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Why the Gaza war has sparked a wave of antisemitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.
Nov. 17, 2023
Brian Levin, founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and professor emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about the spike in anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and antisemitic hate crimes as the war in Gaza enters its second month.
Levin said the U.S. is experiencing a "generational hate spike that is likely to have a longer and more violent half-life than prior event-driven increases."
"The bigoted backlash from the Israel-Hamas war is causing online invective and disinformation to skyrocket, while anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crime incidents are spiking to possible decade highs," Levin said. "And in the case of anti-Jewish hate crimes, a possible record in the U.S."
Hate crimes expert Brian Levin, who is a professor emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about an antisemitic social media post by businessman Elon Musk.
Levin told CNBC that law enforcement is already tracking generational spikes in anti-Jewish hate crime in North America and elsewhere. He said, “Elon Musk piles on by amplifying neo-Nazi type Jew hatred about them being anti-white by invoking immigration, just as the convicted Tree of Life massacre killer did.” As a result, antisemitic incidents and crimes could spike further.
“Notorious antisemites are celebrating what they see as Musk’s complete conversion to blatant expressions of Jew hatred. When we saw similar rants from Ye last October, anti-Jewish hate crime spiked across the country,” Levin said.
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