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“In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre, Jews all over the world sought to make sense of the horror that was the single greatest act of violence targeting Jews in the history of the United States of America.
But for others, a form of mourning took them down a different path. For them, the aftermath was the time to apportion blame and determine who was at fault for the actions of the gunman who took those 11 innocent lives.
I don’t believe in dictating to others how they ought to mourn, so despite my disagreement with those who took this opportunity to protest against and blame President Trump directly for the massacre, I will hold my peace. Suffice to say that, for all the issues I have with Trump’s rhetoric, it’s an unreasonable stretch to draw any sort of direct line between the President and the murders.
However, there is a version of this blame-finding exercise which broadens the scope of culpability to finger not only Trump but the entire political right wing. And not just to fault the abstract right, this is a time to fault right wing Jews — and specifically Orthodox Jews.”
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"The much-documented anti-Semitism of the British Labor party leader is no accident... Jeremy Corbyn reminds us that anti-Semitism is not just an irrational hatred, harbored by madmen at the fringes of British society."