Friday, December 13, 2019

Trump orders federal protection for Jews

The Wash. Post reports:
In doing so, the department said it would rely on a definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. That definition includes “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” applying a double standard to Israel by requiring of it “behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation” and comparing “contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” ...

Left-leaning Jewish organizations were quick to criticize Trump’s move, while the Orthodox Union, the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization int he country, hailed the executive order as a measure “that will provide new and stronger protections for Jewish students on college campuses against anti-Semitic attacks and harassment.” ...

Bend the Arc, a social-justice-focused Jewish advocacy group, called Trump a “hypocrite” in a statement that referenced Trump’s speech Saturday to the Israeli American Council. “This president continues to endanger Jews through his embrace of white nationalism, his antisemitic comments, and his spreading of conspiracy theories that incite violence,” Bend the Arc’s CEO Stosh Cotler said.

The left-wing activist group IfNotNow, which focuses on ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank but has also protested the Trump administration, launched a petition for Jews to express opposition to the executive order. “The order’s move to define Judaism as a ‘nationality’ promotes the classically bigoted idea that American Jews are not American,” the group’s political director, Emily Mayer, said in a statement. ...

Diament said he didn’t view the executive order as redefining – or defining – Judaism but simply saying it should be dealt with under federal law the same way other acts of discrimination are when based on race and ethnicity. Regardless, he said, many Jews do see Judaism as a peoplehood, or nation, as well as a religion and thus don’t feel offended by the concept.
This article recites some obvious facts.

Judaism is both a nationality and a religion.

Orthodox Jews love Pres. Trump, while leftist Jews hate him.

All Jews have a persecution complex.

Crying anti-Semitism is a device for suppressing free speech.

Leftist Jews will use any opportunity to blame Whites.

Jews are actually the most privileged group in America.

Update: Law professor David Bernstein writes:
The [NY] Times has a piece today suggesting the order has "divided" the Jewish community, even though all mainstream groups, including liberal groups like the ADL, support it. ...

The real story here is that there is a segment of the Jewish community inclined to freak out over anything the Trump administration does that has anything to do with Jews and that the Times, through its dishonest and misleading reporting, has been intentionally encouraging it. (Note: There is a segment of the Jewish community, generally on the urban and Reform side of things, that treats the Times and its reporting as Torah, i.e., "gospel.")

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