Pelle sub agnina latitat mens saepe lupina (Under a sheep’s skin often hides a wolfish mind)
The New York Times recently titled a post-Presidential election article with „Finding Hate Crimes on the Rise, Leaders Condemn Vicious Acts“. Reading that article one is led to believe that “the surge in reported hate crimes (is linked) directly to the president-elect. “Mr. Trump’s rhetoric normalized hate, racism and xenophobia,” Ms. (Afaf) Nasher (the executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations) said in an email. ‘These attacks are the unavoidable byproduct.’ She called upon Mr. Trump to denounce the acts of violence against Muslim women.”
The German news station „tagesschau“ writes that the New York police are certain that there’s a direct connection between the election of Donald Trump and hate crimes. However, the US magazine Newsday headlined an article with a different understanding: „Unclear if spike in bias cases related to Trump victory, NYPD says“, and then continues with sources and quotes: „’We are up considerably,’ O’Neill said about the post-election bias-incident spike, ‘But most of those are anti-Semitic and nonviolent crimes.’“
The post-election incidents cited in the news are almost always described as „islamophobic“ – a tactical term popularized by Iranian fundamentalists aimed at blocking criticism of an ideology. This is not surprising, since the organization emphasizing the „massive“ increase is none less than the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a controversial network which – among other anti-Semitic activities – urges „Americans to contact their members of Congress to support the right of non-violent protest like boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)“.
The fact that hate crimes are overwhelmingly anti-Semitic gets dusted under the carpet by many media outlets. FBI statistics note for 2015 that hate crimes against Jews add up to more than all other groups combined. The statistics for New York City are similar: „Of the 345 incidents in the city this year, there were 120 classified as anti-Semitic, 101 centered on sexual orientation and 27 involved anti-Muslim sentiments, according to police.“ Some of those crimes are perhaps the result of CAIR generating an atmosphere of hate against Israel, a thinly veiled form of Jew hatred *. The BDS campaign aims to „normalize“ anti-Semitism.
Well-founded criticism of President-elect Donald Trump need not rely on propaganda from hate groups such as CAIR. There are enough facts which can serve as a basis for criticism of policies and ideas. Unsubstantiated claims and manipulation of statistics can backfire, and reveal more sinister agendas and sabotage legitimate criticism and discussion.
- „HR 6421 (by reference to the US State Department Fact Sheet of June 8, 2010) states that the legal definition of anti-Semitism includes, ‚Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist‘ but does not include, ‘criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country…’“