Jewish leaders insist: “no, really, all Jews are bad”
Mar 25th, 2012 by Unamused
As the title suggests, the theme of today’s post is: how bad Jews are.
The mood of today’s post is: fine, I hope you’re happy now.
As an aside, I found this article through the Irish Savant. Note that in his discussion of the Jew and his wily ways, the Irish Savant managed to (a) not call for the extermination of anyone and (b) not deny undeniable historical facts — for example, that 9/11 was a black flag operation perpetrated by Freemasons and Lizard
Men People from the Earth’s core (obv).
The practice of adhering to these two points is known as “philosemitism.”
Won’t somebody empathize with these newcomers?
From Jewish Week (I’m sure you read it daily, but you might have missed this back in October 2010): “Curve Ball For Jewish Leaders On Immigration.”
One of the rare issues on which nearly all mainstream Jewish organizations agree — and on which they’ve always believed they had the backing of most American Jews — involves how the United States should treat immigrants, including those who are undocumented.
More than a dozen national agencies, including the congregational arms of all four major branches of Judaism, have publicly announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform, which would go beyond an enforcement-only policy to offer unauthorized residents “a path to citizenship.”
In short, as you probably already knew, the American Jewish elite (defined as “a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group” and including those “mainstream Jewish organizations”) is united in its support of mass immigration, legal or otherwise. Indeed, they want to offer illegal immigrants citizenship rather than, say, deportation at gunpoint.
But this week some Jewish leaders are beginning to wonder if American Jewry’s traditional empathy for all newcomers is now waning.
As if referring to immigrants as “newcomers” who require “empathy” wasn’t proof enough of his bias, the author, Doug Chandler now asserts what was in the first sentence merely a belief among certain Jewish organizations (specifically, by definition, the “mainstream” ones), albeit a long-standing, near-universal belief.
Gee, guys (who aren’t goys), what’s the problem?
Their concern follows the Oct. 12 release of a survey by the American Jewish Committee that asked respondents if they supported or opposed Arizona’s controversial new law on illegal immigration. Fifty-two percent of the 800 respondents said they supported the law, while 46 percent opposed the measure and 2 percent said they weren’t sure.
The query was among 29 questions in a survey that focused largely on the Obama administration, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the upcoming midterm elections. But it touched on a subject that has a special resonance for American Jews, confusing and dismaying some Jewish leaders because of the result.
So close. We came so close to a gratuitous Holocaust reference.
Been dismayed and confused for so long it’s not true
“It’s a reminder that Jews are part of America and are influenced by some of the same currents that influence other Americans,” said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University. At the same time, he noted that the 52-percent figure remains lower than the 65 percent of Americans, overall, who’ve told pollsters they favor the law.
Confused Stoner Jew: You gotta look on the bright side, man: Jews aren’t, like, as bad as you thought, because they don’t all support mass immigration, but they’re still, like, waaaaay bad. And, like, whatever, man. It’s just the currents. Check it out, they’re flowing, man… always flowing…
Unamused: Hey, Confused Stoner Jew?
Confused Stoner Jew: Yeah, man.
Unamused: Get the f*@& out of here.
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Unamused: I am never inviting you back to the Hate Lab, Confused Stoner Jew.
Confused Stoner Jew: Aw, maaaaan —
Unamused: Congratulations, Gratuitous French Girl. You are now Unamusement Park’s official Jew correspondent, as well as its official Getting High and Listening to Acid Rock correspondent. This is in addition to your other responsibilities: being gratuitously French, eating all the croissants, and licking chocolate syrup off of things.
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Unamused: You don’t know what any of that means, do you.
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The words we used confused the Jews
“That one took us by surprise,” said David Harris, AJC’s executive director.
Noting that the result seems “to defy conventional wisdom” about the Jewish commitment to progressive social policy, Harris said he couldn’t explain, but could only guess, why respondents answered as they did.
You may indeed find it difficult, Mr. Harris, to formulate an explanation when you refuse to consider the obvious one: that your “conventional wisdom” about Jewish commitment to mass immigration and other “progressive social policy” is wrong.
“When Americans, including Jews, see the words ‘illegal immigration,’ that helps define their answer,” he said, referring to a term used in the question. “But we don’t have enough data to tease that out, and we didn’t expect it.”
The alternative explanation, then, is that Jews are just as committed to mass immigration as ever (obv), but they were tricked by the survey’s use of the word “illegal” to describe… well, something that is against the law. Presumably the survey should have used a less confusing and ambiguous term like — oh, I don’t know — undocumented immigrants, say. Or better yet, unauthorized residents. No, wait, I’ve got it: newcomers on the path to citizenship.
That would certainly clear up the confusion.
Why the f*@& did you even ask, you f%$^heads?
Another AJC leader close to the issue also seemed taken aback by the result.
“When I first heard about this, my first thought was, ‘Why this question?’” said Ann Schaffer, director of the organization’s Belfer Center for American Pluralism, who wasn’t alone among her colleagues in wondering why the question was asked.
“I don’t know if we know what to make of this,” Schaffer said.
It’s no surprise the American Jewish Committee doesn’t want any questions asked: they’ve already got the only answer they want, so what could they possibly gain?
