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Richard Baehr

War on Jews: Europe and now America

The Democratic Party and its leader, U.S. President Barack Obama, have spent several years ıdeveloping election themes around supposed "wars" directed by Republicans ıagainst particular segments of society.

The war talk has served to fire up the base ıamong the groups supposedly under attack, and boost turnout for "progressive" ıcandidates. The most repeated and ridiculous of the war themes is the alleged "war ıon women," supposedly manifested most recently by challenges to the new ıcontraceptive coverage mandate under Obamacare by owners of businesses ıopposed to the new mandate on religious grounds.

Other battles in this "war" ıinclude Republicans refusing to support "equal pay for equal work" for women ıworkers, though virtually all of the alleged pay gap can be explained as having ınothing to do with discrimination: ı"The [American Association of University Women] has now joined ranks with serious economists who ıfind that when you control for relevant differences between ımen and women (occupations, college majors, length of time in ıworkplace) the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing."ı

There are other wars the Obama administration is fighting at ıhome, now that it has withdrawn from pretty much all the real ıglobal conflicts, many of which have become uglier in light of ıthe vacuum created by the increasing absence of an American ıpresence in the Middle East. The recent flare-up in Ferguson, ıMissouri, after an 18-year-old black man was shot by a white ıpolice officer, was used to argue that there is a war in America ıby white cops against black men. Although blacks comprise ıonly 13 percent of the population, they ıcommit or are the victims in about half of all murders in ıAmerica, almost all of which are black-on-black murders. Yet blacks represent barely 30 percent of those ıkilled by police. In addition, more than half of the shootings ıand killings of black suspects were by black police. If anything, one might argue there is a war ıon white suspects in America, since they are disproportionately ıkilled compared to the number of murders whites commit.

The fake wars dominate media coverage of campaigns, not a ısurprise, since well over 90 percent of Washington journalists support ıDemocrats according to several surveys, and see their job as a ıway to advance the causes and candidates they believe in. ıNonetheless, there are actual campaigns, if not wars, against ıgroups in America that never see the light of day, and whose ıvarious fronts are never connected. One of these, and in some ıways, an ominous, and dangerous new development, has been ıthe beginnings of what might be called a war on Jews in ıAmerica. ı

Jewish history in America has, by and large, been a very good ıone, especially compared to the Jewish experience in any other ıplace on the globe at any time (other than modern Israel). ıNonetheless, for many years, when the FBI compiles a list of ıhate crimes by groups, Jews are always atop the list of those ıtargeted for their religion (66 percent of all cases in one recent year, ıthough Jews are only 2 percent of the population). Jews are also ıtargeted disproportionately compared to victims from any other ıgroup (blacks, gays, Hispanics).

When three people were shot outside a Jewish community center ınear Kansas City this year, this confirmed that Jews are targets ınot only for Middle Easterners or Muslims in America, but also ıby the far Right. Hating Jews makes for strange bedfellows.ı

In the last two months, during which Israel's third war with ıHamas occurred, the ferocity of hatred toward Jews has risen ıto unprecedented levels in America. Several pro-Israel ıdemonstrators in various cities were attacked by Muslim ıcounter-demonstrators, with the attacks occurring from coast to ıcoast (Seattle to Boston). In the past weeks, we have these ıcharming incidents:ı

  1. In New York, a married Jewish couple was attacked with ıthe man (wearing a kippah) beaten by Middle Eastern ımen who exited cars and motorcycles on the ritzy Upper ıEast Side of Manhattan (the cars were decked out with ıPalestinian flags), with insults and death threats screamed ıat the victims.ı
  2. At Temple University, a Jewish student involved with the ımedia monitoring group CAMERA was assaulted by a ıstudent with the group Students for Justice in Palestine, just the ılatest in a long line of vile incidents associated with this ırapidly growing and viciously anti-Semitic organization. ıLike all groups on campus that target Israel and attempt ıto shut off debate on the issue, SJP has some Jewish ımembers, which in their eyes may serve to give them a ıclean bill of health on the anti-Semitism charge. The ıreality is that the presence of Jewish SPJ members, as well ıas those in Jewish Voices for Peace, serves to expose ıhow toxic and conformist the Jewish Left has become, with ıindividuals primarily interested in earning the respect of ıtheir Jew-hating colleagues for their breaking from the ıpro-Israel crowd.
  3. In Miami, a visiting rabbi was shot and murdered on ıShabbat, following a series of anti-Semitic incidents in the ıheavily Jewish North Miami area. While there is no suspect in custody nor a ımotive yet established, local police seem to be hinting it ıwas a botched robbery, though that may ıbe wishful thinking.ı
  4. Then there was this Los Angles incident, which has been ırepeated in cities across the county in recent weeks -- where ıanti-Semitic insults and threats were screamed at Jewish ıresidents. ı
  5. ıAn American ISIS supporter, now in captivity, threatened to blow up a "Zionist" day care center. ıIn other words, if Jews are part of something, it becomes ıZionist, and a target.ı

