Kristallnacht was seventy-eight years ago yesterday. I won’t give a long explanation of Kristallnacht. Here is a photograph from the pogrom.

Window defaced during Kristallnacht

And here is a photograph from yesterday in Philadelphia.

The police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, according to the Independent. How strange is it that in 2016, a UK newspaper is reporting on anti-Semitism in the United States!

Here is Wellsville, New York yesterday:

Defaced wall

Credit: Brian Quinn

The President-elect isn’t in office yet, but since the anti-Semitism we’ve seen comes from a portion of his supporters, I think it’s fair to demand that he condemn this kind of terrible anti-Semitism promptly and explicitly. I can wait.

I also think the Republican Jewish Coalition should think twice before criticizing the Anti-Defamation League for carrying out its mission and calling out these incidents.

I trust all Americans, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others, can see how frightening and concerning this is.