The Boston stabbing of a rabbi was inevitable – Connecticut Jewish Ledger

Posted By on July 28, 2021

By Charles Jacobsand Avi Goldwasser

(JNS) The July 1stabbing attack on Rabbi Shlomo Noginski in front of a Jewish day school inBoston was not a total surprise for those who have studied Jewish history andhave seen the recent consequences of the demonization of Jews in Europe.

A growing andpowerful leftist/Islamist (Red/Green) alliance in Europe has led to numerous attacks onJews there. This alliance is fueled by a lethal brew of progressive ideologywhich dehumanizes the West and Israel, and a large influx of Muslims from antisemiticcultures. This poison has come to America. After establishing beachheads in theuniversities and the mainstream media, it has now captured key American institutions: the highschools, the liberal churches and the activists of the Democratic Party.

Sadly, despitebeing warned for years, American Jewish leaders willfully ignored Europes lesson.Enchanted by left-wing utopian ideologies that deny fundamental culturaldifferencesfearful of risking their liberal bona fides and the cloak of virtue it confersJewish leaders have ignored thethreat of Islamic Jew-hatred. They hoped to charm hostile immigrants who camefrom the most antisemitic cultures in the Middle East with kindness andgenerosity. They adopted false analogieswe were also immigrants and welcome the strangerwhich confused the community. They embraced theprogressive taboo against mentioning bad behavior by vulnerable minorities, which included keeping quiet about the threat ofMuslim antisemitism.

The ADL, forexample, has simply ignored the implications of its own polling data, which clearly indicate that Muslim societies are farmore antisemitic than any other societies on earth.

Days before the stabbing incident,a fatal shooting of two black Americans in another suburb of Boston wasimmediately labeled a hate crime, yet an Arab stabbing a rabbi in front of a Jewishday school was thought to require a thorough investigation of the motives. Why? Onlybecause Jewish leaders in Boston neglected to educate local authorities that when anArab attacks a rabbi in front of a Jewish day school, they should not be baffledabout his motive.

In a typically weak manner, BostonsJewish organizations responded to the attack by hosting a gathering acrossfrom the school. There were fine speeches from prominent public officials. Yetnot one speaker referred to the probable cause; not one named the hatred thatthey all understand must not be named.

Full of good intentions, Jewishleaders here decided more than a decade ago to embrace the radical Islamic Society of Boston and its Roxbury mega-mosque.Founded in 1981 by ranking Muslim Brotherhood operatives, original mosque boardmembers included antisemitic celebrity cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradhawi, who has said that Hitler was among those Allah visited upon the Jews to punish them fortheir corruption. Another founder, Abdurahman al-Amoudi, was sentenced to 23 years inprison in 2004 for financing Hamas (for which he publicly pledged his support at a rally near the White House in 2000). No fewerthan 14 people associated with the ISB are dead, in jail or on the runfrom authorities, having been tied to terrorist activities; the most infamousare the Tsarnayev brothers, who bombed the Boston marathon in 2013. Preachers associated with the ISB have accused Israelis oftrying to take over and harm the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem; railed against homosexuality; expressed support forconvicted terrorists; and proclaimed that America will, by God, bebrought to its knees, among much else.

Bostons Jewish leaders, foreverhopeful, ignored the facts and adopted the comfortable and more virtuous path of interfaithdialogue. This included allowing the mosques rabidly anti-Israel former sheikh to speak at Bostons vigilfor the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagoguemassacre and encouraging Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to visit the mosque in 2019, thereby making it kosher. Oneprominent rabbi even invited a member of the mosquea representative from the Muslim Justice League, an organization that campaignsagainst FBI counter-terrorism measuresand a local leader of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to his synagogue to speak and raise money from his congregation in 2017. CAIR has been anactive supporter of Hamas.

Moreover, when their actions werecriticized, some of Bostons Jewish leaders condemned the criticism as defamation ofBoston-area Muslims or Islamophobic. They also censored and ostracized those who dared speak themost obvious truths they had chosen to ignore.

Our leaders are supposed to be the watchmen over ourcommunity, and its safety and well-being.

As the Torah notes in Ezekiel 33:6:But if the watchman sees the swordcoming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes andtakes someones life I will hold the watchman accountable for theirblood.

The Jewish community needs strongand brave leadership. We can only hope that the stabbing of a rabbi becomes ateaching moment for our leaders.

Charles Jacobs is president ofAmericans for Peace and Tolerance. Avi Goldwasser is a filmmaker and co-founderof the David Project.

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