While researching for my last post, I got curious about whether anyone was also proclaiming that endangered Jewish lives matter. Sure enough.
Jeffrey Salkin of Martini Judaism (“for those who want to be shaken and stirred”), reminds us, speaking of the Iran nuclear deal, that Jewish lives matter, too.
There’s even a Jewish Lives Matter Facebook page. Where I found this:
Todd Gitlin writes, reflecting on the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher murders, that Jewish lives matter — to terrorists, but not so much to the political left who we foolishly expect to defend them.
Evan Traylor of the Jewish Multiracial Network likes Black Lives Matter and says so do those of black Jews.
And another article points out that many black lives are also Jewish lives — but that some Black Lives Matter activists have hijacked the BLM movement by also making it anti-Israel.
Finally, black Zionist Chloe Simone Valdary asserts (in the most nuanced piece I’m linking) that Jewish lives matter, and so do those of Palestinians, including Christians, women, and homosexuals who suffer at the hands of (or with the assent of) Palestinian political leadership.
Judge the value of such articles for yourself (as you will, anyway). Including them here doesn’t mean I endorse or agree with them all. I just thought it was interesting that “Jewish lives matter” was a meme in its own right, and fascinating what a variety of thought has gone into this.