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Nate Jackson / May 25, 2021

The Rise of Violent Leftist Anti-Semitism

Is hatred for Israel and the Jews among prominent Democrats to blame?

For the last year, Democrats have used the death of George Floyd at the knee of Derek Chauvin to accuse the rest of the nation of “systemic racism.” For the last year-plus, Democrats have used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to accuse Republicans of racism against Asians because Donald Trump had the nerve to call it the “China Virus.”

So, judging them by their own standards, the Democrats’ rank anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hysteria in the midst of Palestinian attacks is clearly to blame for the stunning rise in attacks against American Jews, right?

In at least one sense, yes. A disproportionate number of the anti-Asian “hate crimes” around the nation have been committed by blacks, and we’re gonna go out on a limb and say it’s not the <10% of blacks who vote Republican. Who, then, are the anti-Semites perpetrating attacks on Jews?

“From coast to coast, synagogues have been vandalized. American Jews have been chased down by cars, attacked by mobs and verbally harassed in the worst outbreak of anti-Semitism this country has seen in decades,” writes Gary Bauer. “In virtually every case, the attacks took place in large cities. They were committed by Middle Eastern men waving Palestinian flags. Left-wing extremists frequently joined in the attacks.”

The Hill reports, “Those incidents are being compounded by an uptick of antisemitic speech online, with the [Anti-Defamation League] finding 17,000 tweets between May 7 and 14 with some variation of the phrase ‘Hitler was right.’”

Does that mean Palestinian Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s anti-Israel venom motivated the attackers? Does it mean Somalian Representative Ilhan Omar’s hatred of the “apartheid” and “terrorist” state of Israel inspired the assaults? They and other progressives explicitly compare American blacks with the Palestinians in their cloaked justifications for violent uprisings. It’s part of their Critical Race Theory worldview that classifies all people as either victims or oppressors, based on class or race.

What role did President Joe Biden play? He offered disgraceful moral equivalence between Israel’s painstakingly careful self-defense and Hamas’s 4,400 indiscriminate rocket attacks, and he arrogantly dismissed his predecessor’s outstanding work to bring peace to the Middle East via the Abraham Accords.

Again, judging Democrats by their own standards, they unequivocally are to blame.

Perhaps Senator Bernie Sanders knows this. After his presidential campaign implied that Israel is an apartheid state and after recently trying to block a U.S. arms sale to Israel, now Sanders says maybe folks should “tone down the rhetoric” a bit.

Likewise, Biden tweeted, “The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”

Indeed, aren’t leftists the ones with those virtue-signaling “Hate Has No Home Here” signs in their yards?

To be clear, we’re not saying or even suggesting that any American politician has directly called for attacks against Jews. The unfortunate truth is that anti-Semitism exists on both extreme ends of the political spectrum. We are saying that Democrats have sown seeds of hatred and division for their own political gain, and, whether it’s the rise of anti-Semitism or black-on-Asian or even black-on-black crime, the nation is reaping the ugly harvest.

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