Attending a memorial at New York University for the victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre, Chelsea Clinton was accosted by two students who made clear to her that her “rhetoric” had caused the bloody attack in Christchurch. The pair later wrote an article explaining their rationale: Clinton had gently criticized Representative Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks; Omar is a Muslim; therefore, Clinton “stoked hatred” of Muslims. Since the man who slaughtered Muslims at prayer was motivated by anti-Muslim animus—their syllogism concludes—Clinton was clearly responsible. To James Kirchick, this tortured logic is also symptomatic of an emerging leftist attitude toward Jews:
For Today’s Hard Left, Those Who Condemn Anti-Semitism Are the Enemy
British Universities Have Become Safe Spaces for Anti-Semitism
Last month, David Miller, a sociology professor at Bristol University, attracted the attention of the Anglo-Jewish press with a rant about the supposed danger posed to civic and campus life by Zionists. Such rhetoric is nothing new for Miller, who has argued—in his academic work as well as in other contexts—that campus Jewish societies are in the employ of a nefarious “Israel lobby,” and that interfaith activities involving Jewish and Muslim communities are “a Trojan horse for normalizing Zionism.” He is likewise convinced that Bashar al-Assad’s mass slaughter of his own people is a hoax perpetrated by a similarly nefarious conspiracy. Unsurprisingly, David Hirsh observes, Miller also believes complaints of anti-Semitism are Isra made in bad faith.