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Tablet has run a piece by Rich Cohen saying that another era of Jewish persecution is around the corner for American Jews. The golden age is over. The Holocaust was so horrifying that the world gave us a break for a while. The piece ends with the image of sharks coming in to feed and is filled with dark premonitions:

I know a little of what my grandparents knew. My worries are older than I am—ancient, the old history closing in.

Much of the evidence for the claim is Obama’s treatment of Israel and the criticism of Israel on U.S. campuses.

The piece is titled “Ebb Tide in the Golden Country, All is not as it was for Jews.” Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author of the happy-talk book Israel Is Real.

The horror of the Holocaust purchased us a 70-year vacation from history, though we didn’t know it. We believed the world had changed, as had human nature. Jews remained distinct in the new dispensation, but in a good way—a near-at-hand exotic, a symbol of exile, which we were told was the natural state of modern man. For perhaps the only time in history, you might actually want to be a Jew.

That was the era of Philip Roth and Saul Bellow and then Seinfeld, Cohen says.

To those of us who came of age in these years, the future seemed like it would be more of the same, the present carried on forever.

We were wrong.

If you go online and read the comments on any story about Israel or George Soros or search certain terms on Twitter, you begin to feel the golden age of the American Jews was just a moment in time. Perhaps the old paranoia stirs in me, but I see ominous signs everywhere

His evidence is highly impressionistic; and a lot of it has to do with Israel and President Obama. Do you find this convincing?

President Obama? I don’t blame him, but I do think his disgust with Benjamin Netanyahu, which seems almost physical, as if repelled by the stink of the man, has given certain practitioners the sense that it’s safe to come into the open. It’s a frequent topic of conversation among my friends: Do you feel that chill?…

Then there’s the Iran deal: To get the papers signed, the president must separate from Israel.

Much of the piece is absurd. Where is the evidence that we are seeing Jewish persecution? Where are the quotas that were a feature of anti-semitic societies? (Both NBA teams in the finals are owned by Jews, no one in the U.S. gives a shit).

Cohen is surely right that the golden age is coming to an end. All things must pass. The era of the Jewish meritocracy that gave us three philo-semitic presidents, countless Jewish chiefs of staff and three Supreme Court justices, a Clinton administration “crammed with Jewish appointees,” per David Frum, who was part of Bush’s neoconservative Iraq-war braintrust, which was followed by the J Street “cabal” of America’s alleged first Jewish president, Obama– that era is coming to an end. Hillary Clinton’s tack left is a response to a multicultural Democratic base. Establishments change; Jews won’t have the same political power we had. And we’re probably paying for Iraq the same way the WASPs paid for Vietnam; get out of here.

But as for incidents of anti-Semitism, how many of them come from the Jewish identification with Israel? Cohen says it’s the opposite:

Some attribute the hatred to the policies of Israel. (“Bibi is to blame.”) But this confuses cause and effect. Israel is not the source of anti-Semitism, but a result. Before the Holocaust, it was said that the Jews in their statelessness were the cause of wars and disturbance, the burr under the saddle of mankind, the ghost in the machinery of statecraft. After the Holocaust, it’s said that Israel, the Jewish State, is the burr under that saddle. Though the condition has changed—no state v. state—the conclusion remains the same: It’s the Jews. To me, this is the world settling back into the Jew-loving and Jew-hating equilibrium that was unsettled, for a time, by the Shoah.

I think he is in denial of the fact that the world is upset by the fact that Israel is persecuting millions of Palestinians, and it massacred hundreds of children last summer. And if Israel insists that world Jewry must support it, as Netanyahu and Yair Lapid do; then Jews are going to get blamed for Israel’s conduct. The late Tony Judt and Norman Finkelstein have made this point eloquently. Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein said.

[And] official Jewish organizations in the diaspora, they could cease defending Israel’s criminal actions so it won’t appear as if Israel when it carries out these actions is acting in the name of the Jewish people.
Here is Judt, writing 12 years ago on Israel exposing Jews to attack elsewhere:
Today, non-Israeli Jews feel themselves once again exposed to criticism and vulnerable to attack for things they didn’t do. But this time it is a Jewish state, not a Christian one, which is holding them hostage for its own actions. Diaspora Jews cannot influence Israeli policies, but they are implicitly identified with them, not least by Israel’s own insistent claims upon their allegiance. The behavior of a self-described Jewish state affects the way everyone else looks at Jews. The increased incidence of attacks on Jews in Europe and elsewhere is primarily attributable to misdirected efforts, often by young Muslims, to get back at Israel. The depressing truth is that Israel’s current behavior is not just bad for America, though it surely is. It is not even just bad for Israel itself, as many Israelis silently acknowledge. The depressing truth is that Israel today is bad for the Jews.
I just grabbed Cohen’s book Israel Is Real off the shelf; it has almost nothing to say about Palestinian conditions, it is as concerned with Jewish life to the exclusion of others’ lives to the same extent as this piece is. There are more references to the Roman occupation of ancient times than to the Israeli one today; and there is a “Jew-eating shark” in that book too, “sometimes called caliph, sometimes called czar.” Jewish enemies are eternal, “there are no new characters in Jewish history.” My Jewish heroes acted for mankind, not just on behalf of Jews– Jonas Salk, Kafka, Arendt. I wonder if other Jews find Cohen’s understanding as suffocatingly self-involved as I do.
Thanks to Max Blumenthal and James North.
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  1. Kay24
    Kay24 on June 9, 2015, 12:10 pm

