For some time, I’ve been pointing out that the more ethnocentric American Jews, individuals who tend to be hard-headed conservatives by nature and schmaltzy liberals by nurture, are the key potential swing constituency on issues like immigration policy. And the ice is starting to crack perceptibly, if subtly.
Of course, you to still have to often wade through an enormous amount of anti-gentilic rage to get to what’s really bothering these swing pundits. For example, Jeffrey Goldberg’s giant cover story in The Atlantic
is full of expressions of ethnic animosity against Christendom — e.g.:
Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?By Jeffrey Goldberg… The resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe is not—or should not be—a surprise. One of the least surprising phenomena in the history of civilization, in fact, is the persistence of anti-Semitism in Europe, which has been the wellspring of Judeophobia for 1,000 years.
– before Goldberg finally gets around to … oh, yeah, the real problem
is now the Muslims
As William Saletan implies in Slate
, much of Goldberg’s article seems intended to serve as angry filler to establish his bona fides as a good gentile-hater so he can eventually quote Marine Le Pen
at length on what needs to be done. Saletan
So let’s turn the question around. How can we help Jews stay in Europe? What’s the best way to reassure a French Jew that she can keep both her country and her religion?Goldberg’s article doesn’t explicitly answer that question. But it does illuminate the structure of the problem. Once you understand that structure, you get a general idea of how the problem could be solved. You also begin to see how much worse things could get if we try to solve it in the wrong way.In the article, the person who comes across as understanding the problem most clearly is Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front. She says anti-Semitism watchdogs in her country have been looking the wrong way. They’re on guard against old-style Nazism. “While they were fighting against an enemy that no longer existed,” she tells Goldberg, “an anti-Semitism was gaining force in France stemming notably from the development of fundamentalist Islamist thought.”Goldberg’s reporting bears out her point.