America has the worst media in the world. And Vox is the worst media of any outlet except for the New York Times.
But Zack Beauchamp is the one leading figure in lefty digital media that not even the New York Times, the Washington Post, or CNN wanted.
Why? Well there was the time he claimed that there was some sort of giant bridge between the West Bank and Gaza. That led to this unforgettable correction in Beauchamp’s Vox explainer, “11 crucial facts to understand the Israel-Gaza crisis”
“An earlier version of this post suggested there was a bridge connecting Gaza and the West Bank. Various plans to do this have been floated, but the bridge was never actually built.”
There were also various plans floated to build a canal separating America from Mexico, to overthrow the United States, and to blow up the moon.
“An earlier version of this post suggested the moon had been blown up. Various plans to do this have been floated, but the moon was never actually blown up.”
Now Zack turned his laser acumen to the bafflingly inexplicable crisis of antisemitism.
These attacks appear to be linked to the recent flare-up in fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. In some cases, the perpetrators waved Palestinian flags or shouted pro-Palestinian slogans…
What’s less clear is why these incidents are happening.
If you think this is beyond stupid, Zack is just getting started.
It’s also possible that the anti-Semitic attacks are part of the generalized surge in American anti-Semitism since 2016, which most experts link to the rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right movement.
As a writer who believes in the power of reason, I hate to say this, but the only rational response to Zack Beauchamp writing about Israel (or any Vox explainer) is a headdesk.gif spammed non-stop.
It’s like listening to AOC talk about economics or a dog bark at a tree.
Zack Beauchamp then cites Jewish Currents’ insistence that the surge in antisemitism was made up by the ADL. He doesn’t bother to mention to his audience that JC is a rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Jewish site that originated in the Communist Party.
In LA, the attackers — who drove to a specifically Jewish neighborhood to find Jews to hurt — were flying Palestinian flags. In Times Square, the violence grew out of a pro-Palestinian protest. In Florida, the attackers yelled, “‘Free Palestine, fuck you Jew, die Jew.”
This isn’t normal. Something new appears to be happening, but it’s not yet clear what it is.
It’s a mystery. We’re gonna need to dig into it some more to figure out what’s going on here.
But the fact that some of these incidents seem directly tied to pro-Palestinian events and sentiment, with little or no connection to the far-right factions that traditionally commit the most serious anti-Semitic violence in the United States, presents troubling data points. It’s possible, if not likely, that the European pattern of violence in Israel causing anti-Semitic violence at home could become a reality in America.
It’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a media cover-up.