Where’s the March Against Anti-Semitism?

The weekend of January 20, 2018 saw another run of the Women’s March around the United States. Various cities including New York City, Chicago and Washington DC had famous speakers address the crowds who came out to speak on behalf of a range of issues related to women’s rights ranging from equal pay, sexual violence and abortion.

Several groups still felt left out of the second annual march, including black women and the LGBT community. Those communities argued that it is women of color and the gay women that are suffering the most crimes, but the agenda had been controlled principally by straight white women.

They are not wrong on that first point.

The FBI produces a review of hate crime every year, and in November 2017 it published its report of Hate Crime Statistics in the US for 2016. The raw data supports the contention that blacks suffer many more hate crimes than whites or Hispanics, especially on a proportionate basis. It is even more true that the LGBT community suffers disproportionately. With an estimated population of 10 million in the United States, the 1,386 hate crimes committed against LGBT people meant that they were over 2.5 times more likely to be attacked than an average black person, who suffered 2,220 hate crimes among a black population of 43 million.

But the reality is that the group that suffers the most hate crimes are Jews. Year-in and year-out. And no one speaks up for them at these marches.

While one out of every 19,359 blacks suffered a hate crime, and one out of every 7,215 LGBT people were attacked, the staggering fact of 2016 was that one out of every 6,148 Jews was the victim of a hate crime (862 attacks against a population of 5.3 million).

But the women’s marches did not address rampant Jew hatred. In 2017 they opted instead to invite Israel-basher Linda Sarsour to address the crowds. In 2018, many Jewish groups participated in the march, but did not bring up antisemitism and simply focused on the issue of women’s rights.

The black and LGBT community actively pushed their narrow agenda forward, but Jewish groups were reluctant to do so. Which groups were correct in how they handled their involvement in the march?

More pointedly, where is the national march against antisemitism? How is it that cities can gather thousands of people to stand up to “Islamophobia,” but cannot even gather dozens to speak out against the more prevalent antisemitism?


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8 thoughts on “Where’s the March Against Anti-Semitism?

  1. The sad fact is that the term “anti-Semitism” has been so over used and over-applied that it has become almost meaningless. There is no need for such a march as many people self-censor themselves for fear of offending Jews. But, consider, why should any group be above legitimate critique?

  2. The Jewish community has always relied more on leaders than marchers and more on the written word than on shouted voices in the streets when advocating for its own partisan issues. Local Jewish communities also tend to work through the system (or certainly try) and to march, when it does march, for Israel over itself.

    As to the specific issue of Antisemitic hate crimes, it is unclear as to whether our leaders are incompetent, complicit, or ineffective or whether it is the politics of the majority’s “Deep State” that has suddenly changed for the worse. Regardless, we must recognize that there is a blatantly partisan political impetus behind much of the present mass-march movement.

    Finally, it is unclear as to whether there are more people committing Antisemitic hate crimes, or the same number of people as in the past (or as a percentage of the general population) are committing more Antisemitic hate crimes per capita. Was it one person, one crime, and now it is one person, ten crimes? Or is it now ten persons, ten crimes? It would be a useful piece of data to have if we are truly interested in putting this issue in a proper perspective.

    Regardless of all of the above, I still do not see a point at this juncture in starting a mass-march movement for taking the issue to the streets.

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