As Jews were being pummeled, punched, spat at, intimidated with explosive units and singled out for violence and harassment all across America this week, the righteous women and men of the Democratic Party have been fast to denounce the dual scourges behind these mini-pogroms: anti-Semitism and — drumroll, please — Islamophobia.
“We’ve recently seen disturbing anti-Semitic attacks and a troubling rise in Islamophobia,” crowed Sen. Bernie Sanders. “If you are committed to a future of equality and peaceful coexistence, please stand united against anyone who promotes hatred of any kind.”
Parroting this sentiment was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who tweeted that “anti-Semitism has no place in our country or world. Neither does Islamophobia. That means standing together and condemning all forms of bigotry and hate.” Talk about all lives mattering.
Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Jamaal Bowman, Julian Castro, Cori Bush, Marie Newman and lots of, many others joined the choir, all singing the identical refrain: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, collectively endlessly.
“The Party of Science™ ought to love empirical proof, so listed below are two enjoyable information: Between 2012 and 2018, there have been 763 complete incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry, in response to the one in-depth survey performed by the liberal New America suppose tank. Over on the anti-Semitic aspect of the divide, in response to the Anti-Defamation League, we’ve had some 2,000 incidents — and that was final yr alone.
In 2020, the ADL reported, 31 Jews have been bodily attacked for being Jewish, greater than half of them in Gotham. That quantity will virtually definitely shoot method up as 2021’s numbers are tallied, as day-after-day brings with it a recent case of violence towards Jews.
So, what’s going on right here? Why are so many Democrats insisting that the beast we’re preventing has not one head, however two?
To reply this query, simply take a look at the perpetrators. Waseem Awawdeh, for instance, a 23-year-old New Yorker who viciously assaulted a Jewish man in Midtown Manhattan final week after which boasted he’d do it once more if given the prospect, doesn’t match the left’s fantasy of the prototypical hater. He isn’t a Trump supporter. He’s not some indignant, straight, white man bigoted towards the Other. He is a pro-Palestinian activist.
What would lead such a charmer to savage a Jew in broad daylight?
The reply, in response to the convoluted logic guiding the Democratic Party to ethical and mental perdition, should be Islamophobia: Some different, higher and extra primordial hatred should have pushed Awawdeh to pounce. Just as severe thinkers on the left argued this yr that black Americans attacking Asian-Americans have been solely doing so as a result of they’d internalized the logic of white supremacy, so should it’s true that every one anti-Jewish assaults in America are actually the results of Islamophobia, and since the Jewish state appears to be at battle with Muslims, which is a reasonably, effectively, phobic factor to do.
The subtext of all of it: Those Jews most likely introduced these assaults on themselves one way or the other.
This kind of victim-blaming isn’t solely revolting, but in addition a sign of the Democratic Party’s ongoing infatuation with anti-Semitism, a reckless ardour that price British Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn his political career and almost price his social gathering its soul. And the issue isn’t restricted solely to AOC and different Squad radicals, or some other pop-star politician making an electoral mint by sharing outrageous provocations on social media.
It ought to shock exactly nobody that the identical social gathering that couldn’t convey itself to singularly condemn anti-Semitism when Jews and Jews alone have been being viciously attacked additionally voted, because the petite pogroms have been nonetheless raging throughout America, to disclaim Israel the funding it wanted to defend itself towards Hamas’ lethal rockets. That’s the factor with morally muddled pondering: It could begin with vapid pronouncements however, as a rule, finally ends up placing lives in danger.
It’s a easy precept that appears to be fully misplaced on almost everybody in in the present day’s Democratic Party. Hopefully, its Jewish voters will clever up earlier than it’s too late.
Liel Leibovitz is editor at giant at Tablet.