Thursday, May 27, 2021

NYT still trying to blame Anti-Semitism on Trump

The NY Times reports:
U.S. Faces Outbreak of Anti-Semitic Threats and Violence

In the wake of clashes in Israel and Gaza, synagogues have been vandalized and Jews have been threatened and attacked.

This is a paper that hates Donald Trump all the time, so it finds a way to blame him.

Trump was one of the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel Presidents ever.

Until the latest surge, anti-Semitic violence in recent years was largely considered a right-wing phenomenon, driven by a white supremacist movement emboldened by rhetoric from former President Donald J. Trump, who often trafficked in stereotypes.

Many of the most recent incidents, by contrast, have come from perpetrators expressing support for the Palestinian cause and criticism of Israel’s right-wing government.

The right-wingers are blamed for "rhetoric". The actual crimes came from Leftists and Moslems.
The New York Police Department arrested 27 people, and two people were hospitalized, including a woman who was burned when fireworks were launched from a car at a group of people on the sidewalk.

The Police Department opened a hate crimes investigation into the beating of a Jewish man, and a Brooklyn man, Waseem Awawdeh, 23, was charged in connection with the attack.

The next day, federal prosecutors charged another man, Ali Alaheri, 29, with setting fire to a building that housed a synagogue and yeshiva in Borough Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood in the city’s Hasidic Jewish heartland. Mr. Alaheri also assaulted a Hasidic man in the same neighborhood, prosecutors said.

No Trump supporters did anything like this, but the paper gets back to blaming them.
In Charlottesville, activists at the Unite the Right rally in 2017 chanted “Jews will not replace us!” as they protested the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. ...

Jews and others were particularly stung by comments by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has spent the past week repeatedly comparing mask and vaccine mandates to the treatment of Jews by Nazi Germany, and by the Republican leadership’s slow response to her remarks.

Wow, are you following this? Israel kills a bunch of Arabs in Gaza. Leftists and Moslems in the USA protest and harass Jews.

And somehow this relates to some right-wingers protesting a Civil War statue removal four years ago?

And then the NY Times, which has probably called Trump a Nazi 100 times over the last 5 years, is offended that a right-winger used a Nazi analogy!

Update: Law professor David Bernstein writes:

Back in January, I wrote, "I can't say I've ever fully trusted the Times to be accurate, but until recently I generally felt fairly confident that even if a story was slanted in perspective, the facts that were reported were basically accurate. Not anymore." ...

Here is what the Times itself reported in February 2020: "Most of the anti-Semitic incidents in New York have not been perpetrated by jihadists or far-right extremists, but by young African-American men." In fact, I believe that none of incidents were ultimately traced to "far-right extremists." ...

Third, like much of the American media, the Times seems utterly incapable of acknowledging that radical anti-Israel activists, be they motivated by Islamism, pan-Arabism, Palestinian nationalism, self-described anti-colonialism, and/or antisemitism, are hostile to Israel's very existence, not "Israel's right-wing government."

Instead, the NY Times finds a way to blame right-wingers, who are mostly pro-Israel.

It is particularly telling that this article is about those wishing to exterminate Israel, and ends up blaming Trump, a handful of anti-immigration protesters in 2017, and a Republican Congresswoman who used an unapproved Nazi analogy.

Update: This article describes something similar in Germany, where a pro-Jewish political party gets blamed for anti-Semitism just because it is right-wing.

On the subject of supporting Israel, see this fascinating debate on YouTube, featuring Alex Jones, Nick Fuentes, and Robert Barnes. I thought that all those guys have been banned. Watch it before it gets taken down. There is nothing particularly offensive about it, except that it gives arguments for and against supporting Israel being in Amreica's interest. I am not sure who has the better argument.

Update: The NY Times published an opinion column entitled “Attacks on Jews Are a Gift to the Right”. The message seems to be:

People should stop physically assaulting Jews in America for being Jewish, because that makes it harder for us to criticize Israel and its “apartheid” government.
The NY Times does criticize Israel, but for all the wrong reasons.

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