Al Sharpton’s Appearance at a Major Jewish Event Doesn’t Make Up for His Past Incitements

On Monday, Al Sharpton gave a speech at a conference held by the Religious Action Center, the advocacy and activism branch of organized Reform Judaism in the U.S. Sharpton instigated the 1991 Crown Heights riots, in which Yankel Rosenbaum was murdered, as well as the 1995 attack on Freddie’s Fashion Mart—a Jewish-owned business in Harlem—in which eight others were killed. In his speech, Sharpton offered some weak expressions of remorse over his past “excesses” and use of “cheap” rhetoric, and condemned anti-Semitism in general terms. Jonathan Tobin comments:

Sharpton’s vague apology . . . didn’t come close to accountability for his role in fomenting anti-Jewish riots and violence. . . . That the [Reform] movement should take upon itself the right to grant Sharpton absolution for the past is chutzpah indeed. Reform Jews weren’t chased and beaten in the streets of the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in the summer of 1991, after Sharpton helped whip up hate by seeking to turn a traffic accident into an excuse for what many termed a pogrom. . . .

Had Sharpton owned up to his past in an honest manner, the situation now might be different. But his amorphous confession to rabble-rousing, in which the words “Crown Heights” or “Yankel Rosenbaum” never passed his lips, was more about self-praise and a chance to be cheered for his freshly minted interest in black-Jewish unity than actual repentance.

The fact that he condemned anti-Semitism and noted that one couldn’t fight racism without also standing against hatred of Jews may have sufficed for his audience. . . . But there were two things missing from that condemnation, which centered on the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and the Pittsburgh and Poway Shabbat-morning synagogue shootings. Sharpton made no mention of the rise of anti-Semitic hate from some on the left, including Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. . . . Nor did he have a word to say about the dramatic rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City, in which African Americans have targeted Orthodox Jews. But, of course, neither of those examples can be blamed on Donald Trump.

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More about: Al Sharpton, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Reform Judaism

As Hamas’s Power Collapses, Old Feuds Are Resurfacing

In May, Mahmoud Nashabat, a high-ranking military figure in the Fatah party (which controls the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority), was gunned down in central Gaza. Nashabat was an officer in the Gaza wing of the Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a terrorist outfit that served as Fatah’s vanguard during the second intifada, and now sometimes collaborates with Hamas. But his killers were Hamas members, and he was one of at least 35 Palestinians murdered in Gaza in the past two months as various terrorist and criminal groups go about settling old scores, some of which date back to the 1980s. Einav Halabi writes:

Security sources familiar with the situation told the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that Gaza is now also beleaguered by the resurgence of old conflicts. “Many people have been killed in incidents related to the first intifada in 1987, while others have died in family disputes,” they said.

The “first-intifada portfolio” in Gaza is considered complex and convoluted, as it is filled with hatred among residents who accuse others of killing relatives for various reasons, including collaboration with Israel. . . . According to reports from Gaza, there are vigorous efforts on the ground to contain these developments, but the chances of success remain unclear. Hamas, for its part, is trying to project governance and control, recently releasing several videos showcasing how its operatives brutally beat residents accused of looting.

These incidents, gruesome as they are, suggest that Hamas’s control over the territory is slipping, and it no longer holds a monopoly on violence or commands the fear necessary to keep the population in line. The murders and beatings also dimension the grim reality that would ensue if the war ends precipitously: a re-empowered Hamas setting about getting vengeance on its enemies and reimposing its reign of terror.

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More about: Fatah, Gaza War 2023, Hamas