Loving Us, Hating Them: Trump Uses Jews to Divide a Nation

When a white nationalist man killed Jews at prayer at a Pittsburgh synagogue less than two weeks before the 2018 midterm election, I naively assumed that the massacre would bring anti-Semitism on the right to the center of political discourse. As it turns out, the worst case of anti-Semitic violence in American history created a political opportunity to bring ongoing discourse about anti-Semitism on the left to the center of American politics. In the wake of Pittsburgh, anti-Semitism has emerged as a political tool for sowing divisions in the fragile alliances that collectively make up the Democratic Party. This strategic use of anti-Semitism also performs cultural work that threatens American Jews.

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