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Harvey Weinstein is not a Jewish issue

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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:30 am

Over the past two weeks, we have seen many reactions and reactions-to-reactions to the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of reported sexual harassment and assault of women. Most of us are simply repulsed by the allegations of unchecked abuse of power and Sodom and Gomorrah-style depravity. And for some, the reactions are even more pronounced because Harvey Weinstein is Jewish.

While there is clearly plenty to say about the story, the focus on Weinstein’s “Jewishness” is wrong. That’s not to say that the fact that he is Jewish doesn’t add to our concern about the story — it clearly does. But that’s not because his Jewishness is an element of the offense. Rather, it is because any allegations of public misbehavior by a fellow Jew makes us uncomfortable, and we fear that that fact somehow lends credence to the historical trope that Jews are bad people.

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