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Growing Anti-Semitism of the American Left

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In the 2008 election year the Left was abuzz with everything Obama. What he wore to the beach in Hawaii with his family was featured prominently in People magazine, everything he said and did was chronicled in newspaper magazines, interviews were splashed on every MSM outlet. In November the majority of Americans decided he would become our next President. American Jews and the general public ignored his connections to anti-Semitic figures such as Jeremiah Wright, and believed that the selection of a Jewish Chief of Staff was proof positive that Obama’s beliefs did not follow with that of his spiritual leader of two decades.

It’s become increasingly apparent, however, that these anti-Semitic and anti-Israel tendencies on the Left are becoming much more mainstream. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Perhaps the tendencies were there all along, and just surfacing now that the Progressive cause is led by someone whose pro-Israel stance is weak at best. Perhaps Obama is turning the tides of Leftist thought in this nation against the Jewish State.

Obama’s anti-Israel stance cannot be refuted by any realistic watcher of American politics. Some of the highlights include:

Only 9% of Israeli Jews trust Obama, and only 42% of American Jews would vote for Obama again tomorrow, even though 78% voted for him initially. The latest bout of silence in the flotilla fiasco is the latest affront to America’s longest standing and most reliable ally in the Middle East. Now that Turkey is seemingly devolving into a terror-sympathizing state, America needs to hold onto its relationship with Israel more than ever. The reaction of the Left to Israel exercising its legal right to self-defence is speaking volumes to how Israel is viewed by those Left of the aisle.

The Left leaning media has characterized the Israeli action aboard the flotilla as a massacre by Israeli troops. Those who tweet about the #flotilla are largely spewing Antisemitism, which falls in line with those who were actually aboard the boat itself. The response of the American media to these facts has been at best silence, and world citizens are turning to You-Tube to see the Israeli side of the conflict, which is largely ignored in the world media. Some American media personalities, however, have not remained silent. Helen Thomas, the longest standing White House reporter, has made some interesting comments about Israel’s latest skirmish, stating that Jews need to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Poland and Germany. The mainstream media outside of Fox News, the New York Daily News, and the Drudge Report, have not aired this information as of late, however, extensive coverage was lent to the death of Ted Koppel’s 40-year old son of a drinking binge last week.

Does all of the anti-Israel bias of the Left establishment equate to Antisemitism? In this humble blogger’s opinion, yes, it does. Giving voice to virulently anti-Israel activists gives their position credibility. Calling the IHH “peace activists” while ignoring their terrorist ties allows them to continue their campaign to legitimize Hamas, whose sole purpose is the destruction of the Jewish State. Demanding an end to a blockade which keeps arms out of a sworn violent enemy of Israel is akin to asking Israel to commit national suicide. With the Left’s support of the latest flotilla activities, and with the Obama administration’s silence and neutrality, it is clear that Israel’s longest standing ally is falling to the wayside, allowing the lions at the gate to storm through. And as evidenced above, maybe they don’t view that as such a bad thing.

Written by bethanyshondark

June 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

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  1. You are unbelievably bigoted. You apparently believe that anyone who doesn’t give Jews preferential treatment is an anti-semite. This is the only thing I can infer from your argument about Obama being an anti-semite because he threated “Palestinian leadership and Israeli leadership as equal partners in peace negotiations”.

    Apparently, another reason why Obama is an anti-semite is because he is willing to negotiate with Hizballah. You know, unless you are talking to children or fascists, using the mot du jour to classify someone as evil does not classify them as evil necessarily. Now it’s terrorist, 30 years ago it was communist – bad as Hizballah or Hamas might be, the world is not black and white. The good and always correct state of Israel has killed far more Palestinians and far more Lebanese than Hamas and Hizballah have killed Israelis.

    You might want to consider the fact that actual anti-semites saw as proof of Obama’s subservience to Israel Rahm Emmanuel’s appointment, even though his father was a known terrorist (not according to me, according to the State or Israel). But I guess he was the good kind of terrorist.

    Out of curiosity, do you think that Rabin, the man who almost made peace, was also an antisemite for talking to PLO?

    Pap

    June 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    • OK, several problems here with your thinking:

      1. Failure to provide context. Israel and Palestine are not to be dealt with as equals. Fairly, yes. As equals, no. Israel is an enlightened state that neither promotes racism nor genocide to forwards its agenda. The same cannot be said for the other side.

      2. You make the assumption that because more Palestinians have died during the conflict that they have been more greatly wronged and therefore represent an aggrieved party. Obviously–and this is something the left cannot and never will be able to understand–sometimes the bad guy loses.