    This is absurd. Rich Cohen has lost credibility by being over dramatic and making wild claims. It is up to the Obama administration to make sure they differentiate being against Netanyahu/zionist policies, and this ridiculous claim of a coming persecution. This is a blatant attempt to use the Holocaust for political reasons. Shame on Cohen.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson on June 9, 2015, 1:09 pm

    RE: “My Jewish heroes acted for mankind, not just on behalf of Jews– Jonas Salk,
    Kafka, Arendt. I wonder if other Jews find Cohen’s understanding as suffocatingly self-involved as I do.”
    – Weiss

    THIS “JEW” SEZ:
    The word ‘parochial’ comes to mind. Also, the word ‘navel-gazing’ (omphaloskepsis).

    Omphaloskepsis – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphaloskepsis

  3. marc b.
    marc b. on June 9, 2015, 1:36 pm

    President Obama? I don’t blame him, but I do think his disgust with Benjamin Netanyahu, which seems almost physical, as if repelled by the stink of the man, has given certain practitioners the sense that it’s safe to come into the open. It’s a frequent topic of conversation among my friends: Do you feel that chill?… Then there’s the Iran deal: To get the papers signed, the president must separate from Israel.

    Cohen is psychotic. Obama hates Netanyahu, as does Cohen, but Obama’s hatred isn’t intellectual, it’s visceral. (Really, why can’t the schwarze get it right?) How Cohen knows this isn’t entirely clear, but presumably it’s his fine-tuned divining rod for ineradicable anti-Semitism, the stirred, not shaken, ancient paranoia in him. The last sentence, though, clarifies the source of his paranoia, which isn’t the hyperbolic drama of the rising tide of public practitioners of the dark art of Jew hatred (Cohen can live with that inevitability after all), it’s the possibility that Obama can do without the advice of Netanyahu (and Cohen) on matters of US national security.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick on June 9, 2015, 2:48 pm

      “(Cohen can live with that inevitability after all), it’s the possibility that Obama can do without the advice of Netanyahu (and Cohen) on matters of US national security”

      Aside from Arab demographics that is the other Zionist fear, that Israel might end up being treated as just another nation state. That they will no longer be “special.”

  4. eljay
    eljay on June 9, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Rich Cohen: … The horror of the Holocaust purchased us a 70-year vacation from history … We believed the world had changed, as had human nature. …

    The world had changed, human nature had changed…and Zio-supremacist Jews decided that that was the very best time:
    – to use terrorism and ethnic cleansing to establish an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in Palestine; and
    – to engage in a seemingly endless campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder to maintain and expand that state.

    Huh.

    • ritzl
      ritzl on June 9, 2015, 2:07 pm

      Bingo, eljay!

      If one wants the world to change permanently, stop engaging in the very behavior that one finds so loathsome.

      Stop setting the murderous example/precedent.

      Stop expecting the world to look away when you do it, and respond immediately when it’s done to you.

      Stop making a mockery of the very laws that were implemented (almost specifically) to protect your own people.

      Shorter version: Get your head out of your ass.

      • pabelmont
        pabelmont on June 9, 2015, 5:14 pm

        Agreed, agreed; and if you don’t want people to be offended by the stink, don’t stink.

        The article seems to miss the MW point that a lot of mostly younger Jews want to rescue the good name of the Jews (or, more simply, to behave themselves properly and visibly) by opposing Israel’s crimes. So it’s not just the antisemites who don’t like the stink (if, indeed, there are ANY important antisemites in this picture — Obama is not one as far as I can see). It’s also Jews.

        The stink is real and it is bad behavior and those who don’t like it have sound reasons not to like it.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on June 9, 2015, 7:13 pm

        “The article seems to miss the MW point that a lot of mostly younger Jews want to rescue the good name of the Jews (or, more simply, to behave themselves properly and visibly) by opposing Israel’s crimes.”

        That brings up an interesting point. Okay, it interests me. Since Zionism simply assumes the right to speak for and act in the name of “the Jews” or “the Jewish people”, and since Zionism has been so successful in implying that Zionism has the support of all Jewish people, will it be necessary for Jews to repudiate Zionism?

