What is clear is that the left congenitally hates Israel. This is hidden in America, where many of the left are “progressive” Jews, but step outside the USA, and it becomes obvious – especially if one speaks another language – that the left is radically anti-Zionist.
For most of my 51 years, anti-Semitism was something I encountered only fitfully…but the past few years have been different. I have not gone a day without encountering it. As a journalist, I have reported the spate of such comments from Labour members with astonishment…
[There] is going to be an increasingly virulent strain of racism running through the increasingly far left Democrat Party. This is there. That is a simple fact. But empowering it is the fault of the Republican Party, which had numerous candidates for their Presidential nomination who would have handily beaten Hillary Clinton and left the haters part of her party looking more like what they are – haters. Instead, they are going to be woven into the fabric of Clinton’s party – whether she wants it or not – and our country is going to continue its slide into a divided society, filled with hatred across every fault line among our people. No more e pluribus Unum. There will most likely always be a country called the United States of America. But it will be neither united nor the American constitutional republic envisioned by the Founding Fathers. I profoundly believe with all my heart that we have been “exceptional” in the best possible way in which that word can be used. But Barack Hussein Obama detested that idea and has spent eight years undermining and vilifying the very notion of American exceptionalism. The result will now be an increasing cascade of American self loathing as the coming generations are taught what Obama’s party believes. The academy has long believed it. Its disciples captured academia after the Vietnam War and have spent the last 40+ years infecting students with their poison. We are now seeing one aspect of that poison going mainstream – Jew hatred – overlooked and tolerated by the political party most likely to control our country very shortly.”
Israel is now inextricably linked to New York and Washington (not to mention Hollywood), where the Jewish diaspora is supposed to be pulling the strings. Many Arabs and European Muslims see Israel as an illegitimate colonial outpost of American capitalism in the Middle East. Another word for the domination of American capital is globalization. In the words of Michelle Battini [an Italian historian who wrote a new book on anti-capitalist anti-Semitism]: “In the ‘antiglobal’ attitude, which has taken the place of the old anti-capitalism, there are often ideological residues of European anti-Jewish anti-capitalism, unearthed above all in Central and Eastern Europe or reemerging in the language of Islamist extremist groups
In the historical pattern before Marxism, anti-Semitism usually came from the right. But we see now a convergence of anti-capitalist and anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist ideas on the left. Since the left in America tends to play identity politics, leftist politicians and activists associate with Muslim radicals.
Now you might, like I myself originally did, dismiss much of this. You might say, of course Muslims are going to be anti-Israeli at various campuses, but they are a small minority, and the leftists that associate with them are a minority too, and I’m bored.
But lets look at California. Dr. Richard Cravatts writes:
The situation on California campuses with regard to anti-Israelism, and even raw anti-Semitism, continues to grow in intensity and frequency… the state has a long tradition of radicalism by Leftist professors and students…. The student radicals of the 1960s have now become tenured professors…Many in California’s liberal professoriate …also embrace an essential cynicism about the West, a suspicion of capitalism, a condemnation of the military, and a general attitude that the imperialism of America and Israel continues a trend of hegemonic powers wronging Third-world victims. Since much of the on-campus agitation against Israel is spearheaded by pro-Palestinian Muslim student groups, the fact that 20 percent of America’s Muslims live in California (representing over 1,000,000 people and 3.4 percent of the State’s population) is likely also a contributing factor. Relevant, too, is the fact that while the age group of individuals between 18 and 29 represents only 14.1 percent of the overall U.S. population, in that same age group—a sizable chunk of whom are college students—Muslims represent 26.1 percent of that total.
So Muslims are not such a “small minority”. But surely you would say, there is nothing leftist about Islam. Islam is about social conservatism, isn’t it? It does not say much about economics or class warfare.
the university’s war against Israel has been pervasive and intensifying, promulgated by the active participation both of Leftist faculty and radical Muslim student groups on campuses where the long-suffering Palestinians have replaced South African blacks as the Left’s favorite victim group—whose behavior, however violent and politically irrational, is excused as justifiable in a 63 year-old campaign to demand that Israel grant the Arabs self-determination and social justice..
What is the immediate effect of this radicalism? Cravatts gives the example of San Francisco State University where:
… the pro-Palestinian student groups took it upon themselves the following month to disrupt a vigil for Holocaust Remembrance Day where some 30 Jewish students who were reciting the Mourners’ Kaddish—the Jewish prayer for the dead—were shouted down by protesters who countered with grisly prayers in memory of Palestinian suicide bombers. The pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators, armed with whistles and bull horns, physically assaulted the Jewish students, spat on them, and screamed such charming epithets as “Too bad Hitler didn’t finish the job,” “Get out or we will kill you,” “Fuck the Jews,” “Die racist pigs,” and “Go back to Russia, Jews.” The violence escalated to the extent that San Francisco police officers finally had to usher the Jewish students to safety off campus.
Digression: Telling the Jews to go back to Russia is Chutzpah. Of the protestors who are Muslim, they are usually much more recent arrivals than the Jews were.
Black Muslims and leftists get into the act too: For instance writes Cravatt,
a “Politics of Genocide” event included the speaking talents of such luminaries as the vitriolic Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, a black Imam associated with the Masjid Al Islam mosque in Oakland and frequent guest of the Irvine MSU; former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a member of the Free Gaza Movement and Green Party presidential candidate, who, while in Congress, when she was not frantically suggesting that the CIA and George Bush were behind 9/11, had pointed to a sinister “pattern of excessive, and often indiscriminate, use of lethal force by Israeli security forces in situations where Palestinian demonstrators were unarmed and posed no threat of death or serious injury to the security forces or to others;”
these events inevitably devolve solely into hate-fests against Israel, with condemnations, blood libels, conspiracy theories, Nazi imagery, anti-Semitic ravings, physical attacks on Jewish students, and a visceral loathing of Zionism, Judaism, and the Jewish state.
On seeing this material, certain things start making sense to me. For instance, the Palestinian flags waving in the audience at the Democratic coronation of Hillary Clinton. The fact that Cornell and Columbia are among the top universities for anti-Israel phenomena (one out of ten schoolchildren in New York city are Muslim). And the fact that as far as religious hate crimes go Jews are more targeted than any other group. Obama lied to Israel about what he would do vs the Iran nuclear program – and that makes sense now too.
Many Jews are clueless as to what all this portends.
At the moment, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, seems to be in self-destruct mode, and that could well mean that the Democrats finish the job of “transforming America” that Obama started. Hillary Clinton also wants to bring in many more Muslims, which will change the demographics.
Finally if our economy continues the way it has been going under Obama, then we will have a permanent group of people without upward mobility who are very angry. And I would not blame them. None of this is “good for the Jews.” Or for everyone else.
Here is a link. to a YouTube interview of Jewish (and pro-Jewish) students across the country. Its worth watching.
This one is too: click here
One thing that strikes me about both videos is that the Jewish students interviewed here come across as very ordinary and positive people. Their stories ring true.
Roots of anti-Jewish sentiment in the left
Anti-Jewish sentiment in the left in Latin America