Along with the surge in violence between Hamas and Israel last month, observers have recorded a troubling rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, including claims of physical violence against Jews.
The problem apparently extends to Google, where an executive tasked with promoting diversity has been ousted in response to a history of bigoted online comments, Breitbart reports.
“A history of suffering and slaughter”
In the now-deleted post, Bobb suggested that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war and killing” combined with an “insensitivity” to the suffering of others.
He also reported likened the treatment of Palestinians to the oppression experienced by Jewish people under Germany’s Nazi regime.
“My reflections on Kristallnacht would lead me to feel that these are precisely the human sentiments that I as Jew would understand; that I ought to understand and feel compelled to help alleviate,” he wrote. “It cannot be that the sum total of a history of suffering and slaughter places such a premium on my identity that I would be willing to damn others in defense of it.”
Further speculating on what he might do if he were Jewish, Bobb reportedly wrote that his “sensibilities would be tormented” and he “would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired.”
He went on to note that he would have difficulty reconciling “that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation.”
“Despicable, unconscionable, un-American”
Violence against Jewish Americans has seen a notable uptick recently, as Fox News reported late last month.
The New York Police Department is investigating a wave of anti-Semitic hate crime reports, including an incident in which two Jewish teens were allegedly chased and beaten by an angry mob.
In another case, police say a 29-year-old man wearing a yarmulke was assaulted by a group of attackers yelling anti-Semitic slurs.
“These attacks are despicable, unconscionable, un-American, and they must stop,” President Joe Biden declared in a statement last week. “I will not allow our fellow Americans to be intimidated or attacked because of who they are or the faith they practice.”