Growing Anti-Semitism of the American Left
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:
- Proclaiming that Israel could not build in its own suburbs
- While this row was happening, Palestinians were busy naming a square after a suicide bomber. Silence from the State Department and White House.
- The nomination of Chas Freedman to chair the National Intelligence Council; which was later withdrawn after intense pressure when pro-Saudi sentiments became apparent
- Mary Robinson’s Presidential Medal of Freedom despite a long history of silence in the face of Antisemitism in multiple international posts
- Obama’s treatment of Palestinian leadership and Israeli leadership as equal partners in peace negotiations in his famous Cairo speech
- The administration’s attempts to negotiate with terrorist Hezbollah regime
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.