Is there a crisis of hatred against Western Jews, or are they just another casualty in the game of victimhood politics?
"...whatever your politics, every second you spend on Twitter is making you pettier, stupider, and worse. It is poison, and if you have an account, you should stop reading and delete it this instant." Best advice I have read in quite some time.
By demanding special pleading and by insisting that anyone not ready to write Israel a blank check for anything it ever does, did or shall do is indistinguishable from Goebbels or Himmler, Zionists have created more genuine anti-Semites than anything Stormfront could have done on its own.
I only recently discovered Kriss when he started his Substack. Absolutely brilliant. When I read his essays I don’t even think about whether I agree or disagree with his views. That to me is totally beside the point. I just go along for the ride, wherever it may lead. And it’s always fascinating and enthralling.
I highly recommend reading everything on his Substack for those who haven’t yet done so. And, no, I don’t know him and he didn’t put me up to this. He’s just the most interesting writer I’ve encountered in a long time.
I think he sums it up.
It's weird the anti-Ye hate. A guy known for his lack of stability tweets some crazy stuff and he must be destroyed. The sign of a tyrant is the beating of a fool.
As far as Irving goes, we are not talking about a deep, philosophical thinker planning a pogrom but a babbling athlete and the response to his babbling is only going to make a lot of people who had been ignoring it start going hmmmm.
Regarding Chappelle, every sane Jew should shake his hand and thank him. His monologue was criticism from kindness.
BTW, has Farrakhan or Sharpton ever been "cancelled"? Has a corporation ever publicly rebuked them? These guys actually want to get Jews killed. In Sharpton's case he has.
This stood out for me: “a howling void at the core of their being demanding to be filled with someone else’s suffering” wow
Jews have massive power and influence in the media and in our popular films.
That's just a fact.
This whole things is a friggin’ mess. Being a white trailer-trash Southerner that has faced plenty of bigotry and assumptions of my politics the past 20 years in New York City. The biggest defense I have employed against the stereotypes hurled at me is to not live up to them.
I’ve got no dog in this hunt, but the way Ye and Kyrie have been treated only enforces some of the stereotypes against Jews in the eyes of many; especially black folks.
The commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, is jewish as was the previous commissioner all the way back to the days of Michael Jordan. Not many jews playing in the NBA, but plenty of blacks play and never a black commissioner. Sorry, but that is bad look. Especially, the list of six demands of Kyrie before he can play again. I mean, does he have to have the $500,000 converted to shekels before playing again?
Plenty of scholarship on the jewish role in the Civll Rights movement in the 1960s, but dare mention the role in hip-hop, the NBA, and guard-railing black culture and you’re screwed
…with no Vaseline.
I am a converted jew.
Stating a fact - that CEO's of the entertainment industry are overwhelmingly members of the Jewish religion - is not anti-semitism.
The real question is why facts are now being labeled as anti-semitic.
Hmm. Well here is my POV as a non-organized US Jew whose mother was British. First, I find most of what is happening in Britain and increasingly here in the US with the constant blaming and outrage and victim hood on display from what I think of as the organized Jewish community embarrassing. It is not a good look and is, moreover, I believe, 'bad for the Jews'. We should not be in the censorship game. Period. We who were stripped and sent naked to the gas chambers have zero business publicly stripping (metaphorically) and shaming anyone, and that includes Kanye and Kyrie. Having said that. I have seen a lot on line from progressives including mutuals that blurs the line when it comes to Israel as they argue rightly against the oppression of the Palestinians. I have been told by people I really like and respect that there should point blank be no Israel and no Jewish state. I have been told that the Jews have no connection to the land of Israel. I have been sent pics of shetl-style Hasidic Jews as examples of how un-Middle Eastern the Jews are. These are the same progressives who support immigration from the Middle East to the UK and to the US because in part it is the West who has caused the wars and climate change spurring much of it. These are after all not 'migrants' but refugees. We should welcome them. These same progressives support indigenous rights in the US but never suggest with any seriousness giving it back. These same progressives, including the friend who sent me the pic on twitter of the shetl- style Jew as part of his argument that the Jews have zero claim to Palestine, do not count the Jewish refugees who in the 19th century ended up in what became Israel. They are not refugees, no, they were never refugees, they were always settlers and colonizers. if they were persecuted, raped and murdered in Ukraine (as an example) and fled to Palestine or what is today Israel that doesn't count and never did. The fact that many in the region who were Jews were strongly encouraged to convert to Islam by the Ottoman Empire doesn't count either. Because the only history that counts is since 1948. The Hebron Massacre doesn't count. There were no suicide bombers, or if there were, they were justified. There was Munich, but hey, just settler colonizers. I support the Palestinian people. Yet, I want Israel to exist, in part because there is a long history going back millennia of Jews being systematically killed and if not killed, dispossessed. I want Israel to be better. I want it to stop oppressing Palestinians. Finally, as a graduate student i studied ancient Middle Eastern archaeology. The Jews were there. In what is today Israel. From the beginning. They were enslaved and sent away. Their temples were destroyed. Where is the line? The third millennium? The second? The first? The expulsions in the middle ages? Are the Sephardic Jews allowed to be in a new Palestine as long as they keep their heads down? Are they too Western settler colonizers? Is there a way to talk about Palestine and Israel that is not all or none?
