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    "NYC has hundreds of anti-Jewish hate crimes - and NOT ONE person caught was far right."

    Is It Safe to Be Jewish in New York?

    No other American city is more closely associated with Jewish identity than New York or more adamantly imagines itself as the capital of liberalism’s most cherished values of tolerance, acceptance and diversity.
    And yet, at the same time, New York has become an increasingly unsettling place to be Jewish. The first inkling of this emerged several days after the 2016 presidential election when swastikas and the phrase “Go Trump” showed up on playground equipment in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights.
    But, in fact, anti-Semitism was already quietly on the rise. For several years now, expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment have made up the preponderance of hate crime complaints in the city.
    Contrary to what are surely the prevailing assumptions, anti-Semitic incidents have constituted half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to the Police Department. To put that figure in context, there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.

    Jewish lives matter, but seemingly only when they are attacked by evil skinhead neo-Nazi villains. When the Jew is attacked by a person of color or a Muslim or a "pro-Palestinian activist," then the sympathy by the "progressive" crowd disappears, seemingly because the attacker has established themselves as the bigger victim in the grand scheme of things. The motivation of a black antisemite against "rich Jewish landlords" or of a Muslim against "Zionist usurpers" makes those crimes somehow less interesting to report and the victims less sympathetic. The 1991 Crown Heights pogrom, where mobs of people of color attacked Jews and yet the media reported it as if both sides were fighting, still rankles.

    To put it simply, incidents of people attacking Jews aren't as juicy when the attackers aren't neo-Nazis.

    The real, everyday antisemitism that far outstrips all other hate crimes doesn't interest New York City liberals. There is no outrage among them when videos surface every couple of months of religious Jews being mercilessly attacked in their own neighborhoods.

    Deadly attacks and major terror threats against the American Jewish community over the past three decades have been pretty much divided between far-right and Muslim attackers. The progressive crowd is usually not directly involved in gunfire or bombings. But that doesn't mean that the Left is any less antisemitic than anyone else. Their selective outrage over Jews being attacked based on who the attacker is shows that their supposedly principled stand against antisemitism is really an excuse to show their outrage over their ideological enemies - the Jewish victims are reduced to being props for the real agenda of hating Trump.

    The bias is the same as the bias of those who attack Jews to begin with.

    If one is going to justifiably blame Donald Trump for creating an environment where extremist rightists feel more comfortable attacking Jews, then one must also blame the liberal media and the "progressive" crowd for consistently downplaying the far more numerous antisemitic attacks when the attackers are black or Muslim or "anti-Zionist." They are just as guilty for creating an environment where Jews can be attacked with impunity.

    Pittsburgh should have brought people together to understand the reality of antisemitism in America today. There are strains of antisemitism in every group, right and left, black and white, Muslim and Christian. Instead, the slaughtered Jews of Pittsburgh have been turned into another prop in a pissing contest between groups who are all guilty to some extent of enabling Jew-hatred.

  • #2
    That’s five ⭐️ post, Ivan.


    • #3
      Excellent post.


      • #4
        Another form of new age anti-semitism is the voice of disbanding Shromim patrol units. 50 years ago we were told to police ourselves in designated enclaves due to land deed restrictions. Today, we are told that the Jewish patrols are armed vigilantes and now need to rely on local police. Average response time for BPD is 30 min. Shromim less than 3 minutes.


        • #5
          Excellent post. Good read.


          • #6
            Cory Booker to support Israel Anti-Boycott Act

            “I have long and staunchly opposed the BDS movement, and support this bill which will prevent international entities from imposing their will on US businesses with regards to their decisions, consistent with US law, to conduct commerce with our close ally Israel and its citizens. Initial concerns that this bill unintentionally infringed on individuals’ First Amendment rights have now been addressed by changes agreed upon earlier this year, and I feel confident that those modifications safeguard Americans’ constitutional right to free speech. I’ll be adding myself as a cosponsor, and will be urging my colleagues to support this important legislation in its modified form.”



            • #7
              Spot on Ivan!


              • #8
                But I also know that the modern left and the media seem determined to ignore what amounts to politically inconvenient facts in favor of their “blame Trump, ask questions later” obsession. Instead of recognizing the horror that a generation of Jewish Americans watched a deeply held fear come true despite decades of being told that threat was over, they seem content to focus on petty, vindictive politics.

                What we saw was an act of pure hatred. It was terrorism. It was irrational and unpredictable, and it was devastating. But it was not caused by the current sitting president or Fox News or any content on the internet. When I walked into that conference room I saw genuine disgust and hatred in the eyes of many people there. I know that feeling today when I encounter far too many on the left who judge me as a person based on their prejudices of what they think I believe and therefore who they think I am.

                If the left wishes to fight “hate,” they have a great deal of self-reflection to work through first. It is not Farrakhan that scares me, but the hundreds of cheering people at his rallies when he says hateful things about Jews. It is not various platforms allowing anti-Semitic speech that worries me, it is the underground of radicalization we cannot see or prepare for.



