Daily Briefing:Black Antisemitism and the Politics of Grievance (January 3, 2020)

Fears of New Conflict Rise After US Kills Qasem Soleimani, a Top Iranian General, in Strike on Baghdad Airport:  Shawn Snow, Howard Altman, and Aaron Mehta, Military Times, Jan. 2, 2019 –– One of Iran’s most revered and powerful military commanders has been killed in a U.S. strike near the Baghdad International Airport, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. The strike will intensify tensions between the U.S. and Iran and many experts say it escalates the risk of a new conflict spreading across the region. “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the Department of Defense said in an emailed statement. …
Bob Bland and Tamika Mallory at the 2017 Tax March, Washington, D.C (Source: Wikipedia)

Table Of Contents 

Save Me from My Defenders!:  Ruth R. Wisse, Commentary,January/2020

Black Antisemitism Is Not Inherently “Left-Wing”:  Rebecca Pierce, Jewish Currents, Dec. 20, 2019

The Rise of Black Anti-Semitism:  Jack Kirchik, Commentary, June 2018

Black Nationalist Hate Group Praised by Media Shot Up Kosher Market:  Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish, Dec. 16, 2019

 ______________________________________________________Save Me from My Defenders!
Ruth R. Wisse
Commentary, January/2020Being silenced or harassed for unpopular speech on a university campus is by now such a mark of distinction that I may be accused of exercising bragging rights in describing a recent incident in which I was involved. The real danger I encountered, however, was different from the one against which I had been warned. Read on.

In January 2019, I received an invitation from Roger Berkowitz, founding director of Bard’s Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, to speak at its annual conference. The topic: “Racism and Anti-Semitism.” In adopting the name of the German-Jewish philosopher it describes as “the most taught and arguably most influential political thinker of the 20th century,” the Center emphasized Arendt’s insistence on the need for public debate on controversial matters. She had theorized about anti-Semitism as a form of racism, and because I was among those who found this formulation unhelpful, the conveners thought I might provide some valuable critical engagement. For my part, I was readying a second edition of my book on anti-Semitism, Jews and Power, so writing a talk for the conference was a way of getting back into a subject that had become much more pressing since I first published the book 13 years ago. I accepted the invitation and spent many hours preparing the talk.

All the advance arrangements for the conference were handled graciously, and the courtesies accorded me from the moment I arrived at the Bard campus in New York’s Dutchess County went beyond the usual. Though I am by now among the oldest in any academic gathering, the solicitude of my greeters actually made me wonder whether I appeared much more fragile than I felt. Unusually, several members of the administration showed up for my talk. With the dean, a former fellow professor of literature, I conversed about the 19th-century British novel the way academics used to do when I began teaching in the late 1960s.

Despite the pleasantness of our colloquy, I assumed—correctly, as it turned out—that she was there to monitor the proceedings. The previous evening, an email had arrived telling me that though students would be protesting the session, “the vast majority” of those attending the conference would want to hear me, and a “campus policy” had been designed to guarantee that they could:

1. If students protest silently, we simply go on. We allow free speech on all sides. So if they put up a poster or stand in protest, we carry on. I know this can be uncomfortable, but our policy is that as long as the protest does not interfere with the free speech of the speaker, we allow it.

2. If students seek to prevent the talk by chanting or yelling or speaking, we let them speak for a few minutes and then say that we appreciate their right to speak but we’d like to let the speakers speak.

3. If they refuse to allow the talk, we ask the audience what they would prefer, to hear the speaker or the disruption.

4. If none of that works we will have security remove those who are disrupting the talk from the auditorium. The College will not let a few students shut down this conference or your talk. Rest assured, the talk will go on. … [To read the full article, click the following LINK – Ed.]