  5. Interested Bystander
    Interested Bystander on June 9, 2015, 1:59 pm

    OMFG. Someone take up a collection to send Rich Cohen to therapy. I’m in for $10 bucks.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus on June 10, 2015, 12:40 am

      Watch out; that’s his way of making money. Pretends to be blabbering climb the wall crazy and collects the donations plus his Zionist writing fees.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on June 10, 2015, 11:54 am

        I am going to send Rich Cohen a jar of my special worm puree. When nobody likes you and everybody hates you, it really hits the spot.

  6. a blah chick
    a blah chick on June 9, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I saw this article the other day and could only shake my head.

    But here’s the thing, as Cohen sounds the “death knell” for American Jewry no where do I recall him saying that now was the time to flee to Israel. I mean isn’t that why Israel is there, just for this particular circumstance?

    It would seem that Rich is going to continue with taking his chances with America, and his cushy lifestyle.

    • Shingo
      Shingo on June 9, 2015, 6:55 pm

      But here’s the thing, as Cohen sounds the “death knell” for American Jewry no where do I recall him saying that now was the time to flee to Israel. I mean isn’t that why Israel is there, just for this particular circumstance?

      Great point. That really is the elephant in the room isn’t it?

      Cohen is crying wolf because he and his ilk have tried for too long to polish the turd and no one is buying it. Cohen is like the guy threatening to jump off the building while passers by pay no attention.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on June 10, 2015, 11:47 am

        “Cohen is like the guy threatening to jump off the building while passers by pay no attention.”

        Except to note he is safely on the ground floor.

  7. annie
    annie on June 9, 2015, 3:35 pm

    i read this article yesterday and couldn’t believe the hand wringing. there’s no evidence of a growth of anti semitism in this country. none. he must live in a fantasy world of his own making, or maybe it’s not his making. maybe it’s the making of the think tanks to counter bds. just claim irrational jew hatred is spreading like wildfire across campuses in america and throw a pity party why don’t you.

    see ominous signs everywhere

    alright already! meanwhile other people have real problems. people go hungry in this country, they can’t afford to send their kids to school or go to the dentist. can you imagine hanging around for months with a bad tooth because you can’t afford fixing it? and what is rich cohen suffering? nothing!!!!

    • catalan
      catalan on June 9, 2015, 3:47 pm

      “meanwhile other people have real problems. people go hungry in this country, they can’t afford to send their kids to school or go to the dentist. – ” Annie
      Yup, these are the real problems in the good old United States. Now, if you have the misfortune of being born a female in the Gambia, you will have a 90 percent chance to be looking at FGM without anesthesia at the age of 12. If you survive this unimaginable torture, you may look forward to a life of having pain while urinating in a country with a monthly income of 50 dollars.
      Then again, a similar thing is likely to occur to you in Egypt, or most of the rest of North Africa.
      Read the gruesome details on Wikipeadia.
      All I am saying is, one person’s real problem is another one’s dream.
      Life is so unfair.

      • just
        just on June 9, 2015, 5:09 pm

        Tiresome hasbarist.

        “Tablet has run a piece by Rich Cohen saying that another era of Jewish persecution is around the corner for American Jews.”

        Do you see anything in this article about Africa? Annie was commenting about people in America, and you respond with Gambia.

      • Keith
        Keith on June 9, 2015, 5:27 pm

        CATALAN- “Yup, these are the real problems in the good old United States. Now, if you have the misfortune of being born a female in the Gambia, you will have a 90 percent chance to be looking at FGM without anesthesia at the age of 12. If you survive this unimaginable torture, you may look forward to a life of having pain while urinating in a country with a monthly income of 50 dollars. Then again, a similar thing is likely to occur to you in Egypt, or most of the rest of North Africa. Read the gruesome details on Wikipeadia.”

        Interesting how you happened to stumble upon this article in Wikipedia (no link?). I don’t suppose that any of this is being provided to you to assist in whataboutery? Assuming the information is correct, it is indeed a sad situation. One can only wonder to what extent any of this has been influenced by Western imperialism and colonialism, which consciously seeks to keep the people backwards and subservient to Western business and geostrategic interests. Since you have been occupied with news of Africa, perhaps you have been unable to keep up with the local news, hence, as a service to you I quote and link an article I read today concerning Albuquerque.

        “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans make up 0.8 percent of the population, but comprise nearly two percent of the victims of police violence, a rate greater than any other racial group. And while police kill young black men more than any other group, they kill Native Americans at a higher rate.

