Look carefully at who is calling this bloodshed 'liberation.' And who is remaining silent.
A friend called me this morning. He just walked out of a job at a Silicon Valley company and called his lawyer.
He was hauled into HR for putting a little 3" x 5" Israeli flag on his desk. "It upsets a coworker whose wife is Palestinian", HR said. (Fact check: His wife is from an elite French family who lived in Beruit.)
This is a company that put the Ukranian flag on everything before people could even figure out where Ukraine was on a map! This company still has on their website about their "continuing efforts to help the Ukraine." Do you think HR would entertain the request of an employee who had a "Russian wife?"
I won't name the company because there will most likely be a lawsuit. He has no intention of ever setting foot in this company's door again.
It seems like Hamas and Iran want to keep Gaza in a perpetual state of victimhood. They could use the money spent on bombs/war to make Gaza better - but won't out of hate for Israel.
My child's elite boarding school refuses to issue a statement condemning the terrorist attack exacted by Hamas. He has met with the administrators and asked for one, but they say the Chaplain's offer of support is sufficient. It is not. The school immediately came out against multiple other incidents including the terrible murder of Asians at a Georgia spa, the murder of George Floyd and even changed their instagram page to support BLM. Yet the slaughter of Jews merits no such communications. This is what anti-semitism looks like in 2023.
I'm entirely with Bari. To extend her point, Ayatolla and company regularly announce that they support depravity and view western values as evil. First Obama, now Biden, pursue agreements, provide billions, and want us to share their delusion that Iran can be "managed." It reminds me of the fantacists who praised Lenin (and subsequently Stalin) from their revolution onwards, Hitler in the 30s, Mao from the 40s onward, and now Iran. I find it difficult to grasp how high IQs, extensive education, and plain, unequivocal facts can yield such stupidity.
Bari, Thank you so very much for providing the leading honest coverage of this horrific terrorist attack. I am so very sorry for your family and loved ones. This is soul crushing. We STAND WITH ISRAEL FOREVER
As a center right Catholic man of fifty I want to express my deep sympathy for the people of Israel and for Jewish people across the globe. The most recent attacks are beyond war, purely evil and no decent person should look at them with anything but anger towards the perpetrators and sympathy for the victims. I can also imagine seeing the rhetoric of people who in some cases being people who you thought you knew express such callous sentiments. It doesn’t mean that I agree with everything that Israel (or anyone) does but I can see the clear difference between the principals involved. May God help push his peoples to the light and to help our brothers and sisters deal with the enormous suffering.
Bari, you are the sole reason we subscribe to FP. The courage you show leaving NYT and calling out people is what this country craves: Courage and Leadership, not complacency and obfuscation. You have a platform us cowboys from Wyoming do not possess. Fuckin’ use it and call out these coastal and DC elites.
This article is a perfect example of liberal folly.
"Let's open our doors and let in 'those people' who say they want to kill 'my people.' They don't mean it, it's just a political stunt."
Next, 'my people' are slaughtered by 'those people.'
Sure enough, the liberal is outraged and wants them thrown out.
And finally, and inevitably, the liberal blames everybody else for their own folly.
This comes from precisely the same place as:
"Illegal immigrants are welcome. We are a sanctuary city."
Next, illegal immigrants flood the city.
Bari, you are doing tremendous work. Keep doing it.
Pretty soon, there will be food shortages all over Gaza.
Let them eat rockets.
Years ago I heard Bari on a podcast (I think it was the Fifth Column but I've skimmed and cant find it) or possibly an interview with someone else. She spoke at length, it sounded like a monologue, something she had likely written: about the need for the centre to hold, that when it doesn't anti-Semitism is the first thing to rear its head. That the return of Anti Semitism is a clear indication the centre has caved. Does anyone remember this and where I can find it?
The depravity that led to the Holocaust, as well as the genocide in Rwanda and countless other examples of people butchering people because they belong to a different tribe, is as formidable as ever.
Thank you for this Bari. This is what "by any means necessary" means.
The world needs to know.
Can someone please elaborate on why pro-Palestinians necessarily hate all Jews? I had Jewish pro-Palestinian friends in college; even a Jordanian classmate dating a Jewish classmate. When I read this piece exposing underlying hatred of Jews I am confused—to me this feels like a rapid escalation towards polarization with loss of nuance for the other side, who in my understanding are objecting to alleged abuse of power on behalf of Israel and occupation. Does this mean these people hate all Jewish people? Does all of this necessarily equate to anti-semitism? Can the Israeli state not be criticized?
*Let me also state clearly that I am not very well-versed in the history of Israel, of the Palestinians, of the sociopolitical tensions in the Middle East, nor am I Jewish. I feel so viscerally, so deeply to the pain and trauma on both sides and am horrified by the atrocities being committed by Hamas against Israel, the influence of Iran, and feel so deeply for the simple right to exist and the plight of Jewish people to establish home and safety.
Welcoming your thoughts and perspectives, please help me better grasp what is being said here. Thank you.
Bari Weiss always hits the nail on the head . She truly deserves my 5$/ month!
"I learned to trust the threats of enemies before the promises of friends."