They Keep Us Focused On Decoy Dichotomies -- https://substack.com/inbox/post/84405554
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"Anti-Semitism" always follows bad Jewish group behavior. For almost eight decades Jews have been waging genocide against Palestine , and Sam plays the eternal victim card. "Fuck the Jews" seems appropriate, and Sam can circle the wagons crying "anti-Semite!", or actually address the problem.
Not sure how the problem of discrimination will be solved but shutting down free speech is not the way to do it. The idea that people cannot settle their differences by talking is insulting. When people are insulted they can be expected to do the same in return. In this way censorship leads to a cycle of insults, hatred, resentment and possibly violence. Usually the most powerful group (generally the group in power) will win the war, and therefore the idea that minorities will benefit from censorship is ludicrous.
The leader of the Green Party in Canada was ousted a while back, partly because of her unconditional love and support for "Israel", a small middle-Eastern country.
In response to a CBC article on that topic I posted, "I guess that Zionism isn't that popular in the Green Party." (full comment)
It was instantly removed. "Your content has been deactivated as it was found to violate CBC commenting policies".
"Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticising Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country [the US] people are criticising Israel, then they are antisemitic." -- Shulamit Aloni
An opinion piece on medium.com by Steve Cooke (https://medium.com/@Steve_Cooke/is-antisemitism-a-trick-a-closer-look-at-that-shulamit-aloni-meme-295fde27b0a8) points out that this was not a confession that Aloni herself has used the trick. He claims that when Aloni used the pronoun "we," she was referring to Israel. I'm not sure how Cooke in 2019 was able to read the mind of a person who died in 2014. Perhaps he's right, or perhaps Aloni was referring to "we" Zionists. Mr. Kriss cites Stephen Pollard as an example of a Jew, not necessarily an Israeli citizen or a Zionist, who assumed that a person who didn't like him was an antisemite and gloated that he got that person fired from his job. So, perhaps Aloni was in fact referring to Jews in general, though one would hope tacitly excepting some individuals, especially herself.
This is a phenomenon prevalent in almost all minority groups, especially those who have faced actual discrimination in the past, which Jews definitely have even here in the US. If I criticize an African American or BLM, I risk being called a racist even though my criticism is valid. If I opposed puberty blockers and life-altering surgery on a minor, I may be called "trans-phobic."
With minorities who are not in a position of power or are not organized, this is not so much of a problem. However, when a minority enjoys enhanced power for whatever reason, it can become a method of marginalizing the majority. Ron Unz has pointed out that if Jewish admissions to elite universities fall even a small amount as a result of preferences for Blacks or Latinos, the university administration may be accused of antisemitism. As a result, the entire burden of "diversity" has been born by Asians and Whites, particularly males. This is ironic because so many Jews are vocal backers of "diversity."
Mr. Kriss goes on to point out that use of the "trick" is not even limited to Jews (with exceptions), but was weaponized by gentile elites to destroy Jeremy Corbyn. He furthermore explains how the use of the "trick" is detrimental to Jews themselves. He points out how "offensive is it to raise the spectre of the Final Solution because someone on Twitter called you a dickhead."
Amen. Offense is in the mind of the offended, and we are rapidly banishing words like "midget," which distinguish a person as not being a "dwarf." Our language loses precision when we replace both words with "little person," which arguably can convey just as many pejoratives as the first two. I'm reminded of the incident in "Cry the Beloved Country" when a black South African chooses not to be offended because an Afrikaner use the word "kafir."
Gizmodo, a gadget site, just posted detailed instructions to show people how to stop Kanye from showing up on their music feed.
Make of that what you will.
Kriss makes some very good points about the overuse of antisemitism as an accusation meant to defame or cancel those guilty of it, but doesn't address the main reason that antisemitism is such a big issue today, which is of course the behaviour of the Israeli government. Most Jews want to defend the right of Israel to exist and many on the left want it destroyed, that is, they want Israel as a country where Jews are a majority eliminated. "From the river to the sea, Palestine must be free" is fully supported by much of the left that I know. Associated with this conflict is the transformation of the word Zionism to a curse, rather than the desire for a Jewish homeland. Clearly much of the left does not think that the idea of a Jewish homeland has any moral merit.
Another reason I think there is antisemitism in this desire to destroy Israel is the incredible focus on Israel in the West compared to any other countries that have genocidal histories and presents. For example, virtually nobody talks about Tibet anymore, attacked by the Chinese around the same time Israel was founded. A million Tibetans have died since 1949 because of the Chinese invasion, far more than Palestinians, and the Tibetan population decimated; in comparison, there are now more Palestinians than ever before. The left never talks about Tibet. Why? Maybe the focus on Israel is because it's sort of allied with the West , but does this explain all of the focus on it? I wonder. Similarly, Kriss isn't sure that comparing Netanyahu to Hitler is problematic, even though the Jewish population was systematically slaughtered during WWII compared to a Palestinian population that is growing. Scale matters when making comparisons.
One way to understand the rise of accusations of antisemitism that does make sense to me is the ongoing, nauseating desire of people to be seen as victims. If I misgender a trans person, I'm erasing them, wishing for their death; if I say racism isn't that much of a problem today, I might be called a white supremacist or bigot, that my words are violence. And this kind of thinking can be seen in the sensitivity to anything at all that vaguely feels like anti-semitism.