A Pittsburgher’s Warning of Pogroms from Two Years Ago

Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh (AP/Gene J. Puskar).
Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh (AP/Gene J. Puskar).

Two years ago, Jewish newspapers across the United States graciously published my op-ed, Prelude to a Pogrom, running in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Phoenix — and Israel, too. It asked a simple yet very profound question of Jewish-Americans: why have they aligned themselves with political allies who can’t or won’t find their voices and backbones to denounce even the most overt anti-Semitism? For the progressives reading that last sentence who might still oddly be inclined to protest, the latest and most poignant example is Louis Farrakhan’s public libel of Jews as “termites” just days before the massacre in Pittsburgh took place.

The tomb-like quiet from all Democratic functionaries, liberal media spokespersons, show hosts and pundits, as Rev. Farrakhan spewed that venom into the ears of a large crowd in Detroit, and then had it rebound on international media to tens or hundreds of millions all over the planet, was as pure and absolute as any unearthly silence in any intergalactic void. Yet, this affront to Judaism doesn’t concern so much the back-stabbing silence, as more the truly offensive duplicity of those engaging now in the most finger-pointing for the tragedy of Squirrel Hill being the same anti-Israeli activists who for years have been shouting to us from soapboxes that Israel should be hounded from the family of nations — given the BDS treatment — boycotted, disinvested, sanctioned. How historically bizarre that voices that were last Tuesday calling for a Palestine “from the river to the sea” are now the ones grieving the loudest, and shouting that this oddly is the perfect time to divert attention from blood spatters in synagogues to their political opponents being the monsters responsible for the outrage.

Thinking people aren’t taken in by such clumsily obvious ruses, and actually are repulsed by them. Moreover, there is — thankfully — something even positive to which all segments of the American political landscape are coming to reaffirm instead, springing from the recent events in Pittsburgh. With everyone watching now, there’s really very little choice in the matter.

Overt, grotesque, insulting and violence-promoting anti-Semitic public statements should be immediately and unqualifiedly denounced by anyone who would dare to ask any other citizen to vote for him or her for any office in the land. The previous routine used by those who pretend to stand with the Jewish community and won’t — the shuffling, shrugging, tap-dancing, and head-scratching — that’s now been irrevocably disgraced in front of every pair of eyes on Earth.

This might be an excellent point in time to suggest a well-needed hiatus from one of the all-time far-Left crowd-pleasers: trying to determine how much pain Israel should endure for not listening to her all-knowing progressive masters in the US and other countries. Perhaps we all now can enjoy a few months’ respite at least before seeing another Israeli flag burned by yet another crew of glowering street types, captured by global media, as was the case in Philadelphia only two years ago in front of the entrance to the Democratic national convention.

Here’s hoping, in the plainest language there is, that all those previously engaged in bringing Jews in Israel down specifically, and Jews worldwide down generally, can take a well-deserved vacation. You’ve earned it.

About the Author
David Nabhan is a science and science fiction writer. He is the author of "Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology" (2017) and three other books on seismic forecasting.
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