The game of “Jews Scaring Jews” is a viral smash hit! Whoever’s idea it was to take the Penn BDS conference—a conference organized by some university students to discuss a nonviolent tactic in which nobody dies, and a program featuring many Jews—and turn it into something worse than the Holocaust, is genius!
Was it a school prank gone out of control? Was it a social experiment in hysteria? Or perhaps it is just the latest in a line of inane fads—everyone’s doing it, but nobody knows why or who started it—akin to “planking” or “Bros Icing Bros.”
Bros Icing Bros
Regardless of its origins, the game has escalated, with each contestant attempting to outdo the predecessors in invoking the scariest buzzwords, adjectives, and imagery capable of triggering the deepest depths of Jewish trauma—and then associating that trauma with an upcoming conference at the University of Pennsylvania.
Let’s trace the path of escalation.
StandWithUs got the ball rolling nicely with a December 23, 2011 press release about the Penn BDS conference, deploying the following juicy buzzwords:
foment bitter divisions
murder of Jews
Then on January 4, 2012, the Jewish Exponent published an editorial against the conference that attempted to convey the same meaning but in a slightly more dignified manner, in keeping with the pretense of being a reputable newspaper purporting to serve its Jewish readership:
end of Israel
But leave it to David Horowitz’s FrontPage Magazine to leave the others behind in a trail of trauma–triggering adjectives and evocations of genocide, in a January 20 piece:
blood on their hands
push the Jews into the sea
systematic ethnic hatred
steeped in hatred and anti-Semitism
What do you do for an encore? On February 1, Sarit Catz, a rookie player from the New Jersey Jewish News, gave it a good try but was ultimately hamstrung by her limited vocabulary:
false, false, false, falsely, utterly false
That last term was a nice touch, though.
On the same day, however, Penn professor Ruben Gur put his PhD to use in an opinion piece that left no doubt about the dark cloud hanging over the University of Pennsylvania:
Hamas and Hizballah daggers
blinded by animus
Sure, anyone can invoke Hitler (or Willis Carto), but Gur’s real achievement was in the timing. He weaves subtle warning signs (“totally negative,” “unproductive”) in between the real shockers (“Mein Kampf,” “Nazis,” “extermination camps”). And the Jews participating in the conference? My god, they’re “kapos.” That is the sign of a true wordsmith. It’s crying out for an auto-tuned remix.
Jews Scaring Jews: Former champion Alan Dershowitz
will take on the competition on Feb. 2.
Honorable mention goes to David Roberts of the Stonegate Institute. Although Roberts’s submission is largely flavorless, he inserts a real zinger near the end:
The conference…is outspokenly a workshop that intends not only how to wage an economic war-by-other-means against Israel, but also to hand out weapons to with which [sic] to wage it.
That’s right—according to Roberts, they’re handing out weapons at the conference.
The trick to this game is that most of the players are themselves Jewish. They know particularly well how to exploit the fears of fellow Jews with specific buzzwords and exaggerated threats in order to get them to react in a way advantageous to the players’ agenda. It’s a phenomenon that I described in a previous post. Gentiles pretending to alert Jews to a looming threat just wouldn’t have the same air of urgency.
As for the conference—what is it really about? Who cares, bro! It’s “Jews Scaring Jews!”