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Jew Hatred on NYC Subway


A harrowing scene occurred recently on the New York City subway when a group of teens approached and harassed a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke. The ringleader, a self-identified Muslim teen, threatened to kill the man and added, “They should have killed all of you.” When police confronted the belligerent 17-year-old at a stop in Brooklyn, a mob formed. As the crowd filmed the scene and yelled at the policemen, one young woman began beating a cop before being arrested.

It’s unclear from the Daily News report whether the mob knew exactly who or what they were defending. It’s conceivable they thought they were protesting the needless arrest of a black teenager, not endorsing the anti-Semitic conduct that led to the young man’s arrest. There’s also no evidence from this report that the 17-year-old insulted and threatened the Jewish passenger out of any religious motivation. We wouldn’t be surprised if he is simply a jerk.

Whatever the motives for the attack and for the mob’s reaction, one can’t help but be appalled. Since its founding, America has been one of the safest and most welcoming countries for Jews, judged against any time period, and New York has played a particularly important role in this regard. Nevertheless, anti-Semitism does surface from time to time, even in a country as relatively free of ancient hatreds as this one.

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  • Corlyss Drinkard

    “Since its founding, America has been one of the safest and most welcoming countries for Jews, judged against any time period, and New York has played a particularly important role in this regard.”

    Um, that may be and have been the government’s official position some of the time. There have been discrimination problems, regional as well as ethnic.

  • Luke Lea

    As in Europe, it is largely a Muslim phenomenon nowadays. Just one more reason for an across-the-board immigration pause until we can assimilate and integrate the 40 million foreign-born residents we already have.

    • AD_Rtr_OS

      There is serious doubt, when looking at the historical record, whether Muslims can be successfully integrated into any non-Muslim majority society. Their pattern is to Rule or Ruin.

      • SDN

        Dar al Islam or Dar al Harb. Doesn’t allow for much coexistence.

    • Blaton Hardey

      “As in Europe, anti-Semitism is largely a Muslim phenomenon nowadays. ”

      No. In Europe, anti-Semitism is largely a phenomenon of a dim-witted “intellectual elite” that lectures its followers on the many evils of all things Jewish. The Muslims are just their sidekick.

      Just try and go for a walk on any central European campus with an Israeli flag on your t-shirt without encountering some form of hostility.

  • USNK2

    I am 60, and have had American antisemitism in my face from Miami to The Bronx, although it was most blatant in upstate Wisconsin, and corporate America. Probably would have been worse if I looked Jewish. Anyone ever ask to see your horns? Or, ask you to resign because obviously all Jews are so rich we don’t need to work?
    Those were the nice incidents.

    • Luke Lea

      Upstate Wisconsin? I’d like to hear more about that.

      • ejochs

        It’s baloney.

      • USNK2

        It was 1975, mill town with mostly workers descended from German Lutherans and Polish Catholics. They were very nice to stop the comments in my presence, once I mentioned I was Jewish. Just ignorance, no real experience having a Jew on the factory floor.
        Much worse is the antisemitism and reverse racism in The Bronx, circa now. Mr. Mead leads a sheltered life.

    • ChuckFinley

      I am one of those people who’s ancestors came from County Galway and are described as “Black Irish”. In other words, I do look Jewish. This has led to some interesting situations over the years.

  • Chris Fama

    Where those guys African Americans or Africans?

  • mkreitzer

    As pundits on the Left rush to condemn anti-Islam acts in reaction to Boston, often before they actually happen, it’s worth remembering that anti-Jewish hate crimes consistently occur at five times the rate of anti-Islam actions ( see, e.g., FBI hate crime stats for 2011). In fact, there’s no real evidence that the much-feared reaction to Boston has exceeded the baseline anti-Islam rate of about four reported hate crimes per week nationally.

    • Luke Lea

      How does the FBI define a hate crime, and what percentage of those are committed by various groups? What are the absolute numbers?

      • mkreitzer

        Just Google FBI hate crime stats. As I recall, 2011 had about 1200 anti-Jewish vs 250 anti-Muslim.

        • Luke Lea

          Yeah, I just did. That’s why I amended my questions. Thanks.

