Tuesday, July 07, 2020

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When viewing a video of George Floyd’s life unjustly snuffed out by a rogue cop, we all watched, horrified. Why did it happen? We do not know for sure. But we all saw injustice before our eyes.

Before COVID-19, when we saw on video almost daily assaults by blacks against our fellow Jews in Brooklyn, we also saw brutality happening before our eyes. Before that, when we saw a video of two black supremacists in Jersey City with assault rifles heading straight for a kosher market, we all cringed, especially because we already knew about the horrific mass slaughter that ensued. And then came the machete attack in Monsey at a Chanukah celebration.

Are the leaders of the black community, who now scream for radical measures to rectify one heinous act in Minneapolis, calling for harmony and unity as well? I don’t think so. They expect us to mourn with them over Floyd’s horrible death, but their display of mourning is rather bizarre. These leaders demand of law enforcement all over the country to stand by and permit mobs and mobs to loot, destroy, deface and intimidate. And in several cities, Jewish institutions are deliberately singled out for defacemont and damage. And then we are assaulted by the spectacle of watching some cowed by all this kneel in obeisance before these “mourners.” Meanwhile, after violence against Jews in Brooklyn and Jewish bloodshed just a few months ago, these same leaders pronounce a half-hearted expression of solidarity at best.

On the other hand, our own Jewish advocacy leaders urge us to mourn George Floyd. Some of us may choose to do that, despite the numerous encounters he had with the law including armed robbery. But our leaders don’t stop there. We are adjured to act in sympatico with a group inimical to our existence: Black Lives Matter, a group that aligns itself with Jew haters, such as BDS, whose real goal is the ultimate destruction of Israel. Moreover, BLM poses a direct threat to all Americans with their demand to defund the police, our only protection from predators and criminals, Second Amendment notwithstanding.

So am I expected to fall in line and support this outfit? And if I don’t, I’m some sort of bigot or racist? We Jews must stand up for our people first, especially when it involves our own physical safety. I will not support entities that seek to harm us. These anarchists should be exposed and stopped, instead of encouraged in their nefarious missions. If only our “woke” Jewish leaders would get their priorities straight and call for our protection and strict law enforcement instead of lecturing us about the evils of racism and the virtue of empathy. If they would, then our leadership could serve as a model to leaders and organizers of the black community, along with their Democratic Party overlords, who over the course of decades have chosen to incite their constituents instead of trying to improve their lives. This is the essence of the message I hoped to convey two weeks ago. Sadly and scarily, it was distorted by some who seem unwilling to confront the real threat many of us see looming before us.

David Hes