The number of hate crimes committed against Jews in the city nearly doubled in the first half of this year, with 110 incidents reported, compared to 58 in the first half of 2018. Those 110 anti-Semitic crimes made up more than half of all hate incidents, 184 compared to 112 in the first half of 2018.
Just last week, dozens of fliers depicting a man wearing a yarmulke with the Star of David on it, labeling him a “worthless f---ing cancer filled Jew,” were discovered in Ridgewood [see separate story in some editions or at qchron.com]. And there recently have been many violent attacks on Jews in Brooklyn.
Clearly anti-Semitism is on the rise in the city. That must be recognized regardless of where one stands on the accusations and counteraccusations of anti-Semitism being hurled about nationally and internationally.
So the last thing Queens needs is to have a far-right revisionist historian come here to deny that anyone in Poland collaborated with the Nazis in World War II, and to diminish the enormity of the Holocaust’s impact on Jews. Six million were killed, along with anywhere from five million to 11 million other people (estimates vary greatly; that higher one comes from the American Holocaust Memorial Museum). And yes, though many, many Poles fought bravely against the Nazis, who had destroyed their nation in league with the Soviet Union, some did collaborate the Germans, just as some French and others did.
Yet until this week, one such revisionist historian was scheduled to speak at a Catholic church rectory in Ozone Park. Once it learned of that, the Diocese of Brooklyn, saying it had not known the man was to appear at the event, began a review, and the organizers of his speech moved it to a hall in Greenpoint. Not much better, but at least it’s not Queens.
We all must remain vigilant about anti-Semitism and, united, be prepared to strike it down whenever and wherever it appears.