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Somehow, after a horrific attack on civilians in Israel, people all over the world – including those in America – are making antisemitism cool again.
I know that the contents of this article may not be popular with some readers, but it needs to be said. In the aftermath of October 7th’s attack, it seems like the US government, people with left-wing ideologies, and the mainstream media have turned against American Jews. It’s roused up the folks who always hated Jews (generally those on the extreme far-right and white supremacist types who actually call themselves white supremacists) and that was to be expected. Extremists of all ilks are going to be extreme every chance they get. Holocaust deniers are gleefully crawling out of the woodwork, and people are justifying ethnic hatred by calling it “anti-Zionism.”
Saying that you think the attacks on Israel were awful is suddenly an open invitation for people to tell you that you clearly hate all Arabs and you are an Islamaphobe who is cheering for the death of Palestinian infants and toddlers.
It’s all or nothing in the world today. You are either seen as 100% pro-Jew-anti-Arab, or you are pro-Arab-anti-Jew. In-between stances – and heaven forbid, neutral ones – are not allowed, and you will be called to account accordingly.
But the popular stance being embraced by college students and somehow not being shamed by the media is one of antisemitism. In fact, it’s hatred that is being ignored by those in positions to really make a difference.
This is what happens when we stop teaching history and replace it with classes on “social justice” and “gender studies.”
It has become open season on American Jews and our government, our media, our criminal “justice” system, and our colleges just don’t seem to care. Being a Jew in America (and many other places) is a dangerous undertaking these days.
This happened fast.
What shocks me most is how fast it happened.
It was just last summer that Kanye West got canceled for making antisemitic tweets. But now it’s nifty-cool to spraypaint “Death to Jews” in public places, and people aren’t even hiding their faces while holding up swastikas for press photos.
Washington, DC, was the scene of a crowd with estimates ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 people who showed up last weekend demanding a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In front of the White House, people were climbing on the gate and waving the flags of a foreign nation through it. They were chanting things like “Death to Israel” and “Allahu Akbar” and “F**k Joe Biden.” They defaced the pillars of the gate with red paint, screamed insults at Secret Service agents, and there was even a guy proudly holding a Hezbollah flag in our nation’s capitol, right across from the White House. Here’s a brief clip of the scene at the gate.
BREAKING: Left-Wing Orcs have OVERRUN The White House Gates
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 5, 2023
These people are of the philosophy that “Resistance is justified when Palestine is occupied,” according to their signs and chants. And it doesn’t stop there. Some people are openly supporting Oct. 7-style “resistance” in the United States.
🚨 Terrorist supporters cheer calls for October 7th style attacks in the US.
"Resistance in the US is justified just like resistance in Palestine is justified"
— Alexander Higgins (@alexhiggins732) November 6, 2023
People are screaming for “intifada” right here in America.
College campuses are rife with antisemitism.
College campuses across the country are filled with hateful, antisemitic students and teachers. You have professors like Professor Russell Rickford of Cornell University who said he was “exhilarated” by the massacre. (He later apologized but I’m not sure how you stuff that genie back in the bottle.) A Harvard professor who “reportedly discriminated against Israeli students” was not disciplined, but was recently given a civil rights award. A professor at UC Davis went a step further, suggesting that Jewish journalists and their children be targeted at home and school.
Hey @ucdavis, do you think it’s appropriate that one of your faculty advisors, @jemmaisOKeh, is publicly threatening to murder Jews at their homes and their children at their schools? pic.twitter.com/xAx97LHYbr
— Jason Bedrick 🇮🇱 (@JasonBedrick) October 19, 2023
Protests have made it unsafe for Jewish students in American colleges. They’re hearing horrific things like, “We’ll finish what Hitler started.” Students cornered a young journalist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, demanding to know if she was Jewish. At Cooper Union, Jewish students had to take shelter in a library while an angry pro-Palestinian mob beat on the door outside.
While I am a firm believer in free speech, it’s hard to imagine what it must feel like to be a Jewish university student today. It’s the only form of discrimination that is tolerated on campuses, aside from being a non-liberal white student, of course.
