And, in the U.S., the issue of Anti-Semitism is often raised, both in publications and in the media, giving the impression that the Anti-Semitism is being vigorously fought.
Yet, the issues that are - and are not - fought in the social media - indicate that people's understanding of what is and what is not Anti-Semitism are extremely politicized, and are not helpful (in my personal view) in the fight with the actual Anti-Semitism.
For example, there was a lot of support to free and allow to go live in Israel to the spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.
Even the felon former New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler (who is Jewish) pitched in in his memoirs from prison, where he did hard time together with Jonathan Pollard.
In Sol Wachtler's enlightened view, as in view of many other supporters of Jonathan Pollard who sold the country of his citizenship (the U.S.) to the country of his ancestors (Israel) for money, Jonathan Pollard is not guilty of treason, or at least not "that" guilty, because Israel is the U.S. ally.
"Jonathan is our most prominent inmate, having been arrested eight years ago for espionage. He pled guilty to the crime of passing government secrets to Israel, secrets that he accessed while a civilian employee of naval intelligence. Mind you, he is not a traitor— traitors deal with hostile nations. Jonathan gave our government’s secrets to Israel, a friendly nation. I say “gave” our secrets, although he admits to receiving fifty thousand dollars from Israel. His defenders, and there are many, will tell you that the money was to reimburse him for travel and other expenses during the period he was a spy. Those same supporters will tell you that he gave no information to Israel that it was not already entitled to as our ally.
Those who are antagonistic to Pollard will tell you that when he delivered those suitcases filled with secrets to Israel, he was selling out America— that Israel could well have traded those secrets off to Russia, or some other nation hostile to America, so that his espionage could have been traitorous. The interesting part of the Pollard case is the change in the attitude of American Jews. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment, most mainstream Jewish groups were reluctant to take up his cause. They were afraid that to do so could indicate a lack of patriotism. But with the end of the Cold War that attitude has changed. Even the Israeli government, which at first was indifferent to Pollard’s fate, has now come to his aid; a plea was made yesterday by Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin for presidential clemency.
Wachtler, Sol. After the Madness: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir (pp. 115-116). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
Well, if Israel is an ally, and if it was "already entitled", as an ally, to the document it has bought from Pollard, wouldn't an ally ask the U.S., its ally, politely, acting in good faith, for whatever information it needed, instead of hiring a spy within the U.S. intelligence community and pay that spy to sell U.S. state secrets to Israel?
And wouldn't Israel at least own up to what it did - instead of booting Jonathan Pollard who initially ran for refuge into the Israeli embassy?
New York Governor Cuomo recently make a publicity stunt, obviously trying to get the Jewish population of New York State out to vote for the Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, signing an executive order that denied public funds to human rights organizations boycotting Israel for human rights violations on Palestinian territories.
Apparently, to Governor Cuomo, any criticism of the State policies of the State of Israel equals Anti-Semitism.
Of course, Governor Cuomo is not the President of the United States, and, as such, had no right of issuing executive orders regarding the U.S. foreign policy.
Sovereign states in the United States have no right of issuing foreign policy decisions, so Cuomo apparently signed such an order either in a fit of self-aggrandizing, or in anticipation that that executive order will later turn into an executive order by President Hillary Clinton - which did not come to be.
Here is the picture of that court employee who, reportedly, left the court system and went to work for the Norwich City police department:
- while there is evidence that, most recently, NYS AG Schneiderman fought against remedies for victims of wrongful convictions.
The Hitler sympathizer is, according to a tip from a reader, now employed as a police officer in the Norwich City Police Department, also at taxpayer's expense.
- refusing an adjournment of my husband's trial where I represented him, despite my medically documented spinal injury and medical leave presented to the court;
- dismissing the jury I asked her (and paid for) twice when I did not come because I was on a documented medical leave;
- threatening me with an arrest and forcible bringing me to court despite my documented medical injury and medical leave;
- holding a bench trial in my husband's case behind closed doors;
- misleading members of the public who wanted to observe the proceedings into believing that the case was adjourned while the trial was ongoing;
- granting an over $300,000 judgment against my husband while the plaintiffs never came to the proceedings and never testified, and while the evidence was insufficient for such a judgment as a matter of law;
- after the trial, denying me, as my husband's attorney at the time, access to the exhibits submitted to court that should have been, and
- allowing the opponents to steal the exhibits, which were part of the appellate record, from the court file, in order to later allow dismissal of the appeal specifically because my husband did not provide as part of the appeal exhibits that Dowd prohibited my husband to see and then allowed to be stolen from the record by opponents; and
- commenced a proceeding to sanction me for not appearing in court for trial while having on file a documented medical leave, and
- sanctioning me over $1,000 for remaining home while on a documented medical leave with a spinal injury.
- retaliating against a pro se litigant, non-native speaker of English, for catching the Judge's longtime court clerk in a conduct for which judges are admonished by the New York State Commission for Judicial Conduct (this blog article contains excerpts from the transcript of what Judge Dowd said in his chambers to Moshe);
- whether New York State Commission lets Anti-Semitism in New York courts flourish by tossing without investigation the complaint about Dowd;
- in his own language;
- with a qualified interpreter, and
- with an adequate record of BOTH the testimony and its interpretation, and interpretation to the litigant of questions from the grand jurors -
And, I do not see any massive protests online about the real Anti-Semitism. No public officials chest-pounding to eradicate it.
The country has reached a point where it is suitably intimidated in never criticizing a judge, or trying to roll into the ground those who dare to.