Narrator: Included in these statistics is the Tree of Life shooting, the deadliest antisemitic terrorism act in US history with 11 dead. And yet none of this troubled the GC movement, which at best saw Jewish deaths as acceptable collateral damage in exchange for transphobia.
Narrator: But even beyond Trump, every fascist or neo-Nazi group I’ve seen is both explicitly antisemitic and transphobic. Many even combine the two, often claiming that trans people or trans acceptance are part of a [dogwhistle sound] Cultural Marxist or Jewish agenda. While unfortunately transphobia and antisemitism both do exist within left-wing movements, they tend to be much more explicit and central to far-right movements. If you are GC, and you find yourself, as they do, agreeing with the far right on ideas like transphobia, you might want to ask yourself why you feel ok siding with these people given their other views.
Part III: Counter-Arguments and How to Rebut Them
Narrator: GCs tend not to like being called out on their antisemitism. As we’ve seen, they often threaten legal action at critics. However, their defenses also fall flat. Let’s look at some common arguments that transphobes use to try to absolve themselves of charges of antisemitism, and why they don’t hold up.
“But we have Jewish members!”
Narrator: Many times, they will point to the existence of a few Jews that self-identify as gender critical, or to Jews that share their transphobic views. And these do exist. However, the existence of Jews which agree with you doesn’t mean you’re not an antisemite. For one, this is the “I have a [insert minority] friend” argument. Transphobes use this argument with regards to trans people as well, often pointing to someone like Debbie Hayton, Blaire “Feminism is Cancer” White, or Fionne Orlander who espouse their views. This doesn’t change, however, that their views are, in fact, transphobic and that most trans people oppose them. Similarly, the existence of a Jewish person that agrees with you doesn’t mean that you aren’t antisemitic. There were also Jews who voted for Donald Trump, this does not mean he wasn’t antisemitic.
Narrator: For two, the idea that members of a given marginalized group can’t espouse bigoted views against their own group is a very weak analysis. Plenty of people from marginalized groups do internalize beliefs against their own groups, and some are very public about this. Few with any knowledge of feminism would argue that Phyllis Schafly wasn’t misogynistic because she was a woman, for example. There definitely are transphobic trans people, homophobic gay people, misogynistic women, and antisemitic Jews. As such, this argument that a movement can’t be antisemitic because there are some Jews in it does not work.
“It’s not because Soros is Jewish!”
Narrator: GCs often try to claim that their disproportionate focus on George Soros, the Pritzkers, Rothblatt, or any of their other targets is not because those targets are Jewish but because they are significant figures in some sort of trans rights movement. However, that doesn’t explain why other non-Jewish people have donated significantly more to pro-trans charities, yet they focus on these Jewish individuals. As for being central figures, as we saw above, Martine Rothblatt and Jennifer Pritzker are extremely marginal figures who happen to be Jewish and trans, yet they attract a lot of attention from GCs. Whether intentional or not, and it would be difficult to do this unintentionally, the blaming of wealthy Jews for trans people’s existence or trans rights plays directly into age-old antisemitic tropes.
If you focus in on people who happen to be Jewish while ignoring more powerful or politically active people of a certain movement who aren’t, then you are either motivated by antisemitism, complicit in it, or knowingly using it to further fear-mongering.
“But we’re not far right! We’re on the left!”
Narrator: As mentioned above, antisemitism exists all along the political spectrum and it is possible to be left-wing and antisemitic. This is why it is so vital to oppose antisemitism, because no movement is immune. However, when you find yourself holding views on Jewish people and on trans people that align more with the alt-right than with most left wing groups and promoting alt-right conspiracy theories, you may wish to reconsider whether you are on the left. Beliefs can speak louder than self-assessment when it comes to political