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Antisemitism and Hate in the Era of Covid-19
May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Have you noticed an increase in antisemitic incidents and extremist rhetoric? The ADL shared in a report released on May 12 that antisemitic incidents in 2019 were at the highest level since they started tracking in 1979. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic – and the fear associated with uncertainty – has potentially only amplified this trend as people search for scapegoats. Since the start of the pandemic, protestors have targeted Ohio’s Jewish health director, Dr. Amy Acton, while lawmakers have used antisemitic rhetoric in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Acton’s stay-at-home orders. In Columbus, a protestor proudly waved a sign that depicted a rat with a Star of David and yarmulke and read “the real plague.”
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati have partnered to present “Hate and Antisemitism in Ohio and What We Can Do About It,” a series addressing the underlying reasons for the brazen displays of antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia with a focus on and an exploration of ways to combat it.
Join us on Thursday, May 21, at 12:00 PM for an enlightening discussion helping us understand some of these manifestations of hate and what we can do about it. The panel will feature an expert on extremism and the intersection of hate, Eric Ward, historian and civic leader, Father Michael Graham, and local JCRC Director, Jackie Congedo.