Is the liberal media and African American leadership inciting violence towards Jews?


GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel December 10, 2013 — Anti-Israel radicals have tried for weeks to link the events in Ferguson, Missouri to the recent escalation of Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli citizens. Israel-hating journalists have feverishly been trying to justify the slaughter of innocent civilians in the Holy Land by claiming that the African American community in the US and the Palestinian community in Israel are similarly oppressed.

On Instagram a few weeks ago, Detroit Lions star Reggie Bush re-posted a picture of a Palestinian holding a sign that read, “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #ferguson #justice.” Bush himself added, “No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! This isn’t a Ferguson problem it’s a Global Problem! We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown.”

Sadly it is far from just grossly ignorant sports stars making this absurd claim. In an article for The Daily Beast on December 3 entitled “Arabs are the Michael Browns of Israel,” Dean Obeidallah wrote, “There are limits to the parallels between Kafr Kanna and Ferguson. Most notably, in Ferguson, all agree that Michael Brown was unarmed. And it is true of course that American police departments aren’t literally an occupying army, and yes, African Americans have more rights than Palestinians have. But the point is that many people in black communities perceive nearly all-white police forces as being not so different from an occupying army.”

In light of this wildly false and divisive claim, it would be interesting to hear what Mr. Bush and Mr. Obeidallah have to say regarding the stabbing attack on an Israeli in New York City on December 8.

According to the Jerusalem Post, “An Israeli yeshiva student was stabbed on Monday at one of New York’s most well known synagogues, in what some in the Jewish community are already calling a hate crime…the attacker, an unidentified African-American described as a homeless man by the Daily News, entered the building and, according to witnesses, asked for a book. He subsequently left but then returned and took out a switchblade, menacing a group of students before stabbing Levi Yitzchok… in the side of the head.”

Six days after Obeidallah penned an article linking the “Palestinian struggle” to the African American struggle, a Jew was stabbed by an African American in a perceived hate crime. While it is unlikely that the attacker read Obeidallah’s piece or saw Bush’s Instagram post, especially if he was in fact homeless, it does not mean that it had no effect. It is not a stretch to conclude that the sentiments being pushed by the left-wing and the radical elements of the African American leadership in America are, just like Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Israel, inciting violence against innocent Jews.

By equating the struggle of the Palestinians with that of the African Americans, a message is sent to blacks angry about recent events to lash out at Jews as another form of protest. Perhaps that is why the radical anti-Semitic attacks which have been a terrifyingly common occurrence on the streets of Europe for years are beginning to pop up more frequently in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave (such as the Knock Out Game played by young African Americans in New York earlier this year).

The JPost report continued, “Police arrived almost immediately and confronted the attacker inside the building. He initially dropped the knife but picked it up again as one of the policemen approached, causing the officer to open fire, wounding him. The assailant later died of his wounds.”

According to the Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot, “Police are calling reinforcements, fearing possible rioting.”

This would be a grave mistake on the part of the African American community. The controversy surrounding the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, no matter what you feel about them, are not connected to this police shooting. The common citizen, no matter his skin color, would hope for the police to take decisive action against an armed attacker stabbing an innocent man on the street. If this doesn’t qualify as a “shoot to kill” situation, it is hard to imagine what does.

However, if the left-wing media and the African American community decide to take up the cause of this unknown attacker, they will be sending a statement that the life of an aggressive attacker is more valuable than the life of an innocent victim. More specifically, they will be saying that a black attacker’s life is more valuable than the innocent Jewish victim, simply because of the race of one and the religion of the other. Is this not the antithesis of the African American civil rights movement? If the intentions of the African American community are truly pure, they should be striving for equal protection for ALL in the United States.

Sadly, both the liberal media and some elements of the African American leadership have a woeful record with regard to responsible actions involving the Jewish community.

The media’s insanely lopsided coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian issue has been a source of inspiration and assurance for terrorists worldwide who aspire to injure and kill Jews. Their reckless and malicious coverage of the Jewish State has been chronicled time and again in this column and elsewhere. To list all of the sickening examples would require a space far too large for this article.

Sadly, some leaders of the African American community have had a similarly horrifying track record with regard to Jews. In January 1984, Jesse Jackson famously referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” while speaking to a Washington Post reporter.

Similarly, in 1991, following an African American riot in Crown Heights, New York, Al Sharpton referred to Jews as “diamond merchants” and declared to that world that, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” A Jewish Crow Heights resident even claimed, “Al Sharpton, who came down, and he said Tuesday night, kill the Jews, two times. I heard him, and he started to lead a charge across the street to Utica.”

After traveling to Israel in 1994, Sharpton doubled down on his hate. “When recognized at the Airport, a local yelled to Sharpton to ‘go to hell,’ he replied, ‘I am in hell already, I am in Israel.’”

The past history of both the media and radical black leadership does not inspire confidence with regard to this most recent slaughter of an unsuspecting Jew. Because of this, I fear that not only will the ire of the African American community continue to flare up  towards law enforcement, but since they were acting in defense of a Jew, who they are constantly being told is oppressing the Palestinians in a similar way, their overwhelming anger will be directed towards the Jewish community as well.

Therefore, the burden falls on us, the everymen and women of all races and creeds to demand that the attempted murder of a Jew is as egregious a crime as any other terrible act. We must not allow the media or a handful of unelected rabble-rousers convince the world that a Jewish life is worthless. The Palestinians have been succeeding in this venture for a long time and with additional firepower from a large American constituency, namely the African American leadership, there will be nothing but sorrow and danger ahead for the world’s Jewish population.

I call on the levelheaded citizens of America to take a deep breath and contemplate the message protesting the stabber’s death would really transmit. Please do the responsible thing and leave the Jews out of this fight. Sadly, we have enough of our own.

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