“Personally I was glad to see the outpouring of anti-Semitism”
Perfect confluence of competing identity politics here. Ioffe can be, as she puts it, like American “blacks” – and not white and hence have to placed in the villains chair and address the consequences of that (though still she recently got in trouble with certain crowds for suggesting a female cop arrested for killing a black motorist was the victim of gender bias) – while Anglin can pose his anti-semitism as power-from-bellow against the effete elite aristocracy and its courtiers- plus reemphasize the “jews are only posing as “white” people line” here. Both parts get something out of it and nobody gets hurt ( and people hurt by racism general don’t casually say they’re “glad” it happened- unless they’re unhinged by the experience) since this virtual-world schoolyard drama doesn’t rise to any political praxis.
The articles cited above by Ioffe’s friends and colleagues dont mention, notable given the topic of chauvinism, of her passionate racism towards Russians (see her piece on Snowdens asylum for example or anything really) and chauvinism at people from the region in general (a comment above mentioned her piece on Trumps wife, which to give a sense of the stylistics piece mockingly ascribed a “Transilvanian accent” to someone from Slovenia. Or the time she wrote about how she almost got beat up by a group of elderly Ukrainian women for talking to them like dumb animals.) Its very different from the usual jingo stuff you read in any media outlet/pundit. Dont know if thats a product of her 3 year stint in Russia or her general upbringing in the US.
I do want want to note that given how often she mentions her family “fleeing” to the US (they got refuge status) it both coincides with millions fleeing economic/political collapse at that very moment and she writes that 25 years later her grandparent(s) apparently still live there. The “I was very frustrated by the discussion on kind of the liberal side of the political spectrum, where Jews, like Israel, were no longer seen as the underdog, no longer seen as the persecuted minority” comment puts that into a new light for me.