Friday, December 25, 2015

  • Friday, December 25, 2015
  • Elder of Ziyon
From Time:
These are difficult times for American Muslims, as anecdotal reports suggest terror fears are sparking a backlash. Trends are worrying. According to one tally, there were 38 U.S. anti-Islamic attacks in since the Paris terrorism. The trend was also bad last year, with the FBI reporting hate crimes decreased for all categories of victims except Muslims. The last month was especially troubling. Vandals tore up pages of the Quran and left it covered with feces at a mosque in Pflugerville, Texas. An Indiana University student allegedly attacked a Muslim woman at a café, choking her and removing her scarf. In Grand Forks, N.D., a Somali business was firebombed after it was defaced with Nazi-like symbols. A severed pigs’ head was tossed at a Philadelphia mosque from a passing pickup truck.

The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, 65 miles south of Washington, D.C., is not exempt. When the protestor shouted, “Every Muslim is a terrorist!” at the community meeting in late November, other attendees cheered. Soon after, flyers appeared at the local mall, rallying people to fight the mosque’s building project. “No Jihad in Fredericksburg!!” the signs read. “Do we want their Jihad and bloodshed in our streets? NO! … There is no way of knowing how many ISIS agents will be hiding among them!”

No one supports anti-Muslim hate crimes. But what was a spectacularly bad month for American Muslims, with 38 attacks since Paris, is lower that an average month for American Jews.

Here is a list of 42 antisemitic attacks in the US since the Paris massacre:

  1. November 13: Radio show taken off air for claiming Jews killed Jesus and Holocaust was exaggerated
  2. November 15: ‘Zionists out of CUNY!’ ‘Long Live the Intifada!’ Chanted at CUNY student protest at Hunter
  3. November 16th: Antisemitic stickers at the University of Central Florida. One sticker had a Star of David and the words "1%" and "Bankers" underneath. The second sticker had a Nazi swastika depicted on a flag.
  4. November 16: People throw eggs at religious Jews
  5. November 16: Muslim NYC cabbie attacks Jewish passenger
  6. November 18: antisemitic opposition to housing project according to Howell NJ mayor
  7. November 23: Man shouts at Jews on Los Angeles street: “Go back to Auschwitz, you filthy Jews!”
  8. November 24: Antisemitic letters sent to Spring Valley homeowners
  9. November 25: Suspect shouts 'Jews should go back to Auschwitz,' assaults man
  10. November 25: Threatening letter against Jewish school
  11. November 25: New York Ex-cop reveals shocking antisemitic tapes
  12. November 26: City leader says he experienced anti-Semitism after synagogue vote
  13. November 26: Swastika drawn on LaPlata Hall students’ door
  14. December 1: Men stop car to shout “Fuck you, Jews” at 44-year-old and his sons
  15. December 1: A Jewish man was threatened with a knife whilst walking in New York, attacker shouted "Jew"
  16. December 12: >Jewish bookstore manager assaulted outside Manhattan shop
  17. December 3: Antisemitic assault in Brooklyn
  18. December 4: Hateful graffiti targeted towards North Austin Jewish community
  19. December 4: A man yelling anti-Jewish slur tries to enter synagogue
  20. December 4: Swastika found on Jewish man's truck in parking lot in Denver
  21. December 6:FBI busts teen buying machine guns to ‘execute’ Jews
  22. December 7: Chabad Lubavitch synagogue menorah stolen, vandalized night before Hanukkah
  23. December 7: A man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania reportedly approached a Jewish family at a kosher restaurant and said to their 5-year-old child: “You filthy Jews, I’m going to kill all of you."
  24. December 8: Menorah in NYC knocked over, damaged
  25. December 9: Swastikas carved into dorm room door at Rowan University
  26. December 12: A string of arson attacks appearing to target property owned by Bukharian Jews in the Forest Hills neighborhood
  27. December 11: Menorah vandalized, happy Hanukkah sign stolen from park in Brooklyn
  28. December 12: Menorah in suburban Chicago vandalized
  29. December 13: Man nearly ran over child, made threats against Jews outside Kosher restaurant
  30. December 13: Five men accused in Church, Synagogue attack plot
  31. December 14: Antisemitic notes left at Cooper City (FL) homes
  32. December 15: This Costco lady had some impressive antisemitic remarks while making smoothie samples
  33. December 16: Rabbi receives antisemitic messages after he asked to remove a tree
  34. December 16: NYPD seeks man who punched Hasidic Jew in the head & threw his hat, yarmulke down
  35. December 18: Threatening note with antisemitic graffiti found at woman’s bathroom in Mount Sinai Hospital
  36. December 18: Man makes antisemitic statements to Lakewood resident, breaks his car headlight
  37. December 20: Antisemitic incident in Framingham high locker room
  38. December 21: A comment on an open letter written by an East Ramapo school board member echoes Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” for the Jews.
  39. December 24: Jewish temple vandalized with swastika in Olympia, WA
  40. December 24: Orthodox Jew denied federal security clearance because of relatives in Israel
  41. December 24: Antisemitic graffiti, multiple swastikas discovered outside public school
  42. December 24: Man punches Jewish student in Brooklyn, says "I don't like Jewish people"
So where are the anguished articles about how rampant antisemitism is in America? Where are the articles about the fear that American Jews have?

There is a more subtle kind of bigotry at work, too. Most of the people who were attacked for being Jewish wore identifiable Jewish clothing, meaning that they are religious. But while the media is going out of its way to mention how terrible it is when identifiable Muslims are being attacked, there seems to be an idea that religious Jews are not "normal" Jews and the normal ones who are not easily distinguished from any other American are in no danger, only the fanatics who insist on wearing kippot or black hats or visible tzitzit or payos.

A Muslim woman who wants to wear a hijab must be protected but a Jewish man who wants to wear a long black coat is not someone the media wants its readers to identify with. If he gets punched, it's sort of natural.

The media wants readers to identify with fears of Muslims, showing how they are as American as the next person (read the entire Time article) but no one ever writes about the fears of identifiable Jews or how they are just as American as anyone else.

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