Judaism should not be used an ideological prop
Jonathan Tobin writes about some of the misuse of Judaism by Jews in order to score anti-Trump points.
Even if conditions at overcrowded detention facilities for those caught crossing the border illegally are bad, they are not “concentration camps”—a term that is generally used to describe places that were both far worse and also criminal efforts to detain, torture and even kill innocent people. Comparing such places to federal facilities housing people who did break laws passed by Congress is a willful effort to misrepresent the facts and to undermine the unique nature of the Holocaust.
The same goes for the Anne Frank analogies. Migrants who came here illegally, been through the legal process, been ordered out by U.S. courts and now hiding from the authorities have nothing to do with a Jewish girl in the 1940s cowering in an attic with her family for fear of death. It’s possible to sympathize with the desire for a better life in America. But when you recognize that large groups of people are trying to benefit from having broken the law that other immigrants waiting their turn patiently to get into America are following, suddenly they’re not quite so sympathetic.
It's not only Jews who are trivializing Judaism and Jewish history by promoting these insane analogies, but it's worse when Jews do it. Jews should know better. Cloaking one's self in a false moral authority borne of ignorance does nobody any good.
In depicting the debate about immigration as one in which those who seek to uphold the rule of law and to defend U.S. sovereignty are no better than Babylonians, Romans, Nazis or contemporary mass killers, Trump’s critics are effectively foreclosing a necessary debate about the issue.
Doing so ignores the primary lesson of Tisha B’Av, which calls for avoiding sinat chinam—the “baseless hatred” tradition tells us led to the fall of Jerusalem.
What they are doing is using rhetoric that demonizes opponents and that consciously distorts the issues in such a way as to erase all distinctions between actual hate crimes and a mere defense of the law or idea of border security. Sadly, the self-righteous Jewish Tisha B’Av protesters were exhibiting the sort of discourse that they deplore when used by Trump. Yet by draping their anger at Trump and his supporters in the trappings of Judaism and its saddest day, they are recreating the exact sort of behavior Jewish scholars have warned against for two millennia.
It's happening everywhere, even here in Michigan.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you "Detroit Jews for Justice" who recently partnered with CAIR (unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Terror Trial) in their #closethecamps protest. Unsurprisingly, led by Alana Alpert, they also support Rashida Tlaib.