Yesterday I wrote about anti-Semistism on the left in the UK, A reflection on the hatred of Jews, and now there’s another article on the same topic, this one about the United States where the first line reads: Why does the Left hate the Jews?.
The Israeli Jews commit the double crime of insisting upon being Jews and refusing to be sacrificial victims. They were okay, in the Left’s estimate, for about five minutes, back when Israel’s future was assumed to be one of low-impact kibbutz socialism. History went in a different direction, and today Israel has one of the world’s most sophisticated economies.
For the Jew-hater, this is maddening: Throw the Jews out of Spain, and they thrive abroad. Send them to the poorest slums in New York, and those slums stop being slums. Keep them out of the Ivy League and watch NYU become a world-class institution inspired by men such as Jonas Salk, son of largely uneducated Polish immigrants. Put the Jewish state in a desert wasteland and watch it bloom, first with produce and then with technology. Israel today has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States and China. The economy under Palestinian management? Olives and handicrafts, and a GDP per capita that barely exceeds that of Sudan.
I quote this because it has a positive slant but the hatred remains as dangerous as ever since nothing stands still and a downward descent can be very sharply down once it begins. As he says at the end:
Israel isn’t my country, but it is my country’s ally, and it is impossible for a liberty-loving American to fail to admire what the Jewish state has done. And that, of course, is why the Left wants to see the Jewish state exterminated.
And it’s not just the Jewish state they seek to have exterminated. On this issue, there is no reasoned debate and for some no case for the defence.
YET EVEN MORE OF THE SAME: This back to the UK in an article by Nick Cohen: I saw the darkness of antisemitism, but I never thought it would get this dark. Yet this from the first para seems so off base that I found the whole article discredited even before I read the rest:
If you show me an anti-Muslim bigot, I will be able to guess his or her views on the European Union, welfare state, crime and “political correctness”.
Does he mean, show me someone who holds a conservative position on any one of these issues and I will show you someone who holds a conservative position on the others? Anti-Semites attack Jews who are merely citizens who go about their business in no way different from anyone else. If Jews were blowing up buses and murdering Christians in the Middle East in the name of their religion, not only would there be “anti-Semitism”, you would even understand why it might arise. And I doubt I would call such people bigots. So see if you can work out what identifier is missing from his penultimate para:
Allow me to state the moral argument as baldly as I can. Not just in Paris, but in Marseille, Copenhagen and Brussels, fascistic reactionaries are murdering Jews – once again.
These are not, whatever he may believe, “fascistic reactionaries”. If he cannot call them by their real name, he is just as bad as the rest.
STILL MORE: This is why the issue has become so important in the UK just at the moment:
Within a week, Britain’s Labour party leadership was forced to suspend one of its newest MPs and one of its oldest grandees — and both for the same reason.
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone both say that they condemn anti-Semitism. They always tend to add that they also condemn “Islamophobia and all other forms of racism,” a disclaimer that always seems a deliberate attempt to hide a hatred of Jews under the skirts of any and all criticism of Islam. What is most fascinating is that all the while they are saying this, they stoke the very thing they claim to condemn.
They pretend that the Jewish state does such things for no reason. There is no mention of the thousands of rockets that Hamas and other Islamist groups rain down on Israel from the Gaza Strip. The comment turns a highly-targeted set of retaliatory strikes by Israel against Hamas in the Gaza Strip into a “brutal” attack “on the Palestinians” as a whole. While mentioning those death-tolls, Livingstone has no interest in explaining that the State of Israel builds bunkers for its citizens to shelter in, while Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields and useful dead bodies for the television cameras, to help Hamas appear as an aggrieved “victim.”
It is the narrative of the “left” on Israel that is causing the resurgence of anti-Semitism. It is not coming from nowhere. It is coming from them. If the left wants to deal with it, they first have to deal with themselves.