Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.In frightening and uncertain times – like those we are facing now with the coronavirus – some people all too often and dangerously look for and unjustly blame scapegoats.There is an open effort on the part of some fear mongers – some little more than troublemakers but many in positions of leadership or influence – to dub COVID-19 something other than what it is: A disease caused by a virus that knows no political or social boundaries.Holding Asian-Americans responsible for the coronavirus merely because it originated in China is deeply offensive and a genuine threat to them. Such scapegoating is terrifyingly familiar to my community, the Jewish people. And we are also being targeted now.In the 21st century, anti-Semitism wears chinos and carries Tiki torches, but like any social ill, it has always been adaptable, attaching itself to whatever its proponents found most threatening.When the bubonic plague swept through 14th century Europe, Jews were held responsible, as rumors spread that our forefathers had poisoned community wells. Political and religious leaders declared the plague a punishment for having allowed Jews to live in Christians’ midst.APPLE ANNOUNCES NEW


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