From the New York Times, a “news” story on the latest front in the Bathroom Graffiti Crisis of Anti-Semitic Hate Plaguing America that is bogus on multiple dimensions:
By Benjamin Weiser and Nate Schweber
March 1, 2019
For years, Jewish students in the Pine Bush Central School District complained about finding swastikas scrawled on walls, desks and lockers. They said they were subjected to ethnic slurs, shoved and beaten. They said other students even led “white power” chants and made Nazi salutes.
The harassment and bullying grew so bad in the rural town about 80 miles north of New York City that five Jewish students sued for discrimination in 2012, and a news report about the incidents led to federal and state investigations.
Nearly four years ago, the district paid $4.48 million to settle the lawsuit and agreed to changes to its curriculum and training to combat bias and anti-Semitism, along with student surveys to chart its progress.
But the surveys, made public for the first time in a court filing last Friday, show that despite the district’s efforts, anti-Semitism remains a stubborn problem at Pine Bush, as similar complaints about anti-Jewish bias are on the rise across New York State and elsewhere in the country.
In the court filing, Pine Bush school officials reported that 766 students, or one-third of the middle- and high-school students the district surveyed last fall, said they had seen or heard incidents of anti-Semitism in school the previous year.
Ilann M. Maazel, a lawyer for the Jewish students who had sued, called the number “shockingly high.” …
The Pine Bush district, which is about 18 miles west of Newburgh, N.Y., serves about 5,000 children from Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. In the 1970s, Pine Bush was the home of a Ku Klux Klan chapter president. …
He recalled seeing swastikas etched on the side of a box of Kleenex, scribbled in a textbook and on a bathroom stall….
The state and federal investigations were opened after The New York Times published an extensive 2013 report on anti-Semitism in Pine Bush’s schools.
Evan R. Bernstein, the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director for New York and New Jersey, said Pine Bush school officials had been “very responsive” and tried to do everything the A.D.L. had asked of them, but the survey results meant there was still work to be done.
“If I’m the Pine Bush school administration and I’m seeing that number, it means I can’t take my foot off the gas, and I have to keep pushing as many anti-bias programs and initiatives in the school district as possible,” Mr. Bernstein said.
Okay, I blogged about Pine Bush back in 2015:
Who are these anti-Semitic banjo-picking rednecks in the NYC exurbs?
I looked into this question back in 2013 after reading a dubious sounding article by reporter Weiser in the NYT. It was easy to piece together what was really going on by reading the Jewish Daily Forward and Jewish Week. The community leaders accused of anti-Semitism turn out to be mostly liberal Jews who opposed the machinations of Satmar Hassidic real estate developers from Kiryas Joel to take over their town. …
So this appears to be largely a power, money, real estate, tax, and welfare struggle between ultra-orthodox Jews and a local community led in large part by normal American Jews. You might think that the New York Times would instinctively identify with the educated liberal Jews against the smears of the reactionary Jews.
But that underestimates the media’s insatiable longing for allegations of anti-Semitism, no matter how wacky. The hunger for hate is strong these days.
The NYT should not let Benjamin Weiser continue to report on this story.
But Benjamin Weiser is still working the Pine Bush Beat, this time along with Nate Schweber. There’s absolutely no mention in the article that the Satmar Hasidim are trying to take over Pine Bush, much less that many of those locals most opposed to them are Jewish as well. And of course to the point out that the ultra-Orthodox Jews who are eliciting opposition are mostly Trump voters would, judging by the ill-informed comments on this NYT article, make the typical subscribers brain explode.
This is another example of how Jews are admirably adept at turning a Jews vs. Jews conflict into a The Whole World Is Out to Oppress Us Jews narrative. In contrast, the Lebanese and Syrians lack that knack, so they have enormous civil wars. There’s a lot to be said for this tendency, but you also ought to know about it.