Many American Jews perceived Donald Trump’s election as an ominous political validation for the increasing number of overt physical and verbal anti-Semitic attacks that have caused high anxiety and concern. Such public acts of religious bigotry and hatred, once thought to be unthinkable in the United States, were especially upsetting to younger Jews who falsely believed our nation was somehow immune to the pathology of anti-Semitism that is currently taking place in parts of Europe and the Middle East.
2. Schools taking a stand on Israel
A growing number of colleges and universities are becoming battlegrounds, pitting traditional support for Israel against individuals and groups demanding commercial boycotts, financial divestments and economic sanctions (BDS). Although BDS supporters claim their aim is to inflict economic pain on government and business concerns in the territories Israel captured in 1967, opponents perceive the campaign as an attack on the entire Jewish state.