Actress Natalie Portman Concerned About Escalating Anti-Semitism; Calls it “Frightening”
Edited by: Fern Sidman
Speaking out against the world’s oldest hatred, better known as anti-Semitism, Jewish Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman said, “this hatred must be combatted with boundless love for each other,” as was reported by the Jerusalem Post.
Portman made the comment subsequent to a series of highly publicized anti-Semitic incidents in an Instagram post of Sunday night, the JPost reported.
She added that, “Seeing the re-emergence of anti-Semitism makes my heart drop. Today, I send extra love to my fellow Jews. And I send love to all those standing with us against these violent words and actions. It’s been painful and frightening to listen to, and I’m extremely grateful to those who continue to speak up against anti-Semitism with us, and against all forms of racism,” the report said.
Recently, some high profile celebrities and others have inflamed Jew hatred through their anti-Semitic remarks and actions, while others have unwittingly emboldened them.
The post by Portman comes in the aftermath of disgraced rapper Kanye West going on an anti-Semitic tirade on the Fox News Tucker Carlson program and on Twitter and in subsequent interviews. West lauded Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and said that “Jewish people have their hand on every single business that controls the world.” At the end of October he vowed to “go death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE” but qualified his statement, saying he only meant Jews who had wronged him.
Also adding to the toxic anti-Semitic mix was Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving who helped promote an anti-Semitic film that features the Jew hating calumnies promulgated by the Black Hebrew Israelite movement that originated in Chicago.
Former President Donald Trump was widely criticized for hosting West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, home. Trump has claimed that he had no idea who Fuentes was but did not offer an apology for hosting West and Fuentes, who has lambasted Jews and denied the veracity of the Holocaust on his own podcast.
Anti-Semitic incidents have increased in the United States from 2020 to 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League, as was reported by the Jerusalem Post.
The organization reported 2,717 anti-Semitic incidents, including anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and assault, in the country last year compared to 2,026 incidents in 2020, a 34% increase and the highest number ever recorded since the group started tracking anti-Semitic incidents in 1979.
Recently, New York City Mayor Eric Adams attended the second annual “Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism,” hosted by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement in Athens, Greece.
The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) is a global coalition engaging more than 600 partner organizations and nearly two million people from a diverse array of religious, political, and cultural backgrounds in the common mission of fighting the world’s oldest hatred.
From November 30 to December 1, municipal leaders from over 50 different cities worldwide convened to discuss each leader’s experiences dealing with anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry to collaborate on new approaches to addressing these escalating issues.
Mayor Adams joined nearly a dozen other U.S. mayors at the summit. Cities such as Paris, Los Angeles, Richmond, Vienna, Albuquerque, Fort Lauderdale, and many more were represented.