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Attacks on Jews as part of “pro-Palestinian” activism have soared since Hamas sparked an 11-day fight by firing rockets at Israeli cities, while hiding among civilians themselves to ensure there would be civilian Palestinian casualties in the retaliation. An important factor in bringing the Middle East conflict to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere, is the “Deadly Exchange” campaign, seeking to blame American Jews and Israelis for alleged U.S. domestic police violence against minorities. While Deadly Exhange, created by the anti-Zionist Jewish Voice for Peace, has existed for years, it became an important talking point for anti-Israel activists since the Gaza fighting erupted.
The conflict provided a new opportunity for ‘intersectional’ anti-Israel agitators to portray Israel as the common denominator in oppressions all over the world, including racism in the United States. This rhetoric was engaged in not only by street thugs, but also by several members of Congress.
As in every previous Israel-Hamas war, this round of fighting inspired fresh waves of outrage from thousands of western “useful idiots”. Apparently only too happy to augment the pet propaganda project of genocidal Islamists, politicians, pundits, and ill-informed celebrities alike joined fashionably biased media outlets in casting Israel as the story’s irredeemable villain. (Meanwhile, in the past three weeks alone, hundreds of incidents of verbal and physical attacks on Jews by “Palestine” supporters have been reported, along with dozens of events in which thousands of anti-Israel protestors have chanted warmongering anti-Semitic Islamist slogans and called for a renewed Intifada. You can see our coverage of just a few examples here , here , here , and here .)
In a year marked by racial tension and seemingly constant reports of police brutality, it makes sense that today’s anti-Zionist agit-prop emphasizes variations on the ludicrous Deadly Exchange campaign—a popular political warfare trope that seeks to turn Blacks and other ethnic minorities against Jews by blaming Israel and American Jewish groups for domestic police violence and other policing problems. Indeed, a key Deadly Exchange assertion is that educational exchanges between American and Israeli police involve Israeli forces teaching American law enforcement to […]