Hate in her own Back­yard

Forward Magazine - - Front Page - Read the full post by Johnna Ka­plan at blogs.for­ward.com/sis­ter­hood-blog

When Johnna Ka­plan woke up on a re­cent morn­ing, it seemed the lo­cal (that is, Con­necti­cut) news was full of sto­ries about un­likely dan­gers in her midst. First there were moose, bears and other wild an­i­mals prowl­ing the streets, and then there were anti-Semites. One in­ci­dent, in­volv­ing a swastika spray-painted on a syn­a­gogue, hap­pened in the town where her par­ents live. An­other, in which a young Jewish child was told by a class­mate, “Your fam­ily de­serves to be killed,” took place in a bu­colic town iron­i­cally known in Colo­nial days as the “Parish of Judea.” Af­ter read­ing that at­tacks on Jews were on the rise in her state, she won­dered what to do. Ed­u­cate peo­ple? Take self-de­fense cour­ses? Move?

THINKSTOCK

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