Opinion: Left's response to Pittsburgh shooting was act of bad faith
The Left's response to the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue has been insulting in many ways. The worst responses have been from Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, who have combined vigils for the Pittsburgh victims with Hamas terrorists killed by the IDF. You can find the links yourself. Sorry for putting our readers through the extra effort, but some days you just don't want to look at that kind of insane hatred.
There was the usual victim blaming and some blame-the-Jews from some Jewish writers. As David Harsanyi writes:
But some, such as GQ's Julia Ioffe, decided to dip into a little victim blaming, as well. Hadn't American Jews been a little too Jew-centric and pro-Israel for their own good?
Franklin Foer of The Atlantic demanded that Jews finally dispense with their faith, adopt his and start expelling co-religionists who don't share his political opinions.
"Wire" creator David Simon accused the Israeli government of intervening in the American democracy on behalf of white supremacists.
As he points out,
For those who confuse progressivism with Judaism -- which is to say, many -- it might be difficult to understand that undermining the Democratic Party isn't an act of anti-Semitism. In fact, the Trump administration, like it or not, has been the most pro-Jewish administration in memory.
Fortunately, not all Jews have bought into the madness from the Left:
If you want to read about the left's co-opting of American Judaism, I recommend Jonathan Neumann's excellent book, "To Heal the World?"
MJAC is sponsoring a discussion between Jonathan Neumann and Howard Lupovich on the Left - Right divide in Judaism. Can the divide be bridged when some Jews insist on blaming other Jews for the insane, murderous, anti-Semitic actions of a lunatic? Please join us at Adat Shalom on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. The speakers will be taking audience questions, and copies of Jonathan Neumann's book will be available for purchase and signing.
Admission is free, but please register. You can also be a sponsor of this event for the extremely reasonable price of $100.00.