USA - Violence Against Jews Increases

Arno Froese

Two-thirds of US Jews believe they are less safe today than they were a decade ago, according to a new survey published by the Anti-Defamation League.

The results of the study come following the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in 2018, the Poway Synagogue shooting in April 2019, and the shootings and stabbings in Jersey City, New Jersey and Monsey, New York in December 2019.

In addition, 2019 bore witness to a massive wave of assault and harassment of Jews in New York City, particularly Brooklyn, and a general rise in antisemitism incidents across the US since 2015.

“Our tracking has shown that lethal and nonlethal antisemitic attacks have been on the rise in recent years, and now we’ve also found that American Jews are deeply concerned for their personal safety and their families’ and communities’ security in a way that they haven’t been in more than a decade,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. 

The survey, released as Jews observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, was conducted by YouGov which received 538 responses from January 17-30, 2020 and weighted to reflect the demographic makeup of Jews across the US, with a margin of error four percent., 21 April 2020

Arno's Commentary

Antisemitism is nothing new; it always was, and it always will be. Thus, the question arises: why? The answer is rather simple: God chose the Jews as His special nation, and Jesus stated, “Salvation is of the Jews.” Thus, it stands to reason that the enemy of the soul, the great dragon, the old serpent, the devil, Satan, as he is called, desperately tries to hinder fulfilment of Bible prophecy. 

In Israel’s Declaration of Independence, announced on 14 May 1948, the first paragraph reads: “The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious, and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance. Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world.” The second to last paragraph of that Declaration reads: “Our call goes out to the Jewish people all over the world to rally to our side in the task of immigration and development and to stand by us in the great struggle for the fulfillment of the dream of generations: the redemption of Israel.” That invitation is still valid today. We believe that more and more Jews from the United States will make Aliyah to Israel.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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