National Review Shouldn’t Join The Left In Blaming Jews For Antisemitism

The Federalist | 1/17/2020 | Melissa Langsam Braunstein
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Sometimes even a publication you’ve long admired gets things horribly wrong. In this case, it’s National Review, which just published an incredibly problematic article, “Anti-Semitic Attacks Shine Spotlight on Long-Simmering Tri-State Tensions,” written by Zachary Evans, attempts to explain rising antisemitism in the New York area.

It’s a question demanding answers, especially in light of December’s antisemitic attacks in Jersey City, which left three dead at a kosher grocery, and in Monsey, which left four injured and one man facing permanent brain damage and partial paralysis. Instead of contributing to a greater understanding of the issues at hand, however, the article dives deep into the “communal tensions” narrative that both David Harsanyi (writing for National Review) and I have criticized for its fundamental victim-blaming.

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The notion that “tensions have existed for decades in the Jewish enclaves that surround New York City” is a non-sequitur if we’re trying to understand what happened in Jersey City and Monsey. No news report has described Jersey City attackers Francine Graham and David Anderson as neighborhood residents. The idea that they experienced long-simmering “tensions” with the yeshiva children they’d initially planned to attack, or with the couple at the kosher grocery store they actually attacked, makes zero sense. This narrative also glosses over the insane idea that murder would be a rational way to handle neighborly disputes.

Grafton Thomas, who attacked the Hanukkah gathering in Monsey with an 18-inch machete, was likewise not a neighbor. The National Review article describes Thomas as a Crown Heights native, neglecting to mention he’s more recently resided “in Greenwood Lake, New York, which is about 20 miles away from Monsey.” In other words, Thomas — like Graham and Anderson — had to go out of his way to attack Jews, who were minding their own business.

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