The Jerusalem Post has finally asked the question on everyone’s mind: How long have Jewish organizations known that the wave of “anti-Semitic” threats has been coming from Israel and not the “right wing”?
In an article titled “How and Why We Were Duped by Antisemitism Hysteria in America,” the Jerusalem Post’s op-ed editor, Seth J. Frantzman, says that “for the past two months mass hysteria swept America and Jewish communities abroad that are tuned into the happenings in the US, with claims of a wave of ‘antisemitism.’”
The wave of reports—using headlines such as “Rising anti-Semitism,” “A wave of attacks,” “Violent attacks,” “The worst in our lifetime,” “A radical KKK/right wing on the loose”—was the “hysteria gripping America through mid-March,” Frantzman continued.
“Now all those voices are silent,” he added, pointing out that a black former journalist had been arrested for a “half-dozen bomb threats,” and then had come the news that Jews in Israel had been arrested for “making almost all the bomb threats.”
In addition, Frantzman said, in “Arizona a well-publicized case of a menorah vandalized and turned into a swastika ended up being an African-American teen and his friends.
“A 65-year-old Hispanic man named Pasquale Vargas from Brooklyn was accused of drawing swastikas in Penn Station in New York. No KKK. No Trump supporters.
“So far the main culprits behind the ‘wave’ of antisemitism in America have been a Jew, black teens, a black journalist and an old Hispanic man.
“This doesn’t fit the hysterical narrative we were fed for months.
“For those who say that for the first time in their life they are experiencing antisemitism, they should preface that now by saying ‘for the first time in my life I’m experience antisemitism from a Jewish teenager in Israel.’”
Now, Frantzman said, the “narrative today of those who pushed the hysteria and invented the ‘false flag’ quote is that the teenager accused of the attacks is just ‘a very disturbed young man.’
“Gone is the hysteria about the ‘wave of antisemitism,’ the supposed ‘worst in our lifetime.’ So if a ‘disturbed young man’ was responsible for most of this why didn’t the major media and community leaders ever attempt to present a more nuanced narrative?”
Frantzman goes on to answer his own question by pointing out that Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, noted on March 23 that “Jewish leaders” were briefed by top officials from the FBI ten days previously.
Since January, he said the calls have been suspected to be the work of a single person, and it “was known for weeks, perhaps months, that the source was not in the US. Yet from all the reports you wouldn’t know that,” he said.
Also, in early March the Jewish Telegraphic Agency “reported that US senators were seeking to renew grants of $20 million a year in funds for security assistance, much of which has gone to Jewish institutions.”
“Why,” Frantzman asked, “were people still using the bomb threats as an excuse for funding in March, when law enforcement knew that they were almost all not credible and that this was not a case of terrorism, but a disgusting hoax?”
“Today, when the source is known, why have we not heard one person come forward who exaggerated the ‘false flag’ story, admitting they were wrong?
“Isn’t it time for some soul searching? The truth is that we don’t want to discuss real acts of antisemitism because it might reveal something troubling.”
Frantzman doesn’t say what that “troubling” thing might be, but a separate AFP article inadvertently provided some insight. Titled “Jews, Israelis fear fallout from bomb hoax arrest,” the AFP article said that “Jewish organizations and Israeli media said the arrest [of the Jews for making the threats] was likely to boost conspiracy theories.”
An article in Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that an outcome of the arrests is “that the classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory will be given a tailwind—the Jews portray themselves as victims, but are orchestrating the supposed attacks.”
A representative of a “major global Jewish organization,” who did not want to be named, told the AFP that Trump’s false flag claim would gain traction.
“Those sort of statements that everyone thought were totally outlandish at the time now sound somewhat more reasonable.”
By Hilaire Belloc. This defining work on Jews, Jewish ethnicity, behavior, impact, and the causes of anti-Semitism, remains one of the most ground-breaking and incisive such studies ever produced in the English language. The book—dedicated to Hilaire Belloc’s Jewish friends—laid the blame for anti-Semitism squarely on Jewish behavior, that is, Gentile reaction to what he called the “inevitability of friction” caused by the presence of Jews in non-Jewish society.
He explains his thesis through a historical survey of Jewish behavior, and his conclusion is that Zionism, or the creation of a Jewish homeland, offered the only hope for a realistic solution to the problem of the “endless tragic cycle of anti-Semitism”—but not in Palestine, where he predicted it would cause conflict with the Arab world.
“Now these causes of friction permanently present tend to produce what I have called the tragic cycle: welcome of a Jewish colony, then ill-ease, followed by acute ill-ease, followed by persecution, exile and even massacre. This followed, naturally, by a reaction and the taking up of the process all over again.”