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A walk on part in the war on dehumanization. Newsweek deputy opinion editor. Pitches welcome:
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31 Mar
"Subjects with college degrees were 5 percentage points more likely to apply a principle harshly to Jews than to non-Jews. Among those with advanced degrees, subjects were 15 percentage points more unfavorable toward Jewish than non-Jewish examples."…
The data here backs up what many of us have experienced first hand. Still, it's absolutely staggering to learn that a graduate degree is correlated with such a higher rate of anti-Semitism. What an indictment of our university system. Here are the questions the researchers posed:
"When asked whether 'attachment to another country creates a conflict of interest,' respondents with a four-year degree and those with advanced degrees were respectively 7 and 13 percentage points more likely to express this concern over Israel than Mexico."
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18 Mar
The people in charge of delivering the news to you are a group of supposed grownups terrified of overgrown teenagers stuck in a high school mentality holding them hostage on Twitter. It's not going to stop until you demand better and stop being the marketplace for a moral panic.
Firing someone for something they tweeted when they were 17 is preposterous - until you consider that the editors and publishers in charge of the nation's leading publications are taking their cues from 17 year olds. Then it makes perfect sense.
It's bad enough that these people can't tell right from wrong, that they rely on a faceless online mob to adjudicate their morals, and are too cowardly to speak up when they know it's wrong. But these are the people literally in charge of telling you what is true and what's not.
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16 Mar
It's good we're talking about gross elite schools being gutted by wokeness. But what's happening downstream is also important - children everywhere being taught they're racists, they're stewards of white supremacy, taught to see race as the first thing they notice about a person.
This happened with Robin DiAngelo, too: There was a moment when the dam broke and people started to realize how gross White Fragility is, and everyone called it out, as though Robin DiAngelo were the problem and not the million people who bought her book and "Anti-Racist Baby"
I get it! Gross elite prep schools torn apart by gross racial essentialism - you have to be pretty invested in the elites not to chuckle. But because success in America today is so limited to the top, these kids will make up most of tomorrow's leaders, which makes it less funny.
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24 Feb
A student at Smith got a janitor put on leave and a security officer tarred as racist, both of whom make less than her $78,000 yearly tuition, because she insisted on eating in a deserted dorm she wasn't meant to be in. Wokeness is a smokescreen for class.…
A cafeteria employee with lupus making $40K a year, half of Smith tuition, told the student that the dorm was closed but still let her in. The student posted the woman's photo and email to FB, captioned, “This is the racist person." She's now unemployed and no one will hire her.
Moral panics are always bad. But our current moral panic around race is a way for affluent liberals drunk on the fiction of meritocracy to erase the class chasm in America, hoarding power while still feeling like the heroes of a social justice morality play.
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10 Nov 20
Using anti-Semitism and Israel to distract from the fact that you learned about the dangers of the coronavirus and instead of warning vulnerable Americans turned around and made millions of dollars off of it is truly a low and shameful tactic.
Anyone who has walked the streets of Hebron knows that they ARE reminiscent of other previous oppressive regimes and there ARE laws of segregation that allow one thing for the Jewish people and another for the Palestinians. The outrage around this letter is totally manufactured.
"We are dismayed at the conditions in which Palestinian communities live & our hearts cry out to God over the prospect that this political standoff of which both Palestinians and Israelis have become prisoners may last into the future." Beautiful. Me too.…
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2 Nov 20
In the lead up to what we're told every day is the most important election of our lives, the New York Times hasn't run a single OpEd by someone voting for Trump, as far as I can tell (correct me if I'm wrong). What an absolute failure on the part of the former paper of record.
The reason that's always given for this is that Trump's supporters lie about facts, or that they're all racists. This is not the reason. It's actually about class and a digital media business model that relies on excluding the wrong kind of readers (ones without a college degree)
That's also why Trump's name appears every 250 words or so in the New York Times (…), and never God forbid by anyone who admires him. Ever hear of "Project Feels" (…)? "Who you gonna believe, me or your lying feelings?" Image
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18 Aug 20
"And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That's for the Evangelicals. You know, it's amazing: The Evangelicals are more excited about that than Jewish people. That's really - right? It's incredible."