        Much of this violence happens in New Mexico, the state with the highest rate of police killing in the United States in 2014. And among New Mexico’s police departments, the Albuquerque Police Department has the highest rate of fatal police shootings, and one of the highest in the country. More than 20% of homicides in Albuquerque in 2014 were committed by police officers. Since 2010, Albuquerque cops have shot nearly 50 people, killing 28.” (David Correia) http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/09/police-violence-against-native-people/

      • catalan
        catalan on June 9, 2015, 5:49 pm

        “Tiresome hasbarist”
        Yes mentioning that about 10 percent of the world’s women including 80 percent of Egyptian women are subjected to gruesome, often public sadism and torture with lifelong physical effects is Hasbara.
        Hey, Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike live in a cocoon. This condition will not last, of course, and when it ends, the things people nowadays talk about will be a sad joke.
        But I agree, antisemitism is not a big issue. It exists, of course, but is harmless and is generally of a much lower order than the hatred among the other ethnic groups, for example white racism, black hatred of whites, Hispanic hatred of everyone, take your pick. In America, Jews are generally safe not because everyone loves them but because everyone hates someone else more.

      • talknic
        talknic on June 9, 2015, 8:40 pm

        @ catalan “mentioning that about 10 percent of the world’s women including 80 percent of Egyptian women are subjected to gruesome, often public sadism and torture with lifelong physical effects is Hasbara.”

        If you says so … no one else has

        “But I agree, antisemitism is not a big issue. It exists, of course, but is harmless..”

        If you say so … no one here has

        Do you have anything on topic to say that isn’t ziotrollpoop

      • bryan
        bryan on June 10, 2015, 7:10 am

        “Now, if you have the misfortune of being born a female in the Gambia, you will have a 90 percent chance to be looking at FGM without anesthesia at the age of 12.”

        That is a very interesting comment you make, Catalan, without being explicit about its relevance. I guess one might draw the conclusion that horrible things happen in this world so the residents of Gaza should be grateful that that they live there and not in Gambia (though you state that Gambians have a monthly income of $50, whereas the Popular Committee for Lifting the Gaza Siege, a Palestinian NGO, states the equivalent figure for Gaza is now only $30 a month – see http://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2014/09/29/average-income-in-gaza-falls-to-1-a-day-ngo).

        Alternatively one could draw the conclusion that archaic cultural and religious beliefs have blighted the lives of many tribal communities throughout the world, but can be resolved by education and human rights campaigns. The situation is not as bleak as you depict. The 90% figure is the upper range of an estimate made back in 2001 in a US State Department report, which noted that tribes composing 16% of the population did not generally employ FMG. (http://www.refworld.org/docid/46d5787732.html) Dramatic changes have occurred since 2001 thanks largely to vigorous campaigning and educational activity by organisations like the Gambia Committee against Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP).

        “The campaign has reached its climax,” Dr Isatou Touray, executive director of GAMCOTRAP, told IPS. “A lot of work has been done. I am hopeful of having a law because women are calling for it, men are calling for it. I know there are pockets of resistance but that’s always the case when it comes to women’s issues.”

        “In 2010, we organised a workshop for the National Assembly,” she continued. “They made a declaration, pledging to support any bill that criminalises FGM. I am happy to report that, since 2007, more than 128 circumcisers and 900 communities have abandoned the practice. This trend will continue to grow.”

        Seventy-eight percent of Gambian women undergo FGM as a ‘rite of passage’. However, after more than three decades of the anti-FGM campaign in Gambia, a wind of change is blowing, sweeping even conservative rural communities.

        Sustained awareness-raising programmes have resulted in public declarations of abandonment of FGM by hundreds of circumcisers. Babung Sidibeh, custodian of the tradition in her native Janjanbureh, the provincial capital of Central River Region, 196 kilometres from Banjul, was one of them. The old woman assumed the role after the death of her parents, but she has since “dropped the knife”, as no longer practising FGM is known here.

        Sidibeh did so after receiving training in reproductive health and women’s rights. “Soon after we circumcised our children in 2011,” she told IPS, “Gamcotrap invited me for training. I was exposed to the harm we’ve been doing to our fellow women. If I had known that before what I know today, I would never have circumcised anyone.”

        With a tinge of remorse, she added: “We’ve caused lots of suffering to our women. That’s why I told you that if my grandparents had known what I know today, they would not have circumcised anyone. Ignorance was the problem.”

        Mrs Camara-Touray, a senior public health worker at the country’s heath ministry confirmed to IPS that her ministry has since taken a more proactive role on FGM.

        She explained: “The ministry has created an FGM complication register. We’ve also trained nurses on FGM. Until recently, when you asked most health workers about the complications that can arise with FMG, they would say it has no complications. That’s because they were not trained. Since 2011, we’ve changed our curriculum to include these complications. After we put the register in place, within three months, we’d go to a region and see that hundreds of complications due to FGM had been recorded.”

        See: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/time-to-drop-the-knife-for-fmg-in-the-gambia/

      • Mooser
        Mooser on June 10, 2015, 11:39 am

        Gosh, it’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? I mean, “Catalan” thinking up that FGM ‘whataboutery’ all on his own, with no prompting. Bold and original.

