The period beginning with the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jews were killed as they prayed, has seen antisemitic violence of an unprecedented severity in the United States.

But what makes the stabbing in Monsey, the shooting in Jersey City, and many of the attacks in Brooklyn different from the Pittsburgh and Poway, California, synagogue shootings is that the alleged perpetrators were not white supremacists; nor were they white.


What will not resist the logic of fracture: deploying heavily militarized police or the National Guard to patrol the streets of Brooklyn; glorifying violence or identitarian machismo; rushing to stock up on assault weapons; or inciting more hatred and suspicion in the press.

The United States is, as anyone who reads the news can feel, deep in a process of fracture. The election of Donald Trump, whose methods of campaigning and governing exemplify the logic of fracture, is both a cause and a symptom.

Astonishing! It’s ‘blame Trump!’ The man’s influence knows no bounds, clearly.

4 comments for “Dilemma/Solution

  1. January 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Trump derangement syndrome in all its gory glory. As someone who has done door duty at my synagogue on a few occasions armed only with my body and the ability to spot wrong’uns, I would welcome lots of armed police tasked with the job of protection around the synagogue. The commentator is whining about things that are not a problem such as a heavy police presence where it is needed. If I was a Jewish resident of Brooklyn I’d much prefer to see a lot of police keeping me and my family safe than no police and lots of deranged and violent people running around threatening security.

  2. William Nelson
    January 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Amazing, isnt it? Cognitive dissonance has the writer blaming Trump for…. well actually it isnt very clear if it is Trumps fault for antisemitism, or fractures, or what. A normal liberal response truthfully, ignore the issue, refuse to hold responsible individuals/groups accountable, and blame Trump. This is why he won in 2016 and will win in 2020.

    • January 8, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Mr Nelson, I agree that this is a sort of monstrous cognitive dissonance. It also shows up the double standard so beloved of the Left who would quite rightly be up in arms if it was white supremacists or neo-nazis doing these attacks but who go extremely silent when it is afro Americans or Muslims doing them. I agree it is this sort of conduct by the author of the anti Trump piece that will go a long way to seeing Mr Trump re-elected.

  3. January 9, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Trump?? Any fool, even a lefty one, knows that the fault – nay the egregious Enormity – lies with that darling of the Emmy’s and Golden Globe awards, Lord, Earl and Royal wannabee of the Oscars and Prince Greeter at the Nobel Prize hoohah, ‘Climate Change, previously known as Gobal Warming’.

    Some say it is a residual effect of CO2 on the brain. I don’t hold with that extreme, personally, as we would have noticed people turning green well before.

    Whoops, how unobservant of me.

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