Meanwhile, crimes against Jewish people aren’t being considered hate crimes.
The MSM has loved throwing around the phrase “hate crime” for years. Up until now, antisemitic attacks were considered hate crimes. But now, it’s open season on Jews and our criminal justice system isn’t calling it out.
In Indianapolis, a woman drove into a building that she thought held Jewish people. Ruba Algameth was arrested last week.
Almaghtheh told authorities she decided to attack the Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge because the “Hebrew Israelite” symbol on the front of the building offended her, according to police reports obtained by the outlet…
…Police said Almaghtheh admitted she rammed into the building with her car on purpose and made references to “her people back in Palestine,” according to Fox 59.
As it turned out, the building wasn’t Jewish, but was in fact anti-Jewish. The Israel School of Universal and Practical Knowledge are an “extreme and antisemitic” sect of the Black Hebrew Israelites, as per the Anti-Defamation League. She wasn’t charged with a hate crime, even though her stated intent was to harm Jews. She was charged with criminal recklessness.
An elderly Jewish man, Paul Kessler, was killed at a pro-Israel rally in California when a pro-Palestine protestor shoved him.
“Witness accounts indicated that Kessler was involved in a physical altercation with [pro-Palestinian] counter protesters,” the release continued. “During the altercation, Kessler fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.”
A hate crime “has not been ruled out” by Ventura County law enforcement.
But the truth is, nobody is calling these acts against Jewish people hate crimes. No. They’re “bias crimes” if local law enforcement really wants to walk on the wild side.
It must be made clear that some attacks have also occurred against people of Arabic descent, like the young Palestinian boy who was killed by his landlord. But those are immediately labeled hate crimes and covered very differently in the MSM.
The people at the highest levels of our government are concerned…about Islamaphobia.
Imagine how it must feel to be the target of so much national hatred and then see the Vice President of the United States post a video that says she and the President are “taking on hate” as a national priority.
But they aren’t worried about American Jews. They’re super-worried about…Islamaphobia. Watch this video.
Taking on hate is a national priority.
Today, @POTUS and I are announcing the country's first National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia.
This action is the latest step forward in our work to combat a surge of hate in America. pic.twitter.com/pxZAn7RymY
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) November 1, 2023
It’s a federal-level slap in the face to every Jewish person in America.
Nearly all the coverage of anti-semitism is posted under “Opinion” in the MSM.
I can’t say that the mainstream media is completely ignoring the rampant antisemitism. They’re allowing prominent Jewish people to be heard and it’s A-OK as long as it’s considered an “opinion” piece. A Jewish professor at Columbia wrote that he wouldn’t let his kids attend school there. He said:
Following the horrific massacre in Israel by Hamas terrorists on October 7, I felt an intense, relentless grief. Grief for the thousands of civilians shot, murdered, mutilated, raped and beheaded. Grief for the intentional killing of babies, some burned beyond recognition. Grief for the confused children dragged at gun point by violent men into captivity in Gaza.
Yet there was a deeper, darker grief. A grief that seeped from a wound I’d thought was healed. A grief that comes from the trauma hiding at the bottom of every Jewish person’s heart. A grief that comes from seeing, once again, Jewish people targeted in their homes and communities.
Soon, this darkest of griefs was joined by intense fear. I feared not only for the future of innocent Israeli and Palestinian children, but for the future of my family here, in New York City.
Having spent over 13 years building a close-knit community of like-minded liberals, I suddenly find myself abandoned. Abandoned by the resounding silence of friends and neighbors who refuse to publicly denounce Hamas’ evil crimes against humanity. Abandoned by colleagues who whitewash and excuse barbarities that included the raping of Israeli women and the execution of disabled Israeli children as a mere “military response,” who consider such horrors as “awesome” acts of “resistance.” Abandoned by student organizations who have welcomed and celebrated the October 7 massacre with the chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” code words for the eradication of Jews living in Israel.
