3 Jews were killed in Israel. Why does it get so much less response than cultural anti-Semitism?


“I’m in shock, I still can’t believe he’s gone”

Michael Ledigin, 36, was one of those killed in the latest Islamic terror attack.

In the latest Islamic terrorist attack, three Jews were killed in Israel. Three others were injured. Two were parents and another grandfather.

The response from the American Jewish organizational establishment was generally muted with pro forma condemnations that lacked the intensity of outrage over the recent wave of cultural anti-Semitism by black celebrities.

Why is that?

As I wrote recently, “American Jewish organizational leadership remained entrenched in overlooking violent threats against other Jews while fighting societal threats against themselves.”

“Social anti-Semitism, especially as it affects the cultural demographics that are likely to run and donate to Jewish established groups, takes precedence over existential threats to Jews in other countries, from Europe to Israel, and Jews in the United States, such as the Hasidim, Russian or Middle Eastern. Jews, who are culturally different from them. That is why the murder of millions of Jews in Europe or the daily attacks on Jews in Israel do not elicit as much outrage as cultural outrage over political incorrectness.”

“Liberal establishment Jewish Americans remain very vigilant for societal signs that anti-Semitism is becoming acceptable. Signals like this lead to a five-alarm fire reaction even if much more worrying trends in society are ignored. A celebrity who says something anti-Semitic is treated as a more urgent problem than a political party that slowly turns anti-Semitic without saying anything overtly offensive.”

It’s not that social and cultural antisemitic messages don’t matter. They do. But it’s hard to defend an establishment that shrugs off the routine murder of Jews while becoming deeply involved in pop culture anti-Semitism.

Tamir Avihay, 50, from Kiryat Netafim, Michael Ledigin, 36, from Bat Yam, and Moti Ashkenazi, 59, from Yavne were named as two of the three victims in the Ariel terror attack on Tuesday.

Avihay was the father of six children between the ages of 12 and 29, he had five daughters and one son.

“Our father was a cheerful man,” Avihay’s daughters Liron and Shirel said, adding that they are grateful to the soldier who shot the terrorist.

Ledigin made Aliyah five years ago and part of his family still lives in Russia. He was the father of two children, ages 7 and 12.

“I’m in shock, I still can’t believe he’s gone,” his wife told Kan.

Ashkenazi was a father of three and grandfather of two to Yavne. “Motti was a loving person full of joy for life, an exemplary husband and a family man with a huge soul who always loved to help everyone,” his family said. “He loved life and used every moment to wrap his family in warmth and love. This is a great loss for all of us and everyone who knew him.”

The Biden administration has restarted funding for the terrorist “Palestinian” pipeline responsible for this. His ambassador has expressed sympathy for the deaths without condemning the terrorists.

Meanwhile, many of these same liberal Jewish organizations will condemn and attack Israelis for voting for a conservative government more willing to fight Islamic terrorism.


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