There is an uneasy trace of revivified fear congesting the air. An uncertainty, an anxious intuition, that a lingering evil is waiting to arise as it once did in 1930s Europe. As some Americans – including Democratic members of Congress — appear complacent in the face of anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts, Jews around the globe find themselves again pondering the future. Has the Western world come full circle, exhibiting an apathetic attitude toward Jews and Israel?
The thought is not beyond the pale.
According to a study released in the spring of 2018, anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13% from the year prior. Shockingly, the highest number of incidents were in Western democracies, including France, Britain, Germany, and the United States – civilization’s great melting pots. That report, by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, laid the blame on far-right and far-left activists and Islamists, with a small but concerning resurgence of mainstream random practices.
But we don’t have to wait for crime studies in the United States. It appears attacks – whether rhetorical or violent – are coming daily, and those are just the ones reported on by an unreliable media bent on blaming white supremacy for every thought or deed. Are we hearing about all the incidents?
In the first of its kind, a federal complaint has been filed against Columbia University for alleged anti-Semitic discrimination. Investigated and filed by the Lawfare Project on behalf of a Jewish Israeli-American undergraduate, Jonathan Karten, this marks the inaugural case since President Trump signed his executive order on combatting anti-Semitism.
The complaint states Jewish students at Columbia “have endured systematic discrimination from tenured professors and anti-Israel groups,” including Students for Justice for Palestine.
Lately, attacks on U.S. Jews leave a much more disturbing aftertaste. The rise of Adolf Hitler and the ensuing Holocaust are not that far behind us in our storied history. In that earlier era, complacency was ripe — throughout Parliament, the U.S. Congress, and the rest of the Free World. Now a new generation is encountering the atrocities faced by survivors and the death sentences meted out to parents and grandparents.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill railed against the Hitler regime and badgered his fellow Brits to boycott Germany economically. In an impassioned speech in late 1941 he declared:
“None has suffered more cruelly than the Jew the unspeakable evils wrought upon the bodies and spirits of men by Hitler and his vile regime. The Jew bore the brunt of the Nazi’s first onslaught upon the citadels of freedom and human dignity. He has borne and continued to bear a burden that might have seen beyond endurance. He has not allowed it to break his spirit; he has never lost the will to resist. Assuredly in the day of victory the Jew’s suffering and his part in the struggle will not be forgotten.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, visited a concentration camp first liberated by U.S. forces, Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald. Eisenhower immediately cabled the Joint Chiefs of Staff, nearly demanding that members of Congress and the media travel to Ohrdruf:
“The things I saw beggar description … The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick … I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’”
Are we looking away from the upsurge in and acceptance of anti-Semitic hate speech from members of our own U.S. Congress? Liberty Nation’s Graham Noble, taking a deeper dive into the direction freshmen Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are taking with their popularity in the leftist media, shows how the inaction of the entire Democratic contingency on the Hill is complicit:
“The mere fact the new progressive/socialist overlords of the party have insisted on including ‘white supremacy’ and ‘Islamophobia’ in the resolution tells one everything one needs to know about what the Democratic Party has become: A clown-show of fools who pander to radical Islamists and radical leftists – utterly unwilling and unable to accept responsibility for the hateful ideology spreading among their own elected members of Congress.”
Is America sliding backward in its promise of equality for all? With congressional leaders who honor such terrorist organizations as Hamas, who hang their cloaks at the house of Louis Farrakhan, and who call for Allah to strike down the infidels, how do Jews stand a chance? Should Americans tolerate such incendiary attitudes at the congressional bully pulpit? Be concerned, very concerned, that the air, thickening with apathy, will suffocate our values.
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