In America, Jews Should Fight Anti-Semitism with the Full Force of the Law

Last week, a neo-Nazi group threatened that it would make Saturday a “Day of Hate” dedicated to attacking Jews. Fortunately, the day passed without incident. Yehuda Kurtzer takes the occasion to analyze the inadequacies of many common Jewish responses to such anti-Semitic provocations, and suggests reverting to a tried-and-true model:

In the aftermath of the Leo Frank lynching in 1915—the murder of a Jewish man amid an atmosphere of intense anti-Semitism—Jewish leaders formed what would become the ADL by building a relationship with law enforcement and the American legal and political establishment. The ADL recognized that the best strategy to keep American Jews safe over the long term, in ways that would transcend and withstand the political winds of change, was to embed in the police and criminal-justice system the idea that anti-Semitism was their problem to defeat.

For Jews, the high-water mark of this strategy came in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh. It was the low point in many ways of the American Jewish experience, the most violent act against Jews on American soil, but it was followed by a mourning process that was shared across the greater Pittsburgh community. The words of the kaddish appeared above the fold of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That [would have been] inconceivable at most other times of Jewish oppression and persecution. It tells the story of when we are successful—when anti-Semitism is repudiated by the general public. It is the most likely indicator that we will be collectively safe in the long run.

A strategic plan to defeat anti-Semitism that must be collectively embraced by American Jews [should include] more investment, across partisan divides, in relationships with local governments and law enforcement. . . . [This] means real education and relationship-building with other ethnic and faith communities that is neither purely instrumental nor performative—enough public-relations visits to Holocaust museums!—so that we have the allies we need when we need them, and so that we can partner for our collective betterment.

Read more at Jewish Telegraphic Agency

More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Leo Frank, Police

While Israel Is Distracted on Two Fronts, Iran Is on the Verge of Building Nuclear Weapons

Iran recently announced its plans to install over 1,000 new advanced centrifuges at its Fordow nuclear facility. Once they are up and running, the Institute for Science and International Security assesses, Fordow will be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs in a mere ten days. The U.S. has remained indifferent. Jacob Nagel writes:

For more than two decades, Iran has continued its efforts to enhance its nuclear-weapons capability—mainly by enriching uranium—causing Israel and the world to concentrate on the fissile material. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently confirmed that Iran has a huge stockpile of uranium enriched to 60 percent, as well as more enriched to 20 percent, and the IAEA board of governors adopted the E3 (France, Germany, UK) proposed resolution to censure Iran for the violations and lack of cooperation with the agency. The Biden administration tried to block it, but joined the resolution when it understood its efforts to block it had failed.

To clarify, enrichment of uranium above 20 percent is unnecessary for most civilian purposes, and transforming 20-percent-enriched uranium to the 90-percent-enriched product necessary for producing weapons is a relatively small step. Washington’s reluctance even to express concern about this development appears to stem from an unwillingness to acknowledge the failures of President Obama’s nuclear policy. Worse, writes Nagel, it is turning a blind eye to efforts at weaponization. But Israel has no such luxury:

Israel must adopt a totally new approach, concentrating mainly on two main efforts: [halting] Iran’s weaponization actions and weakening the regime hoping it will lead to its replacement. Israel should continue the fight against Iran’s enrichment facilities (especially against the new deep underground facility being built near Natanz) and uranium stockpiles, but it should not be the only goal, and for sure not the priority.

The biggest danger threatening Israel’s existence remains the nuclear program. It would be better to confront this threat with Washington, but Israel also must be fully prepared to do it alone.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy