On Second Thought For Thursday, May 9, 2019

Growing up in Atlanta in the 1970s, Jonathan Weisman didn't think much about anti-Semitism. In fact, he didn't think much about being Jewish until 2016. That's when, as deputy editor of the Washington Bureau of The New York Times, he posted a quote from an op-ed about facism on Twitter. That tweet unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitic images, threats and other forms of cyber-stalking that shattered his complacency.


Weisman used the tools of his profession to expose the trolls and the political, cultural and technological forces that have fueled an avalanche of attacks against Jews since 2016 - from online conspiracies to real-world violence, like the massacre of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October.

More recently, a gunman killed one and injured three others at Chabad of Poway, a synagogue in Poway, California, on the last day of Passover.

On Second Thought revisits our November conversation with Weisman, who tracks the historic and present-day hatred in (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. He joined On Second Thought from Washington, D.C.