      • catalan
        catalan on June 10, 2015, 2:39 pm

        Keith,
        I am not provided anything by Hasbara Central. I would tell you who I am; however, I am a (somewhat) visible person and these days you can’t be too careful about what you write in social media. I am well aware of the issues with the police department, etc.
        Anyway, I appreciate your sentiment about the issue with FGM. While I disagree that it is due to western imperialism, I am nonetheless relieved that you looked up the wiki article and acknowledged it. It is not “whataboutery” and is very different from male circumcision, especially the one practiced in American hospitals under proper medical conditions (scalpels are not used).
        I know you are a decent person. I hope you think the same of me. I honestly respect your contributions and like I said, I am relieved that you acknowledge horrible things without minimizing them and making dumb comparisons as others do.

      • Kris
        Kris on June 10, 2015, 4:54 pm

        catalan: “It is not “whataboutery” and is very different from male circumcision, especially the one practiced in American hospitals under proper medical conditions (scalpels are not used). ”

        Actually, as an RN, I can assure you that scalpels are used. When scalpels aren’t used, then other cutting or crushing implements are.

        The point is that circumcision, whether male or female, is the removal of normal, functioning body parts for social/religious reasons. This is genital mutilation. Putting minors at risk when not medically necessary is a violation of their human rights.

        It would be better to leave the bodies of infants and children intact, and let them choose to undergo genital mutilation, if they want to, when they are adults and can give informed consent.

    • on June 9, 2015, 4:29 pm

      “..alright already! meanwhile other people have real problems. people go hungry in this country, they can’t afford to send their kids to school or go to the dentist..”

      Thank you.

      Two likely upper middle class (or wealthier) Jewish women reported seeing several pieces of pork in a Jewish cemetery in Lynn MA a couple of weeks ago. The machine kicked into gear and we were treated to a week of mass media coverage of this “hate crime” and all local pols had to way in and a interfaith religious rally was held. The police vowed to find the perpetrators of this hate crime (actually it cannot be a hate crime as it is no crime at all — it was not vandalism under MA law).

      Lynn is an extremely poor city with lots of people of color and lots of violent crime and devastating poverty where people face real horrific problems and crime every single day. You never hear a word about any of this in the media.

      Yet when two women from the tony North Shore spot a few pieces of meat, we are deluged with comments such as “they hate us” (they presumably being non Jews) and massive media coverage.

      Nice message the system is sending to the poor and victims of violent crime in Lynn.

      • Marnie
        Marnie on June 10, 2015, 12:35 am

        Meanwhile in Texas, a young bikini-clad African American girl (14) atternding a pool party that was either too loud or just too black was thrown to the ground by a cop, who drew his weapon on a few teenage boys who apparently got too close, then planted both knees on the girl’s back back to keep her down is just another day in the land of the free for African Americans.

        Remind me, who are the victims of racism and prejudice now, whose lives are in danger, who are stuck in a system that is still separate and not equal? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall from living in America myself that those victims were Jews.

    • Shingo
      Shingo on June 9, 2015, 6:38 pm

      there’s no evidence of a growth of anti semitism in this country. none

      Of course there isn’t. The golden age Cohen sees coming to an end is the prestige that Israel has enjoyed in the West – the light unto the nations who’s light is dwindling.

      Cohen and his ilk are also adopting the strategy recommended to those opposing BDS on campuses – be emotional.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on June 9, 2015, 8:12 pm

      Now, now, Annie. You know better than to write “this country” in an international forum. You have to name the country you are referring to.

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod on June 10, 2015, 10:56 am

        In one way…since the usa has a military presence in approx. 150 countries of the world, with about 900 bases…”this country”, is pretty much the same thing as “this planet.” Oorah!

      • Mooser
        Mooser on June 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

        “You have to name the country you are referring to.”

        RoHa, you can tell by the pie on her tie, Annie’s an American, well so am I!
        Hi bub, How are ya? How do ya’ do? And while we’re on the subject…
        And while we’re on the subject…
        (And while we’re on the subject)
        How’s your old Wazoo ?!

    • Mooser
      Mooser on June 10, 2015, 11:50 am

      “i read this article yesterday and couldn’t believe the hand wringing. there’s no evidence of a growth of anti semitism in this country. none.”

      Are you sure? Some have noted an increased hit-count and unique-page-views count at Mondoweiss. ‘Straight up and vertical’ as the squash people say.

  8. just
    just on June 9, 2015, 3:56 pm

    And look who is pandering to the likes of the hysterical and paranoid Richie Cohen:

    “U.S. Senate passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Europe
    The resolution calls on the secretary of state and attorney general to work with the EU and European governments to address the rise in anti-Semitism.

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Europe.

    …authored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) had 60 cosponsors. It calls on the secretary of state and attorney general to work with the European Union and other European governments to address the rise in anti-Semitism.

    United States and European officials are charged with taking a stand against anti-Semitism and working to end it, Menendez said.

