A Jewish mom confronts hate in her own backyard

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By Rachel Kaplan Sassoon 

Times of Israel Blogger, Rachel Kaplan Sassoon tackles the latest version of the oldest hate.

Times of Israel blogger Rachel Kaplan Sassoon loves her family, Israel and the Ellen DeGeneres show. She lives in Seattle with her husband, four children, two dogs and a snake

Times of Israel blogger Rachel Kaplan Sassoon loves her family, Israel and the Ellen DeGeneres show. She lives in Seattle with her husband, four children, two dogs and a snake

“Mom, why are they protesting against Israel? Why do they hate us?” My young children asked as we passed a group of protesters who gather regularly on a corner near their school. After the sad sting of their question subsided I realized I did not have a good answer to give them.

The illogical hatred for the Jew has existed for thousands of years. A tiny minority, Jews have been and are currently libeled for crimes they do not commit. Sadly, anti-Semitism is growing at an alarming rate. The “old” hatred for the Jew is now the “new” hatred against the State of Israel. Israel is under constant fire for being the “evil occupiers.” But in fact hatred of Israel pre-dates occupation.Israelhate

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