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Spiritual Affliction: The Left's Growing Anti-Semitism Problem

When Hamas carried out the October 7th butchery, many progressives cheered

Progressive groups held rallies in support of Hamas:

The leftist Democratic Socialists of America praised the attacks.

You might think this is just nutpicking: looking only at extremes. 

But mainstream and prestigious left-wing institutions, leaders, politicians, university faculty have joined the rising chorus of anti-Semitism. 

The Huffington Post, for example, framed October 7th's Jewish victims as supporters of a new Holocaust, framing Palestinian murderers as escaped prisoners.

NBC and TeenVogue contributor Najma Sharif praised the bloody butchery of Jews:

This week, press secretary for US Sentator Bernie Sanders is spreading wild conspiracy theories about Jews, claiming Israel trains dogs to rape Palestinian prisoners.

While on the topic of Senator Sanders, he was booed at a leftist political rally this week for the milquetoast position that while Israel's war against Hamas is disproportionate, it still has the right to defend itself.

Last week, leftwing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), an outspoken supporter of the Palestinians, had to distance herself from far-right Nazis who began praising her support for her anti-Jewish stances.

And, perhaps most visibly, over the last several months, leftist students and faculty encamped, rioted, and agitated for the murder of Jews at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Albany, Brandeis, University of Washington, UCLA, Berkeley and dozens of America's most prestigious universities. Jewish students were harassed, blocked from entering school, their dorms firebombed. They were singled out in class by leftist professors, shouted at with bullhorns on campus, demonized by leftist political groups they were once part of.

Anti-semitism under the guise of anti-Zionsim

Might the issue just be Zionism, the belief that Jews should be able to return to their historic homeland? Are these leftwing folks simply misguided about Israel? Maybe they don't really hate Jews in general?

The answer is found in this week's headlines.

Leftist rioters surrounded Adas Torah synagogue in Los Angeles this week. Armed with bullhorns, pepper spray and bats, the rioters shouted, "Long live the intifada!" at Jewish worshipers entering and leaving the synagogue.

The mob predictably moved towards violence:

This has led some leftists to poignant introspection"If the issue is Israel and Zionism, why are our people attacking synagogues and Holocaust museums?"

A dark future for the left

I tend to be a wild optimist. (Co-blogger Aaron Hecht will tell you this is a fault of mine.) The world is getting better in tangible ways; the future is bright. I've blogged many times over the years about reasons for this optimism.

Today, I'm concerned for the US's future because of the rising anti-Semitism of the left.

What does it say about our future if our young people, our university students, our university faculty, large segments of the press, and members of Congress are deceived into anti-Semitism? What does the western university look like in 20 years? What do western governments look like in a few decades years? What does a 2050s US look like?

Today -- today! -- there are open beatings of Jews, anti-Israel graffiti spraypainted Holocaust museums, violent riots at large synagogues. Almost all of which are carried out not by far-right Nazis, but by far-left radicals and revolutionaries. 

What does that say about the future of the left?

A great internal reformation is needed to weed out the increasingly mainstream anti-Semitism in the left. Perhaps such a reformation sparks only when the left is trounced in the elections, as is happening across Europe

But I suspect that isn't sufficient. The hatred of Jewish people is a spiritual affliction. It won't be solved by politics alone.

When Russian author and Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was asked what caused the downfall of his nation, he answered,

“Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.”
Might the same be said of the secular left? The far left celebrates the murder of unborn children. It champions extreme sexual deviancy, not merely practicing such things but handing out awards to people who practice it most visibly. It rejoices at the murders of Jews. It opposes all things Judeo-Christian. At risk of sounding sensationalistic, has the left forgotten God?

Politically-approved anti-Semitism is a spiritual condition resulting from a culture devoid of God. If unaddressed, in the next 50 years we may join Solzhenitsyn and say, "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this calamity has happened."

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