Mar 18, 2023·edited Mar 18, 2023

"We can't talk about anti-Semitism when Jews are getting beaten up in the streets here in the United States. "

He is right that we can't talk about it. But it would seem he can't talk about the reason we can't talk about it. Thankfully the Wall Street Journal was willing to talk about it.


From the article:

>>Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor from 2014-21, was hardly unique in speaking of the threat to Jews only from white supremacists. Yet the majority of anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York are committed by other minorities—blacks especially, but also Hispanics and Muslims. “These are inconvenient anti-Semites,” Mr. Bitton says. Liberals would rather stick to their story: Minorities are always victims of racism, never racists themselves.

>>Meanwhile, surveys since the 1960s have shown that Jew-hatred in America is most prevalent among blacks. As traditional prejudices fused with radical separatist ideologies, anti-Semitism became part of the rhetoric of black politics and protest, the language not only of the street but of preachers and politicians, artists and intellectuals, imbuing criminal violence against Jews with spurious political significance.

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Here's a question for Mr. Greenblatt: what, exactly, do you think the people who had to be shoved aside so that "the Jews [could] have the right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland" were supposed to do? (Yes, had to be. The degree of shoving could have been more than it was, could have been less than it was, but anyone who thinks that Israel could have been established without at least some significant degree of injustice is kidding themselves.) Do you actually believe that they were under some moral obligation to calmly pack their bags and go "Oh well,. I guess we're just less important than the Jews"? Because listening to Zionists, I swear that's what it sounds like.

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In the beginning in America, Jews found freedom and enfranchisement in places like colonial South Carolina and Georgia because of England's newly found toleration of religious dissenters. It's hard to see toleration of dissent from the orthodoxies of the left or the right in America.

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Mar 19, 2023·edited Mar 19, 2023

Zionism is a dual factor in the discussions and attitudes surrounding antisemitism in the United States.

People can in good faith question whether any group is entitled to a political cause that implies territorial ambitions.

At the same time, people can in bad faith use this politically debatable concept as a means of laundering antisemitism for introduction into polite discussion. This is a move that we see particularly on the left side of the political spectrum. Old-fashioned right-wing antisemites are more likely to come straight to the point. Progressives want to have it both ways: being on the side of the angels as regards bigotry generally while adopting a form of bigotry that serves some proximate purpose.

When I was growing up, I naively believed that antisemitism was (1) strictly a troglodytic thing and (2) fading away, at least in American society; but then I'm a Gentile.


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