Dear socialists, communists, anarchists, and other assorted far left rapscallions,
Despite my disagreements with you, I tend to agree with the core tenets of what you believe. That said, many of you, whether you realize it or not, are empowering Nazis, neo-Confederates, and other white nationalists when you dabble in anti-Semitism.
“But what about Palestine/Israel?” I know many of you are about to say. If you’re one of those people, it’s time for you to sit down, shut up, and listen. If you wouldn’t dismiss racism against Chinese people over Tibet, don’t do the same with anti-Semitism. You’re empowering Nazis.
“Claims of left-wing anti-Semitism are just used to silence criticism of Israel.” Nonsense, I have never heard a rabbi or other Jewish authority figure say all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. They’ll say that there’s nothing wrong with criticizing Israeli policies, but there is plenty wrong with advocating for the destruction of the Jewish state and cheering on subsequent massacres of its people. If you fall into the latter category, you are empowering Nazis.
“Anti-Semitism ended when the West gave the Jews their own settler-colonial ethnostate on partitioned land.” Okay, maybe Israel was founded on settler-colonialism, but equating people conquering indigenous land with the aim of enriching their home country with those returning to a land their ancestors were exiled from millennia ago in search of a better life is pretty gross. If that’s your attitude, you’re empowering Nazis.
As for the partitioned ethnostate part, do you wish the same destruction of Pakistan, Malaysia, Liberia, Northern Ireland, or Lebanon? If not, maybe you’re a Nazi empowerer.
“But Jews are white Europeans.” Then why are the majority of Israelis Jews of color? In fact, most are darker than Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi. Also, why were Ashkenazi Jews never treated as such by other Europeans? If you can’t offer a compelling response, you’re empowering Nazis.
“But Jews have privilege today” Not all Jews have privilege. Some are extremely poor. Regardless, many also had privilege in the late days of the Weimar Republic, how did that turn out? If you refuse to recognize that Jews can lose their privilege in a blink of an eye, you’re empowering Nazis.
If you “all lives matter” the Holocaust, you’re empowering Nazis.
When you regularly use Jewish connection to Israel or lack thereof to divide “the good Jews” from “the bad Jews,” you aren’t just empowering Nazis, you’re playing their game
When you only let those “good Jews” in your social justice circle if they regularly degrade their culture, religion, and traditions, you are empowering Nazis.
When you reduce Jewish identity to a religious one, you ignore that the Nazis had no problem with our faith, but they did with our “race,” thus empowering Nazis.
If you accused Jews of centering themselves on issues of race while the Charlottesville protesters chanted “Jews will not replace us,” and insisted they merely said “You will not replace us,” you empowered the protesters.
If you failed to explicitly condemn anti-Semitism when Jews ran to your side for help in the wake of the protests, you didn’t just empower the protesters, you sided with them.
I am aware that in the United States, Jews have many privileges compared to other demographics. That said, when it comes to white nationalism, Jews are seen as the archenemy of the white race and the root of what they see as the “degradation” of Western civilization. In other words, white nationalist ideology relies much more on hatred of Jews to operate than it does towards other minorities. If that’s not enough for you to be willing to show solidarity with Jews, you should trade in your Guy Fawkes mask for a swastika.