There will be a whole lot of Jewish bloggers who will be outraged by the fact that an Orthodox Jewish teenager was accused of being a terrorist because he laid tefillin on a commuter flight this morning. I’m outraged too. But bemused because unlike all these Yankels-come-lately I’ve been against religious/ethnic profiling at airports from the beginning. Do you remember the imams praying on a Northwest flight on which a passenger thought they were planning to blow up the plane? Did I hear any uproar from the same Jews who are shreying about this incident? How ’bout the Israeli Palestinians routinely harrassed at by Israeli security officers at airports around the globe for having the chutzpah to fly while Arab? Documented here.
The whole fiasco occurred because a flight attendant thought a passenger had “wires strapped to his head and arm” that appeared to be a bomb. Yeah right. Couldn’t she have seen that either he was shuckling over a prayer book or else murmuring prayers to himself and that the straps were made of leather and not wire? Or couldn’t she have asked what he was doing before radioing the TSA which diverted the flight and met its arrival with a full contingent of anti-terrorist personnel? And how about the pilot who was told the boy was davening and still elected not to continue his flight as normal, but rather to divert to Philadelphia?
I understand we’re all afraid of terrorism these days. But can we at least appeal for some semblance of moderation and common sense? People, this is what an inordinate fear of terror does to us. We become a frightened cowering mob and lose our sense of proportion and ability to make reasonable decisions.
The Gothamist asks a probing question of anti-Muslim Jewish racist Dov Hikind, who announced he favors such profiling as long as it’s directed against anyone but his own tribe:
The only question now is whether or not this will change Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s position on the use of ethnic profiling to prevent acts of terrorism…
Here’s a response typical of the Jewish know-nothing Islamophobic blog world:
When are people in the US going to wake up to the fact that there are no Orthodox Jewish terrorists? In fact, there are no Jewish terrorists and no Christian terrorists and no atheist terrorists. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all the terrorists are Muslims.
H/t to RM.
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