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Jewish Lives Matter

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In 2020, the fact that George Floyd was black was enough to presume — despite having no evidence — that his death was racially motivated. The “Black Lives Matter” movement grew across the world, riots left numerous American cities in ashes, and the fight against “systemic racism” became a central pillar of Leftist manifestos across the country.

In 2021, when the majority of victims of a mass shooting in Atlanta were of Asian descent, it was assumed — despite having evidence to the contrary — that the attack was racially motivated. Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, vocally spoke out against an “epidemic” of anti-Asian hate.

It seems like the Left is united against hate, even perceived hate, right? Wrong.

In just the latest example of the almost complete overlap between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, Jews across the country have been attacked by pro-Palestinian advocates, not because they are Israeli — which would also be a despicable act of bigotry — but because they are Jewish.

As The Daily Wire reported on Friday, “Jews were attacked in a heavily Jewish business district in New York City on Thursday night following the announcement of a ceasefire in the Middle East between Israel and Palestinian terrorists.”

“A group of pro-Palestinian extremists, described by one man as ‘actual terrorists on the streets of New York City,’ mobbed a restaurant and spit on patrons because they were Jewish, according to the same man,” added the report.

Other videos showed Jews being physically attacked, while others showed pro-Palestinian “protestors” throwing an explosive device at Jews.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Jewish diners were assaulted in one attack, while in another, an Orthodox Jewish man was chased after leaving a synagogue.

These instances are — tragically — far from unique. In recent years, Jews have routinely been assaulted on the streets of Democrat-run cities. While the Left has been lightning-fast — as they should — in their condemnation of anti-Semitic attacks committed by white supremacists or the so-called “alt-right,” the brutal fact which must be recognized is that they represent only a portion of all perpetrators of anti-Jewish hate.

There is anti-Semitism in the black community.

There is anti-Semitism in the Muslim community.

There is anti-Semitism among the far-Left.

It appears that, unlike politically-convenient bigotry supposedly directed toward other minorities, Jews simply don’t count.

No one will take to the streets to protest the brutal attack of Jews. No one will paint “Jewish Lives Matter” on the sidewalk. Democrats won’t rush to comfort the victims or their families.

And why? Because anti-Semitism is the oldest and most resilient form of hatred and can be found in almost every community. In our cynical and racially-driven world of politics, Jews just aren’t useful enough as victims, and so the “outrage” is short-lived as politicians and voters prefer to spend their virtue-signaling currency elsewhere.

As long as anti-Semitism continues unabated in our country, and formerly vocal critics of bigotry are comparatively muted, it’s clear that Jewish lives simply don’t matter enough.

Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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