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As a Jew who usually finds it hard to be offended by idiotic, emoting leftists spewing irrational assertions, this may be one of the vilest, most deranged and dangerous things I have read. The Atlantic’s columnist Franklin Foer (former editor of The New Republic) essentially casts blame for the Pittsburgh horror on Conservative Jews.
In Donald Trump’s abhorrence for globalism and in his inability to smack down David Duke, it was easy to hear the ominous chords of history, to see how he was activating dormant hatreds with his conspiratorial tropes.
This is a President that fulfilled his promise to move the American Embassy to Israel’s capital, Jeruselum. This is a President that has reversed Obama’s capitulation on the Iranian regime who’s mullahs refuse to accept Israel as a legitimate nation and continually call for Jews to be pushed out to sea. This is a President who has a Jewish daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren. A man who prayed at the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish spot on earth.
Of course, this was not every corner of the Jewish community. After the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gary Cohn couldn’t bring himself to resign from his job. After Squirrel Hill, Jared Kushner and Sheldon Adelson will likely stand their ground.
To equate white supremacists and their horrific, hateful action to President Trump’s words is the act of desperate politicos who will use their own warped perception as proof of what is in Trump’s heart. We don’t just see this in the formerly thoughtful pages of The Atlantic, but across much of the mainstream media where talking-heads have become cheerleaders against 50 percent of their own country.
Leftists already decided in 2015 this President was a racist, homophobic anti-semite. No matter how many times Trump condemns hate, no matter how many ways Trump said he has nothing to do with lunatics like David Duke or believes in any of their rhetoric, the Left will perpetuate their false narrative.
Up until this paragraph, Foer was repeating irresponsible Leftist talking points which most on the right barely even register anymore.
Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger.
What Foer is saying is that Jews must now be held to a litmus test: Vote for this President and you shall be cast out of our Jewish community.
Foer has determined himself, and those he agrees with, as the arbiters of who can remain a practicing Jew in good standing permitted to enter our houses of worship.
This is contemptuous and abhorrent. It’s not what Judaism believes, neither religiously and culturally.
Franklin Foer has taken the horror of Squirrel Hill (a synagogue only a few miles from the synagogue where I was married in 1997) and used that to confirm his worldview; That this anti-globalist has awakened and radicalized anti-semites and others intent on committing deranged actions. That the blood of Squirrel Hill is on this President’s hands.
Cowardly keyboard warriors like Foer are far more dangerous to Judaism than what we just witnessed in Pittsburgh. The heinous acts of the killer are now being used against other Jews who support the duly elected leader Foer and his like-minded thinkers hate.
This line of thinking is not dissimilar to collaborating with the Nazis in WW2 if Foer disagreed with the Jewish leader of his own ghetto.