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FBI reaches out to Hasidic Jews to fight antisemitism – but bureau has fraught history with Judaism

By Sarah Imhoff, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
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The FBI wants to hear from Hasidim, or “ultra-Orthodox” Jews. The Hate Crimes Unit said as much when it issued announcements – in both Yiddish and Hebrew – asking Jews to report antisemitic incidents in an outreach campaign launched in April 2021.

The campaign follows highly visible antisemitic incidents in the U.S. in recent years, including the 2018 shooting at the Tree…

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