The aftermath of Pittsburgh has been a shame.
In extraordinary occasions it could have been unseemly to touch upon the atrocity on the Tree of Life Synagogue so quickly after it unfolded. It was probably the most lethal anti-Semitic assault this nation has ever seen. It ought to have given us pause and introduced us collectively.
However these are usually not extraordinary occasions. Donald Trump is president.
Earlier than the our bodies of the useless had gone chilly, not to mention been buried and mourned, the Jewish left sacrificed a possibility to cry in unity and selected as a substitute to name for division.
Bend the Arc, apparently the biggest Jewish social-justice group within the nation, printed a letter blaming the president for the assault. Different teams, akin to The Jewish Vote and If Not Now, additionally noticed the assault as an opportunity to castigate the president.
Apparently these liberal teams want reminding that the capturing at a Jewish group heart in Kansas occurred in the course of the Obama administration.
As a substitute of attempting to attain political factors, wouldn’t a extra acceptable response have been to induce calm upon the hyper-partisanship that has seen each side courtroom incivility?
But extra egregious, nevertheless, was the excoriation by Jewish liberals of their fellow Jews who help President Trump. One other three Jewish social justice teams — Torah Trumps Hate, Hitoreri and Uri L’Tzedek — penned an open letter to the Nationwide Council of Younger Israel (NCYI), blasting the Orthodox synagogue umbrella group for its assertion condemning the assault.
Concluding its heartfelt assertion by expressing appreciation for “the sturdy phrases of help from President Trump and the administration in urging everybody to work collectively to fight anti-Semitism.”
In the meantime, Franklin Foer, the previous editor of The New Republic, wrote: “Any technique for enhancing the safety of American Jewry ought to contain shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their cash must be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They’ve positioned their group in peril.”
This brazen try to blame Jewish backers of the president for the assault and excommunicate them from their group is scandalous. It’s also a canine whistle for animosity towards extra traditionalist Jews, who represent some of the pro-Trump demographics within the nation (certainly a number of function high-ranking officers within the administration).
Such sentiments reveal what underlies your complete liberal Jewish response to Pittsburgh: For them, Judaism is synonymous with liberalism. Donald Trump is solid as an enemy of the Jews not as a result of he has proven any hostility to the Jewish folks or the Jewish State (fairly the opposite) however as a result of he’s an enemy of liberalism. The identical goes for his “Jewish enablers,” who’ve allegedly betrayed their group by backing him.
Because it occurs, Trump has completed greater than another president to forestall assaults on Jews, together with by chopping funds to the Palestinian Authority. This brave choice thwarts its pay-to-slay coverage of issuing monetary reward to terrorist murderers of Jews. However regardless of. The Jewish social-justice chorale serves on the altar of liberalism and Trump is their Antichrist (simply as, lest we neglect, George W. Bush was earlier than him).
Degrading Judaism to advance their petty politics, because the Jewish social justice motion has at all times completed, is insulting sufficient. Utilizing Pittsburgh’s useless to take action is altogether grotesque.
But when these critics actually need to discuss betrayal of the Jewish folks, contemplate who supported the nuclear cope with Iran, which enriched the world’s most heinous terror state and which legitimized the pursuit of the bomb by an Islamo-fascist regime bent on annihilating over 6 million Jews.
And contemplate who for many years paid lip service to the justice of recognizing Jerusalem because the capital of the Jewish State and transferring the American embassy however then, when it truly occurred, opposed it or gave it solely half-hearted help — solely as a result of it was applied by a president whom they detest.
Following the capturing, plenty of American Jewish newspaper editors got here collectively and authored a joint editorial sounding the alarm on rising anti-Semitism within the US, and declaring #WeAreAllJews. It is a becoming retort to those that have tried to say that a few of their co-religionists are usually not.
Such expressions of solidarity throughout the Jewish group are welcome and should be inspired. That, and never partisanship, is what is going to make the reminiscence of those that misplaced their lives in Pittsburgh a blessing.
Jonathan Neumann is the writer of “To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel” (All Factors Books), out now.