We live in an upside-down world lately, where wrong is right, common sense is trumped by "feelings," and facts no longer matter. And so it is that the Biden White House, in the wake of the worst Islamic terrorist attack on Israel in the 75-year history of the Jewish State, has declared a first-ever National Strategy to Counter . . .
Islamophobia. "For too long," the White House says, Muslims in America "have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks and other discriminatory incidents." This is patently and hilariously false.
"Not a joke," as President Biden might put it. Though it does sound like a punchline from the late Rodney Dangerfield and "I don't get no respect."
The 10/7 assault by Hamas terrorists — the media call them "Palestinian fighters" — murdered 1,200 people, 70% of them civilians, based on the latest update from the Israeli government. It has been hard to be precise, The New York Times noted on Sunday, because, "The Palestinian attackers burned or otherwise mutilated many of the corpses, requiring extensive testing to establish their identities."
Class act. Since then, 109 protests in the U.S. have featured "explicit or strong implicit support for Hamas and/or violence against Jews in Israel," the Anti-Defamation League says. It counts 312 anti-Semitic incidents in two weeks, a 388% increase from a year ago.
In the U.S., FBI statistics for over 90% of the country show that Jewish people were targets of seven times as many hate offenses as Muslims in 2022. As a rate of incidents per 100,000 members of each group, Jews are targeted at three times the rate of Muslims.
In 2022, nationwide, the FBI cites a total of 11,643 hate-crime incidents against all groups. Blacks were the most frequent targets, at 29% of incidents (vs. 13% of the U.S. population in 2020), and Jewish people were No. 2 at 9.6% of cases (vs. 2.3% of pop.)
Muslim targets were No. 15 on the list at 1.357% of the total offenses, barely higher than their 1.348% of the U.S. population.
Antisemitic attacks totaled 1,122, compared with 158 offenses against Muslims. This is a rate of 15 per 100,000 Jewish people, three times the rate among Muslims, at fewer than four cases per 100,000 Muslim people.
So, where is this supposed scourge of anti-Muslim hate?
This is a Democrat strategy, as I point out on my podcast, "What's Bugging Me." Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked it off by tweeting on X on October 21st: "The United States Constitution is clear: Muslim civil rights are American civil rights. There is no exception. Hate has no place in America. Islamophobia has no place in America. We will not be silent."
This was so totemic it got her a new nickname on Twitchy.com: Pocohamas. By the way, the U.S. Constitution says nothing about "Muslim civil rights."
Two days later, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, asked about antisemitism in the U.S., instantly pivots to Islamophobia: "Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks. And certainly President Biden understands that many of our Muslim, Arab, Arab American, and Palestinian American loved ones and neighbors are worried about the hate being directed at their communities."
After a backlash, she insisted she had misheard the question. Nine days later, on November 1, the White House published a statement by KJP saying the same thing. Vice President Harris invoked the same wording the same day.
The Vapid Veep's tweet of her video statement drew a hellfire of protests for its timing and tone-deafness. It was as if someone on her staff had set her up for this stupid stumble.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, November 4, up to 300,000 pro-Palestinian protesters, bussed in from 22 states, descended on Washington in the largest pro-Palestinian protest in U.S. history. The Washington Examiner reports that this huge outpouring was organized by a battery of NGOs with links to terrorist sympathizers and even Hamas and Hezbollah. Same goes for similar demonstrations around the U.S.
Perish the thought that the White House might declare a national strategy to investigate something like this.
Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York and host of the podcast, "What's Bugging Me." Previously, he was an anchor at CNBC and at Fox Business Network, after serving as a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of Forbes. Read Dennis Kneale's reports — More Here.
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