                • #9
                  However, it’s a problem that it is being used to score points against Trump. Once it becomes established that anti-Semitism is only a problem for the right, it gives legitimacy to a number of left-wing activists who I think are anti-Semitic. They are able to say, ‘at least we didn’t go out and shoot any Jews’, and then they can continue with their hatred of Israel.


                  The problem is they don’t even consider what they say to be anti-Semitic. I’m reading these articles about a ‘new phenomenon’ of anti-Semitism as if people in left-wing circles are surprised that there is any anti-Semitism at all. It is because these people generally speak in a coded fashion… You never hear them say the word Jew, they say Zionist. But it is a codeword for Jew: the majority of America’s Jews are Zionists and half of the world’s Jewry is in Israel. If you say you are anti-Zionist, you are really saying that you are anti-Semitic.



                  • #10
                    American Jews have been sleepwalking

                    In trying so hard not to be "tribal," US Jews did not realize that they are not dealing with logic or anti-Zionism but with the usual anti-Semitic hate and envy - even in the USA.

                    Such propaganda has justified the numerous UN resolutions against the Jewish state, the countless Israel Apartheid Weeks on American campuses, the diabolical BDS campaigns, the violent disruptions of pro-Israel speakers, the “Palestinianization” of marches, a university curriculum from which the ethnic bigotry against the Jewish people is not considered to “racist” or “prejudiced,” a media which keeps reporting falsely that Muslims, not Jews, are the most attacked group in America.


                    Although Israel is even more on the front lines than we are, at least Israelis know it and have taken every precaution possible. Amazingly, they are not “scared” and report being “happy.”

                    In America, the Jews are unarmed, both psychologically and in every other way.



                    • #11
                      UCLA to Host Student Conference That Advocates ‘Destruction’ of Jewish Self-Determination

                      Participants will need to “work on reframing Zionism” as “laws and institutions that can be broken down and dismantled,” particularly through local campaigns with “clear targets.”

                      Workshops at the event will enable students to pick up the skills necessary for coalition building, fundraising, and combating “normalization” — often defined as interactions between Palestinians and Israelis (and/or their supporters) that may include the legitimization of Zionism, even in the context of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation work.



                      UCLA Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to NSJP Over Conference Logo

                      UCLA has sent a cease-and-desist letter to National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) over their logo for the upcoming NSJP conference on Nov. 16-18.

                      As the Journal reported on Wednesday, the logo features the UCLA Bruin Bear playing with a Palestinian kite. The Journal has obtained a copy of UCLA’s cease-and-desist letter to NSJP, which was signed by Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck and dated Oct. 31.



                      UCLA was remiss in not revoking this hate fest all together.

                      But, there is a grassroots movement to do just that:



                      • #12
                        Calypso Louie sycophants at work:

                        Last night, an NYC rabbi posted on @Facebook an account of a subway ride where 2 black Louis Farrakhan fans called the rabbi a “f—king fake,” a “f—king f—got,” and a “c—ksucker”

                        FACEBOOK REMOVED THE POST!!!!!!!

                        WTF, @fbnewsroom?!?!?!?!



                        • #13

                          The worst hasn't happened, it's coming

                          It is no coincidence that the privileged are also more likely to be progressive. The hysteria over Trump is not born of experience of anti-Semitism, but inexperience. To believe that President Trump is anti-Semitic is a confession of privilege. It’s an admission that your experience of anti-Semitism is an abstraction, a series of theories and history lessons, rather than the awareness of an everyday reality.

                          It takes a great deal of inexperience of anti-Semitism to believe that it exists only on the side of the political spectrum furthest from you. Anti-Semitism is tribal. Those who hate Jews tend to be losers who are convinced of their own natural superiority and blame the Jews for their failure to achieve it.



                          Where in the world is Calypso Louie:

                          He is in Tehran chanting "Death to Israel".

                          Check out @JerryDunleavy’s Tweet:


                          • #14
                            Don’t join this year’s Women’s March unless you’re good with anti-Semitism

                            What’s the point of a march run by leaders who effectively condone comments like Farrakhan’s? One of the March’s “Unity Principles” is: “We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.” Yet when faced with someone pushing a vile stereotype, Mallory & Co. do nothing.

                            Why march with such women? And note: While “Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women” are all specifically mentioned in the “Unity Principles,” Jewish women are not. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attacks account for more than half of all hate crimes in the US. Maybe it’s not a coincidence.



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                              Why Linda Sarsour’s Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless

                              On the last Saturday in October, Robert Bowers shot and killed eleven members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, physically injured six other people, including law enforcement officers, and created distress and turmoil for the entire American Jewish community. He’s been indicted in federal court on 44 counts, and may face the death penalty.


                              Anti-Semitism is the world’s oldest hatred. It unites the fringe right and the fringe left. As the Wall Street Journal observed, “All good Americans stand in solidarity against anti-Semitism.” You can’t, however, pick and choose. There is no difference between Robert Bowers and Rasmea Odeh that goes beyond semantics. Both want to kill Jews, just for being Jews. If you embrace Odeh, your stance against Bowers is meaningless. As long as Sarsour and the Women’s March stand with annihilationist anti-Semitism, they cannot also stand against it.