Old Pogroms and New.

For those of us who care about the well-being of the Jewish people, there is currently much discussion around the current Black-on-Jewish pogroms throughout places like Crown Heights and Jersey City and, even, Rockland County, New York.

I was actually born in Rockland County. That is where I am from.  My mom, Rita, was from the Bronx and my father, Harry, who fought in the Central Pacific during World War II, grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

My grandfather, Beryl, on my father’s side, lived in the Ukranian town of Medzhybizh in the early part of the twentieth-century where, as it happens, the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic community, taught and died in the eighteenth-century.  The town was a small part of the Pale of Settlement that alternated between Poland and the Ukraine.  Thus it is highly likely that our friends among the Orthodox community are among relatives to me… but I do not know, for sure.

The Jews of Medzhybizh were wiped out by the National Socialists during Operation Barbarossa by the Einsatzgruppen as they drove into the Soviet Union during World War II.  When they came upon the shtetl in 1942 they put the Jews to road building in order to advance East.  When the road building was completed the Jews dug ditches at rifle point.  They were then lined up in those ditches and then shot dead.

That was my family.

My grandfather left Medzhybizh in the 1920s and, thus, my father was spared and therefore I was born.  The same cannot be said for those among my grandparents’ family who remained.

And this returns us to Monsey, Rockland County and Brooklyn and Jersey City.

There are a lot of people wondering just why this American pogrom is happening now.  Most Jews have no clue as to why young Black men are attacking Chassidim and the openly Orthodox in the areas around New York.  But behind the Black pogrom against the Jews in and around New York is the politics of hatred toward Israel from the academe and from the activists.  There is the yawning silence of our alleged friends among Congressional Democrats.  And then there is “the squad.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

Pressley is probably the best of the four and I am not even certain that she should be lumped in with them.  She at least had the decency to send out the following tweet:

As of this morning, I cannot find a whisper by AOC, Omar, or Tlaib in opposition to Black-on-Jewish racist violence.  Ilhan Omar did take the opportunity to politicize the pogrom to retweet a note by Rep. Eric Swalwell blaming the current left-wing pogrom against the Jews on Donald Trump. Rashida Tlaib who, along with AOC and Omar, favors the movement to eliminate Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people via BDS, joined Omar in blaming Trump for Black-on-Jewish violence.

“He fuels people’s anger & misguided hate. Instead of leading with compassion, he simply gaslights and laughs about it,” Tlaib said.

credit: The Australian

The truth is that this new breed of progressive-left “intersectionalist” Democrats do not care about the well-being of Israel or the Jewish people.  If they did they would speak up.  More importantly, however, remains the fact that the established Democratic leadership, including the Jewish Democratic leadership, stands behind these people.  They also support funding the Palestinian Authority which means funding the murder of Jewish Israelis under “pay-to-slay.”

And they honestly believe that they deserve Jewish support even as they remain silent among the ongoing attacks.


First published at Israel Thrives

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One comment

  1. I end up totally lost when I read pieces such as this. What exists, what connection is at play, for an African American, to be so mentally enraged, to want to start carving people up with a Machete.

    When, or where have American Jews, and African Americans, ever crossed paths; in the negative sense, to bring this madness to the fore. I don’t buy religious differences…a greater percentage of African Americans are now, not much better than heathens…as to embrace any form, or show interest in the practise of a religious faith. How would Jews be a threat to them religiously, i.e. their cultures are Poles apart.

    Of course violent Jew Haters exist…no doubt in their thousands. What loses me though, is that both Negroes and Jews have had enough struggles, individually keeping their boats afloat – as to be both persecuted minorities. Sounds like the same sort of madness that exists with the Jew Hating Irish. No logical reason, just plain old fashioned homo-sapien hate at play.

    if it can be considered a good thing…at least Jews are now carrying defending Armalite assault rifles in, and around, their Synagogues in the New York area referred to. Sadly, the Jews of Europe, were never allowed this defensive consideration.

    A first rate Article by Michael…