As Jews Are Murdered, the Left Stands Idly By—and Worse

When not simply ignoring murderous attacks on Israeli civilians, the Western Left rushes to justify them, as Brendan O’Neill writes:

[T]he response in the West to the spate of foul murders by car, knife, and meat cleaver in Israel has been almost as shocking as the killings themselves. Many have stayed silent. . . . Others have asked, “Well, what do Israelis expect?” The crashing of cars into rabbis waiting for a bus and the hacking at Israeli citizens doing their weekly shopping is treated as a normal response by Palestinians to their woes.

When the Guardian glorifies these killings as a “knife intifada,” and radical writers describe them as a natural kickback against Palestinians’ “ongoing humiliation,” they’re really saying Israeli citizens deserve to be murdered. . . .

And with their handwringing over “Palestinian despair,” with one writer claiming Palestinians are lashing out with knives because it’s “the only option left to them,” they infantilize Palestinians, reducing them to robotic knife-wielders who aren’t responsible for what they do. They heap contempt on both sides, demonizing Israeli citizens and pitying Palestinians so much that they end up seeing [the latter] as mentally deficient, with no choice but to hack at the nearest Jew.

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More about: Guardian, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Media, Palestinian terror

On Thanksgiving, Remember the Exodus from Egypt

Nov. 27 2020

When asked to design a Great Seal of the United States, Benjamin Franklin proposed a depiction of Moses at the splitting of the Sea of Reeds, while Thomas Jefferson suggested the children of Israel in the wilderness after departing Egypt. These proposals, writes Ed Simon, tapped into a venerable American tradition:

The Puritans from whom Franklin descended had been comparing their own arrival in the New World with the story of Exodus for more than a century. They were inheritors of a profoundly Judaic vision, melding the stories of the Hebrew scripture with their own narratives and experiences. . . .

For the Puritans, Exodus was arguably a model for understanding their own lives and history in a manner more all-encompassing and totalizing than for any other historical religious group, with the obvious exception of the Jews. . . . American Puritans and pilgrims like John Mather, John Winthrop, John Cotton, . . . and many others placed the Exodus at the center of their vision, seeing their own fleeing from an oppressive England and a Europe wracked by the Thirty Years’ War to an American “Errand Into the Wilderness” as a modern version of the Israelites’ escape into Canaan. . . . [Thus the] Exodus . . . has become indispensable in comprehending the wider American experience. Through the Puritans, the story of Exodus became a motivating script for all manner of American stories. . . .

We read its significance and prophetic power in accounts of slaves who escaped the cruelty of antebellum plantation servitude, and who crossed the Ohio River as if it were the Sea of Reeds. . . . We see it in photographs of the oppressed escaping pogroms and persecution in the Old World, and in the stories of later generations of refugees. Exodus is an indispensably Jewish story, but what more appropriate day than Thanksgiving, this most American and Puritan (and “Jewish”?) of holidays, to consider the role that that particular biblical narrative has had in defining America’s civil religion?

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More about: American founding, American Religion, Exodus, History & Ideas, Thanksgiving, Thomas Jefferson