The reports of violence directed against Jews in France, the ıNetherlands, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and other ıcharming European locales in recent weeks, are not a great ısurprise. These incidents have been occurring for years, and ıthere were many violent attacks before the Gaza war, especially ıin France and Sweden. These countries are filling up ıwith Muslims, as immigration continues at high levels, and the birthırate of the native population declines as its population ages. ıWhen 16 percent of Frenchmen in a survey this week told a pollster ıthey supported ISIS, that gives you a floor on the real Muslim ınumbers in the country, not the 10 percent claimed by the ıgovernment. ı

American Jews and elected officials have condemned the ıviolence against Jews in Europe, but been very cautious about ısounding any alarms in the United States. Obama has not ıspoken between rounds of golf about any new problem in this ıarea, and Attorney-General Eric Holder is too busy visiting Ferguson ıand filing lawsuits against communities for racial ıdiscrimination or religious discrimination against Muslims to take notice.ı

The number of Muslims in America has risen by over 50 percent in the ılast decade to around 3 million, now 1 percent of the population. In 15 ıyears, their numbers are expected to double, given the number ıof legal immigrants expected during this period based on family ıreunification or refugee status. With the Jewish population ıhaving flat-lined for 60 years at 6 million, the relative political ıinfluence of the two groups will change rapidly and converge. ıThe Democrats, the party of minorities, have the winds of ıdemographic change at their back, and will attempt to ride these ıto dominance in national politics. The concerns of Jewish ıAmericans may become far less critical.

In Europe, the authorities have condemned violence against ıJews and enhanced security around Jewish institutions. But ıwhen members of the Jewish community warn fellow members ıeven in ostensibly friendlier countries to not "provoke attacks" ıby wearing kippahs, it is well past time to head for the exits. The ıauthorities and the newspapers will report attacks by "youths," ıwith the ethnic origin of the assailants often withheld. The ıEuropeans are too far down the path in their commitment to the ımulticultural nightmare they have brought on themselves, that ıcowardice, denial, and looking away are all that are left as policy ıprescriptions.

In America, the long history of acceptance of Jews, or at least ınon-scary secular Jews (evidenced nowhere more than in the ıhigh intermarriage rate, the ultimate acceptance test), provides ısome comfort that there may be some pushback against virulent ıand violent anti-Semitism. So too, the deluge of illegal immigrants ıswamping the southern border, nothing if not intended by the ıWhite House to create pressure on Congress for immigration ıreform, or to provide an excuse for executive action ( the law be ıdamned), has also caused growing concern. Many American ırealize that a country without borders is no longer a self-ıgoverning country, and that the wide open borders in recent ımonths not only allow in fleeing Central Americans, but ıanybody, including potential jihadist attackers.

The creeping growth of a political correctness designed to shield ıMuslims and their actions has not yet reached a stage where ımost Americans see it or are impacted. College campuses are of ıcourse different, and pro-Israel students will face a very trying ıyear following the Gaza war. Young people were the least ısupportive of Israel's efforts in the Gaza war in every opinion ısurvey. Coupled with the big money universities are earning by ıadmitting full paying students from the Middle East and ıopening campuses in the Gulf states, the administration of ıuniversities are more than just normally gun-shy about ıaddressing hostility and violence directed toward Jews on ıcampus, mainly by Muslims. They would prefer to think that ınothing more than a serious exchange of viewpoints is on ıdisplay. What is happening on campuses is a warning for where ıAmerica is headed. And where it is headed is the European ımodel, where Muslim numbers and threats begin to dictate ıpolicy, and make Jewish security and safety no longer a given. ıCall it a war on Jews, if you like.ı

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