Liberal Jews Better Wake Up Before It's Too Late
Back in Berlin in the 1920s and well into the 30s, many, if not most, Jewish liberals of that time and place thought it could never happen to them. They were good Germans, after all, culturally advanced members of a sophisticated society much like today's Manhattan.
As we all know, they were dead wrong. Hitler put the atheist communists and the ultra-orthodox Hasidim on the same trains to Auschwitz. He could not have cared less about what side of what they were on
At first glance, it might seem excessive to reference such extreme events, but you don't have to be Yogi Berra to see the potential for déjà vu all over again. After all, it undoubtedly seemed excessive in 1932 as well, especially when Hitler lost the presidential election -- only to be appointed chancellor in 1933. The rest, as they say, is history. And history, as Marx told us, repeats itself "the second time as farce" -- only this time it will be farce without laughter.
Now we are living in another world of rising anti-Semitism, which some, for their own convenience or perhaps a misbegotten nostalgia, like to ascribe equally or even disproportionally to the right, when it is clear the new anti-Semitism, from our college campuses to the streets of Paris, is coming largely from Islamic terrorists and their sympathizers augmented and multiplied by the left. It is further enhanced by social and ethnic groups enraged -- with the encouragement of the Democratic Party -- by identity politics. In the world of intersectionality, someone must be the low man or woman on the totem pole of blame and evil.
The proverbial canary in the coal mine is now infiltrating the U.S. Congress in the person of two congresswomen (plus their substantial supporters) who were likely inculcated at an early age, as were too many Muslim children, with the belief that Jews only (pace Darwin) were the descendants of pigs and apes and should be wiped from the earth. If again you think this excessive, read their texts or, better yet, the Hamas charter, which urges the killing of something called "Jewish trees" (NOTE: not Israeli trees).
We see this indoctrination buried not too deeply in the subtext of Ilhan Omar's tweets and statements, but the majority in Congress, including many Jewish "liberals," chose to look away when given the opportunity to condemn the congresswoman. They chose instead the safety of "anti-hate" pabulum.
Since the 1920s or so, Jews have been voting Democratic at roughly a 70-30 ratio. Many jokes have been told about this but what it comes down to is slavish conformity, a kind of culturally-induced group virtue signaling made rigid over decades. Jewish children are told to vote Democratic almost as uniformly as Muslim children are informed about the dubious animal lineage of Jews. It's idiotic on both counts.
Meanwhile the word "woke" is being bandied about in our culture as the sine qua non for our youth. But those espousing it, including many Jews, are anything but. They are sheep. Liberal Jews (okay, I'll leave off the scare quotes) are part of this sheep herd, motivated by the aforementioned group-think and fear of ostracization as much as by increasingly old-fashioned conceptions of social justice dating back to the IWW.
Nowadays, when a leftie Jew sings "Which Side Are You On," they are increasingly singing a song against themselves. This does not bode well for the future, to put it mildly.
The time has come for at least some of these Jewish liberals to break out of their mouldy mold. Even a few would make a big difference. No doubt this will be the subject on many minds at the coming annual meeting of that organization reviled by Ilhan Omar -- AIPAC -- later this month. It will be interesting to see what transpires. Maybe some people will finally become truly woke.
Roger L. Simon -- co-founder and CEO emeritus of PJ Media -- is an author and screenwriter.