That same survey showed that a majority of Americans are concerned about violence directed against American Jews—with good reason. There have been a number of recent, high-profile anti-Semitic incidents, such as the “Unite the Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, where hundreds of marchers threw up Nazi salutes, waved swastika flags and shouted Sieg Heil (a common Nazi-era German salutation), and “Jews will not replace us.” The march led to the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer. There have been hundreds of Jewish tombstones vandalized in Pennsylvania and Missouri in March 2017, and a synagogue in Evansville, Indiana, woke up to find a bullet lodged in a Hebrew school classroom window that same month. And now, a shooting, during Saturday services at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The suspect, who has surrendered into police custody, was overheard telling police that “all these Jews need to die.”

The United States of 2018 is full of routine acts of partisan violence against racial and religious minorities, which some have attributed in part to the aggressive and discriminatory rhetoric coming out of the White House and other elected officials. “Under the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump, America has witnessed a rise in hate crimes, anti-Semitic incidents, anti-Muslim violence, and a resurgence of white supremacy like never before,” according to the Center for American Progress. Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12% in 2017, reaching their highest level in more than a decade, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.

As this latest incident, and ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt, have reminded us, “words have consequences.”

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