Jews in New York on Edge for Election Day

Jerusalem Post

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November 2020

Violent extremists exist on both ends of the political spectrum, with white supremacists and neo-Nazis on the far-right clashing with Antifa supporters, many of whom consider Trump to be a fascist.

NEW YORK – Tensions between the Orthodox communities in the New Yorkarea and the general population – already exacerbated by coronavirus pandemic irregularities – are expected to be heightened on Election Day, with some Jews fearing an antisemitic backlash.“I’m very anxious over the election,” said Rabbi Jonathan Leener, who leads Prospect Heights Shul, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn. “I have anxiety over a backlash being taken out on a Jewish community.”