How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss - Two Views
Bari Weiss is a writer/editor for the New York Times. In spite of this, sometimes she does get it. She's been interviewed previously by Bill Maher, by Joe Rogan, and undoubtedly by other media personalities. From watching pieces of her interviews, it seems that she does understand that their is anti-Semitism coming from the Left and from Muslims in addition to the Right. She doesn't get that it can't be blamed on Trump.
Weiss has written a book on anti-Semitism. It's called, "How to Fight Anti-Semitism." I'm not going to review it as I haven't yet read it. Others have read it.
Joel Pollak at Breitbart is not impressed:
It gets worse. Weiss claims that Breitbart — a website founded by Jews, owned by a Jew, largely run by Jews, and devoting attention to Jewish causes — represents a “poisonous ideology” that has infected the White House, and notes that in July, “Breitbart’s White House correspondent was hired by the White House.”
Set aside, for now, the fact that the Obama White House hired plenty of mainstream media journalists. Breitbart’s former White House correspondent is a woman, with a name: Michelle Moons. She has a distinguished body of work, including early coverage of the “Angel Moms,” a group who lost relatives to crimes committed by illegal aliens, which developed a unique connection to Trump.
Nothing Moons has ever said or written could remotely be considered “alt-right.” Perhaps Weiss could have learned something about Trump supporters by reading Moons instead of slandering her.
Weiss also lobs a false accusation at Rep. Steve King (R-IA). King has made a number of controversial statements over the years, including on racial issues, but there is not one example of him attacking Jews. Yet Weiss implies that King is among those who “attacks us,” i.e. Jews.
There are no footnotes in the entire book, an inexcusable omission that makes it impossible for readers to examine for themselves whether Weiss’s accusations are actually true.
Weiss treats Trump and his supporters in the same way that antisemites — especially on the left — treat Jews: they are guilty until proven innocent, stained by association with a political cause they must renounce to be accepted. In the meantime, it is possible to say or believe anything about them, no matter how outlandish or unfair. She has cast them — us — as the “Other.”
As a Jewish friend of mine, who grew up in my liberal neighborhood but also became a conservative, likes to joke: “Those bumper stickers that say, ‘COEXIST’? They mean everyone — except you.”
Vic Rosenthal goes easier on her but still doesn't agree with all of her prescriptions:
I want people to read this book because there is no way you can do so and still maintain that there is no runaway antisemitism problem in North America. There is no way you can maintain that Jews in the last remaining safe diaspora stronghold will continue to be safe, and not just from a few heavily armed neo-Nazi wackos. If she does one thing exceptionally well in this book, it is to accurately convey the extent of the phenomenon. The neo-Nazis, the intersectional leftists smugly categorizing Jews as exploiters with no rights, the Farrakhanists on New York subways, the imams preaching about killing Jews – there are more of them every day.
Weiss talks a lot about Europe, where everyday life for Jews is rapidly becoming more difficult and dangerous, mostly because of the influx of Muslim migrants from places where, as she points out, Jew-hatred is normative. In other words, it’s part of almost everybody’s repertoire of common knowledge. Is the Pope Catholic? Does the bear defecate in the woods? Are the Jews a subhuman race descended from apes and pigs? Ask anyone in Iraq. In Somalia, when you stub your toe you curse the Jews. Muslim migrants from places like that do not leave their antisemitism at the airport along with any prohibited invasive plants.
Should French Jews proudly wear their kipot? She doesn’t know if, in their place, she would. But Europe provides a clue as to why her solutions won’t work in the US. France has the third largest population of Jews in the world (about half a million), after Israel and the US. But they comprise only about 0.7% of the French population. If the non-Jewish population and the government can’t protect them, then it doesn’t matter how proud they are of their Jewishness, how liberal they are, or how “out” they are about being Jewish. And many French Jews have already decided to either move to “safe” neighborhoods in large cities – you could call them ghettos – or to abandon careers or sell businesses and leave the country.
At least a New York Times reporter saying it might get some doubters to understand that yes, there is a rise in anti-Semitism. The problem though, is being willing to looking anti-Semitism in the eye when that eye is Muslim or a progressive social justice warrior.