In an effort to stay relevant and powerful in an increasingly different world than the one they grew up in, Jewish establishment leaders in Boston have developed a distinct pattern of response. When anyone with a dissenting opinion raises the alarm on an issue that the establishment feels uncomfortable discussing – such as Left-wing anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism – they smear them. They try to shut down discussion by saying that opinions opposing their own are not valid and cannot be tolerated.
One notable leader of the opposition is Dr. Charles Jacobs. Instead of engaging with him, the Jewish establishment labels him and his supporters McCarthy-ites and Islamophobes.
And then, just when they figure out that Jacobs was right, the establishment embraces his battles, stepping onto the field at exactly the right moment before ultimately claiming victory for themselves. It's a brilliant tactic, but one that will serve the establishment's purposes only for so long.