It has been recently noted that there is a complete lack of outrage about the rising of anti-Semitism in the United States. Bari Weiss wrote last week that anti-Semitic incidents have grown considerably in number over the past few months, and for some reason, the only time any attention is called to them is when the attacker or person in the wrong is ethnically white and of a conservative political persuasion.
And after yet another incident in the great New York area, we have to say that is true.
On Tuesday, there was a shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, in which six people were killed and several more wounded.
Based on evidence found at the scene and in the shooters’ stolen van, it is believed that the supermarket was targeted due to its ties to the Jewish community. One assailant, in particular, had even made anti-police and anti-Semitic posts on his social media accounts. In addition, a manifest of sorts was found inside the van that confirmed the idea that an anti-Semitic mentality motivated the suspects.
As the New York Times reported, “An assailant involved in a prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and investigators believe the attack was motivated by those sentiments, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said on Wednesday.”
“Investigators also found a manifesto-style note inside the assailants’ can, the law enforcement official and another official familiar with the case said. The document, which was described as brief and “rambling,” suggested no clear motive for the shooting. Investigators also found a live pipe bomb inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.”
However, the story, aside from being included by a few media outlets, has been pretty much ignored. And you know why?
Because the assailants were neither white nor Trump supporters.
NBC News stated that “Four law enforcement sources familiar with the case told NBC New York that the suspects were David Anderson and Francine Graham. According to three sources, Anderson was a one-time follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites and may adhere to both Christian and Judaic beliefs, and his social media pages include anti-police and anti-Jewish writings.”
According to the police reports, Anderson and Graham encountered a detective named Joseph Seals at a cemetery about a mile away from the supermarket, where they shot and killed Seals. After this, they got in a stolen van and drove past several other shops and people until they reached the kosher supermarket. Once there, they got out, rifles in hand, and began firing into the marketplace, killing three more people. Naturally, local police officers showed up to stop the attack and after several hours, succeeded by returning gunfire and killing both suspects in the process.
Now, typically in circumstances like this, a national conversation begins about what may have caused such a tragedy and ways to prevent it in the future. However, that has not happened. And according to Ben Shapiro, it is unlikely to.
He tweeted on Wednesday, “Anti-Semitic terror attack in Jersey City wasn’t by white supremacists, and can’t be blamed on Trump; it was by black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe non-Jewish group that sees actual Jews as fake Jews. This means no “national conversation” on anti-Semitism.”
And he continued, “This has been the media’s platform. If it comes from white supremacists, it deserves coverage and prompts Trump-centric conversation; if it’s just a massive spike in anti-Semitic attacks in NYC from non-white supremacists, it doesn’t even merit a mention.”
The only “national conversation” about it happened during a “hot topics” round with “The View” co-hosts and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. But co-host Joy Behar turned it into a circus by stating that the shooters were “white nationalists.”
Now, some could take it as a simple mistake on Behar’s part. After all, she isn’t the smartest tool in the shed. She merely said the wrong color, white instead of black. But no one seemed to catch it. Christie simply went on discussing the tragedy of the incident.
Now, Christie did say we need to start standing up to this kind of action, regardless of “ethnic, religious bias.” However, that will prove awfully difficult when members of Congress continue to spew out the same kind of anti-Semitic views that incite such hate and violence.