In October last year, a gang assaulted 5 Jewish people as they were walking home from a Shabbat dinner. Not only were some of the victims injured, but the trauma of the event would have made them very wary of venturing out at night again.
In August this year, six drunken teenagers boarded a school bus taking children from 2 Jewish schools, hurling anti-Semitic abuse and threatening to cut the throats of its young passengers, some as young as 6 or 7. This incident would have been absolutely terrifying for the young victims.
Both these events happened in Sydney and were racist to the core; yet I can’t remember anyone from the Greens/Left rushing to accompany Jews walking home on Shabbat; there was no #illwalkwithyou campaign to make the Jews feel safe on the streets of Sydney. Similarly, the Greens didn’t offer an #illridewithyou gesture to the poor frightened Jewish kids.
But of course, in both these cases Jews were actually victims, an inconvenient fact for the Greens, who like to portray Zionists (read Jews) as the aggressors. If , as in the current siege, they prefer to protect those from the same group as the perpetrator, logic would dictate they offer to ride with drunken teenagers and those from the same culture as those who attacked the 5 Jews.
Former Greens’ candidate Rachael Jacobs wasn’t particularly concerned for the welfare of the victims of the Martin Place terror attack; her compassion was directed at the co-religionists of the perpetrator. The Brisbane Times reported:
“Rachael Jacobs’ simple offer to walk with a Muslim woman as they got off a Brisbane train on Monday sparked a social media campaign under the hashtag #illridewithyou.
The movement has inspired thousands to publicly and loudly stand up for a decent and humane world.
Here’s how she tells it:
I saw a woman on the train start to fiddle with her headscarf.
…she wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.
Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.
I spent the rest of the journey staring – rudely – at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm!
By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station…Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.
I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.
My posts were written on my private Facebook page to a private audience, never intended for public eyes. A friend of mine made his own decision to share it publicly, and I’m deeply humbled by his action. Perhaps the story was then shared widely because it represented what so many people felt in their heart.
I’ve made the decision to decline interviews for a few reasons…I would be mortified if anyone thought I was using this tragedy for political gain.
But most importantly, my role in this movement was minuscule and unworthy of the attention received. The #illridewithyou hashtag…has inspired thousands to publicly and loudly stand up for a decent and humane world.
It’s a pre-emptive strike against racism and bigotry. We know what fear can do to a society, and rather than fall victim, thousands have pledged to be part of the force that fights for tolerance and compassion.
As we grapple with the tragic end to the siege, there’s no better time to ride with each other, walk with each other, listen to each other or just silently be there for someone else.
… #illridewithyou reminds us that we can overcome fear and ignorance with a pledge to treat each other with respect. It’s a reminder that decent Australians don’t hold an entire group of people responsible for the actions of one man.
I am…the daughter of Indian migrants, and having lived all of my 37 years in Australia, I feel I’ve seen the best and the worst this country has to offer. I’d rather deliver a message to racists, bigots and anyone who dares to derive a message of hate from this tragedy – it is you who are unwelcome here. Your values have no place in civilised society, and if you spread intolerance, there’s an avalanche of kindness ready to take you down”.
Remember, Rachael Jacobs stood as a Greens candidate, so any talk of wanting a decent and humane world rings hollow, considering Greens have consistently supported the racist antisemitic BDS and the equally racist Palestinian narrative. But I certainly agree that she belongs to a culture
“where racism was part of her everyday experience” – the Greens culture!
Andrew Bolt put it well in his post “Is #illridewithyou just #illfibtoyou?”
The #Illridewithyou hashtag already seemed yet another Twitter outburst of narcissism.
After all, how many of the hundreds of thousands who tweeted their support actually rode with a Muslim to work as a result?
But now it seems like just another typical Leftist myth, told to seem good rather than do it:
GAPS have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.
Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.
According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying
“Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”
The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.
However Rachael Jacobs has admitted that she “editorialised’’ parts of her story.
Detailing her thought process, Ms Jacobs now says she wondered if she even needed to help.
” She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm!” she wrote.
Almost nothing in Jacobs’ story can be taken for granted, given the profound encounter she described with a supposed Muslim ended with an almost wordless ”conversation”:
What made this #illridewithyou so offensive is that it deflected sympathy from the hostages – still in captivity – to those who shared the jihadists’ faith, and that it presumed Australians were so racist that they’d go on a pogrom (which, yet again, they did not).
This was not a manifestation of tolerance but its reverse, as demonstrated by an earlier posting by Tessa Kum, the woman who created the hashtag:
I’m learning about hate because I am coming to hate you, white person. You have all the control, all the power, all the privilege, and there is nothing holding you accountable…”
Another glaring contradiction is the claim that this was not a terror attack but one by a lone wolf or a deranged person. If this truly was the case, there would be no need to rush to protect Muslims; not that there was in the first place, as Australians are in the main remarkably tolerant. Rather, they would be rushing to protect lone wolves and the deranged – categories into which the perpetrator has been variously put by much of the mainstream media and the Left – from a backlash.
If the Greens were really the compassionate and anti-racist party they claim to be, they wouldn’t be supporting the racist BDS movement, but would show empathy for Israel, the victims of a vicious jihad by Hamas, Hezbollah and other terror groups. In fact, their hashtag would read #illridewithjews
But don’t expect to see this any time soon!