    “We have witnessed what happens when anti-Semitism is not condemned whenever and wherever it arises, and we must ensure that history is not repeated,” Menendez said in a statement to JTA.

    Specifically, the resolution calls for senior-level special envoys to monitor and combat anti-Semitism and for governments to train law enforcement on how to handle hate crimes and collect data on anti-Semitism.

    The resolution is supported by the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, HIAS, the Union for Reform Judaism and Jewish Federations of North America.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.660441?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    What, no AIPAC? Whatever in the world do they think that they are doing on the US taxpayers’ dime? Tilting at windmills across the pond…

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on June 9, 2015, 6:49 pm

      I am sure the Europeans are all quaking in their shoes, because the US Congress has passed a resolution condemning anti-semitism. As if Menendez and his band of Israel firsters can control what goes on over there. There is so much to take care of here at home, including many kids living in poverty and hunger, and they are spending tax payer money passing bills that other nations must take care of. Priorities.

    • Laurent Weppe
      Laurent Weppe on June 10, 2015, 5:05 am

      U.S. Senate passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Europe

      Frankly, the less an assembly filled with racists-pandering hacks involve itself in fighting anti-semitism, the better everyone will be.

  9. Kay24
    Kay24 on June 9, 2015, 4:05 pm

    Apologists have been brainwashed into thinking that any criticism and condemnation of Israeli policies (and we know there are SO many) is anti-semitism. There is no doubt the world is slowly turning against Israel, disapproving of it’s human rights abuses, the massacre of women and children in large numbers, the occupation, the land theft, it is responsible for. BDS is getting stronger – the reason why Adelson has to raise millions to fight it, and why Bibi is right now making a huge effort to “fight” it, and why mindless minions are instructed to link anything that focuses on Israel’s endless crimes, as anti-semitism. I have read may articles from around the world, and the zionists are going to be disappointed that most people know the difference.

    Only those who work for zionist bosses in the US, or want to continue to have business dealings with them, are afraid to cross that imaginary zionist line. In this land of free speech it seems we can criticize our leaders and our nation, but no one dares to speak freely about Israel’s crimes.

  10. Keith
    Keith on June 9, 2015, 5:07 pm

    “…and there is a “Jew-eating shark” in that book too, “sometimes called caliph, sometimes called czar.” Jewish enemies are eternal, “there are no new characters in Jewish history.”

    There are no new characters in the myth-history of Jewish Zionism, a quasi-religious amalgam of blood and soil nationalism and Classical (medieval) Judaism. Perceiving itself threatened, it turns increasingly fundamentalist and irrational.

  11. Bornajoo
    Bornajoo on June 9, 2015, 5:35 pm

    “…. maybe it’s the making of the think tanks to counter bds. just claim irrational jew hatred is spreading like wildfire across campuses in america and throw a pity party why don’t you.”

    Precisely Annie. This is the strategy. Just when we all thought that the anti semitism/holocaust excuse was finally running out of steam they decide to flood the media with it from every direction: Netanyahu, Lapid, this idiot Rich Cohen et al. They will indeed claim irrational Jew hatred all over the place

    Well after all it is their only mode of defensive counterattack, always has been and always will be. So we’re going to hear more and more of it ad nauseum as they have a lot more defending (the indefensible) to do these days

    So get ready for unlimited non stop references to anti semitism and the Holocaust like we’ve never heard before. Get the sick bags ready.

  12. just
    just on June 9, 2015, 6:27 pm

    Meanwhile, in Israel:

    “Poll: Jewish Israelis feel world is ganging up on Israel
    Survey, conducted after mounting calls for boycotts of Israel, shows most Jewish citizens perceive the state’s relations with the rest of the world as poor.

    Most Jewish Israelis believe the state currently has poor relations with the rest of the world, a poll published Monday shows, following the intensification of calls to boycott Israel, and the local media’s increased attention to the subject.

    According to a survey conducted June 1 to 4 by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, 69 percent of Jewish Israelis regard the state’s relations with the countries of the world as “not good” or “not so good.” The study says this response reflects the Jewish public’s awareness “of the deterioration that has occurred in Israel’s international status. This awareness seemingly stems from the intensification of voices calling to boycott Israel and its institutions.”

    Among Arab-Israeli respondents a reverse majority of 58 percent characterized these relations as “very good” or “moderately good.” “This may accord with, or even stem from, the widespread view in the Palestinian street that despite the criticism of Israel, ultimately the countries of the world accept its policy as evidenced by the fact that they do not act against it even when this is possible,” the study says.

