“Make no mistake: the rise of Donald Trump has provoked a disturbing revival of classic anti-Semitism. It was manifest in Charlottesville in 2017 and in Pittsburgh in 2018, the biggest mass murder of Jews in American history. The ADL’s “audit” of anti-Semitic incidents in the country is growing and convincing. Trump’s hatred toward Mexicans and Africans has unleashed resentment and bigotry against the Jewish minority, too. Rightwing nationalism is a real danger to Jews, and we’ve watched its expressions with growing alarm.”
No, I strongly disagree with conceding that “The ADL’s “audit” of anti-Semitic incidents in the country is growing and convincing”, as well as the rest of this statement. ADL studies, as well as those by the Southern Poverty Law Center, greatly exaggerate the genuine effects of alleged (I emphasize alleged) anti-semitism–in the contexts of support for Israel (ADL), and greedy fundraising (SPLC). The ADL’s studies are cooked up, opaque, de-contextualized, and make unsupportable assumptions about the relationship between (alleged and usually not proven) anti-semitism and actual consequences for Jews. Their purpose is to provoke moral panic.
Notwithstanding Pittsburgh, there is zero evidence of a rise in anti-semitism. It needs to be said, regardless of the horrific event in Pittsburgh.
And you engage in similar logic in concluding that “Trump’s hatred toward Mexicans and Africans has unleashed resentment and bigotry against the Jewish minority, too.”
You have zero proof of this, only unproved allegations, speculation, assumptions, and careless claims of causality.
Phil and James, don’t buy into the #resistance tropes that lump all “hate” together. You only play into the hands of the liberal Zionists, the “Bend the Arc” poseurs, etc. Don’t go all “intersectional” on unsuspecting Mondoweiss readers.