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A willful blindness about antisemitism from the left

“Top Story” with Jonathan Tobin and guest Joel Pollak, Ep. 88

The political left’s intersectional and critical race theory arguments are seeking to remake not just the government but virtually every sector of society, according to JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin. It may be that the culture wars over ideas, history, art and education are truly the only ones worth fighting, he says.

Tobin is joined by Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak, who discussed the famous insight of the publication’s founder Andrew Breitbart about “politics being downstream of culture.” According to Pollak, the Anti-Defamation League’s attacks on Breitbart were about its support for former President Donald Trump, not antisemitism, since its editorial line is pro-Israel, and it doesn’t platform Jew-hatred.

Jewish liberals have “a willful blindness to some of the antisemitism on the left or among fellow minority communities,” says Pollak, because to acknowledge that antisemitism would interfere with the general liberal narrative of the Jewish people and the Jewish community as part of a broader civil rights coalition. The ADL’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement led it to make common cause “with the people the ADL is supposed to fight, and not for any real good purpose,” he adds.

The efforts to foil Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu’s judicial reform are reminiscent of the “resistance” to Trump, he says.

“The left cannot stand the fact that Bibi Netanyahu came back into power. They reject the outcome of the most recent elections, just as Democrats rejected the democratic elections that put Donald Trump in the White House, just as the British establishment rejected the results of the Brexit referendum. The people who tell us they are defending democracy are actually rejecting democracy,” he says.

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