Aside from brazenly admitting to pursuing a major foreign policy upset to woo voters, what's interesting about this is who Trump is cutting out of the story: Sheldon Adelson, who reportedly gave him $20M in exchange for a promise to move the embassy.…
Not so this time around: the Adelsons are withholding support from Trump's campaign, which has angered the President. The Adelsons are "concerned about the optics of funding political campaigns at a time when their employees are facing financial hardship."…
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1 May 20
Wow: Letter defending @NYCMayor from Satmar: "We strongly denounce the vicious attacks against the Mayor, particularly those accusing him of anti-Semitism. The close relationship btwn Mr. De Blasio and our community go back close to two decades... We consider him a dear friend."
"At the directive of our Grand Rabbi, our schools, synagogues & orgs have diligently followed the government's guidance.. Regrettably there seem to have been a handful of instances where guidelines have not been adhered to. We don't condone any behavior that puts people at risk."
This from the other Satmar sect (the dynasty is split in two) goes so far as to call failing to socially distance and clashing with police a "chillul Hashem" - a desecration of God's name, which is a grave sin.
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28 Feb 20
I don't agree with everything here but these words are very close to my personal beliefs: "Liberalism celebrates certain values: reasonableness, conversation, compassion, tolerance, intellectual humility and optimism. Liberalism is horrified by cruelty."…
Our current political/chattering classes have all but capitulated to cruelty as a virtue, the age of The Clapback! I refuse to accept it. Dehumanizing our opponents stems from the part of ourselves we must wage war with, every single day. But today it's considered the noble part.
"But the other side is putting babies in cages!" Yeah, for lack of murdering the part of themselves that enjoys dehumanizing the other. You don't fight that by finding someone else to dehumanize, to humiliate, to shame.
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7 Jan 20
I usually ignore Jewish Currents because of its total lack of moral credibility, and I don't have the time or temperament for hate reading. But I have to say something about their editorial about violent attacks against Orthodox Jews.
After casting themselves as the "silenced" victims of the Jewish establishment, the writers then do an about face and admit that the allegations about their silence "are correct" - they have indeed been silent. Glad to see that shameful reality acknowledged finally.
More egregious is the pivot to blaming gentrification for the attacks, as is now fashionable on the left, which of course accepts the terms of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Just read this: Jews own the property, sneaky, well-organized Jews take social services from others.
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4 Oct 19
How is it that @nytopinion can't get a single Trump supporter to write for them? Instead we have to make due with David Brooks' fantasies of what they would say. Do they not seek them out? Refuse to publish them? It's absolutely mind-boggling and a huge disservice to readers.
OF COURSE we shld understand how they think. They're half our nation! As Brooks notes in his actually accurate cosplay, cutting them out of public discourse is a major driver of support for Trump. The paper of record shld feature their voices, not this embarrassing ventriloquism.
You want Trump supporters to read the New York Times and trust its reporting? How about reflecting their views once in a while? Signal that you exist for them too. We're siloing ourselves and we will be the ones to pay the price.
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29 Aug 19
Polling from Gallup finds that 95% of American Jews have favorable views of Israel. Anti-Zionist Jews are of course part of our wonderfully diverse community. But they are a tiny minority. Non-Jews should avoid using them as cover to offend the other 95%.…
If you only have room in your movement for the 5% of Jews who don't have a favorable view of Israel, your movement effectively doesn't have room for Jews in it. Something I urge people to keep in mind.
That may be a calculus some people want to make. But a better idea would be to talk to Jews about why Israel is so important to them. You'll find that despite this support, most American Jews object to the same injustices you do.
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20 Aug 19
Ok, Democrats: It's been a couple of days since 2 Congresswomen shared a cartoon by a notorious anti-Semite. Will a single one of you stand up for your Jewish constituents and the non-Jewish ones who abhor hate? Or is the new standard if Trump attacks you you're beyond reproach?
