Thanks to Real News Network for inviting me to do an interview, How Pro-Israel Politics and Anti-Semitism Coexist in the Alt-Right. It deals with the Trump presidency and the ascendancy of the alt-right as a major factor in the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.
Here in Seattle, a Sikh man was shot and wounded Friday night by a masked white supremacist who yelled that he should go back where he came from. There have been previous attacks on the Sikh community here. There have also been attacks on local mosques and our local JCC had a phoned bomb threat.
It doesn’t matter that the white attackers are so stupid that they can’t tell the difference between an Arab or Muslim and a Sikh. An attack on anyone who is an immigrant or non-white is an attack on all of us; and an attack on our values as a nation.
I’m pleased that the FBI has entered the case and views it as a hate crime. Unfortunately, it refuses to view the shooting of Josh Dukes at the University of Washington as a hate-crime. Apparently, when white supremacists shoot Sikhs it is, but when the same folks shoot anti-fascists it isn’t. While I understand that there are constitutional protections of religion that don’t extend to political groups, when you attempt to murder someone for their political views, that is a hate crime. Further, Marc Hokoana, the shooter still hasn’t been arrested or charged with a crime.
I hope you’ll watch the video and promote it via your social media accounts. My apologies about the synching of the audio and video for the recording. That was the fault of my ISP, Comcast. Thanks to RNN technicians who did a great job of trying to fix the synching issue.