Someone left a message here, and [name redacted] (he gave his real name, combined with the vibe of it suggests Boomer) says:
I wanted to join your little group until I encountered all the usual anti-semitic tropes. I have no interest in defending world Jewry or dismantling your nonsense but understand you undermine the core aims of this movement with that kind of rubbish. It is not only untrue as a world view, but ultimately robs you of any credibility you could strive for. You will only attract the ignorant, mean spirited and unobservant. I will remain steadfast in my resistance of this authoritarian chess game. But you too are mine enemy. Hope we never meet.
Not totally clear what he’s on about, and I’ve never posted (and would never post) offensive, anti-semitic trope ridden, but amusing, videos like these, the first of which not sure what the tropes are on the whole but there is the silly one about Jewish women being ample bosomed, having what some juvenile people call “big Khazar milkers”. The second video, more darkly and concerningly, has the indefensible trope about Jews making fiddles of innocent, impressionable black people in the US.
But what [name redacted] is saying – it boils down to ‘I don’t care about Jews but if you say anything bad against them you are my sworn enemy for life’ – is an extreme, dumb version of something you come up against a fair bit, this need to police, gatekeep, in-fight, and exclude, and while I get that some of the anti-semitic stuff can be lowbrow and tedious not all of it is.
Anyway no doubt [name redacted] is, like all right thinking people, a supporter of the distant ally we didn’t know we had, the great nation of the Ukraine, one of the world’s most vibrant democracies and best markets for weapons manufacturers, and it’s heroic struggle for the rules based order that people the world over hold so dear. It’s leader, the most important statesman of our time, president Zelenskyiv, is a comedian (also a Jew), and he has no qualms about making use of some pretty hardcore types (Azov, Right Sector, and others) who do a very convincing impression of being Nazis or white nationalists, well, they have all the right tattoos, flags, and badges, famously saying of them – “they are what they are”. If this great man is not picky, why are you [name redacted]?
Once total Ukrainian victory is achieved, shortly, Zelenskyiv would likely agree with this young woman, wise beyond her years, that you win first and talk about stuff LATER mate (kiddo, champ, chief):
Less seriously, other examples of cooperation between individuals or groups who you might assume would be opposed, but united for a greater good:
In Indonesia in the mid to late 60s a gigantic communist movement was defeated primarily by some secular-nationalist minded military men, but they allied with Muslim groups that wanted an Islamic state, the main one of which was the very big clerical-civic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama, which also had its own large political party, its pseudo para-military youth wing being harnessed to help the army in basically the killing or general terrorising of people who supported the Communist Party. Once the military had established control they gradually froze out this group from government and politics, wore them down over many years, and eventually Nahdlatul Ulama more or less threw in the towel, formally abandoning the goal of an Islamic state, and dissolving its party. Smaller, more radical Muslim groups were dealt with more roughly, and some of their people ended up in prison, bunking with the communists they had fought.
The point is, work together to achieve something, and things will get sorted out in the end, some faction or figure will rise to the top, and congratulations to that guy!
An Australian example: people today have little to no idea how deep the Protestant/Catholic sectarian divide went historically here, and how bitter and hateful it could be, and the Australian branch of Catholic Action, in the 1930s, the group which spawned the Movement, National Civic Council, and the Democratic Labor Party, among other things, was on the face of it an obviously sectarian organisation. I’m not sure about the early years but at least in the middle and later periods the people in charge generally were having none of the sectarian stuff, they recognised that Christianity in Australia was very weak and were happy to work with any church or Christian, and there were Protestants intimately involved, most famously the DLP’s leader in the Senate was one.
There are many such cases.