Here’s why I use the triple parentheses on my byline.
The anti-Semitic “alt-right” started by putting triple parentheses around the names of Jewish newsmakers or reporters, which is they intended as a sinister and ominous signal. There is still genuine anti-Semitism out there that has nothing to do with the Israeli occupation, and I oppose it.
To fight this real anti-Semitism, quite a number of people on-line, many of us not Jewish, started using the triple parentheses ourselves. One of our models is how Danish people reacted when the Nazi occupiers ordered Jewish Danes to wear the yellow star. Everyone in Denmark put the star on — including the king.
It is powerful to see others using the triple parentheses today, including people like the great Yousef Munayyer, who are also committed to human rights for Palestinian people and an end to the occupation.
I know that some of the people using the triple parentheses are hypocrites, and I don’t care.
I think it’s important to remind people that real anti-Semitism does still exist, but that it has nothing to do with Israel’s criminal behavior in Palestine.
What’s more, the anti-Semites who started this are burrowing into the Trump movement, and they must be exposed and squashed.