“You’re lucky that you are in that wheelchair, (expletive deleted)!” That is what a young, six-foot-plus, twenty-something supporter of Rasmea Odeh and Reem Assil of Reem’s antisemitic restaurant in Oakland shouted at Robin Durbin at the recent pro-Israel / pro-Jewish rally put together by Faith Meltzer, Matthew Finkelstein, and Uncle Bernie supporter, Susan George, at the Fruitvale BART Station.And so here the hostility comes again… even to a place as far away from Israel as the San Francisco Bay Area.
I have been aware of the rise of antisemitic anti-Zionism within the western-left for at least ten years – which makes me a late-comer, I know – but I honestly did not expect it see it banging on my door so closely and so quickly within my lifetime and certainly not here on the west coast of the United States.
Most of us who live in the Golden Land do not fathom that the swirling international whirlwind of manifold Muslim toxic bullshit can touch us.
Some of us looked up for a moment from our iPhones and double-tall non-fat foamy mocha lattes (extra-hot) to notice the Islamist rampage in San Bernardino but quickly shrugged it off like a case of fleas on the political landscape, quickly to be forgotten.
This is because we are smug and arrogant and think we are safe.
The truth is that the hip and vapid coastal strip from San Diego up to San Francisco never really did grow out of Frankie and Annette at Bikini Beach in 1964.
Which is precisely why they don’t care about, or understand, Reem’s genocidal ambitions for the Jews of the Middle East: