A few reactions to the Congregation Beth Israel Hostage-Taking incident
A lot has been written about the recent hostage taking at Reform Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. One good piece is ZOA's statement, which you can read here.
Here is a short excerpt:
On Sunday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) undermined and diverted attention from efforts to combat Islamist antisemitism by publishing an article that downplayed the Islamist antisemitism here. ADL’s article portrayed white supremacists’ posts and “Islamophobia” as the major problems. ADL’s article, entitled “Extremists Respond to Colleyville Hostage Crisis with Antisemitism, Islamophobia,” spent only three sentences mentioning Islamist extremists (Al-Qaeda supporters and a British pro-ISIS Islamist preacher), with no illustrations.
By contrast, ADL spent 56 sentences on white supremacists’ ugly internet posts about the hostage situation, plus five illustrations; and 12 sentences accusing experts on Islamic antisemitism of “elevating Islamophobia,” plus a copy of an internet post. One of the targets of ADL’s article, pro-Israel Islam expert Robert Spencer, noted that “Virtually every part of [ADL’s claims about Islamophobia] is vicious and defamatory,” and that the ADL was essentially saying that it is “anti-Muslim to oppose Jihad violence and Islamic antisemitism.”
For further reading, here is a piece by Hen Mazzig on holding CAIR accountable for their role in inspiring this attack:
CAIR ardently supported Billoo's comments. CAIR did not heed the warnings from the American Jewish community that this rhetoric was dangerous and incendiary hate speech. CAIR went as far as accusing the ADL of using "false claims of antisemitism to smear Muslims."
Meanwhile, CAIR had come to the staunch defense of other notable antisemites, including the very bigot at the basis of this weekend's Texas synagogue attack. CAIR's Dallas-Fort Worth chapter had campaigned for Siddiqui's release, calling her conviction "one of the greatest examples of injustice in U.S. history."
The dots are not too difficult to connect. When you say Jewish institutions are evil because of an association with Israel, you put a target on all Jews; when you put a target on synagogues, your followers will go to synagogues with guns.
Andy Levin also tweeted a statement:
We at MJAC have one question for Rep. Levin: With your excusing Rashida Tlaib's antisemitism, your association with IfNotNow, and your stated need for the U.S. and U.S. Jews to recalibrate our support for Israel, whom are you trying to kid? You're talking out of both sides of your mouth.
If you play on Twitter, take a minute to read all of the comments calling out Levin's hypocrisy on this tweet.