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November 1, 2023

Joe Biden’s Jew Problem

Try as he might, this president seems rather powerless to stem his party’s hard-left tide of Jew hatred.

It shouldn’t be that hard a decision, really. Either you’re with the tiny, ancient, peace-loving tribe of people who are fighting for their very existence, or you’re with the ones who post stuff like this verbatim threat on social media: “if you see a jewish person on campus follow them home and slit their throats. rats need to be eliminated from cornell.”

Or this: “watch out jews. watch out pig jews. jihad is coming. nowhere is safe. your synagogues will become graveyards. your women will be raped and your children will be beheaded. glory to Allah.”

Or this: “gonna shoot up 104 west, allahu akbar! from the river to the sea, palestine will be free! glory to hamas! liberation by any means necessary!” (104 West is the location of Cornell’s Center for Jewish Living and the university’s kosher dining hall.)

Again, not a hard decision. Democrats, though, have a Jew problem. From Joe Biden on down. These social media posters, after all, aren’t conservative Republicans. They’re hard-left Democrats, and they’re aligned with the likes of the Democrat Party’s Hamas wing of Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley. Further, they’re the product of the sort of Jew-hating professorship that Russell Rickford embodies there at Cornell; the kind that declares before a crowd of listeners that the barbaric October 7 mass murder of Jews by Hamas “was exhilarating.”

Jew hatred is now a worldwide contagion, and Biden is powerless to stop it. Lynch mobs are storming airports in Russia, just looking for disembarking Jews. As The Wall Street Journal reports, they’re also in Berlin and London and Sydney. And they’re here in the United States, which has long been the world’s safe haven for Jews:

Americans like to believe such things couldn’t happen in the U.S. They have. The Anti-Defamation League last week reported a 388% increase in anti-Semitic incidents from Oct. 7-23 compared with the same period a year ago. The 312 incidents the ADL recorded include a car carrying individuals with Palestinian flags allegedly swerving toward a Jewish family and several alleged assaults by pro-Palestinian protesters. The ADL tally counts 109 anti-Israel rallies that featured support for Hamas or violence against Jews in Israel.

To Biden’s credit, he’s mostly been saying the right things. Mostly — although he could seriously stifle himself with the “ceasefire” garbage and the mixed messages about Israel’s military action in Gaza. Instead, he should acknowledge that the Jewish state has a right to respond forcefully and overwhelmingly, and that anything less allows Hamas to get away with mass murder and invites them to regroup and try again someday.

But whether the calculation is moral or political or strategic or all of the above, Biden at least appears to be siding with the Jews and against the Jew hatred. “The Biden administration,” reports the New York Post, “unveiled a series of actions Monday meant to combat rising antisemitism at colleges and universities following a series of sickening demonstrations since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.”

The Post continues: “Under the plan, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are partnering with campus and local police to track hate-related rhetoric online and provide federal resources to schools — and the Education Department will host webinars on how to file reports. The departments have ‘disseminated public safety information to and hosted multiple calls with campus law enforcement, as well as state, local, tribal and territorial officials to address the threat environment and share information about available resources,’ an unidentified White House official told CNN.”

Regarding the sickening threats at Cornell we listed above, it appears that the administration’s efforts are bearing fruit. Fox News reported late yesterday that a 21-year-old named Patrick Dai, a junior at Cornell, “has been federally charged in connection with the threats following an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Still, Biden’s cringeworthy mouthpiece, the “historic” Karine Jean-Pierre, could use a bit of coaching. After all, it shouldn’t be too tough to call these haters “extremists,” especially when the administration has no problem calling Trump supporters “extremists.”

This is the same woman who had no trouble recently condemning “Islamophobia” when asked about anti-Semitism.

Given all the Jew hatred on the Left, one wonders whether 2024 will be the year when American Jews finally reassess their increasingly curious and longtime allegiance to the Democrats. In a recent essay titled “How the Democrats betrayed the Jews,” Jewish author and playwright David Mamet — he of the famous 2008 Village Voice essay, “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’” — ponders that allegiance:

We New York Jews have always voted for the Democrats, as their policies appealed to the immigrants and the first generation (my parents). A Fair Shake, a safety net, and unionism were manna to the newly arrived — in spite of (in both their and my lifetime) quotas and antisemitic discrimination. The immigrant Jews did well here, and voted for Franklin Roosevelt. And we are voting for him still.

To us, it seems long past time to be voting for FDR. Today’s Democrats aren’t the same as our grandaddy’s Democrats. As columnist David Harsanyi writes: “Our elite schools and protest movements where philanthropic Jews drop millions every year sign petitions defending baby killers? Intersectionality. Decolonization. They’re all intertwined with identitarianism and antisemitism.”

Indeed, the Democrats and their leftist brethren have a Jew problem. A serious Jew problem. And the sooner American Jews figure it out, the better.

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