Just in case you’ve been wondering what the deal is with the most recent surge in antisemitism in America, Vox has got you covered:

“We don’t know why.”

But, according to Zack Beauchamp, there are three theories:

The first theory is also the simplest: These are isolated incidents and not reflective of any deeper trend.

Antisemitic violence popping up in cities across the country could definitely just be isolated incidents. Totally makes sense!

What’s the next theory?

A second theory is that what we’re seeing right now is, more than anything else, a reflection of an upswing in anti-Semitism that began during the Trump campaign and presidency.

Ah, of course. It’s Donald Trump’s fault! Also totally plausible.

Finally, the third theory:

Third, it’s possible we’re seeing the beginning of what might be termed the “Europeanization” of American anti-Semitism.

Hold up, Zack … can you tell us more about that last one?

It’s possible this connection is deepening in the United States, that people with anti-Israel views are increasingly more likely to blame American Jews for what they see as Israeli wrongdoing and are more likely to inflict physical violence upon them as a result.

Could that be what’s going on here? Hmmm!

The identities of many of the recent attackers in the US right now have not been confirmed. Though the names of at least four people arrested in conjunction with the New York and Los Angeles disturbances have been released, it’s difficult to draw firm conclusions about how and why they got involved in the violence until more information is made public.

It’s difficult, but maybe if we think really, really hard, we’ll figure it out!

But the fact that some of these incidents seem directly tied to pro-Palestinian events and sentiment, with little or no connection to the far-right factions that traditionally commit the most serious anti-Semitic violence in the United States, presents troubling data points. It’s possible, if not likely, that the European pattern of violence in Israel causing anti-Semitic violence at home could become a reality in America.

It’s far from clear which, if any, of the three explanations presented above will turn out to be the correct one. And they aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

Where would we be without Vox to explain things to us?

Hey, they never said they were good at it.

Actually, yes they did.

They were lying, by the way.

Well, um, the thing is:

Now that explains things.

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