How to bring anti-Semitic white supremacists out of the closet

Jews pen an openly anti-Semitic letter to other Jews.

Rochel Sylvetsky ,

Neo-Nazi (file)
Neo-Nazi (file)

American Jewish author Michael Chabon was once described by renowned author Jack Engelhard as "the person who made news around the world by declaring 'the occupation' to be 'the most grievous injustice I have seen in my life' in an interview he had with the leftist Forward.

"Not satisfied with that, and in company with Breaking the Silence (the group that goes around the world fabricating lies about IDF 'atrocities', R.S.)" continues Engelhard, "he gathered around him a group of likeminded writers to keep up the Israel-bashing."

In early 2017, a New York Times op-ed by Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman went so far as to suggest that Israel should be viewed as responsible for future Palestinian terror attacks.

Now, the two have turned their sights on President Donald Trump's Jewish supporters. Ignoring Trump's explicit condemnation of white supremacists after his first reaction blaming both sides, and the fact that the leftist counter demonstrators came to Charlottesville with means for violence but without a permit to be there, they wrote mendaciously that he "expressed admiration and sympathy" for the supremacists, in an "Open Letter to Jews."

In this galling missive, they call those who support Trump "Nazi collaborators," and suggest, as anti-Semites have done since time immemorial, that Jews who did so, had "private business reasons."

Sheldon Adelson comes in for a personal anti-Semitic trope, replete with Nazi imagery, claiming that he believes “that money trumps hate, or that a million dollars’ worth of access can protect you from one boot heel at the door.”

Ivanka Trump is told superciliously: "Allow us to teach you an ancient and venerable phrase, long employed by Jewish parents and children to one another at such moments of family crisis: I’ll sit shiva for you.Try it out on your father; see how it goes.”

Perhaps the most egregious lie in this letter is the insinuation that if white supremacists support Trump, he must support them as well. This is how propaganda works, but this kind of we-hate-Trump behavior, so evident and so encouraged by the media since Trump was elected, also has a darker side.

Because, unfortunately, what also seems to work, was predictable (and I wrote about the probability of it happening in the Hebrew press several months ago):

American Jews are finally living in a land that offered them equality, freedom and equal opportunity once they sailed past the Statue of Liberty's "lamp beside the golden door," but the leftist liberals among them have forgotten Jewish history, have lost the feeling that they are still in exile, because they have it so good in America.

Jewish history's sad message to them is think what you wish, vote as you wish, write what you wish, but always remember where you are, who you are and what your forebears were up against.

Left liberal Jews have ignored our Sages' advice to support current leaders in a diaspora country - and we can add that at the very least, lay low. Those Reform, Conservative and Open Orthodox rabbis and left liberal Jews who openly penned letters about how they "sat shiva" when Trump was democratically elected, who continue to write insulting diatribes instead of balanced - and perhaps well-deserved - criticism against him, and who marched ostentatiously against him after the elections, are, unfortunately, those who brought the fringe white supremacists out of the woodwork.

One supremacist mentioned on Israeli TV that Jews are disproportionately evident in anti-Trump activities. Ominously anti-Semitic, but also true. Just not of Orthodox Jews.

Luckily, Trump really is against white supremacists. Luckily, there are only a few hundred members in the group that demonstrated, according to the ADL. Unluckily, the left with which the left liberal Jews sympathize, numbers tens of thousands, if not more, is blatantly anti-Israel (and anti-Semitic as well) and is making it impossible for pro-Zionist Jews or speakers to express their beliefs on campus, in marches and anywhere else.

Chabon and Waldman don't seem to notice that, being vehemently anti-Israel themselves.

On my last trip to my birthplace, the United States, a land that I love, I was innocently walking down the aisle on Macy's 34th Street's main floor, when a large group of people suddenly raised signs and began chanting raucously that "Black Lives Matter," marching threateningly through the store. There were white - should I guess Jewish? - faces among them. Of course black lives matter, but I suddenly identified viscerally with the Jews who tried to become invisible when the Brownshirts marched in 1930s Germany. I pressed against the wall until I escaped through a door, as did everyone who wasn't marching. Asking the guard why they weren't stopped, I was told that if there were an attempt to do so, the marchers would then turn over the expensive jewelry displays and nothing would happen to them..

Are leftist liberal Jews going to wake up? And is this where America is going?