NBC News Says the Increase in Antisemitic Attacks Are Probably the Fault of Jews

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Media reports are full of articles on the documented upsurge in anti-Semitism in traditionally Blue states like New York and New Jersey.

The attacks have slowly morphed from street violence to lethal attacks. A Jersey City kosher market was targeted in an attack that left three people plus the two attackers and a police officer dead. Ominously, the year ended with a machete attack on Hannukah service in the Hudson Valley community of Monsey, New York.


So far, the media has been in agreement that the rise in antisemitism was due to white supremacists or white nationalists or something white

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Or Trump

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But there has been a troubling undercurrent that blames Jews, themselves, for antisemitic attacks

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Or, in a unified field theory of antisemitism, Trump and the Jews are to blame.

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But it is one thing to have rando politicians and public figures blame Jews for antisemitic attacks, it is quite another to see a major outlet mainstream the idea:

Anti-Semitism Grows in Jewish Communities in NYC Suburbs.

For years, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families pushed out of increasingly expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods have been turning to the suburbs, where they have taken advantage of open space and cheaper housing to establish modern-day versions of the European shtetls where their ancestors lived for centuries before the Holocaust.


WTF? Shtetls? Really?

The expansion of Hasidic communities in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Catskills and northern New Jersey has led to predictable sparring over new housing development and local political control. It has also led to flare-ups of rhetoric seen by some as anti-Semitic.

In small towns everywhere, resentment against newcomers and “outsiders” isn’t uncommon. Proposals for multi-family housing complexes in sleepy communities of single-family homes often trigger fervent opposition complete with lawn signs and rowdy town board meeting crowds.

Yet the tone of the debates over growth in some areas where Hasidic families have been moving has been more intense.

In East Ramapo, there were legal fights after Hasidic voters, who generally do not send their children to public schools, elected a majority of members of the local school board.

Some towns have enacted zoning changes forbidding new houses of worship.

Substitute any other racial or ethnic group in this and read it and see how it sounds.


Antisemitism is no more caused by Jewish families moving into an area than racism is caused by black families moving into a predominantly white neighborhood. This is what Michael Crichton called a ‘wet streets cause rain’ story, wherein the cause and effect are flipped. The story’s decision to conflate typical old-resident/new-resident conflicts with antisemitic violence seems to be something that Julius Streicher would have been rather proud of accomplishing. You don’t have to support the political goals of any racial/ethnic community to see that physical attacks on that group and seemingly on its right to exist are inexcusable.



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