There is a very old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But words can cause much harm by inciting people to perform acts of physical violence.
During the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, there was, and continues to be, a tremendous amount of vitriol in the press and particularly social media against Israel. This occurs despite the fact that Israel was under a barrage of rockets by a nearly universally-held terrorist entity. Social media has become an extremely divisive medium. The hateful rhetoric found on various platforms, I feel confident, has been a leading culprit for antisemitic attacks against Jews.
Within a two-week timespan, Jews were attacked while going about their normal activities including eating at restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles.
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