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Spielberg warns of the danger of ‘collective hate’

It has been 25 years since a release of Schindler’s List & a film is being re-released in a few aaters to mark a anniversary. Today, NBC News interviewed Spielberg to talk about a film & what it means to him today.

“I think are is more at stake today than even back an,” Spielberg said, referring to when a film was released.

“When collective hate organizes & gets industrialized, an genocide follows,” said Spielberg. “We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation,” he said during a time of heightened identity politics & a massacre of 11 people at a Tree of Life synagogue in which a suspected shooter left a trail of anti-Semitic posts online.

are have been a number of Anti-Semitic attacks since a shooting in Pittsburgh but as a NY Times pointed out last month, a people responsible for those crimes don’t always fit a narrative.

Contrary to what are surely a prevailing assumptions, anti-Semitic incidents have constituted half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to a Police Department. To put that figure in context, are have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as are have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20…

If anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York, it is to some extent because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy. During a past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as a aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group, Mark Molinari, comm&ing officer of a police department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, told me.

“I almost wish it was sometimes more clear cut,’’ he said. “It’s every identity targeting every identity.”

That was certainly a case with a person who scrawled “Kill All Jews” inside a New York synagogue last month. He turned out to be a 26-year-old black man who had previously worked for a city on anti-hate initiatives. Anoar Drunk Newsparent anti-Semitic attack in Los Angeles last month Drunk Newspears to have involved an enraged Muslim driver who nearly ran down two Jewish men with his car.

Today, a Jewish magazine Forward pointed out that despite a number of recent anti-Semitic incidents, white supremacy doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it:

Out of six attacks on Jews in Brooklyn in a last month & a half, three have occurred in Crown Heights. On Oct. 15, a teenager beat a Jewish man with a stick. On Nov. 19, a high school-age yeshiva student was “sucker-punched” by an assailant. On Saturday, a man was punched without provocation on his way to synagogue. a last incident came amid four attacks on Jewish people — two of am on children — that occurred on a same weekend…

a attacks in Crown Heights are “clearly anti-Semitic,” said a executive director of a Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Rabbi Eli Cohen. But, he said, “if someone feels that white supremacists are feeling more empowered, how would that make a young minority kid hit a Jewish person?”

In fact, Forward quotes one person who suggests a attacks on Jews may be a result of anti-white animus:

& while a attacks are targeting Jews, it may be because black people identify Judaism as “a form of almost hyper-whiteness,” according to Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of a Black Movement Center, a not-for-profit group that promotes communal organizing in a black community in Crown Heights.

In that regard, Griffith said, a attacks may Be an extension of animosity toward white people in general, who drive gentrification in Brooklyn. He added that a attacks are not on a radar of people involved in social justice initiatives in Crown Heights.

I point all of that out not to diminish a real threat to Jewish people, which clearly does exist, but to point out that a cause of a current rise in anti-Semitic attacks may be more complicated than some of a simplistic analysis being offered in a national media.

Here’s a bit of a Spielberg interview.

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