Jews as a Nationality: This is NOT About the BDS Movement.

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German passport with the J for Jew

So we woke up to the news. Jews would be designated as a nationality in a new Executive Order. According to CNN, this is the objective of the order:

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday to interpret Judaism as a nationality and not just a religion, a move that the Trump administration believes will fight what they perceive as anti-Semitism on college campuses, a White House official said.

It’s an order that would allow Trump to take further steps to combat anti-Israel sentiments and divestment movements on college campuses by requiring colleges and universities to treat those movements as discriminatory in order to keep their funding.

The expected order generated widespread reaction from Jews and Jewish groups, with some calling it a necessary measure against what they see as a rising tide of anti-Semitism on campuses and others calling it a chill on free speech

Incidentally, the man behind the idea of this order reportedly was Jared Kushner, which is even more chilling. He is Jewish after all, and at this point, this reminds me of a Kappo. And if you have no idea what that is, these were Jews in the camps that worked with the Germans. Partly it was a way to try to survive the Holocaust. They were all but popular with other prisoners, rightfully so. I guess Kushner either did not learn history or thinks he will be immune from the consequences. There are those concerned about free speech. However, those of us who know our history realize that this is about a Christian nation using a very old trope to single out Jews.

I asked on Facebook, and I was not kidding if my passport will be marked with the word JEW? After all, both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union did precisely this. It was one of the earliest steps towards the Final Solution and questions the place of Jews within the nation. This double nationality trope is as old as at least the Enlightenment and has preceded expulsions.

The overt excuse is that it will stop the BDS movement in colleges and universities. We do have a problem with antisemitism in colleges, but this order will make it far worse. It recognizes a trope used by the far right to refer to Jews. It makes Jews outsiders.

If you are not concerned, you are not paying attention.

Incidentally, this same exact trope about nationalities can easily expand to Muslims, Mexican-Americans, and others who are seen as undesirable in a white Christina nation. Yes, it will include African-Americans easily as well. It is an attack on diversity itself while creating the conditions to increase antisemitism in a very public way.

Yes, there is a concern about free speech, but that is just one of the problems with this order. The far-right is getting far more than you ever believed possible, and we are deep into that dystopia that seemed impossible before Trump became president.

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