In case you haven’t been following, my video add and tweet of Michael Che’s Saturday Night time Dwell “joke” – which was undoubtedly antisemitic in that it unfold a lie about Jews – has generated an uproar. My video has been seen already 1.8 million instances on the time of this publish, the story is everywhere in the mainstream media, and petitions are circulating for NBC to take motion.
I used to be additionally inundated with a lot antisemitic abuse, which solely served to strengthen to me how those that hate Israel actually do have an issue with Jews.
One of many reactions I seen got here from a man known as Rafael Shimunov, who’s considered one of Linda Sarsour’s “beards” – that could be a Jew who she will maintain up and say “a few of my finest associates are Jewish, I can’t be antisemitic!” And he didn’t disappoint.
Some hours later, if on queue, Sarsour determined to pipe in and as soon as once more bear her antisemitic fangs:
“That individuals” – she is talking about Jews.
The joke concerned blaming JEWS for less than taking care of JEWS, and never different minorities. This isn’t only a lie, however a pernicious one, and one which has generated much more hatred in direction of Jews all over the place.
If Sarsour was involved about Jewish lives as she has claimed, she would have accepted the ache brought on by this “satire.” On the very least, she might have shut up. As an alternative, she injected herself into the controversy to clarify that we deserved this therapy.
Jews like Rafael Shimunov can whine all they like about White Nationalists – whose antisemitism is certainly one thing we have to take severely – however whereas they cozy as much as different actual antisemites like Linda Sarsour, they’re a part of the issue.
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