I came across a website named charactersunite which calls upon people to "stand against intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and hate."
On a page devoted to religious tolerance, the following was reported.
•There were 1,376 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2009.
•Of the hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2009, 70.1 percent were anti-Jewish, 9.3 percent were anti-Islamic, 8.6 percent were anti-other religion, 4.4 percent were anti-multiple religions, group, 4.0 percent were anti-Catholic, 2.9 percent were anti-Protestant and 0.7 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, "Hate Crime Statistics 2009"
With all the focus on Islamophobia, it seems that members of another religion are targeted at a much higher rate.
And, what is the first question to be asked at yesterday's United Nations briefing? Of course, it has to do with Israel.
So what to do to solve the problem of anti-semitism and the obsession of the world with the Jewish state? I don't have the definitive answer but I am sure that performing mitzvot is one good place to start.
How about counting the omer? Click here to check the day of the omer.