As it turns out, one of the suspects in the JCC threats was Juan Thompson, a one-time progressive writer for the anti-Israel site The Intercept (fired for fabrications, not his ugly views). The main suspect now appears to be a 19-year-old U.S.-Israeli dual citizen, who was arrested by police Thursday. The Israeli police say the suspect, who is also alleged to have made similar threats to JCCs in New Zealand and Australia, was camouflaging the origin of his calls with advanced technology. His father is also reportedly being investigated. Who knows what perverted reasons these people had. What we do know is that it’s not the person or people Democrats were expecting.
Will those who accused Trump of abetting anti-Semitism offer a mea culpa? After all, it was always more probable that the threats were the work of a few people rather than some Jew-hating cabal. These rare events are not reflective of prevailing American attitudes. Any honest person knows this. Moreover, some of the same people who flippantly accuse GOPers of anti-Semitism diminish the danger that Jews face from far more threatening forces.
And no, being honest about the situation isn’t “downplaying” anti-Semitism, as many like to claim. Jew hatred is genuine, of course, found both on the fringe Right and Left in America. As a Jew, I’ve experienced plenty of nasty rhetoric this past year, a situation that is, no doubt, exacerbated by social media and the manipulation of those platforms.