Over on Daily Kos, mets102 has a boilerplate "diary" up complaining about anti-Semitism in New York City.
Last night, I considered writing about this incident. It is, after all, is the latest in a string of incidents that have hit the New York area in the past few months, including finding a swastika in my elevator. Since then, however, I have found a rant, and a growing anger, building up inside me. The incident in my elevator hit very close to home, but this went further. This was desecrating a synagogue over the holiday. The more and more I think about it, the angrier I get.
Among progressive-left humanitarian racists, old-fashioned anti-Semitism is out of style. They will nod their heads in sympathy and wonder aloud about just why people have such hatred, even as they do little more than spit hatred at those for whom they have decided hatred is acceptable, even mandatory.
The hypocrisy is just astounding.
Hate sites like Daily Kos spit the most vile and atrocious malice in all sorts of directions constantly. The only real question to ask is just what are the boundaries of that malice? Who is it OK to hate and who is it not OK to hate? That they express considerable hatred is not the least little bit in doubt.
They despise conservatives.
They despise Republicans.
They despise Evangelical Christians.
And a distinct segment of them despise Jews who dare to stand up for the Jewish state.
They do not, however, despise genocidal Islamists. They do not mind the rise of radical Islam, the foremost racist movement in the world today, and have thus betrayed women, gays, and Jews in the Middle East.
It is just soooo easy to walk onto a place like Daily Kos and complain about neo-Nazis or skinhead types, but neo-Nazis and skinhead types are not really our big problem as Jews. This is because right-wing anti-Semitism in the United States is but nothing compared to Arab and Muslim genocidal anti-Semitism in Middle East.
That is where the real fight lies. Jews in the United States should feel exceedingly grateful that we live in what is among the least racist, and least anti-Semitic, countries on the entire planet. American Jews have it damn good compared to our Jewish friends and relatives in Europe. Compared to the fact that Jews in the Middle East have been under near constant violent siege for one hundred years, the United States might as well be Shangri-la.
The problem with progressive-left Jews, like mets102, is not that he is wrong to point out anti-Semitism in the United States when it pops up, but that he is so ideologically blinkered (or, perhaps, cowed) that he cannot bring himself to discuss the far worse problem of Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism in public or among his humanitarian racist friends. Part of the reason for this is that they simply do not care about Arab and Muslim genocidal anti-Semitism in the Middle East and are more than happy to defame anyone who does as an "Islamophobe."
Until Jewish progressives are willing to yank their heads out of the sand they will fail to address the real problem. They will, instead, indulge themselves among the like-minded. After all, who among us would disagree that scrawling a swastika on a subway platform or elevator in New York City is revolting? Even humanitarian racists are more than happy to agree that old-fashioned anti-Semitism is not a good thing.
It takes no strength of character whatsoever to make such a claim on a progressive-left site like Daily Kos. Where it takes character is in openly acknowledging a big problem that one's fellow ideologues do not care to admit. Anyone can easily complain about neo-Nazis on the progressive-left and they will pat you on the head and give you a cookie.
But neo-Nazis in the United States are not really such a problem for American Jews. The rise of radical Islam, however, throughout the Middle East, with a little encouragement from the Obama administration, is a problem. A very big problem, in fact, and one that consistently results in the murder of Jews, as the Fogels learned, and not just in the Middle East.
Until progressive-left Jews, as they say, grow a pair, they will continue to ignore the inconvenient fact of traditional Arab and Muslim genocidal anti-Semitism and thus remain irrelevant on the very issue they seek to address.