Regarding the Increase in Heated Policy Rhetoric Nationally

In our great country, it is expected and accepted to criticize any individual; organization; country or movement one disagrees with. However, it is deeply troubling when people focus most or all of their criticism on a specific person; group; organization or country - most recently the singling out of Jewish organizations and Jewish activists.

Specifically, it is okay to criticize the political/policy resources that flow from George Soros; Michael Bloomberg; Sheldon Adelson and Tom Steyer regardless their Jewish heritage considering that they are top political donors. They are not more immune from criticism than the Koch Brothers whose large policy-related funding faces critique.

Israel-focused donations however ranked number 50 among Federal-level donors in 2018; meaning, there are 49 other issues which generated more political donations to federal candidates than did the issue of Israel (only $15 million of the $5.7 billion in 2018 congressional donations were from pro-Israel donors), and there are multiple other global hot-spots beyond Israel in urgent need of focus. As such, when Israel and its supporters are singled out and on a level not seen on other foreign policy issues, it is correctly a cause for concern.

On a regional level in New York and New Jersey, there are plenty of factors causing quality of life challenges. Therefore, it is obvious that bigotry is at play when most items on some political social media groups focus mostly on Orthodox Jews from the region and beyond, and also pin most local problems - real or imagined - on Orthodox Jews.

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