By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
Radical bills authorizing the roundup of Canadian Jews residing in this country illegally passed both houses of the Arizona Legislature and now await Governor Jan Brewer's signature.
Immediate targets are expected to be foreign-born Jews hanging about in the parking lots of banks looking for odd jobs and for investors.
Complaints reached a crescendo at a recent Tea Party protest at Wells Fargo's headquarters in downtown Phoenix.
"After making my deposit at Bank of America," Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth told the crowd, "I asked a Jew in the parking lot if he'd like to make a buck. Next thing you know, my Chevy is swarmed. One of 'em got in my car, and we were halfway to Mesa before I figured out that he didn't want to trim my overgrown hedge; he wanted me to invest in his hedge fund."
Valley residents claim bitterly that the influx of Canadian Jews has greatly confused the traditional get-rich real estate schemes that have been the hallmark of prudent Arizona speculation.
"When I first got to Arizona, dirt was worth your life," observed protest organizer J.T. Ready. "Ask Don Bolles if Ned Warren wasn't a giant in dirt. And Charles Keating. Hell, you don't have a Keating Five without dirt.
"But now, you pull into a bank's parking lot and some Canadian Jew is banging on your window with his bonds and rollover IRAs, Treasury notes, grain futures, and municipal securities.
"The hell are they saying?" wondered Ready. "Who can understand a word of it?"
Arpaio promised to round up all Canadian Jews whose papers weren't in order — no matter what the federal government thought.
"I can spot a Canadian Jew as quick as you can say 'snow monkey,'" said America's toughest sheriff. "Hook nose and earmuffs . . . What's the mystery? So it's pedal to the metal until my jail's a shtetl."
The enthusiastic crowd erupted into a chant:
"Don't be stupid, be a smarty.
"Come and join the Nazi party."
Jews first began to leave Canada because there simply were not enough graduate-school openings for their children. The exodus put unbearable pressure on American dental, medical, psychiatric, and law schools.
Parents of Canadian Jews in graduate school have taken to bank parking lots in an effort to raise money for tuition. The clusters of men outside the banks offer advice, for a fee, on all forms of market speculation.
State Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa and the primary mover of Senate Bill 1070 and House Bill 2632, challenged critics of his legislation:
"The government of the United States wants to tell American Jews at Goldman Sachs how much they can earn, but we can't tell Canadian Jews to stop earning and learning at our expense?"
Callers to conservative talk-radio shows debated where law enforcement should look for Canadian Jews.
Einstein Bagels, suggested one caller.
"What about Pep Boys?" wondered another listener. "What kinda name is Moe?"
Forget auto-parts stores, suggested another listener. "You never see 'em with tools. They're all cheesecake eaters."
The host of KLJW's morning show, Darrell Ankarlo, agreed, saying the chosen people prefer rugelach to wrenches. He said law enforcement should ignore Ace Hardware and focus on pastry shops: "It's not the honey-do list. It's the honey Jew list, if you want to find the Canadians."
The president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Mark Spencer, said he has already issued guidelines to members of his union on what "reasonable suspicion" of a Canadian Jew in mufti is: "You're in a crowded movie theater and a cell phone goes off. The ring tone is 'If I Were a Rich Man' — you ask for the Jew's papers."
The legislation forbids Arizona cities from adopting sanctuary policies that would prevent law enforcement from conducting roundups. Citizens, under the legislation, can hire a smart Jew lawyer — as long as it's a smart Arizona Jew lawyer — to sue offending municipalities.
Reaction from religious leaders was muted.
"Are the Jews who are coming here gay?" asked Bishop Thomas Olmsted. "Maybe they could forget graduate school and just become priests. There's a shortage, you know? If we can embrace pedophiles, surely we can embrace Canadian Jews."
Senator Pearce, in contrast, saw little room for compromise.
"My son couldn't get into medical school," Pearce observed. "He had to go to work for Sheriff Arpaio, which is the same job I had before becoming a senator. Any parent wants their kid to have more opportunity than they had. But no. All the seats in medical school are occupied by Hymie this and Hymie that.
"The Canadian Jew residents in Valley hospitals start with a bris and move on to abortion. While Canadian Jews might be thought of as pro-choice, that evaporates if the wife's a shiksa. You might say I'm conflicted: On the one hand, I don't want another fetus aborted; on the other, it's a Jewish fetus."