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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

Surely, one of the most disturbing recent trends in the Jewish world and in the consciousness of the global Jewish community has been the resurgence of anti-Semitism. The outbreak is far from pandemic. Yet, the trend clearly must be monitored and courses of action should be explored, both at the Jewish community level as well as that of the Jewish people as a whole, to understand how best to curb the contagion or limit its effects. JPPI is embarking on a multi-year effort to contribute to this effort.

Precisely because the Jewish people has true enemies who wish to do it harm, paranoia is a luxury it can ill afford. What is required is a better understanding of the nature and origin of renewed anti-Semitic expression to determine where true danger may lie. Anti-Semitism must be monitored from a perspective relevant to Jewish people policies, actions, and interests. At best, this would mean developing a capacity to distinguish among that which must receive the priority attention of the Jewish people, that which may be regarded as disturbing but not threatening, and those threats which are more apparent than real. This is not an easy task because, like a disease, anti-Semitism may assume different guises and morph into different forms.

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