In other news, Jews still confused
As Harris suggested, one explanation for the result may rest with how the question is worded: “A new law in Arizona gives police the power to ask people they’ve stopped to verify their residency status,” it begins, simply enough. “Supporters say this will help crack down on illegal immigration. Opponents say it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling. On balance, do you support or oppose this law?”
“‘Racial profiling’ is not a term that people understand, but they do know that something illegal is wrong,” said Sammie Moshenberg, director of Washington operations for the National Council of Jewish Women. Even those who support comprehensive immigration reform oppose illegal immigration, she added, suggesting that it’s possible to believe in a “path to citizenship” but still tell a pollster that you support the Arizona law.
We are now asked to believe that a majority of Jews are so stupid, they don’t understand the meaning of “racial profiling”; they just see the word “illegal” (attached to “immigration” in this case, but it might as well have been “illegal sunshine and lollipops”) and say, “No thanks.” But don’t worry, they still want to grant citizenship to illegal aliens and all that other good stuff (obv).
On the other hand, it is theoretically possible that most Jews do understand the meaning of “racial profiling” and have either realized that it’s justified, because most illegal immigrants (especially the really bad ones) are identifiably non-white; or realized there’s no way the police could get away with racial profiling (even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it), so the law won’t lead to it.
It is even possible that many Jews don’t support “comprehensive immigration reform.” Yes, I know, it’s “progressive social policy” and all, but in this case, we’re “progressing” toward national suicide and civilizational collapse.
Racial stereotypes, like federal judges, are just tools
The law, key portions of which were blocked by a federal judge in July, calls for police officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws and requires immigrants to carry documents proving they are authorized to be in the country. The judge agreed with critics who say the law would almost certainly lead to the harassment of citizens and legal immigrants who, because of their accents or the color of their skin, look no different than many of the unauthorized residents.
According to this criminally stupid judge, the police should devote equal attention to men and women (sex profiling is harassment!), equal attention to teenagers and toddlers (age profiling is harassment!), and of course equal attention to middle-class Jewish women in their 60s and ghetto black men in their 20s (race/sex/age/class profiling WAAAAAAAH!).
Many of the respondents to the AJC poll may have been unfamiliar with those details, Moshenberg said, affecting the result even more. The poll, conducted on behalf of AJC by Synovate, a survey-research organization, took place by phone from Aug. 31 to Oct. 5.
The Jewish elite appears to be fully committed to assuring us that yes, Jews really are as bad as their harshest critics say they are. Insofar as they oppose illegal immigration — I mean, the welcome presence of newcomers on the path to citizenship, they must have been bamboozled by fancy nationalist terms like “illegal immigration” and “racial profiling.” If not, they must have been “unfamiliar” with all the “details,” like how the police might enforce our immigration laws even though it’s brown people who insist on breaking them.
Those silly Jews! They were probably high or something (obv).
An almost unbelievably stupid idea
In fact, what looms in the minds of many Americans, including Jews, is that the country’s current system of immigration is broken and in bad need of an overhaul, a factor acknowledged by several Jewish leaders. In light of that, they said, Arizona stands out as a state in which some action is being taken, no matter how wrong or misguided the law might be.
Like others, Moshenberg said she had “faith” that if the question involved comprehensive immigration reform, rather than the Arizona law, most respondents would have sided with the immigrants.
We already know from the second paragraph that the “overhaul” in question, the “comprehensive immigration reform,” goes “beyond an enforcement-only policy to offer unauthorized residents ‘a path to citizenship’.” So here the author assures us that Jews only support Arizona’s law because they so desperately want to grant citizenship to every illegal immigrant that they’ll vote for literally any law, “no matter how wrong or misguided,” as long as it has something to do with immigration. Like maybe it has “immigration” in the title.
Moshenberg should be grateful the AJC poll didn’t ask what the Jews thought about Arizona’s proposed follow-up, the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform/Kill All the Jews” act. The expected 95% Jewish support would have left them even more dismayed and confused.
This is what I imagine Moshenberg’s face would look like:
Steinlight stands alone
All that is nonsense to Stephen Steinlight, the lone figure who has advocated an anti-immigration stance in talks to Jewish groups and in the op-ed pages of Jewish newspapers.
“What we’ve found is a gigantic gulf between the pulpit and the pew [on the issue], and this is true of every religion in America, including Jews,” said Steinlight, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former staff member at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and AJC. “Not only is it a slam dunk that Americans don’t support illegal immigration or amnesty, but Jews are no different.”
What, I’m supposed to believe that not every Jew supports unrestricted non-white immigration into every white-majority nation? Yeah right. Sounds like more philosemitism to me.
Friggin’ Steinlight. What a Jew.
Well, we’re done. Look on the bright side: at least we weren’t subjected to any gratuitous Holocaust references.
[Phil Wolgin of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] believes that Jews have a special responsibility to treat immigrants fairly.
“A lot of people talk about biblical commandments to welcome the stranger,” he said. “For me, it’s more pragmatic, connected to what Jews have experienced through history. We’re not that far away from the Holocaust and not far away from the kinds of issues that made most Jews refugees.”