We, the people, demand climate change. The current climate is intolerable and must be changed. I invite all good men (and women, of course) to join me in making governments listen to our demands. We will block city centers, stop commuters getting to work, close shopping malls, bring trains to a halt, anything to bring about climate change.
The current climate, where anti-Semitism is accepted as normal, must change. A climate that allows hatred of the Jewish people to spread unchecked across the United States of America. A climate that allows The New York Times to publish a horrific cartoon showing Prime Minister Netanyahu as a dog leading a blind US President Donald Trump. A climate where the anti-Semitic cartoonist is allowed to remain anonymous, and the newspaper had to be pushed before apologizing. Such a climate must change.
The results of this climate are there for all to see. We do not need long historical records of temperature and rainfall. We do not need complicated computer simulations to tell us what might happen in the distant future. We can see the effects of this climate right now.
Anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK ‘up 16% in 2018’
(BBC News 7 February 2019).
Anti-Semitic attacks rocket 74 per cent in France as government warns ‘poison spreading’
(The Telegraph 12 February 2019).
Sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Berlin in 2018, report finds
(Times of Israel 22 April 2019)
Anti-Semitic incidents in US soar to highest level in two decades
(The Guardian 16 Feb 2019)
Many anti-Semitic incidents have taken place in an understanding and forgiving climate. Swastikas painted on tombstones, the vile anti-Semitic tirades posted on social media, even physical attacks on those easily identified as Jew, have been given little attention by news media and politicians. After all, that’s what you would expect of climate – a little bad weather from time to time.
But it does not take long for the odd “incident” to turn into a fully-fledged storm. Just this Saturday, a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire in Chabad of Poway synagogue. John T. Earnest, the 19-year-old perpetrator, had a normal upbringing and was a student at Cal State University. As far as we know, he had no personal reason to hate Jews. His motivation for this senseless attack can only have come from his immersion in the pervasive anti-Semitic climate.
The attack on the Poway synagogue came exactly six months after the shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue killed 11 people. Before the shooting, Robert D. Bowers had spent months online producing a torrent of anti-Jewish invective and conspiracy theories. In keeping with the current climate, The New York Times, reporting on the massacre, was careful to dignify every reference to the murderer as Mr. Bowers. Well, what did we expect from The New York Times. America being America, nobody questioned why Mr. Bowers had 21 legally registered guns, mostly assault rifles. Perhaps, in today’s climate, ‘assault’ should have been a clue.
So, can we bring about a man-made change in the anti-Semitic climate? Don’t hold your breath.