The dangerous denial of the Jewish establishment
It has become increasingly apparent that whatever physical danger faces the Jewish people, it comes not from the marginalized and marginal right but from an alliance of progressives, the religious left and radical Islam. The energy and hate filled vitriol of this relatively new coalition has the potential to match anything that came out of 1930’s Europe.
While efforts at dehumanizing the citizens of Israel and demonizing the Jewish state gain momentum in the churches and campuses of North America, the central Jewish institutions sit in a mind numbing paralysis. Here in the Pacific Northwest the BDS movement is spreading their canards on our campuses unchecked, while large churches like St. Mark’s pillory Israel (and yes, Jews) without as much as a nod of concern from our Ivory towered leadership.
Commentator Mark Steyn submitted a powerful indictment of this institutional blindness in an article he posted at steynonline today. He speaks to the perpetual rear view mirror of our watchdog groups, always on the lookout for the reincarnation of the Fascists of World War II rather than challenging the living-breathing anti-Semites of today whose name they dare not speak.
Jewish groups missed the threat 80 years ago, too. But why wouldn’t they? There’d always been anti-Semitism in Europe: You can’t buy property here, you can’t stand for parliament there, and everywhere always a certain sliver of people who just don’t want to be around Jews. But it didn’t turn genocidal until the 1930s, and, after a millennium of low-level Jew hate, you can understand why nobody saw it coming.
But the violent, murderous phase of the new Jew-hatred is already here – in the emergency ward of the Royal London Hospital; in the corpse-strewn schoolyard of Toulouse; in the synagogue in Brussels set alight by Molotov cocktails; in a pleasant Jewish home in Antwerp, where burning rags were pushed through the mail flap; at the RER train station in Auber, where a commuter was savagely assaulted by a mob taunting, “Palestine will kill the Jews”; in the suburban home where a young Frenchman was tortured to death over three weeks while his family listened via phone to his howls of agony as his captors chanted from the Koran; in the stairwell of the apartment house where a Paris disc-jockey [was mutilated and killed] by a neighbor who crowed, “I have killed my Jew!”
This mindset is all too visible here in Seattle where Naveed Afzal Haq spewed the same slogans found at any Hamas rally while on his murderous rampage. Perplexingly the Seattle Jewish Federation has fixed blame on the murderer’s weapon rather than on his twisted ideology. An easier target we suppose, but not one likely to reduce the all too real threat to the safety and well being of the Jewish people.