No, This Isn’t Weimar or the 1930s

Just at the moment when American Jewry needs some sober, adult leadership and modeling of civil dialogue, the head of the Anti-Defamation League has chosen another path. Speaking Monday in Jerusalem, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told a group of Israeli lawmakers that anti-Semitic rhetoric is now so prevalent that it is at a level unprecedented since Germany in the 1930s. Greenblatt’s right that the activities of the alt-right and their vicious counterparts on the left are alarming and merit active responses from Jews and all decent persons. But the notion that we are living in a rerun of Weimar Germany isn’t just a bad analogy. It’s blatant fear mongering and it undermines America’s civic culture almost as much as some of the things Greenblatt is seeking to condemn.

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No, This Isn’t Weimar or the 1930s

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