Antisemitic Attacks in the West

24 May

After the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, Jews have been systematically targeted and attacked. Most of the events occurred in Europe and North America, with online documented footage from London, New York and Los Angeles. Not only did major news outlets not cover the antisemitic violence, but journalists from the Guardian, NY Times and Washington Post presented it as clashes from opposing groups. Thank goodness for social media and video. See below thread shared by Jeff Jacoby (a columnist with the Boston Globe):

Just as troubling, it seems a memo was shared with the Progressive wing of the Democratic party to talk about also condemning Islamophobia. I don’t know if the Squad, Bernie Sanders and others have looked at the footage, but they might want to take a closer look at who the antisemitic perpetrators are. This is not new with today’s identity politics. I recall in early 2019 when Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said and tweeted antisemitic statements, the proposed house resolution condemning antisemitism was quickly watered down with “all lives matter” language.

Meanwhile this weekend on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square (CNN), he invited Noura Erakat, Peter Beinart and Dan Senor. Both Erakat and Beinart believe Israel should not exist as a Jewish State. Thankfully Mr. Senor pointed out their fundamental positions before the panel discussion ended. So, two thirds of the panel were sharing opinions regarding the conflict while being incidentally being advocates for the destruction of a US ally, the one and only Jewish state. Pretty amazing when one of them, Peter Beinart, represents a minority American Jewish viewpoint. As to Noura Erakat, well she believes Jews are a religion and should either leave or be dhimmies (second class) to Arabs in the Middle East.

This “new antisemitism” has roots with the founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the union Arab countries and Communist Russia (i.e. the former Soviet Union). This alliance has many supporters, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Muslim Students Association (MSA), Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Irish Republican Army (IRA) and now social justice organizations. Many support Islamofacism and-or left wing marxism associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. They were further aligned, along with their state sponsors, in 2005 with the founding of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The movement got a massive jolt in European society with the influx of like minded immigrants and refugees from North Africa and the Middle East.

Meanwhile our children over the last two decades have been exposed and indoctrinated by teachers of left wing postmodernism and intersectional movement concepts that labels Israel as an “apartheid” state. Nothing could be further from the truth. These political activists, masquerading as academics, have purposefully misappropriated the term. In apartheid South Africa, there were clear laws segregating Blacks and Whites. In Israel there are no such segregation laws. As to the West Bank and Gaza being referred to as bantustans, they’ve been offered independence under the condition of peace agreements multiple times. They’ve chosen belligerence over peaceful coexistence. 

Meanwhile, anyone who visits an Israeli hospital will see Arab and Jewish doctors working together taking care of Arab and Jewish patients. Anyone walking into Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) or its universities will see both Jews and Arabs well represented. In the 1980s, Israel sent its air force into Africa to bring out Ethiopian Jews. Israeli society includes Jews from all over, Arabs, Bedouin, Druze, Circassians and many others. She is a very diverse country.

Like other countries, Israel is not perfect. Calling her an apartheid state is intentional and malicious. Use of such labels is postmodern academic obfuscation rooted in political antisemitism masquerading as anti-Zionism. So when you read about Jews being attacked today, think about who you voted for. If it was a Progressive, you enabled supporters of this antisemitic philosophy who contribute to flaming said violence.

Guy Lipof

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