Diversity Macht Frei
October 30, 2018
Only with the subtlety of the Talmudic mind can you refute a conspiracy theory by admitting it is true.
In an interview with NPR, Pittsburgh Jewess and New York Times writer, Bari Weiss admitted the conspiracy theory that Jews promote immigration was substantially correct.
Bari Weiss, Jewess writer for the New York Times, says Jews bringing in refugees is not a conspiracy.
"The most sacred of Jewish values is the value of 'hachnasat orchim,' of welcoming the stranger." pic.twitter.com/wR9DVJYxGh
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INSKEEP: The social media posts associated with the suspect suggest that he was interested in conspiracy theories linking Jews to refugees. He was interested in the caravan that President Trump has blown up into a major national news story. I’d just like to ask you about your neighborhood and this synagogue in particular. What was the attitude that people there had toward refugees?
WEISS: Well, that’s the thing. The Jewish connection to the refugee is not a conspiracy. That’s something that we’re very, very proud of. The organization that Robert Bowers was constantly calling out is an organization called HIAS, which brought people, including Sergey Brin, to this country. It started in the 1880s to bring Jews who were fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe. Now they help Jews and non-Jews all over the world fleeing persecution. I met a man in Arizona on Sunday, a Jew from Cairo who was helped out of Egypt following the 1967 war. This synagogue exemplified those values. It participated in something called Refugee Shabbat. The previous Saturday, it was one of the participating synagogues nationally. And the concept, you know, as in all Jewish synagogues that reflect the most sacred of Jewish values, is the value of hachnasat orchim, of welcoming the stranger and especially of welcoming the weakest in our community, which – there’s no weaker category in our society than the refugee. And we’re really, really proud of that.
INSKEEP: Do you see any sign of that attitude changing after this attack?
WEISS: Absolutely not – the opposite. This hateful anti-Semite came to kill Jews and sow terror in our community. And he did kill Jews and, among them, some of the loveliest, most stalwart people in our community. But what he’s also done is brought incredible unity. He’s exposed the values of our Jewish community and, frankly, of Pittsburgh to the world.And, you know, I predict that Jews, not only in Pittsburgh but all over this country, are going to be flooding synagogues this coming Shabbat.
In Ha’aretz, another Pittsburgh Jew, Jacob Bacharach, said more or less the same thing.
You will find virtually no one on the national stage who will dare say that immigration is a virtually unalloyed good, that those in need of refuge and asylum and those who simply seek economic and social opportunity should all – all! – be welcomed.
What we have learned in the Diaspora is that one is a citizen precisely until one is not. We have also learned what it is to become stateless and to have the doors of refuge closed to us.
It is one of the great blessings of my life to be associated, by accident of birth and geography, with a community that remembers this, and seeks through both direct action and simple daily coexistence to make its own home a home for anyone in the world.
I know that despite these deaths, it is something for which we will continue to live.
In the New York Times, Jewess Michelle Goldberg exults in the process of white dispossession.
Focusing on the governor’s race in Georgia, the picture she paints of American politics is one of disguised ethnic warfare, where the various candidates and policy positions are simply proxies for underlying racial struggle. Her opening paragraph makes it clear what really makes her feel good about America: the process of dispossessing the people who created it.
For a few hours on Saturday morning, I felt good about America. I was at a smallish rally in the Atlanta suburb of Riverdale, listening to Democratic politicians including Senator Kamala Harris and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, who could become the first African-American female governor in American history.
Right now America is tearing itself apart as an embittered white conservative minority clings to power, terrified at being swamped by a new multiracial polyglot majority. The divide feels especially stark in Georgia, where the midterm election is a battle between Trumpist reaction and the multicultural America whose emergence the right is trying, at all costs, to forestall.
Abrams’s goal is to put together a coalition of African-American and other minority voters and white liberals. The potential is there; Georgia is less than 53 percent non-Hispanic white. “Georgia is a blue state if everybody votes,” DuBose Porter, chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, told me.
On Saturday morning, Abrams closed by reminding the crowd of Kemp’s views on democracy. “He said he is concerned that if everyone eligible to vote in Georgia does so, he will lose this election,” she said. “Let’s prove him right.” In a week, American voters can do to white nationalists what they fear most. Show them they’re being replaced.