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    Why does the Mayor of New York City endorse, encourage, allow, such Hate Crimes to occur?
    Remember, Mr. Mayor, a fish rots from the head.
    How can you be respected on the little things, such as Big Gulps, when you allow atrocities such as this to occur?

  • mikegiles

    As a black man, it pains me to say this; but black teenagers have a history of gang thuggery on the NYC subway. They will pick on anyone who seems alone, or out of place. Jews, the elderly, even other blacks.

  • John C. Randolph

    I’m sure the little thug in question was confident that the man he was harassing was unarmed. Let him try it in Israel.

  • Willy vK

    Um, certainly singling him out because of his yarmulke and then saying they all should have been killed shows no bias or religious motivation at all. Bullshit.

    • Bill Gryan

      Shhh… certain groups are allowed to be racist, and you’re not supposed to call it racism when it happens. Didn’t you know?

  • Doug Santo

    I disagree with the notion that current anti-Semitism is a largely Muslim phenomenon. The Muslim community is the focus of such feelings today and a community that takes action in pursuit of anti-Semitic goals (anti-Christian goals too). However, anti-Semitism exists in the old places. Middle European anti-Semitism is latent and simmering just below the surface. Recent experiences with middle European immigrants who came to the U.S. in the late 1970’s and have assimilated into U.S. society indicates to me that anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in at least one of these European societies. The people that cause me to believe this are friends, good people, often embarrassed at themselves after an anti-Semitic sentiment slips out during conversation. They grow defensive when conversation turns to the anti-Semitic history of their country during the last century and prior, and they at first deny that anti-Semitism existed, then argue that the Jews themselves were to blame, then claim that they are victims of an incorrect perception among Americans that people from their country are anti-Semitic. I am Jewish, though I have never been religious and never attended synagogue on a regular basis, my friends know this. We get along good. We treat this matter as one of political differences and let it slide. Still, this experience has lead me to believe that anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in European society and cannot be attributed to recent events associated with Muslim immigrants.
    Doug Santo
    Pasadena, CA

    • Luke Lea

      I had a long exchange about the roots of European anti-Semitism the other day, which will probably win me no credit:

    • Blaton Hardey

      In Europe, most violent attacks against Jews are the deeds of Muslim youths. These attacks are not pleasant, but not as disgraceful as the “Middle European anti-Semitism (,) latent and simmering just below the surface” that you talked about. Lately this ugly old poison has crawled up from below the surface. It is an essential part of the European “zeitgeist”, proclaimed by the (not so) “intellectual elite”, the opinion producers and university professors (and their followers). As stated in my response to another comment on this report: “Try and go for a walk on any central European campus with an Israeli flag on your t-shirt without encountering some form of hostility.”

      I think the key to this hostility is identity, or the lack thereof. I’m not Jewish and I didn’t academically study Judaism or Jewish culture. But the issue fascinates me and this is what I concluded so far: Jewish identity is strong and exclusive, yet enormously diverse in it’s manifestations. Serge Gainsbourg and Albert Einstein would have gotten along well, I guess.

      Europe is looking in the rear-view mirror at the road behind, lamenting this and that. It does so because the past is all it has. “Europe” is a romantic concept at best, but it doesn’t have any identity that would allow looking towards any future. Britain is an exception to that. The manifestations of the other European nation states’ “identities” are shallow, dull, boring, ridiculous spasms echoing past glory that never was. I’m not saying there’s absolutely no good stuff in Europe — they have great weed in Amsterdam. But the present day’s “elite” and its political system is clearly heir to a corpse that refuses to dissolve. They don’t have the guts to be more than mediocre low-lifes, they don’t like it when someone else isn’t as mediocre a low-life as they are, they don’t like the Jews and they really hate it when the Jews refuse to die.

      America celebrates all things wild and beautiful.

      America loves the Jews, Europe hates the Jews — For the same reasons: their individualism, wild creativity and firm proclamation of identity. Or if that’s not enough, their success.

      As for the Muslims: Well, they just don’ like the Jews at the moment. Never really did. That’s all.

      I find it funny that your friends hold on to this murky world-view. What did they come to America for?

      • Doug Santo

        Freedom from communism. Thank you for your reply.

  • David Govett

    Perhaps American Jews would elicit more sympathy if the majority of them weren’t so intent on undermining the U.S. Constitution.

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