl. The family first went to Israel for her bat mitzvah and her Zionism grew. In college, Stephanie studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for her junior year abroad. Stephanie has dedicated much of her life to teaching young children at Golda Och Academy, a Solomon Schechter Day School in West Orange, N.J. In her volunteer hours, she is part of a 5 generation life member family of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. She currently is a member of the National Board. Stephanie continues to educate teens and adults on Jewish Peoplehood, Zionism and current events in Israel through her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest and her synagogue, Congregation Agudath Israel. All of her blogs are her own personal opinions and do not represent the organizations with which she is affiliated.
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