On January 7 the State Department released a press statement marking the one-year anniversary of the horrific attacks in Paris. Yet there was a troubling omission: the statement focused on Charlie Hebdo and referred only obliquely to another attack. It doesn’t specifically cite the attack on a kosher supermarket, where four innocent people were held hostage and brutally murdered.
In response, the Elder suggests that:
…this fits in with President Obama’s characterization of the Hypercacher terror attack:
‘It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.’
I get the feeling that this administration is skittish about mentioning Muslim Jew-hatred because it might blunt the larger message that has become dominant: that Westerners are “Islamophobic.”…
If the State Department would mention Muslim attacks on Jews, the message of tolerance towards Muslims gets muted. So the victims are universalized as just regular, random people.
Veiling Muslim attacks on Jews as something other than Muslim attacks on Jews protects the larger Muslim community from embarrassment. It does so at the expense of the tiny Jewish minority, but that is clearly not Obama’s concern.
I would argue, in fact, that president Barack Obama is now openly mocking the American Jewish community. I am sorry, but it is pathetic. Not on his part, of course, but on ours. Obama has proven beyond any doubt that American Jews are an abused lap-dog owned by this administration.
Every once in awhile he tosses us a Milk-bone and I find it shameful.
Obama knows what he is doing. His Department of State remembers the kerfuffle over the above remarks from last year as, I am sure, does the genius in the White House, himself. This year the dishonorable refusal to mention the Hypercacher attack as antisemitic is one of those little ways that the Obama administration enjoys tweaking Jewish noses. It also reveals zero interest in fighting racism toward American Jews, despite the fact that the American Jewish community is the most violently attacked of any religious community in the United States.
It is not even close:
And just why shouldn’t Obama tweak Jewish noses while giving antisemitism a pass?
Why shouldn’t he put Jewish lives at risk by implicitly suggesting that while Black Lives Matter, Jewish lives certainly do not. All American presidents have agendas and high on Obama’s agenda is the desire to spare American Muslims the consequences of the Jihad.
This is not unreasonable. In my experience, American Muslims are about as normalized and American as any other ethnic or religious groups and they should not have to pay the price because some maniac filled with romantic wonder at the glories of Jihad runs amuck in Paris or Tel Aviv or San Bernardino.
As someone who strongly relates to the Muslim community, both at home and abroad, there is nothing unusual about Obama’s desire to protect American Muslims from the fear and loathing conjured by their more aggressive co-religionists.
However – and this is to my mind one mighty big however – it should NOT come through spitting on the American Jewish community.
The State of Israel, and thus the Jewish people, have one year left of a blatantly hostile American presidency.
We’ll ride this bastard out and move on.
First published at Israel Thrives