Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was celebrated over the weekend. In the cases of Donald Trump and entrepreneur Elon Musk, it was celebrated with grossly antisemitic social media posts. The two men took significantly different approaches to antisemitism, with Trump reposting on Truth Social a direct and sustained attack on “liberal Jews,” while Musk tweeted an extreme version of a classic antisemitic dog whistle.
These attacks don’t happen in isolation. Antisemitic incidents rose in 2022 in the U.S., following a global rise in such incidents in 2021, which subsequently abated in many other countries but not here.