Today, Yair Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli PM, had this to say on Facebook:
I think he’s right.
Anyone with a functioning brain recognizes the Neo-Nazis and Alt-Right for what they are: unabashed racists and antisemites, trying to emulate the Nazis of old. They don’t even hide it. Of course, we must take their threats seriously, and be vigilant against them and their proclivity to get violent.
But they are on the fringes of society and marginalized by decent people. Their numbers are small. I posit there is another, way bigger threat:
Just like the Neo-Nazis, the Left has its fair share of racists and antisemites. But they won’t admit to it – they are, after all, supposedly fighting racism and oppression. In fact, the mere suggestion that they are antisemitic will elicit the response that you are trying to silence them because of their criticism of Israel.
The Left hates Israel and “Zionists” (conveniently forgetting that a Zionist is just someone who supports Jews living in their indigenous homeland, Israel) and makes that very clear. But they don’t hate Jews, so they say. After all, some of their best friends are Jewish (those “nice” Jews who also hate Israel – the useful idiot Jews).
The Left will speak out firmly against racism and antisemitism of the Neo-Nazis and Right, but when it comes to the antisemitism of the likes of Hamas, Muslim religious figures and any other anti-Zionist-not-antisemites, their silence is deafening.
And because they generally dislike Jews, it becomes harder and harder for them to always put in the effort to show that they even care about us. We saw it recently with the Chicago Dyke march, and we are seeing it now with the March for Racial Justice being scheduled on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, ensuring any Jews who truly care about their Judaism will not be able to attend. They refuse to reschedule, claiming September 30 was chosen “in honor of the anniversary of 227 Black lives lost and 122 unjustly imprisoned during the Elaine Massacre of 1919.” (And their “kosher seal of approval” from a Reconstructionist Rabbi seems to be anything but that).
Besides the more hidden nature of their antisemitism, this group of people is ever-growing, thanks to the process of indoctrination not only on college campuses but also by world leaders and pop culture. Millennials are made to feel they are doing the right, just thing by aligning themselves with the Left and opposing the evils of the world like “Zionism.”
So, yes, I am more likely to lose sleep over the threat posed by this nefarious group of people than the other, more marginalized group of nefarious people on the far Right.