In the columns of the New York Times, Jewess Michelle Goldberg wonders innocently why antisemitic acts, threats and hoaxes receive so much attention from the political and media elite.
All the same, the Israeli bomb threat hoax does force some reassessment. Perhaps we have given Trump-era anti-Semitism more emphasis than it deserves. This does not mean that, as Mr. Spicer suggests, we should see the president as the victim of unjust insinuations. Instead, we should ask why there was so much more pressure on Mr. Trump to speak out about apparent anti-Semitic threats than about other types of religious and ethnic violence. For example, while synagogues have been threatened, at least four mosques have been burned. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, there have been 35 attacks on mosques — including vandalism, break-ins and death threats — in the first three months of this year, compared with 19 over the same period in 2016.
...The various strands of renascent bigotry in Mr. Trump’s America are intertwined, and anti-Semitism is only part of the tapestry. Yet Americans, for good historical reasons, tend to have a particularly heightened sensitivity toward anti-Semitism. All 100 senators signed a letter calling on the Trump administration to take “swift action” against the anti-Semitic bomb threats. There has been no similar political urgency in demanding protection for other harassed minorities. The president and his associates mix anti-Semitic dog whistles with frank attacks on Muslims, immigrants and refugees. The paradox is that in today’s America, coded anti-Semitism is more of a political taboo than open Islamophobia. We spend a great deal of time and energy parsing the semiotics of Mr. Trump’s role in stoking anti-Jewish sentiment, while Muslims and immigrants can be defamed with impunity.Source
She has stumbled on the fact of Jewish Privilege and professes to be puzzled by it. So now that she has recognised its existence and the distorting effect it has on politics and news coverage, what should does she propose we do about it? Dismantle it? Not a bit.
The single phrase "for good historical reasons" is as close as she comes to answering her own question: Why Is This Hate Different From All Other Hate? It implies that the privilege attention accorded to Jewish "suffering", even when this suffering is entirely imaginary, or caused by Jews themselves, is justified.
With horror, she recalls the time before Jewish Privilege existed, or, rather, before its maximum strength had been reached; before the grip was iron-clad.
In his definitive 1994 book “Anti-Semitism in America,” Leonard Dinnerstein describes American anti-Semitism reaching a high tide in the early 1940s. The country was traumatized by the Great Depression and apprehensive about war in Europe. Reactionaries imagined themselves squeezed between globalist Jewish bankers above and subversive Jewish refugee hordes below. The America First Committee, formed to keep the United States out of World War II, was full of bigots and Nazi sympathizers; Mr. Dinnerstein quotes the chairman of the Terre Haute, Ind., chapter saying, “Jews were now in possession of our government.”What those antisemites were deploring was the onset of Jewish Privilege, the gradual establishment of a set of power relationships that would ultimately make it impossible for anyone to overtly challenge the Jewish ethnic agenda and still maintain anything resembling a normal life and professional career, in politics or anywhere else. In other words, they were reacting to the same phenomenon that Goldberg herself addresses in her article. Her description of contemporary events is proof that those antisemites were right. When trivial to non-existent levels of antagonism generate a massive political response from the government, it is indeed because that government is "in the possession" of an interested party.
Rather than dismantle Jewish Privilege, she simply demands that it be extended to Muslims too, thus affirming the ancient Jewish-Muslim alliance against Christendom.
To be an American Muslim or a brown-skinned immigrant and know that people like this are in power must be terrifying. Mr. Trump and his appointees have consistently denigrated and dehumanized these minorities in ways we’d never tolerate if they were talking about Jews.