A Simple, But Seemingly Impossible Request; Support Jews, Even If You Aren’t Jewish
A friend of mine posted a picture of herself on Facebook with a shirt that read, “You Don’t Have to Be Black to Support Black People.” My first and immediate reaction was, “Absolutely correct.” It is absolutely correct because we should all support one another if it is warranted; you do not have to be any particular race or religion to support any particular race or religion. But while this sentiment is obvious to anybody who is not a bigot, the same cannot be said for Jews. If a Jew walked around with a shirt that said, “Support Jews, Even If You Aren’t Jewish,” the reaction would be decidedly different.
The sentiment is the same, but the creed is different… and that makes all the difference. Worse, you could substitute any number of religions or nationalities and people would back it (“Support Muslims/Mexicans/Immigrants”) but put the word “Jew” or “Jewish” in there, and the support wanes. Jews are not supported in the United States. Nor really anywhere else in the world. Take a look at a recent incident from a Frontier Airlines flight with some Chasidim (visibly orthodox Jews).
Disturbing incident the last hour on a @FlyFrontier flight as staff told a Hasidic couple to get off because their 18 month old had no mask. Applause is heard as the couple started leaving. Travels say on camera that the applause came from staff who also cheered that “we did it.” pic.twitter.com/rA2JQmI1tU
— OJPAC (@OJPAC) March 1, 2021
It appears these Orthodox Jews were kicked off the plane because their infant refused to put on a mask after eating. The child in question is less than two years of age and does not need to wear a mask according to Frontier Airlines’ own guidelines. Therefore, Frontier’s statement about what happened makes sense as an attempt to absolve themselves from blame:
“Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so” as the flight was preparing for departure. That is what the airline said. They continued, “Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate, refusal to disembark the aircraft, and aggression towards the flight crew, local law enforcement was engaged.”
How Did This Happen?
The problem is, nothing and nobody supports the airline’s claim. The only thing everybody–besides the airline–appears to agree upon is that all the adults in question were wearing masks from the time of boarding until their ejection from the plane with their baby. It looks like a pretty clear case of antiSemitism. Especially if the crew were indeed high-fiving one another while kicking the Jews off the plane.
So how did this happen? Why was this allowed to happen? Because there is no, “support Jews” in America unless you are Jewish. People were complaining and saying how “this isn’t right,” but complaining about how something “isn’t right” is not really doing anything about it. That is just people complaining. Unless people start supporting Jews and doing something, Jews–specifically visibly Orthodox Jews–will have no place in America where they feel safe. They will be just another statistic, neatly filed under the “antiSemitic Hate Crime” category.
How To Actually Support Jews
If you “support Jews,” will you actually do so when the time for action is at hand? That is the question all Jews–and non-Jews alike–need to ask themselves if they truly support Jews. Griping and moaning that Jews got kicked off the plane will not cut it. Much like the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Jews and those who support Jews need to realize it might require going to jail. It might require breaking federal guidelines on flights. If you really want to support Jews, do not let blatant antiSemitism go unpunished.
Sure, the people recording the incident did a good job and so too did the one man on the plane calling out the crew, but where was everybody else? Cowed back into their seats, unwilling to do anything because of the idea of suffering their own inconvenience. That is not how you support Jews, that is cowardice.
Cowardice is understandable, it is. Who wants to give up their own flight and risk possibly jail to support somebody else? Few people are willing to go that far. But that is what it is going to take (the flight got canceled anyways for those wondering). Jews are getting harassed, attacked, and killed at rates that have many “Black Hat” Jews thinking they are back in the Pale. But they are not in the Pale. They are in the United States. Many living in a state with a corrupt governor who uses them as scapegoats and under a mayor who thinks the NYPD is his own Gestapo.
My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
Why You Need to Support Jews
Read that sentence again and ask yourself if you actually support Jews. The governor of the state with the most Jews used Jews as scapegoats and the mayor of the city with the most Jews threatened to sic the police on Jews. And yet nobody cares about the Jews. Even though Jews are four times more likely to be a victim of a hate crime, nobody cares about the Jews.
Yes, you can support black people if you are not black. In the same way you can support Jews if you are not Jewish. But do you think a black person would ever get kicked off a plane with shrieks of “racism” in the background if an infant did not put on a mask? Hell no. The entire plane would revolt and rightfully so because the plane would support the black people. They would do so because it is the right thing to do, but when it comes to the Jews? Forget about it. That is the dangerous Jewish double standard at work.
So yes, I will support black people… when I feel it is warranted. When things are neutral? Sure. When I deem they are suffering from actual racism? Absolutely. In the same way I will support Mexicans… and Asians… and Gays… and the mentally and physically disabled… and old people… and babies… and all other people who need the support. That is how this “living in society” thing works.
But it is not a one-way street. If you want people to support you, support Jews. Because no matter how bad you think things were for your group in 2020, the Jews took it on the chin, from everybody (including other Jews)! That is the untold story of 2020; 2020 was terrible for Jews, but nobody cared. Nobody cared because it is the same old story as always. Jews supported others, but nobody supported the Jews. So welcome to 2021… the same as 2020… and every other year since Moses smashed some tablets. Support Jews? Why break the monotony?