Double Standards Then and Now
This morning Facebook reminded me that on this day in 2014 I wrote an op-ed regarding the double standard the media and others exhibited when reporting the murder of three teenage Yeshiva students, including one American, by six Palestinians and the attention given to the murder of one Palestinian by a single Israeli Jew.
As I often do, I reread what I wrote with great interest to see what if anything has changed since then. Sadly, it appears to me that not only have things not gotten better but rather far worse.
My piece from 2014:
Posted on July 15, 2014
By: Eli M. Gold
As the global Jewish community begins the recovery process after the loss of three teenage Yeshiva students, they are thrown into another bout of grief – that one or more of their own allegedly murdering a Palestinian teenager in retaliation.
While one may be confused as to why the media gives more airtime to the death of one Palestinian youth to that of three Israeli youths, including an American citizen, this does not confuse me. Although the mainstream media has never been a big fan of Israel the idea of Jewish Israelis murdering any teen is so irregular, so out of the norm that it grabs the media attention.
However, what does confuse me is the new term “Jewish Extremist” that seems to have become mainstream over the past few weeks. Have the six murder suspects indicated that they acted in the name of Judaism? Has the Israeli government suggested they acted in the name of Judaism? Do Jewish Israelis under the cover of Judaism indiscriminately fire rockets into populated Palestinian areas with the intention of hurting innocent civilians? Do Jewish Israelis under the cover of Judaism stab to death an entire family including an infant?
Even with many peaceful Muslims there is possibly a larger segment of the global Muslim population that on some level use the Quran to excuse the killing of “infidels”. These include Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban, Ansar Al Sharia, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Hamas, Hezbollah and the list goes on and on. That being said, I have yet to find a single group of Jews that kill in the name of Judaism.
We have become a society that is so fearful of offending someone that we lose sight of reality. As a result of our concern about offending the Muslim community, the term Islamic Terrorists have become Islamic Extremists, thus trivializing their terroristic activities. The definition ofextreme is “something that is farthest removed from ordinary”, however in the Middle-East and many places beyond, Islamic terror has become the ordinary. By calling these few Jewish murders “Jewish Extremists” then we are attempting to equate the typically peaceful Jewish communities with the terroristic communities of Islam.
By creating this new class of “Jewish Extremists” because of one alleged revenge killing by one or even by six men who happen to be Jewish, then we are beginning a trend that has no end. Should the 5,531 murders by Blacks in 2012 be enough to constitute the term “Black Extremist”? How about the 1098 murders by women in the United States in 2012, should that be enough to begin calling them “Female Extremist”?
It’s time for the media to focus on the real issues of regional instability and global security at hand. By attempting to equate the a few murders that happen to be Jewish to a Muslims that murder in the name of Islam only stands to create more confusion and instability.
Fast forward to 2019, and we have Democrat party whose members in congress continue to make anti-Semitic and anti-American comments, while their leadership and the media are unable or unwilling to come together to condemn those who made them. Yet, should Donald J. Trump or members of his party make statement that can be remotely construed as racist, the Democrats run to condemn.
Over this past weekend in response to anti-American comments by members of “the Squad” Donald J. Trump made several tweets in which he suggested that those members who think the U.S. is so terrible should go back to where they came from. While technically only Ilhan Omar was not born in the United States, it was Rashida Tlaib who on election night wore the Palestinian flag rather than the U.S. flag, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Presley who are hardly able to find anything positive about this great country.
Interestingly, only one or two days later, on July 15th, Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-7) and fourteen of his Democrat colleagues introduced H. Resolution 489 in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning President Trumps tweets and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is currently (July 16th) on the House floor condemning the President. What is interesting about this is it took well over a week for the Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues to issue a non-condemnation condemnation of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments.
Additionally, the irony of the House Resolution 489 is the misrepresentation of the many references to, and quotes from our nation’s founders and previous presidents:
"Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of refuge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and livelihood for their families";
Our founders were not implying that “a haven of refuge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution” supersedes the rule of law.
"Whereas the Declaration of Independence defined America as a covenant based on equality, the unalienable Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and government by the consent of the people";
The equality, the unalienable Rights of life, etc. referenced refers to those who have a legal right to claim this great country as their own.
…and this list goes on.
The bottom line is it’s about time for the Democrat party to get a grip on their membership, and if this country under President Donald Trump is in fact so bad, they need to get together and tell the American people not who’s fault it is, but rather how they will Make America Great Again.