A U.S. elected official sharing the work of Mondoweiss. You just hate to see it. Will any Democrats call this out or nah?
Man, people out here saying this particular cartoon isn't anti-Semitic (it is) -- so you would have shared it yourself? Of course you wouldn't. You didn't. So elected officials now are held to a lower standard? GTFO with that. They have Jewish constituents!
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18 Aug 19
Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran's International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought the TL couldn't get any worse.
A lot of people asking what is problematic here. If the artist placing 2nd in a Holocaust denial competition isn't enough for you (!), consider how Trump is drawn as an instrument of Israel, when we know Israel barred the Congresswomen at Trump's behest.
Jews controlling and subverting world leaders is a classic anti-Semitic trope. So is Jews silencing critics. But no one has silenced the Reps. The ways in which it gets the story wrong fits into an aesthetic designed to give anti-Semites pleasure.
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16 Aug 19
When big news like this breaks, we try @jdforward to honor our mandate for the opinion section to raise up the voices of the disenfranchised, to represent the breadth of opinion relevant to our community, and to challenge our own editorial point of view in good faith.
To that end, here are some of the op-eds we ran yesterday to help our community think through the difficult news that Israel had decided to ban two U.S. Congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar:
It was really important to me to get a Palestinian point of view. @Issaamro had plans to meet @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN, and to host them together with the women of Hebron. He wrote an open letter to the Congresswomen about what he'd hoped to show them:…
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6 Jun 19
"Through inquiries, Dyke March leadership indicated that Israeli flags and related national symbols are not welcome."

I wonder what those "related national symbols" might be. Did the Dyke March just ban all Jewish stars?
Banning all Jewish stars is of course the logical conclusion of the far left's approach to anti-Semitism - "It's all on the right! We're just anti-Zionists!" - and to Jews. The mere fact that you're related to Israel now gets you banned - unless you hide it REALLY well.
It's been a year of getting murdered in our shuls for being Jewish, and the Dyke March has decided to meet that reality by... banning Jewish stars. If there's a lower low, I can't fathom it. The people this move was designed to benefit really need to speak up - loud and clear.
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25 Mar 19
WOW: @SenSchumer just called out @GOPLeader, @IlhanMN, AND @realDonaldTrump in one fell swoop!!!
@SenSchumer @GOPLeader @IlhanMN @realDonaldTrump When someone accuses three Jews of buying an election, or supporters of Israel of having dual loyalties, or calls neo-Nazis very fine people, "we have to call it out," says @SenSchumer. The first person to call it out ON ALL SIDES - TO BIG APPLAUSE!

"When someone names only prominent Jews as trying to buy or steal our elections, we must call it out," @SenSchumer said, referencing @GOPLeader's tweet.
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11 Feb 19
Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted.
@IlhanMN To all the people in my mentions and DMs who think that S1 was the work of AIPAC: I have a bridge I want to sell you. Either way, OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way. This ain't it, chief.
@IlhanMN How, you ask? (1) Be accurate. AIPAC has taken a huge hit in the Trump era. (2) Avoid the conspiracy theories David Duke loves about dark Jewish money and Jewish pupeteers controlling stuff (3) Recall the 80 million evangelicals who are the actual Israel lobby, for whom S1 tolls.
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23 Dec 18
Looks like @birthright has kicked a group of participants off the trip for "hijacking the conversation" by asking about the wall. Protip: Don't call yourself a Jewish organization if you expel people for asking questions. It's LITERALLY the reason God created the Jews.
The utter gall of these people, to make the children of intermarried couples feel less than, to bang on and on hysterically about "assimilation" and people abandoning Jewish values WHILE PENALIZING ASKING QUESTIONS AND PASSIONATE DEBATE - literally the earliest Jewish values.
God literally made Abraham Jewish to give God a hard time when God wasn't in the mood to do justice. He literally made us to be his conscience, to hijack conversations and demand justice. And @birthright is actually kicking out Jews for having the epitome of Jewish values. Smdh
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