Words of the Week

“I feel a bit like a curmudgeon when I complain that the march’s wonderful joining of the victims of the attacks—journalists, polices, and Jews alike—felt hypocritical. But, given the silence at every other attack on Jews, it seems clear that the only reason the public at large paid attention was because of the Charlie Hebdo connection. I sadly predict that in the future, if only Jews are victims, people will just shake their heads and move on.

I stress: I am not asking for sympathy. I ask the general European population to recognize that these attacks directly threaten them and the liberal democratic society they treasure. It begins with the Jews but it never ends with them. They must realize that they ignore atrocities against Jews at their own—not just our—peril.”

Source: Deborah Lipstadt, “Hypocrisy After the Paris Terror Attacks” (Tablet)

3 thoughts on “Words of the Week

  1. Paul Beckman says:

    Good and unfortunately necessary post, Erica.

  2. Erika Dreifus says:

    Sadly, yes, Paul.

  3. ann bar- dov says:

    In my entire lifetime, I have never felt that Jewish paranoia (“us” against “them”) was as justified as it is now. Sheesh – the author of this piece is correct: Jewish blood is cheap these days, and there is precious little recognition that the fate of Jews is just one piece in a larger plan of wiping out all who oppose the Islamic State, worldwide.

    The next step must be to think: okay, if that’s the situation, where do we go from here? Where do we ALL go from here?

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