The Backward Forward: “Why Jews Should Ride With Muslims in Sydney” #illridewithyou? #takenforaride

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The uber-left Jewish newspaper, “The Forward,” is at it again. They never miss an opportunity to attack and smear those who stand in defense of the Jews or who advocate for the Jewish state. Nor do they miss an opportunity to lick the boots of jihadists and their enablers.

Today they are running an article on why Jews should stand with Muslims in the wake of the Sydney jihad siege, supporting and advocating for #IllRideWithYou et al …

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In this appalling oped piece, Leah Bieler tries desperately to compare individual (in most cases) white-collar crime with an ideology that commands creed apartheid, gender apartheid, genocide, and ethic cleansing. Bieler’s betrayal and moral equivalence is the stuff of the Jewish Councils of Nazi Germany and their poison offspring — the kapos. That this ridiculous and dangerous woman is given such a platform speaks to why the Jews are in such trouble. Equating Ivan Boesky with a worldwide movement of supremacism, imperialism and annihilation is depraved. Worse, there is nothing in Judaism that sanctions white collar crime. Boesky (and Madoff, for that matter) acted out of their own greed — not from a religious mandate.

Leah-BielerThe Forward’s Leah Bieler

Atlas reader Wendy G wrote me, “The media attention that this [#illwidewithyou] is getting is infuriating to me. Facts are facts: Muslims are not likely to be the victims of hate crimes and yet all this attention sure makes it seem that way. Where is everybody when Jews are getting randomly beaten up on the streets of Europe? Where is the ‘I’ll ride with you’ for a Jew wearing a Yamulke? Silence… Jews in France cannot leave the house with so much as a tiny Star of David around their necks! Where is the Muslim outrage? Where are the Facebook pages calling for their rights? Their protections? No. The media would prefer to make you believe that white people are just waiting in line to attack Muslims.”

Absolutely right. When do Muslims ever stand with Jews? I have attended hundreds of anti-Israel protests and always see the leftist Jews there, but I have never seen a Muslim standing with Israel at a pro-Israel demo. I have never seen Muslims stand against the vicious antisemitism in the Quran and in Islamic texts and teachings.

There is a problem in Islam, and the longer we avoid that terrible truth, the worse things are going to be for all of us.

No one is suggesting that all Muslims are terrorists, but the world is roiling in the wake of the global jihad that is inspired by Islamic texts and teachings that command it. When are we going to talk about that and what must be done to expunge those teachings that command these holy wars?

Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran. Speak to that, Bieler.

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“Why Jews Should Ride With Muslims in Sydney”
By Leah Bieler, The Forward, December 15, 2014 (thanks to Mike)

My ears perked up when I heard the news about a potential terror attack at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney. “Potential” terror attack, because for a while the nature of the situation was unclear. And then came the now-familiar black flag with white Arabic lettering, and what was murky became just a tiny bit clearer.

For some reason, my thoughts went to what this moment must feel like for the average Muslim living in Australia. Or in London. Or in my own New England city. Because that is an emotion I recognize. Though they had nothing to do with the crime, I imagine that these Muslims experienced that all-too-familiar feeling, that gnawing fear deep in the stomach, that in my house is called, “Oy. Not good for the Jews.”

No Jew who has even a passing connection to community can credibly deny it. When something bad happens, you sit and wait, listening to the radio, watching the news, refreshing the screen. And then, they say, we can identify the attacker, name the criminal. And the name flashes across the screen. You read it and think, “Thank God that’s not a Jewish name. Could that be a Jewish name? Oh man, that’s a Jewish name.”

On one level, of course it’s utterly ridiculous that the actions of a complete stranger could reflect on me as a person. But the truth is complicated. Because no matter who I am or what I do, there will always be people who associate me with the bad apples. And maybe, in some small way, they have a point.

Do I bear responsibility for Ivan Boesky? For Bernie Madoff? Well, of course not. Except that I take advantage of Jewish institutions funded largely with money made by Jews in finance. Should the Jewish community as a whole have the burden of asking more questions about the ethical (or not) nature of the system that is the engine of so many of our organizations? Possibly.

As a vocal Zionist, should I take the blame for the actions of Baruch Goldstein or Yigal Amir? Certainly not. Though perhaps we need to examine what it is about Zionism that these men imagined justified their barbaric actions. Are they aberrations, or were they a natural, if extreme, outgrowth of their ideology?

As a religious person whose sons walk through the world with a kippah clipped to their heads, do I bear the blame when religious Jews behave appallingly? When sexual abuse is swept under the rug? When fraud is committed in the name of Torah? I do not condone these acts. But is it at all possible that there is something about religious Judaism that makes these crimes easier to commit? Do our insular communities breed secrecy? Does an “us and them” mentality create an environment in which crimes against the state seem just a touch beside the point?

These are the kinds of questions Muslims around the world might be asking themselves this week. Again. And they may be right to ask the questions. But they are also right to look you in the eye and say, “I’ve condemned the last 20 attacks by Muslims. I’ve made my disgust clear and unambiguous. I am exhausted from apologizing for the bad behavior of others. When will I have to stop proving my loyalty? Why don’t whites in America have to constantly apologize for Newtown, for Japanese internment camps, for slavery?”

I so empathize with that frustration. And I identify with so many Muslims around the world, whom I will never meet, who live their lives in the shadow of those who commit hideous crimes in their names.

There’s a trending Twitter hashtag that appeared overnight, #IllRideWithYou. Australians are offering their company to Muslims who are afraid to ride public transport after the day’s events. That kind of everyday beauty can outshine a thousand radicals holding up signs on CNN. If we let it.

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