The great anti-Semitism panic of 2017

I’ve been rather taken aback by the panic in the Jewish community over American anti-Semitism since Donald Trump won the election. The recent spate of hoax bombing threats to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions around the country has been a precipitating factor, but the fear is drastically out of proportion to the threat; no bombs have been found, and there are no indications that there is any real physical threat to Jews. By contrast, in the past decade or so there have been actual murders at a JCC and a Jewish federation office without precipitating such panic.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    In a sort of “twisted logic”, are these threats really a veiled threat against Trump and his family since:

    (1) Trump is pro-Israel and supports Netanyahu and the State of Israel? ;
    (2) Trump’s son-in-law, J. Kushner, is a part of the present administration, an observant Jew? ;
    (3) Ivanka Trump formally converted to Judaism and Jared and Ivanka are raising their children modern Orthodox?

    Yes, fortunately, there have been no deaths yet. However, that doesn’t mean it will remain so.

    Have any other BCF readers thought this, too? Just wondering.

    • moraywatson

      Hmmm? This is more of the Trump vs the Establishment dynamic. The Establishment is full of islamic appeasers. The Establishment is no doubt getting lots of “feedback” from their islamic “friends” who rightly see Trump as a clear and present danger to their existential objective of a world wide caliphate. Everything was going swimmingly until Nov 8, 2016. Now, not so much.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Twisted logic of perpetrators of the phone calls is what I was specifically referring to above. In any case, I’m a thousand times more concerned with M-103 in Canada than alleged or real anti-semitism in Canada and the US. Besides, I am more or less a free speech absolutist.

        • simus1

          GLLKDW’s version of M-103 just voted on this week.
          Number of courageous PCO party inmates who voted “neh” ?
          Zero.

    • Waffle

      Trump, as with Harper, is as good an excuse for anti-semitism by some, fortunately not all. What is depressing and very troubling is the adamant refusal by leftist/progressive Jews to acknowledge its reality. Those who do are labelled ‘fear-mongers. Personally, I have no patience nor time for those Jews who have totally bought the lie of the “occupation” which is the apparent driver for the attacks, both psychological and physical, not only on Israelis but on Jews in general.

      Here, in Canada, we have been fortunate enough to live in a protected bubble. That bubble is fast disappearing and those who have assumed leadership roles seem to have no viable strategies for our diverse communities to protect ourselves. Their heads are planted firmly in the ground growing like onions, to paraphrase an old Yiddish saying.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        I agree. Oy gevalt.

  • Manual Paleologos

    There does appear to be a marked increase in anti-semitism in the US, but it is centered around our college campuses and other left wing circles.

    • V10_Rob

      The ones calling in the threats almost always turn out to be Dems of one stripe or another.

  • vwVwwVwv

    its not really panic its just being heard and obama with the Democraps
    worked hard on building up antisemitism to current levels.

  • moraywatson

    This can be explained by “backlash syndrome”. Those who appease islam have been taught that it is only resistance to islam that causes terrorism. No resistance, no backlash. Trump means resistance. Therefore to the dhimmitude, it must be Trump that is the problem.