As the worldwide anti-Semitism train gathers even more steam, fueled mostly by the Islamic world, pro-Palestinian agitators, and more recently (at least in America), the Black Lives Matter movement, there is still no shortage of Jewish leaders ready to hop on board and march in step with the very people who wish to erase Jews from this planet. By Jewish leaders, I mean certain rabbis, university professors, Democratic politicians (like Bernie Sanders), the Neturei Karta sect of Judaism, and national Jewish organizations in America, like the Jewish Federation, J-Street, and Jewish Voice for Peace (among others). It’s kind of like being a Kapo without having to be in a concentration camp. I have seen many of them over the years on university campuses as they come to speak on behalf of Students for Justice in Palestine and/or the Muslim Student Association/Union against the Jewish state of Israel. Now the cause du jour is Black Lives Matters, which is solidly aligned with the pro-Palestinian-anti-Israel movement.
Just consider this from the last few weeks:
Last month, some 400 Jewish studies professors in universities in America, Europe, and Israel signed a letter against the idea of Israeli annexation of the West Bank denouncing it as “apartheid”, that Palestinian canard comparing Israel to the former regime in South Africa.
As Black Lives Matters supporters rampaged through the Fairfax district of Los Angeles (historically heavily Jewish) on May 30, vandalizing synagogues, breaking shop windows, and screaming “F-ing Jews” out of car windows, the Jewish Journal (of Los Angeles) was running an op-ed (6 days later) asking how Jews could be better allies to African-Americans and condemning our police.
For starters, Jews and the rest of us could support the legitimate peaceful protests of our law-abiding black citizens rather than the lowest common denominator of rioters, looters, and arsonists, not to mention those thugs who are randomly attacking Jews and whites in general on our streets. Do they represent black citizens in general? I think not, but the Jewish Journal seems to confuse the two. It is an insult to decent blacks including black conservatives, who most certainly do not support Black Lives Matter (the organization).
I would also point out that historically, Jews were in the forefront of those whites who actively supported the Civil Rights movement. They knew from their own history of persecution and the Holocaust that it was the just thing to do. It was correct to support Martin Luther King and others who made up the Civil Rights Movement. Supporting this modern day organization that uses a noble concept as a misleading name for their group, but which has definite anti-Semitic elements, is not appropriate.
It would be more fitting for Jewish leaders to stand up and condemn all forms of anti-Semitism including Islamic and that found on the left and in portions of the American black community rather than focusing solely on that Jew hatred coming from neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and KKK-types. It would be more fitting if Jewish leaders sat down with black leaders and had a frank discussion about the anti-Semitism that exists within certain parts of the black community-just as in the white community. Worldwide, it is Islamic anti-Semitism that is the greater problem. In the US, the biggest problem is the so-called red-green alliance, that between the Islamists and the far left, and that includes Black Lives Matter (an organization that has declared its support for the Palestinians), as well as their predominantly white sister organization, Antifa. What happened in Los Angeles on May 30 is just one example of that red-green alliance
I know from my own experience as a gentile fighting anti-Semitism that one of our biggest obstacles is those Jews which have locked arms with the Palestinian movement at the expense of their co-religionists in Israel. They deny the Jew hatred. They ignore the acts of violence, murder, and terror directed at Israelis and Jews in general. They embrace individuals whose anti-Semitism is a matter of record. (Neturei Karta leader Ysroel Dovid Cohen and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad make up one example.)
In my book, you don’t hold hands and support people who call for your destruction (Israel). You also should not hold hands with those who commit pogroms against you in the US (Los Angeles May 30). You don’t quote people like Angela Davis, who, along with her long history of radicalism, is an active supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement against Israel. I will refrain from using the expression, “self-hating Jew” here. I always leave that for Jewish people to hash out among themselves. What I will say, however, is that they are misfits.