Enough is Enough

November 30, 2023
Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

Class of 2025

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This summer, I embarked on a two-week journey through Central Europe, immersing myself in the profound history of the Holocaust. The experience left me deeply moved and contemplative, and it also drew my attention to the troubling resurgence of antisemitism. As I reflect on this pressing issue, it's crucial to recognize that the rise of antisemitism is multifaceted, with complex roots, and it is sometimes intertwined with the Israel-Palestine conflicts.

Antisemitism is a real, egregious, and alarming problem, and its recent increase has led to concerns in Jewish communities around the world. At the same time, it's important to acknowledge that the recent Israel-Palestine war is generating heated debates and differing perspectives. While these conflicts undoubtedly contribute to some of the tensions, it's essential to separate political disagreements from acts of hate and discrimination.

In recent years, and especially now, there has been a rise in incidents that some people attempt to justify as support for the Palestinian cause. However, conflating political positions with acts of antisemitism can lead to misunderstandings and further division. It's crucial to emphasize that supporting a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflicts can coexist with a commitment to combating antisemitism.

Reports of antisemitic incidents on college campuses are deeply concerning. As I approach my junior year in high school and prepare for my future in college, I can't help but consider the safety and tolerance of the educational environments I will soon be a part of. It's my hope that educational institutions can foster open dialogue and understanding, promoting an environment where all perspectives are respected, including those that support Israel's right to exist and flourish.

In the face of these challenges, I believe that a well-rounded education and open dialogue are essential tools in combating antisemitism and teaching empathy among diverse communities. By sharing my experiences and thoughts, I aim to contribute to the ongoing conversation about how we can create a world where differences are celebrated, and hatred has no place.

Emma is a BBG living in Ardsley NY she loves baking!

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