Hey, rabbis: Stop dividing us in the name of fighting hate
By Karol Markowicz
March 23, 2017
Our lives in America have been, for the most part, carefree regarding anti-Semitism. I often refer to American Jews as the luckiest Jews in history. With only occasional reminders of the ugliness that exists in the world, we live a coddled life here.
Of course, those reminders exist. But Jewish cohesiveness in the face of such threats has always been extremely important. So I must speak up now as I see a threat to that cohesiveness from, well . . . you.
Too many rabbis and other Jewish leaders are linking the threats against JCCs and other Jewish spaces — like the Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum — to President Trump. Sure, you stand against anti-Semitism, and that’s good. But you do it under the umbrella of groups like Get Organized Brooklyn, groups with openly political leftist aims. Your fight against anti-Semitism is part and parcel of your fight against the president. It shouldn’t be.
After all, if there were no Donald Trump, there would still be anti-Semitism …
Think about it: The two people arrested so far for making bomb threats against Jewish centers have turned out to be nothing like we may have imagined they’d be. They’re not white supremacists from states you’d probably never visit. No, on Wednesday, an American-Israeli Jewish teenage citizen was arrested for making some of those threats. A few weeks ago, Juan Thompson, a Hispanic leftist writer, was charged with making some.
1.) While I’m glad this woman has woken up and spoken out, it’s worse than sad that it took the “shock” of something so devastatingly counter-narrative - the arrest of the Israeli teenager for the hoax bomb threats - to waken her to the fact that the Trump-is-an-anti-Semite narrative has zero basis in facts. People who profess to be so founded on law and morality should have a better moral compass.
2.) I’m cynical enough to doubt many Trump-hating Jewish leader is going to pause and reflect, let alone drop their Trump-is-an-anti-Semite narrative. Neither will Gentile Trump-haters.
I posted the news story about the Israeli kid having done many of the bomb threats on 3 discussion forums and my FB page. All told, I got 3 or 4 responses or reactions. Maybe the Trump-is-an-anti-Semite narrative has faded, but, IMO, if it isn’t crushed, and its advocates shamed, the narrative will return, as vile as ever.