Op-Ed – As anyone who’s following the news is aware, as of recent there has been a dramatic spike in anti-Semitic incidents and crimes. Theses incidents, ranging from swastikas to stabbings and assaults do not seem to be slowing down.
Our community is blessed with organizations whose goal it is to prevent and report crime. These organizations are fantastic. The downside is, they operate within the framework of how the local Police precincts instruct them. When it comes to perpetrators breaking into cars and burglarizing homes, these organizations have been very effective in assisting the police department to arrest the individuals responsible.
Anti-Semitic attacks are a different animal. Our politicians are talking the talk in regards to preventing and responding to antisemitism but are not walking the walk. Jewish organizations are helpful on the political side to encourage our Police Department to take meaningful action against perpetrators. Unfortunately, this is not proving effective. Anti Semitic attacks continue to increase.
Here are just a few examples. The majority of these incidents are only from the past week. There are plenty of others.
Recently, we’ve been hearing countless recounts of the NYPD taking the sides of the aggressors and perpetrators of these incidents, and punishing the victims for defending themselves. This does not increase our confidence in our Police Department. It does exactly the opposite.
It’s come to a point where our community must take full advantage of all pertinent self defense laws to both teach a lesson to the attacker that they will suffer for their crimes, and discourage any other possible perpetrator from carrying out their attacks.
How can we accomplish this?
First and foremost, Jews must learn how to defend themselves. They must obtain all weapons that they legally can. Also, the Jewish Community must organize a response group, whose goal it is to defend Jews under attack by whatever means necessary. Not to compete with our existing organizations, but rather to address the issue from a different angle. This new organization should not be subservient to the constant misjudgment of the NYPD, but rather utilize the laws of self-defense and defend victims to make sure that Jews are protected from these anti-Semitic aggressors.
Jews will not be weak. Jews will not be the victims anymore.
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