A Jew is a Jew is a Jew: What rising antisemitism is teaching the diaspor – The Jerusalem Post

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It has all the makings of a blockbuster disaster film: 1. The confluence of seemingly unrelated events taking place in different parts of the world; 2. The rising temperature that augers widespread destruction; and 3.The obliviousness of the vast majority of those who would be most impacted.No, its not an alien invasion nor a climate change disaster film, its the synopsis of what is increasingly awaiting Jews throughout the Western world, particularly in the places where they have traditionally felt most comfortable.One has to be willfully obtuse to not see the steady unfolding of ominous events, ranging from random attempted lynchings in the streets of Blue cities (not strongholds of white supremacy), to cynically manipulated pronouncements in prominent media, to unhinged rants by celebrities and muscle flexing progressive Democrats in Congress.Some in England see residual Corbynism resurfacing, while in Western Europe, the pretext of supporting Hamas has meant that any and all Jews are fair game.There are many attempts at trying to explain why its all so intense, and why now. Some see this as part of a sustained reaction against all things Trump; to others, the Biden administrations cozying up to Iran has been read as a license to lash out at all things Israeli.Ultimately, any and all conceivable explanations fail to capture the maniacal quality of the hatred being unleashed.All attacks on any groups are heinous; however, anyone with historical antennae understands that attacks on Jews carry an especially ominous portent.

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Progressives are doing somersaults to try to maintain this distinction while their minions on the streets couldnt care less. The ugliness of Islamic hatred of Jews is on full display with attacks on kippah wearers or anyone identifying or identified as a Jew.

Ironically, the only way that American Jews are going to be able to hold on to progressive visions of equity and social justice is to confront the progressive reality treating Jews as privileged oppressors and appropriators. Trying to join the chorus in condemning Israel and thus saving themselves will work for an hour or so, and then, as the recent attacks have shown, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew.

The author is the chairman of the Board of Im Tirtzu, Israels largest grassroots Zionist organization, and a director of the Israel Independence Fund. He can be reached at dougaltabef@gmail.com

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