What we’re seeing here in the United States and elsewhere in the world is a huge problem, and it is growing. Attacks on people of the Jewish faith are getting worse and the mainstream media here in the U.S. is turning a blind eye to it all.
The latest violent incident took place in Monsey, Rockland County, New York a place where there a large number of Jews have traditionally lived in peace. No longer.
On Saturday during the final day of Hanukkah, about 100 people were gathered at the home of Rabbi Chaim L. Rottenberg, next to their synagogue.
It was then that a man, identified as Grafton E. Thomas, burst in and armed with a machete and knife began attacking the people. Five were injured, one of them critically. Thomas was later arrested in Harlem after cameras on the George Washington Bridge picked up his license plates after witnesses had taken down the information.
Thomas was found with blood-stained clothing and smelling strongly of bleach, as he tried to clean up after the attack, police said. He was charged and pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. Thomas’s family claims that he’s had a history of mental illness. He’s undergoing a mental health examination in jail while being held on a $500,000 bail. But Thomas is hardly alone.
CNN reported that there were eight “possible” hate crimes targeting Jews in NYC in just the past week. Time after time, judges in the courts release the accused with no bail. Why? And why is the national media so strangely silent on these cases?
The “possible” hate crime moniker is a joke. On Monday, a 65-year-old man said he was punched and kicked in Manhattan by another man who was yelling “F*** you, Jew,” which should hardly be classified as possible.
On Tuesday, a man in Brooklyn claimed that a group of men followed him and yelled anti-Semitic slurs at him before throwing a drink at him…possibly. In another case last week, a judge released a woman without bail in Brooklyn after she attacked an Orthodox Jewish woman walking with her daughter. “You f–-king Jew, your end is coming!” she yelled at the woman. As part of her non-bail agreement, she agreed to attend bimonthly mental health services.
Another woman from Flatbush was also released without bail after slapping three Jewish women in the face and yelling, “F–k you, Jews!”
On December 11, two men in a stolen U-Haul truck drove to a kosher deli in Jersey City, NJ, part of the New York metropolitan area and shot up the deli. One policeman, three people inside the deli and both gunmen were left dead. The dead gunmen in that shooting were identified as 50-year-old Francine Graham and 47-year-old David Anderson, who were linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which is considered to be a hate group. They had also published anti-Semitic hate messages online.
And yet, the national media remains strangely silent on all of this…which again begs the question, why?
One can reasonably assume without a shadow of a doubt that if these crimes were committed by “MAGA-hat wearing Neo-Nazis” against other minorities that they would be plastered all over the news. But because the victims are Jews the news is conveniently pushed under the carpet. A look at what’s happening in London and other cities of Europe against Jews is equally troubling.
How long are we going to turn a blind eye to what’s going on right in the heart of our country’s largest cosmopolitan area? Two generations ago, we saw what happened in Europe and said, “never again.”
But now it is happening again. And not in some out of the way German or Polish town. But right here in the U.S.A., in New York City and in many other places.
What does this say about our country? That certain hate crimes are bad, but others not so much? What will we say to future generations? That we didn’t know?
We didn’t buy that explanation 75 years ago and we shouldn’t now.