California will not miss this emigre
Many Californians grow concerned when they hear of the socalled “exodus” of middle-class residents, even though the actual number departing this state over the last five years amounts to less than one-half of one percent of the populace.
Most who leave hope to cash out while trading high-priced California homes for cheaper and larger ones in places like Texas, Idaho, Arizona and Florida. Some others are white collar workers freed from any need to report to offices, and preferring to work remotely from locales near family or friends.
But the decamping of Jon Minadeo Jr. from his former Sonoma County home is something very different. The low-profile Minadeo may be the most prolific anti-Semitic Jew hater in America. He's taken his “Goyim Defense League” (GDL) and its associated “Goyim TV” to Florida, where he hopes to be more welcome than he lately was here.
The rapper Kanye West, who has dined with ex-President Donald Trump, called for “Deathcon 3” against Jewish Americans and allowed that he “likes Nazi people,” gets far more publicity. But Minadeo's group likely spurred many more hate incidents against Jews in 2022, a record year for such episodes.
(The word Goyim employed by Minadeo is a Hebrew and Yiddish term for non-Jews, not by itself carrying pejorative implications.)
Goyim TV and the GDL emphasize anti-Jewish propaganda, police saying their adherents are most likely responsible for dozens of episodes of anti-Semitic flyers distributed door to door in plastic baggies in cities as disparate as Beverly Hills and Altadena, Napa and Los Angeles, plus many similar distributions in other states. Some of the negative messages included false claims that Jews were responsible for COVID-19 and its pandemic, plus the spread of other ills.
It's difficult to prove these actions induced real violence, but Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore opined in December that the rise of hate speech on social media was definitely one cause of violence.
He named rapper West, as one using the Web to induce hate.
“We see (West, who now calls himself Ye) and others that have gone to Twitter and other social media platforms such as Parler (cq) that have been created solely for people with extreme views,” he said.
Moore reported hate crimes in his city were up 23 percent last year, with no reduction in sight.
It's not provable that the new spate of anti-Semitism is the cause, but a study from the ResumeBuilder.com website shows “an alarming amount of antiSemitism within companies, a great deal of which is considered acceptable.”
This bears importance for other groups, too, because Jews historically have been like canaries in coal mines. When they've been tormented without major consequences for their attackers, other ethnic or religious groups from Blacks and Asians to Roman Catholics often faced similar trouble soon after.
The ResumeBuilder report says 26 percent of hiring managers now say they are less likely to move forward with a Jewish job applicant, with many admitting to making appearance their main method for identifying persons as Jewish. Fully 23 percent of hiring managers say they want fewer Jews in their industries and 17 percent say corporate leaders have told them not to hire Jews. Plus, 33 percent said anti-Semitism is common in their workplaces and 29 percent say it is acceptable in their companies.
Those numbers are music to the ears of Minadeo and his Goyim TV organization, which has claimed responsibility for anti-Semitic flyer drops in 40 states.
The group's goal is to push negative stereotypes of Jews and spread anti-Semitic myths and conspiracy theories, says a report from the national Anti-Defamation League. Minadeo makes near-daily recordings in a studio in his home, viewed by hundreds who often donate money so he can produce more. He also attacks Blacks, Latinos and LBGTQ persons, while pushing Holocaust denial.
Although his family owns a Sonoma County restaurant, he has said he left because his reputation was diminished there by coverage from local news organizations that spurred threats to burn down his house.
“Jews are getting to intimidate me, vandalize my house, slander me, assault me, and the police do absolutely nothing,” he told a reporter.
So he decamped for Florida, and perhaps that will mean fewer hate crimes in California.