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Sioux Falls rabbi detests anti-Semitic attacks across the country

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 7:16 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The United States has seen a rise in anti-Semitic attacks over the last few weeks, according to the anti-defamation league’s “Center on Extremism.” This comes as tensions flared over the Israel and Palestinian conflict which left hundreds dead.

Over the last two weeks, anti-Semitic incidents have been reported across the country from Los Angeles to New York. Ranging from social media threats to outright physical attacks.

CNN reported last week a 29-year-old Jewish man was punched, kicked, and pepper-sprayed in times square, while his attackers yelled anti-Semitic statements. Similar attacks have happened across the U.S. and abroad.

Sioux Falls Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz says attacks against anyone for their religious beliefs are wrong.

“It’s extremely unfortunate, what’s happening nationally is abhorrent, Jewish people should never need to be ashamed of their faith, of their religion, of who they are,” said Alperowitz.

President Biden tweeted about the recent attacks calling them despicable, he would then go on to say it is up to everyone to make sure hate has no safe harbor.

Alperowitz says it is good to have leaders step up to condemn the recent hate aimed toward the Jewish community, but it is up to everyone to act.

“I think it’s important for people as soon as hate creeps up to right away put an end to it, whether it’s on the local level, national level, and really as individuals,” said Alperowitz. “I think Jewish people have to be proud of who they are, not be ashamed of who they are.”

Alperowitz says he has received support from people in South Dakota through these troubling times, showing how much love there is in the state. He wants Jewish people who are struggling with the attacks against the Jewish community, to know he is here to help too.

“We have to be supportive of Jewish people everywhere in the world wherever they are including in the holy land of Israel,” said Alperowitz. “I would say if there are some Jewish people here in Sioux Falls or South Dakota who are feeling lonely these days on social media or elsewhere, I’m thinking about you, I’m with you and they can reach out to me.”

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