      3. Hezbollah officially not only wants to see Israel destroyed but, as well as Hamas, teaches their children to view Jews as blood-thirsty “subhuman,” “pigs,” and “monkeys.” So you might want to forgive the author of being a bit peeked by Obama’s willingness to treat them as parties that can effectively be reasoned with along with the legitimacy negotiation implies.

      I would like to hear that conversation at the Hezbollah-Israel negotiating table.

      Obama: “So, you see Israel populated by blood-thirsty subhuman, pigs-monkeys. Well, honesty is a good first step toward understanding one another.”

      I’m not so sure the left’s reason for hating Israel is so much antisemitism as it is a willingness to throw friends under the bus once they are no longer seen as useful. Violent, radical Islam has sent the left directly into Stockholm Syndrome.

      Keith

      June 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      • Like I said, despite what any kind of zealots think, the world is not black and white. Criticizing Israel does not mean I hate Israel or I hate Jews. That’s because when someone is not a fascist, one does not assign collective responsibility and collective punishment to a people for what they voted for or the actions of their leadership. Also, when someone is not a fascist, one can see the fact that Hamas might be a bunch of religious freaks, exactly like Avigdor Lieberman and the like, but the 1.5 million people in Gaza living under terrible conditions are not. And don’t give me the same crap about Hamas being elected, so was Lieberman.

        I could go on and on but all this is moot. You clearly believe that Jews and not equal to Arabs and apparently if someone denies that he/she is an anti-semite. Israel is an “enlightened” state that promotes apartheid against its own citizens.

        Pap

        June 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

  2. Im sorry to say that Left and Muslims have cried wolf once too often now.Ive read the Hamas charter.I heard speeches from Cairo,Tehran,Hezbollah and Saudi Arabia.Islamic radicalism is the new Nazism of our day.The Left can deny it.The media can explain it away.But facts are facts that continue to bash both the Left and the Right over the head.
    We want peace,but we would be foolish to not prepare for war against those who promote genocide and extermination of any group of people.

    Joshua

    June 7, 2010 at 2:02 am

  3. For the love of everything, why do you always have to take criticism for hate? (http://twitter.com/bethanyshondark/statuses/15565397848)

    I don’t know you, I have never met you and probably never will. I might disagree with you, but it will take a lot more than that to have such strong feelings against you. You should seriously look into this.

    Pap

    June 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

  4. Pap the fact of the matter is this: Israel withdrew from Southern Lebenon, Withdrew completely from Gaza and Gave up most of the West Bank. They have complied with every demand that the Palestinian Authority and even the Arab Block made except for one – a Muslim Jeruselum. What has Israel got in return?

    1. Peace – no
    2. Recognition of the right to exist – no
    3. Security garauntees – no

    4. More rocket attacks – yes
    5. Calls for the annihilation of Israel – yes
    6. Terrorist Attacks at home an dabroad – yes

    So what more do expect from Israel?

    World Jewish Population in 1939 – 17 million
    World Jewish Population in 1945 – 11 Million
    World Jewish Population 2009 – 13 miilion

    Can 13 million survivors be held responcible for all the woes in the middle east?

    You fucking Nazi!

    Karab Amabo

    June 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    • I’m a nazi now, hah? This plays really well in the moral debate, calling anyone who disagrees with you a nazi.

      I do agree that removal from the lands you mentioned was a step up forward, but controlled territories are still well beyond pre-1967 borders.

      The recognition of the right to exist is an argument cut and packed in Israel’s measures, as it gives Bibi and co permission to pretty much do anything. I have never heard Abbas saying anything like this. On the other hand, I have heard Avigdor Lieberman saying to send all the Arabs to Egypt.

      How are is Israel having more terrorist attacks in the last few years? And as for the rocket attacks, still far less than what Gaza is getting.

      Look, and I will try to address you as if you weren’t a fanatic (which you clearly are), I get that having Hamas in control of Gaza is an issue, but to say that the blockade is for Israel’s safety would imply that the list of forbidden items, as given by The Economist and reproduced by Matthew Yglesias is false.

      http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/06/permitted-and-forbidden-in-gaza.php

      A cursory glance in the list will clearly tell you that the main purpose of the blockade is to prevent Gaza from being self sufficient. Unless chickens can be used to build Qassam rockets.

      And since you call me a nazi (still not sure why), I will retort back and call you a fascist, because you seem to be fine by condemning 1.5 million people to indecency and hunger because of the choices of its leadership. This is called collective punishment and is the definition of fascism.

      Pap

      June 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  5. i really like this… can i post this on my facebook? if so how?

    Rocker

    June 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm


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