Andy Blumenthal
Leadership With Heart

The Canary in the Antisemitic Coal Mine

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Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night disturbed by the very real nightmare about the rising antisemitism from dangerous Hamas supporters in our midst, this occurring less than 80 years after the end of the Holocaust, which saw the murder of six million Jews.

Day after day, week after week now, we see the vile Hamas terrorist supporters acting out in public, screaming, cursing, threatening, blocking, harassing, burning flags, pushing, prodding, and violently attacking others (i.e., Zionists and Jews). In any normal situation, the police would be there protecting the innocent, stopping the harassment, and arresting the violent agitators. But these days, what do we see? The police seem to be doing virtually nothing to stop them.

Over time, what is happening is that the terrorist supporters are seeing that they can practically get away with murder and nothing will happen to them and so, they are emboldened and becoming louder, more obnoxious, more threatening, and more violent. Innocent people on the streets, in cars, or going to dinner, synagogue services, or a concert are getting yelled at, followed, spit on, pushed, punched, and threatened with even worse violence. This is not civil society, but anarchy. 

Without any serious consequences from our law enforcement, courts, or politicians, we can expect things to continue to escalate and get more dangerous. 

In some cases, we have already seen windows and doors crashed in, antismitic graffiti and violent mobs entering and threatening to practically lynch students hiding, locked away, escorted through tunnels to escape, and fleeing in dreaded fear. Similarly, we’ve seen speeches, concerts, and other Jewish events mobbed, interrupted, or having to be canceled altogether while youth are attacked, an old man was already killed, and families can no longer feel safe.

Just some recent examples:

  • Representative Jamie Raskin’s speech was interrupted by pro-Palestinian hecklers at the University of Maryland, and he had to abandon the speech.
  • Radio City Music Hall was surrounded by pro-Palestinian protesters swarming Jews on the street and chanting “Down with the USA” and “Al Qassam is on the way.”
  • Rutgers University police had to escort Jewish students away as Hamas supporters threateningly called for “Intifada.”
  • Representative Ted Cruz has been confronted in front of his own home weekly for two months by a disturbing mob of Palestinian supporters.
  • Exiting a Biden fund-raiser, a Jewish woman was harassed while being yelled at “f***ing murderous k*ke.”
  • Targeting a synagogue in Teaneck, violent Hamas-supporting protesters chanting “we don’t want no Zionists here” threw objects and sprayed paint at Jewish counter-protesters.
  • Tulane University Jewish students were assaulted by Hamas supporters trying to burn the Israeli flag.
  • At a Jewish Community Center in Florida, a Jewish man was thrown down and repeatedly punched by pro-Palestinian supporters.
  • AIPAC’s president was targeted with smoke bombs and fake blood by pro-Palestinian supporters at his home.
  • In Southern California, a 69-year-old Jewish man was murdered by Palestinian supporters at an Israel rally.
  • A building in Washington, D.C., was vandalized with graffiti by Hamas supporters demonstrating and calling for “death to Israel.”

So what are the police and our politicians doing?

Daily, we see the police passively stand around, or perhaps attempt to push the protesters back, and occasionally arrest a few, seemingly only to let them right out without any charges pressed, so they can go back on the streets and repeat the same or worse criminal and terrorist behavior again.

What happened to laws protecting innocent civilians, the flow of traffic, no vagrancy, and not disturbing the peace? What happened to common decency, morality, and ethics of our fellow citizens, school boards, public servants, and our elected officials?

  • While there are many good law enforcement officers out there, we need to ask in the context of these spiraling out-of-control Hamas-supporting protests: are they either afraid of standing up to these hate-filled, dangerous mobs, or worse yet, are some of them actually aligned with or complicit with them?
  • Have the police been given stand-down orders from their superiors and chiefs, and therefore are they letting these dangerous terrorist supporters run rampant on our streets and in our cities?
  • Are the politicians more afraid of losing some votes from these criminals and terrorist supporters than of serving the communities that have elected them amidst their empty promises to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America?
  • Why isn’t law enforcement, our intelligence agencies, or the investigative press infiltrating these pro-Hamas demonstrators to get to the bottom of it to find out who is behind these antisemitic, anti-Israel, and anti-U.S. protests (e.g., Iran, Qatar, Soros, etc.): organizing them, supplying them, funding them, paying the protesters, and writing the scripted hateful and threatening slogans and chants?
  • Is this 1933 all over again with the rise of the genocidal Nazi state, followed by the 1935 Nuremberg Laws making it open season on the Jews, and soon to follow 1938 Kristallnacht (the Night of the Broken Glass)?

What is amazing to me as well is the similarity of the Hamas supporters with the Nazi strategy to eradicate the Jews. The Nazis deemed the Jews a racially inferior race and a danger to German society, and so they claimed that they needed to be exterminated by the superior Aryan Germans. So too do today’s Hamas supporters call the Jews genocidal and racist, so that they can freely pursue an agenda of racism and genocide against the Jewish people.

Inside every Jew after 2,000 years of exile and persecution culminating in the Holocaust is a deep trauma that stands like a canary in the coal mine to warn us of the next, G-d forbid, impending pogrom and genocide against our people. The question is, at what point will the canary stop singing, and will it be too late for our people to wake up to the threat on our very doorstep again?

About the Author
Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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