The Two Faces of Anti-Semitism

At a time of world-wide economic problems and political upheaval, the traditional scapegoat has emerged once again as the focus, as anti-Semitic activities appears to be at, if not an all-time high, certainly making more and regular headlines than in any decade since World War II.

Around the world, we see the rise of Ukrainian Nationalism replete with an outlandish return to nazi- and USSR-era type labeling requirements and restrictions on activities, and we see otherwise fair-minded people buying into the propaganda of anti-Israel interests, castigating the small enclave of democracy for defending itself and its people against constant and deadly terrorist activities.

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And right here in Southern California, two seemingly divergent news stories of the past few days are actually opposite sides of
the same coin, that of increasing anti-Semitic activities, some blatant and easily observed, and some less obvious, but more pervasively institutionalized and dangerous.

“Adolf was right. Kill Jews” was sprawled by one Amos Hason on a fence behind a business, in full view of surveillance cameras. He has been charged with hate crimes by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. News reports state that Hason has on his record several prior arrests and two convictions relating to illegal weapons possession, including possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault another.

Yet, this is one deranged man, and society has taken action to punish him, and to protect the safety of the public. Remember, when that horrendous assault occurred last month in Kansas, the man who shot up two Jewish activity centers killed no one of the Jewish faith, but did kill three people of other faiths. No one is safe when such deranged people have access to deadly weapons.

But another local story from a few days earlier is much more frightening, and for many reasons, including its lack of notoriety and the almost total lack of outrage that it engendered.

Rialto, CA is a city of about 100,000 and is located about 50 miles directly east of Los Angeles. There is no more obvious sign of virulent, ignorant anti-Semitism than that of Holocaust denial. The entire concept is almost universally rejected around the world, with notable exceptions in the world of Islam and in pockets of traditional anti-Semitism, such as in various areas of Eastern

Europe. Single vocal individuals and neo-nazi-type groups are frequently the most vocal proponents of the debunked and outrageous belief, and mainstream thinking is generally in accord with understanding and accepting the undisputed facts evidencing and substantiating that terrible time in human history.

But not so much among the Rialto School District, where eighth graders were given the assignment of researching materials promulgated by the virulently anti-Semitic Bible Believers Church of Sydney, Australia, and writing papers arguing that the Holocaust was a hoax.

When learning of this assignment, the Los Angeles-area chapter of the Anti-Defamation League sent this email to representatives of the school district:

“It is ADL’s general position that an exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust Denial”

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In a half-assed disgusting response, school board representatives attempted to foist blame off upon Common Core, with the explanation that they felt this assignment was a proper way to emphasize the enhanced "critical thinking" requirements of the Common Core standards. What outright bull shit. That is like defending cementing over a lawn in order to repair a leaking sprinkler head.

Who were these school board representatives
apparently responsible for this assignment, who did cancel the assignment, but who also gave that ridiculous answer as to why it was given in the first place? The people in charge who did all this were school district superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam and district employee Syeda Jafri. Draw your own conclusions.

What is even more despicable was the fact of little to no protest on the part of students or patents to this outrageous assignment.

This is the most scary part of today’s anti-Semitism, of the less obvious side of the coin.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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