Black Antisemitism Is Not Inherently “Left-Wing”
Rebecca Pierce
Jewish Currents, Dec. 20, 2019

ON DECEMBER 10TH, David Anderson and Francine Graham charged into a kosher market in Jersey City, gunning down two members of the local Satmar Hasidic community and a shop employee (an immigrant from Ecuador) and engaging in a protracted shootout with police before dying in a hail of bullets. The couple, who are also prime suspects in the killing of an Uber driver and an undercover police officer prior to the market shooting, were quickly revealed to have held past ties to a Harlem-based sect of the Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) movement; it was also revealed that Anderson had made antisemitic posts on social media.

In the aftermath of the shooting, many publications and pundits zeroed in on the apparent BHI connection, collapsing a diverse constellation of African American religious sects into a single ”hate group.” For some, this connection seemed to reinforce a broader narrative of “Black antisemitism” that right-wing pundits often conflate with “left antisemitism,” spuriously grouping all Black people with the political left. Erielle Davidson, a writer at the right-wing website The Federalist, described the killers as “believers of a left-wing, anti-semitic ideology.” Seth Mandel, the executive editor of the Washington Examiner, used an offensive Facebook comment made by a Black Jersey City Board of Education member in the aftermath of the killing to assert that “[i]ntersectionalism”—Mandel’s misspelling of the Black feminist framework of intersectionality—“remains an excuse to murder Jews.” And both leftists and Black Jews have been unfairly held responsible for a killer whose views and actions we abhor.

Antisemitism can and does exist in left-wing spaces, including those in the Black community. But conflating all Black anti-Jewish attitudes with the left is dangerous, turning a complex problem that occurs across the political spectrum into a mere cudgel for the right. Further, a poorly defined concept of “Black antisemitism” not only risks promulgating racist stereotypes about African Americans—treating us as inherently violent, criminal, and irrational—but also obscures the specifics of the various ways antisemitism can manifest, making it harder for us to fight back.

Early reports have linked Anderson to BHI sects, as well as Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan. Indeed, Anderson, who used the name Dawad Macabee online, referenced teachings common in some BHI sects, which identify with Biblical narratives about Jews while claiming that modern European Jews are usurpers of this ancient Hebrew identity. His posts frequently characterized both Jews and white Christians as “Edomites,” a term used in some BHI teachings to refer to enemies of God. He also frequently referenced the King James Bible and asserted that King James was a Black man—a common belief in BHI sects. … [To read the full article, click the following LINK – Ed.]

The Rise of Black Anti-Semitism
Jack Kirchik
Commentary, June 2018

The year 2018 has thus far been toxic for black-Jewish relations. In February, Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory attended the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) annual “Saviours’ Day” gathering, where sect leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a characteristic anti-Semitic tirade. “When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door,” Farrakhan declared. “White folks are going down, and Satan is going down, and Farrakhan by God’s grace has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew—and I’m here to say, your time is up.” For good measure, Farrakhan also claimed that Jews control the FBI as well as Mexico, and he repeated a relatively new conspiracy theory, the “Pot Plot,” alleging that Jews promote homosexuality among black men through the distribution of a special form of marijuana.

When it was revealed that Mallory had sat in the audience for this rant, she not only refused to distance herself from the anti-Semitic cult but boasted of her three-decade long relationship with it. “I was raised in activism and believe that as historically oppressed people, blacks, Jews, Muslims and all people must stand together to fight racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia,” she said in a statement. Declaring that she is “guided by the loving principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” who dedicated his entire career to opposing the very sort of racial separatism, hatred, and conspiracy promoted by the likes of Farrakhan and others of his ilk, Mallory made clear that she had no intention of ever disassociating herself from the NOI.

While some black leaders and writers criticized Mallory, her stubbornness found support in high places. “Now you work with people all the time with whom you disagree,” said Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, to the ladies of The View. Jarrett spoke as if America’s foremost anti-Semite were just some recalcitrant House Republican in need of a stern, Oval Office arm-twist. To this day, Mallory (along with her Women’s March sisters-in-arms Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez) proudly considers Farrakhan an ally, and there is no indication that she or the organization she leads has suffered serious reputational damage because of her association with him.
On the contrary, Mallory has successfully exacted revenge on at least one prominent Jewish organization that criticized her for associating with the NOI.

