While there has been a lot of buzz about alleged “MAGA Bomber” Cesar Sayoc, the same people who object and protest after every mass shooting seem relatively quiet in the wake of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting where at least 11 people lost their lives while attending a brit milah ceremony.
Not sure if this means the general public views shooting Jews differently than shooting anyone else, and I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but what really bugs me is when people start to blame the victim.
In this case, I’m referring to Jenny Tonge, a British House of Lords lawmaker who, according to a Times of Israel story:
“Absolutely appalling and a criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians may be reigniting anti-Semitism?” wrote Baroness Tonge on Facebook Saturday. Bibi is the nickname of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
I’m kind of busy today, and I don’t have the time to go into why Israel isn’t an apartheid state (and I’d probably do that on my religious blog anyway), but Tonge’s statement is not only ridiculous, it’s dangerous.
For the thousands of years of Jewish history, the world has been trying to exterminate them, and by some miracle, they’ve failed to succeed, even when most or all of the nations and cultures who co-existed when the original State of Israel was founded have since become extinct.
So, 46-year-old Robert Bowers walks into a Conservative synagogue, shouts “All Jews must die,” and starts firing his weapon indiscriminately. He was captured alive, and not only is he very likely to be charged under the Federal hate crimes law, he could very well face the death penalty.
I’ve seen a lot of Jewish solidarity in my social media feeds, but not so much as a peep of outrage from people, such as David Hogg, who would usually be protesting following an act of gun violence.
Where is their outrage now?
End of rant.
My wife and children are Jewish, and the shooting happened in the same predominantly Jewish neighborhood where the parents of family friends live.