I am not in the habit of putting up other peoples’ material in its entirety. My deal is to excerpt from their work and provide a link for readers to see the rest.
But I’m making an exception here – because a) the material is so compelling that I want it all to be in front of you, and b) because, as regular readers will recognize, virtually every point in the material is a point I have already made on this blog.
With the above in mind, here is today’s editorial from the New York Post:
Facing the facts about anti-Semitic attacks in New York
Saturday’s horrific attack on a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, on the heels of multiple anti-Semitic incidents in Gotham last week and the recent carnage in Jersey City, is a wake-up call — even if leaders like Mayor de Blasio insist on sidestepping the grim realities.
The surge in attacks — at least eight in the city last week, before the Monsey assault — has Jewish communities scared, livid and demanding swift action.
De Blasio made a grand show of decrying the stabbings as a “tragedy” and rolled out new measures: more cops in Jewish areas, “neighborhood safety coalitions,” a greater focus on anti-Semitism in schools.
Yet even Monday, he was blurring the blame: “What we’re seeing,” he claimed, “is a horrible national crisis of anti-Semitism. We have to put this in perspective.” The city’s problems, in other words, are part of a national trend — driven by “an atmosphere of hate” created by . . . President Trump.
“The permission that’s being given for hate speech” — given by Trump, that is — “is underlying a lot of this.”
That’s absurd. Trump’s not OK’ing anti-Semitic hate; he has a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandkids and has been terrific for Israel. He could be stronger at times in condemning white supremacy, but that’s clearly not what’s driving the New York attacks.
Meanwhile, the mayor skirts over the true culprits, such as:
- The city’s (and state’s) failure to address serious mental illness. A lawyer for alleged Monsey stabber Grafton Thomas says he has “a long history” of hospitalizations.
- New York’s growing softness on crime. As The Post reported Saturday, the state’s new no-bail law will mean a quick get-out-of-jail-free card for all but one of the accused attackers in the eight anti-Jewish crimes in the city last week. Tiffany Harris is the rule, not the exception.
“You have to beat the hell out of somebody — or murder them — for there to be any consequences,” laments Dov Hikind of Americans Against Anti-Semitism.
- Jew-hatred among some blacks, which de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and other Democrats refuse to call out by name.
Some black leaders even promote anti-Semitism: Recall when City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo blamed a spate of violent anti-Jewish attacks on black fear of being “pushed out” by Jewish landlords? She later apologized, but Jersey City school-board member Joan Terrell-Paige stands by her remarks, after the killings in her city this month, calling Jews “brutes” who “waved bags of money.”
The national Democratic Party itself has been increasingly open to anti-Semites: Bernie Sanders has embraced extremists like Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar. After Omar smeared Jews with her “It’s all about the Benjamins” quip, House Democrats shied from censuring her; Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Omar didn’t mean to be anti-Semitic.
And nearly every Democrat makes sure to kiss Al Sharpton’s ring, despite his role fanning flames during the anti-Jewish riot in Crown Heights.
De Blasio’s measures may help on the margins, but truly facing down anti-Semitism requires him to take a clear stand and admit the real sources of the hatred — as well as addressing the city’s growing failures when it comes to repeat offenders, including the seriously mentally ill.
Cuomo, too, needs to speak up, fix the no-bail law and push policies to get violent mentally ill people off the streets.
Even a letter from four Jewish pols — state Sen. Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yeger — seems meant more for show than serious action: They want Cuomo to declare a state of emergency, deploy the National Guard and State Police and appoint a special prosecutor. They, too, refrain from focusing on the core problem.
It’s beyond outrageous that, in a city with one of the world’s largest Jewish populations, politicians refuse to speak honestly about surging anti-Semitism. And when they avoid the right words, who can have any confidence in their actions?
This stands as an excellent summation of what is going on in New York, and why all decent people, regardless of skin color or religious belief, should be outraged by it.
But this goes far beyond the rash of anti-Semitic hatred New York City is currently experiencing.
Though the editorial was prompted by a Chanukah attack on Jews in the suburb of Monsey, the consequences of New York’s “no problem, no jail, no bail, see ya” idiocy are far more damaging to Black citizens than Jews.
It is a not-very-often cited fact that the predominant victims of Black criminals are other Black people. And when Black criminals are not punished for their criminality, common sense tells us they will continue to engage in it – with decent Black people, far and away, their most frequent victims.
So tell me: who benefits from New York’s policy of letting criminals back on the streets? Other than criminals who want to continue their “careers”, the answer is no one.
But what about who is damaged by this policy? Primarily decent Black people – which is to say, the vast majority of Black people. With all their pious mouthings, do the politicians who put this policy in force give a damn about them?
There is one additional point that should be made here: as excellent as this editorial is, one key component has been left out: media’s responsibility.
In all the local and national media I have seen over the past several days, Democrat after Democrat has been quoted as blaming the upsurge in anti-Semitic activity on “The Trump Presidency” and “the last few years” (which is same thing).
But here are a few facts that I don’t recall media mentioning:
-Anti-Semitism was already on the rise. In fact, it jumped 35% during Barack Obama’s last year in office/before Donald Trump was President. How could any honest journalist leave that out?
-There has been a huge upsurge of anti-Israel activity and Jewish intimidation by the left – not White nationalists/White supremacists/alt-right, etc. etc. etc, but the left. This is most particularly seen on college campuses throughout the country, which – unless you think Donald Trump is leading a left wing charge in academia, certainly is not his doing.
-The perpetrators of almost all New York City’s anti-Semitic incidents have been urban Blacks – who, I think it is safe to say, are unlikely to be either connected to or influenced by Donald Trump.
These facts not only put the lie to blaming Donald Trump for what is going on, but show our mainstream media – again, as usual – to be little more than shameful purveyors of whatever their Democrat/leftward masters feed them.
If we want to get serious about hatred and violence – frequently, as we saw in Monsey, the two acting in concert with each other – we have to stop playing let’s-pretend and start getting serious about where it is coming from.
Pointing at Donald Trump, then, figuratively speaking, slapping each other on the back as if something was accomplished, is exactly, precisely, the way to avoid getting serious at all.