Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:From The Tablet:
We are relieved there’s been an arrest in the majority of the bomb threats against JCCs, schools, synagogues and several of our offices across the country. We are deeply grateful to the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the state and local law enforcement officials who made this investigation the highest priority.
YES, THE JEW WHO CALLED IN BOMB THREATS WAS ANTI-SEMITICAs you know, I’m a big fan of Orwell’s adaptation of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis to politics: the basic idea behind 1984′s Newspeak is that if you don’t have a word for a concept, it’s harder to think the thought.
Being Jewish doesn’t immunize a person from being anti-Semitic. It just fuses their bigotry with betrayal.
March 23, 2017 • 5:00 PM
On March 1, I penned a column excoriating Donald Trump and other mainstream conservatives for suggesting attacks on Jewish sites—bomb threats, vandalism, and otherwise—were false flag attacks designed to discredit the right.
Later that week, Juan Thompson—a former journalist for the left-wing outlet The Intercept—became the first man arrested for calling in some of these threats, allegedly in the hopes that he could blame his ex-girlfriend for the crime. Clearly, I lack the gift of timing.
For example, as this chart from Google Trends shows, the English-speaking world obsesses over who might be anti-Semitic. Is Trump anti-Semitic? Was Walt Disney anti-Semitic? Is PewDiePie anti-Semitic? These are pressing issues that modern Americans worry about.