Abandoned by Columbia University — my very own employer — which, in the name of fostering “different points of view” has allowed such expressions to take place. Its statement that “we must avoid language that vilifies, threatens, or stereotypes entire groups of people” rings hollow when it doesn’t condemn the professors and students doing exactly that.
This is happening not in Gaza. Not in Israel. Here, in the United States of America. Here, at universities, which are supposed to provide safe spaces for everyone in the community. Everyone, it seems, but Jews and Israelis.
And he’s far from alone in feeling this way. In another opinion piece, a 70-year-old Jewish university faculty member wrote that he was unprepared for what he’s seeing in America today. He wrote:
On Friday, someone in my school posted on Instagram a picture of me with the caption, “Erwin Chemerinsky has taken an indefinite sabbatical from Berkeley Law to join the I.D.F.” Two weeks ago, at a town hall, a student told me that what would make her feel safe in the law school would be “to get rid of the Zionists.” I have heard several times that I have been called “part of a Zionist conspiracy,” which echoes of antisemitic tropes that have been expressed for centuries.
I was stunned when students across the country, including mine, immediately celebrated the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel on Oct. 7. Students for Justice in Palestine called the terror attack a “historic win” for the “Palestinian resistance.” A Columbia professor called the Hamas massacre “awesome” and a “stunning victory.” A Yale professor tweeted, “It’s been such an extraordinary day!” while calling Israel a “murderous, genocidal settler state.” A Chicago art professor posted a note reading, “Israelis are pigs. Savages. Very very bad people. Irredeemable excrement…. May they all rot in hell.”
…To be clear, I — and I hope all of us — mourn the loss of life in Israel and in Gaza. There is surely room in our hearts to feel compassion for all who are in danger and all who have lost loved ones. But it is simply wrong to confuse condemning antisemitism with ignoring the plight of the Palestinians.
Of course, criticism of the Israeli government is not antisemitism, any more than criticizing the policies of the United States government is anti-American. I strongly oppose the policies of the Netanyahu government, favor full rights for Palestinians, and believe that there must be a two-state solution. But if you listen to what is being said on college campuses now, some of the loudest voices are not advocating for a change in Israeli policies, but are calling for an end to Israel.
Aside from opinion pieces and smaller outlets, hardly anyone is calling out antisemitism. It’s suddenly all the rage to hate Jewish people, and the mainstream media is afraid to cover it. Fox News, the NYPost, and Daily Mail are some of the few MSM outlets who’ve mentioned it but if you’re looking to other legacy media outlets, you’ll see it only in the opinion section.
And if, as a so-called journalistic outlet, you aren’t calling this out, then you are quietly supporting it. There is no integrity in your silence.
This is absolutely delusional.
There are so many things about this that are wrong, but I’ll close with this.
These young people screaming about “gassing the Jews” and “Hitler was right” are the same ones who, just recently, called anyone who was a Conservative, a Christian, or a Trump supporter a “literal Nazi.” In their worldview, just a few years ago, Trump was “Hitler,” and it was bad. They are the same ones who scream over anyone with an opposing viewpoint, calling them “fascists.”
And now they have chosen a side again, and it’s every bit as delusional as everything else they stand for publicly.
Cancel culture has certainly dropped the ball here. The most vitriolic rhetoric I’ve heard in years is going on, and nobody in Hollywood, nobody in the federal government, and nobody in the mainstream media seems to care.
How in the world are these people with platforms not denouncing these acts of antisemitism?
These people are pro-terrorism. They hate Jews, and they don’t even know why. And there are a lot of them. Hundreds of thousands of them. Possibly even millions.
And they’re right here in America.
I see my Jewish friends – people I love – suffering under extreme hatred of people who were just a few weeks ago their neighbors and classmates. I wish that I could help. I wish that I could stop what’s happening to them in their schools, their neighborhood markets, and their communities. I’m so sorry this is happening to them.
And I wonder, did it all go downhill this fast for Jewish people in the late 1930s? Or was it more gradual?
All it took was one attack – an attack against Jews, mind you – and this is where we are already in the United States of America.
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites. 1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2) The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.
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