    A large majority of Jewish Israelis, 71 percent, agreed with the assertion that “the countries of the world make demands on Israel for moral behavior that they do not make on other countries that are in situations of conflict.””…

    more @ http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.660430?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Looks like the incitement against BDS is ‘working’ for the gov’t and its minions. They’ve got to keep the fear and false victimization alive rather than looking at the root causes~ you know, like the Occupation.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on June 9, 2015, 6:52 pm

      Israelis got what they voted for. If the world is ganging up against them, they should blame their war mongering leaders, who are constantly leading them to wars, and whipping up fear for political reasons. From what I hear being an occupier for decades has it’s drawbacks, so is stealing lands for illegal settlements.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick on June 9, 2015, 7:51 pm

      “Jewish Israelis feel world is ganging up on Israel”

      I think the people of Gaza have a better case.

      What a bunch of whiners.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on June 9, 2015, 10:06 pm

        For sure. They can dish out, but unable to take it. They keep whining and keep complaining when they cannot get their own way….all this after treating the Palestinians so inhumanely, and causing endless suffering and loss.

        Imagine the howls if the situation was the other way around!!!

  13. wondering jew
    wondering jew on June 9, 2015, 7:15 pm

    At this point of time (June 2015) I think the major question is regarding the UNSC resolution that France will offer in September and whether Obama will follow through on his threat not to veto. the general atmosphere of BDS is a slow drip, drip, drip, but this type of opportunity, of a US president set on changing the status quo (without the force of events) may not return for maybe another 12 years. (even through the weak mechanism of a UN Resolution that would not be “imposed by outside force” until after 18 months, when he is out of office).

    Meanwhile Mister Cohen’s Tablet article is very much of a piece with Bibi and Lapid’s antiSemitic narrative of Israel’s relations to the world (or the US or Obama) and is wrong headed. For years the liberal Zionists have told the right wingers that they, the right wingers have no strategy, no solution and that the occupation is ugly and looks ugly and is ugly. And now the right wing does what it knows how to do: let us circle our wagons and fight off the Jew haters. Jew hating is a factor in criticism of Israel, but it is not the major factor and focusing on it is the right wing’s way of showing that they still have no answer. At least annexing the West Bank per Caroline Glick (her solution and not her attitude) would be a move to show where Israel intends to go. The benign (sarcastic) occupation and the evil Jew haters is not a strategy that will work. And Cohen’s article is fully in line with this stupid strategy.

  14. Shingo
    Shingo on June 9, 2015, 7:30 pm

    BTW. Has anyone noticed that you have to pay to post comments at Tablet? Sounds like they are getting desperate in their attempts to censor and control the narrative.

  15. chris o
    chris o on June 9, 2015, 10:21 pm

    Rich Cohen writes: “If you go online and read the comments on any story -” That’s pretty funny… and ridiculous. If you read online comments on just about anything, they are filled with hate, vitriol and just very barbed and hurtful comments. By this standard, we are all facing the imminent threat of serious persecution.

  16. ivri
    ivri on June 10, 2015, 2:40 am

    For a change, I agree with the general sentiment here. It is either pseudo-dramatization journalism or manipulation of the anti-Semitic charge where it doesn`t belong.
    As for the prediction that the “golden era” for Jews is over, hat reflects an already genetically-programmed fear of Jews in the diaspora given “old world” experiences – there is always the fear of the elusive stability. But then the “new world” immigration countries are fundamentally different as they are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, built with embedded inclusion of all immigrants whatever their origin country or religion, so “old world”-like bigotry is unacceptable.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on June 10, 2015, 11:36 am

      “But then the “new world” immigration countries are fundamentally different as they are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, built with embedded inclusion of all immigrants whatever their origin country or religion,”

      First of all, “ivri” where’s all the “whataboutery” concerning the Native Americans and slavery and racism in America? All of a sudden that’s gone?
      Okay, the “ivri” let’s say you are right, the New World has been a wonderful, inclusive experience for Jews. So, why isn’t a system of inclusion good enough for Zionism and Israel?

  17. mohandeer
    mohandeer on June 10, 2015, 9:18 am

    This is nothing more than another Israeli angle at frightening American Jews into falling into step with Israeli policy. Trying to dissuade them from any BDS campaign and pretty much a scaremongering tactic. It has no validity beyond that.

  18. hophmi
    hophmi on June 10, 2015, 11:49 am

    Cohen is certainly not a serious intellectual. But since this site has a long history of denying or apologizing for every act of antisemitism that does happen, its view on the seriousness of the challenges that Jews face, particularly in Europe, where antisemitism is now, without question, a widespread problem, is just not very credible.