In April, following national outrage sparked by the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, the coffee giant announced that the Anti-Defamation League would be one of four civil-rights organizations to participate in diversity-training exercises for its employees across the country. Mallory loudly objected, accusing the ADL of “constantly attacking black and brown people,” by which she seems to have meant Tamika Mallory and Louis Farrakhan. Joining her in protest was Jewish Voice for Peace—a fringe group advocating the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment campaign against Israel—and other leftist groups that oppose the ADL over its engagement with police departments for racial-sensitivity training. A little over a week after Mallory launched her social-media campaign demanding that Starbucks drop the ADL, the company caved. … [To read the full article, click the following LINK – Ed.]

Black Nationalist Hate Group Praised by Media Shot Up Kosher Market
Daniel Greenfield
Sultan Knish, Dec. 16, 2019

The New York Times called them “sidewalk ministers” who practice “tough love.” The paper quoted Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center who described them as victims of racism and claimed that they were non-violent.
The Washington Post, in its own puff piece on the Black Hebrew Israelites, also falsely described them as non-violent, and concluded that, “Israelite street preaching in parts of D.C., Philadelphia and New York is commonplace, a familiar if odd accent to city life.”

The odd accent to city life in Jersey City came amid a hail of bullets as two members of the racist black nationalist hate group opened fire in the JC Supermarket. Despite initial claims by the media and the authorities that the Jewish market had not been targeted, David Anderson and Francine Graham ignored passerby on Martin Luther King Dr, to get to the store and kill as many Jewish people as they could.

When the shooting had ended, Moshe Hersh Deutsch, a yeshiva student who was known for helping distribute food packages to the needy, Mrs. Leah Mindel Ferencz, a mother of 3 who helped her husband run the grocery store, and Miguel Jason Rodriguez, the father of an 11-year-old daughter and a parishioner at an Assemblies of God church, were all dead.

Anderson, who left behind anti-Semitic and anti-police writings, had also killed Detective Joseph Seals, a father of 5, and wounded Officer Ray Sanchez and Officer Ferenella Fernandez. The black nationalist terrorist had hated cops and Jews. He managed to kill both.

The media whitewash of the racist Black Israelites had come during the Covington Catholic case when the Washington Post, among other papers, had falsely blamed the pro-life students for a confrontation that actually began when members of the nationalist hate group had begun calling them, “crackers,” “faggots,” and “pedophiles.” An African-American pro-life student was called the ‘n-word’.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has her own history of racism and anti-Semitism, falsely claimed that the Covington Catholic students were “taunting 5 black men.”

The New York Times equivocated that members of the hate group “use blunt and sometimes offensive language, and gamely engage in arguments”. The typical “offensive language” and argumentative style of the Times’ second favorite racist hate group involves shouting racist and anti-Semitic slurs at people. … [To read the full article, click the following LINK – Ed.]

For Further Reference:

An Early Analysis of Black Anti-Semitism:  Mosaic, Dec. 30, 2019 — While the synagogue shootings of Pittsburgh and Poway were carried out by anti-Semites of the white-supremacist variety, the shooting at the kosher grocery store in Jersey City, and Saturday night’s stabbing attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, NY, were the work of African Americans.

It is Way Past Time to Talk about Antisemitism in the Black Community: Elder of Zyon, Elder of Zyon, Dec. 12, 2019 — There is antisemitism on the Right. There is antisemitism on the Left. There is antisemitism in the Arab world. And there is antisemitism among blacks and Hispanics.

Zelda Was One of the Greatest Modern Writers of Religious Experience in Any Language:  Michal Leibowitz, Mosaic, Nov. 26, 2019 — In the world of modern Hebrew letters, some names have achieved international recognition: from S.Y. Agnon and Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik to, more recently, Amos Oz and Yehuda Amichai.

The Death of Europe, with Douglas Murray:  Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, Hoover Institute, YouTube, Oct. 7, 2019


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