Forbes.com blogger Abigail Esman seizes on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s over-hyped list of 2010 anti-Semitic incidents to suggest that “anti-Jewish attitudes no longer represent a fringe mentality of extremists – nor can they be simply brushed off as the ravings of little old ladies going batty.”
MJ Rosenberg does a nice job of deflating her fear-mongering:
How many Jews do any of us know who are afraid of being attacked because they are Jews here in the United States?
If Jews experienced the weeks of undiluted hate that Muslims experienced during the phony “Ground Zero mosque” controversy, we would be packing for Israel, or to whatever refuge would have us.
Back to Esman: She takes a sharp Islamophobic turn when she writes:
And the problem is also not limited to a couple of outspoken characters here and there: Anti-Semitism has been rising [f]or several years across all of Europe, mostly among the Muslim population… and a recent report from the UK shows that it’s destined to get worse. “Muslim religious schools operating in Britain are using poisonously anti-Semitic textbooks from Saudi Arabia…”
Funny thing: On the Wiesenthal Center’s list of “2010 Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs,” there’s not a single Islamist, and only one Arab (and he’s the deputy information minister for the Palestinian Authority, which doesn’t exactly make him a threat to the Jews of Great Neck or Squirrel Hill).
So follow her logic: Anti-Semitic attitudes cannot “simply be brushed off as the ravings of little old ladies going batty,” although “the problem is also not limited to a couple of outspoken characters here and there” (inadvertently acknowledging what she really thinks of the SWC list). No, the real problem is Muslim religious schools.
In other words, the Wiesenthal Center’s list is scary, but in focusing on “a couple of outspoken characters here and there” it misses the point, because what we should be worrying about is Muslims.
Did I mention Muslims?