  19. Hugo Pharr
    Hugo Pharr on June 10, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Forgive me for dealing with this in pretty general terms. I am not middle eastern,I have simply learned what I know from the media and on line.
    The first thing that strikes me is the arrogance and violence of jewry in a global sense.It’s like everybody is out to get them.Being easily the most powerful and heavily armed people in the Middle East,that’s probably unlikely.
    Secondly, israel was gifted Palestine by Britain and France after the holacaust.in this instance it appears the zionist movement have no interest in sharing oxygen,never mind land,with anyone else.
    My main point though is that israel has brought all of this opposition on themselves.People have access to immediate news etc.on line,so there is no hiding place for israel.The world can see the unreasonable responses,like Gaza last summer.
    So israeli politicians can only entrench themselves deeper with the “nobody likes us,we don’t care” sentiment clearly visible .The only way to bring a rabid dog,like israel, to heel is to use force.
    So I again call for a serious miltary presence in Palestine,in order to protect the human beings who have lived there for centuries.Not 1948 !
    End the blockade ,open the border crossings,stop settlement building and israeli expansion,enforce the right to return,stop the brutality taking place on a daily basis,give human rights to the population,leave children alone…..hit somebody your own size !

  20. RobertHenryEller
    RobertHenryEller on June 10, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Rich Cohen, the author of “Ebb Tide in the Golden Country,” the article discussed here, makes but one reference to Zionism:

    “Which is why, for many of our grandparents, Zionism held little sway. ”

    Cohen does not discuss the history of Zionism, either as it has been practiced and made manifest in Israel, nor how it has manifest itself in the U.S., through AIPAC, et el, influence on U.S. government and foreign policy.

    Cohen does not want to consider that what he calls anti-Semitism might be anti-Zionism. Instead, he offers us his dangerous, psychotic projections about how President Obama feels about Netanyahu. (Cohen says nothing about the disgusting implications of how Netanyahu treats President Obama, which strike me as coming straight out of the assumed privilege arrogance of right-wing white American racism. How much of Cohen’s “golden era” of American Judaism might be his subconscious knowledge of his own White privilege conferred upon Jewish Americans by the predominantly Anglo-Saxon Christian American culture?)

    There has certainly been, and still is, anti-Semitism. But anti-Zionism, as it now exists, is largely a distinct, a separate, matter.

    I recommend to my fellow Jews that, rather than worrying about anti-Semitism, they worry about how un-Jewish, even anti-Jewish, so much of manifest Zionism is. Specifically, how can so-called Jews remain Jews if they abandon 30% of the Ten Commandments (Thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not steel, thou shalt not kill.) as well as abandoning Rabbi Hillel’s Golden Rule.

    I believe that Zionists, particularly right wing Zionists, pose a far greater threat to Jews and Judaism than traditional anti-Semites. I would even suggest that it is right-wing Zionists who hate Judaism itself, as they have abandoned essential Jewish teachings and philosophy (I don’t care how Orthodox they are.).

    I find myself feeling that Zionists have perhaps destroyed as many Jews as the Nazis did, for I cannot recognize so many Zionists as Jews. In fact, I have long felt that Israel has become the last place on Earth in which I could live as a Jew.

    If Jewish Americans have something to worry about, it’s that the distorted, uncritical support for Israel manifest through AIPAC, Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Norman Braman does not ultimately help Israel, or Zionism, or Judaism. The Israel Lobby’s support for U.S. policy in the Middle East, overall, does not help the United States, or our fellow Americans, or ourselves.

    Humanism is fighting an uphill battle in the U.S., but the trend of American thinking, if not the political power, is toward greater humanism. If Jews anywhere, particularly Jewish Americans, choose to badly taint our own humanism with uncritical support of Zionism, we will have reason to feel less comfortable in America. But instead of concentrating on that feeling as coming from anti-Semitism, we should realize that feeling is part of the feeling of threat that many on the right in American seem to be feeling and expressing. Any comfort Jewish Americans get from leaning right will be false and fleeting. Whatever real threats Jewish Americans, or Jews anywhere, face, abandoning the essential humanism of Judaism and Jewish Culture will not make us safer.

    Zionism itself may not have been a bad idea. But the historical implementation of Zionism, the actual practice of Zionism today, have created and manifest problems for Jews and Judaism that exceed the problems of traditional anti-Semitism. If Jews are held to a higher standard, Jews have always held themselves to a higher standard. I do not wish to live to a standard of “what everybody else does.” If I am only no worse, then neither am I any better. What argument do I then have for special consideration? What value does my protection and preservation hold for the world?

  21. RobertHenryEller
    RobertHenryEller on June 10, 2015, 8:10 pm

    What, in the end, is Richard Cohen’s piece, but a rationale for Zionist atrocities?

    “We have no choice, everyone is against us?”

    So, Jews survived for thousands of years without any friends? Jews flourished in America without any friends? Israel came into existence only because Americans had a moment of empathy they now regret?

    Keep defining yourselves into the perfect Zionist North Korea, your own perfect do-it-yourself Ghetto. Maybe it’s not your fault. But you are a sick people, and you are doing nothing to heal yourselves. In fact, you are bent on making yourselves even sicker. Keep going, and at some point you will become too sick to rescue yourselves. And no one else will want to bother to save you.

    Zionism itself is becoming the second Holocaust. This one might destroy Judaism, as well as purported Jews.

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