The New, New Anti-Semitism Is Entrenching Itself in the Democratic Party

Since the 1960s, hatred of Jews in America has moved from being primarily a prejudice of the right—where it still persists in “alt-right” circles—to being primarily a prejudice of the left, where it took on the polite guise of anti-Zionism. At the same time, white leftists were willing to turn a blind eye to the more naked anti-Semitism of such black leaders as Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan. Victor Davis Hanson describes these transitions, and argues that a third era in the history of U.S. anti-Semitism has now begun:

In the past ten years . . . we have seen an emerging new, new anti-Semitism. It is likely to become far more pernicious than both the old-right and new-left versions, because it is not just an insidiously progressive phenomenon. It has also become deeply embedded in popular culture and is now rebranded with acceptable cool among America’s historically ignorant youth. In particular, the new, new bigotry is “intersectional.” It serves as a unifying progressive bond among “marginalized” groups such as young Middle Easterners, Muslims, feminists, blacks, “woke” celebrities and entertainers, socialists, the “undocumented,” and student activists. Abroad, the new, new bigotry is fueled by British Laborites and anti-Israel EU grandees.

Of course, the new, new anti-Semitism’s overt messages derive from both the old and the new. There is the same conspiratorial idea that the Jews covertly and underhandedly exert inordinate control over Americans. . . . But the new, new anti-Semitism has added a number of subtler twists, namely, that Jews are part of the old guard whose anachronistic standards of privilege block the emerging new constituency of [left-leaning] Muslims, blacks, Latinos, and feminists.

Within the Democratic party, such animus is manifested by young “woke” politicians facing an old white hierarchy. The progressive activist Linda Sarsour oddly singled out for censure the Senate majority leader Charles Schumer, saying, “I’m talking to Chuck Schumer. I’m tired of white men negotiating on the backs of people of color and communities like ours.” In attacking Schumer, ostensibly a fellow progressive, Sarsour is claiming an intersectional bond forged in mutual victimization by whites—and thus older liberal Jews apparently either cannot conceive of such victimization or in fact are party to it. . . .

The new, new anti-Semites do not see themselves as giving new life to an ancient pathological hatred; they’re only voicing claims of the victims themselves against their supposed oppressors. The new, new anti-Semites’ venom is contextualized as an “intersectional” defense by the hip, the young, and the “woke” against a Jewish component of privileged white establishmentarians—which explains why the bigoted are so surprised that anyone would be offended by their slurs.

Read more at National Review

More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Democrats, Louis Farrakhan, Politics & Current Affairs, U.S. Politics

Hamas’s Hostage Diplomacy

Ron Ben-Yishai explains Hamas’s current calculations:

Strategically speaking, Hamas is hoping to add more and more days to the pause currently in effect, setting a new reality in stone, one which will convince the United States to get Israel to end the war. At the same time, they still have most of the hostages hidden in every underground crevice they could find, and hope to exchange those with as many Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners currently in Israeli prisons, planning on “revitalizing” their terrorist inclinations to even the odds against the seemingly unstoppable Israeli war machine.

Chances are that if pressured to do so by Qatar and Egypt, they will release men over 60 with the same “three-for-one” deal they’ve had in place so far, but when Israeli soldiers are all they have left to exchange, they are unlikely to extend the arrangement, instead insisting that for every IDF soldier released, thousands of their people would be set free.

In one of his last speeches prior to October 7, the Gaza-based Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar said, “remember the number one, one, one, one.” While he did not elaborate, it is believed he meant he wants 1,111 Hamas terrorists held in Israel released for every Israeli soldier, and those words came out of his mouth before he could even believe he would be able to abduct Israelis in the hundreds. This added leverage is likely to get him to aim for the release for all prisoners from Israeli facilities, not just some or even most.

Read more at Ynet

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