The Far Left and Anti-Semitism
Author: Greg Valliere
March 5, 2019
WE’VE BEEN RELUCTANT to write this piece, because it touches on very raw nerves. But it’s increasingly clear that the far left in the U.S. advocates anti-Israeli policies that often cross the line, embracing anti-Semitism.
WE’LL FOCUS THIS MORNING ON THE U.S., although there are numerous recent examples of anti-Semitism elsewhere: in the Labour Party in the U.K, among many of the “Yellow Jackets” in France and — perhaps most notoriously — in Hungary, where a blatantly anti-Semitic campaign against George Soros has been encouraged by the far-right government.
THE FOCUS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS will be in the U.S. House, which is preparing a resolution to repudiate Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who stated recently that pro-Israeli lawmakers “have an allegiance to a foreign country.” She had previously been rebuked for stating that U.S.-Israeli ties “are all about the Benjamins,” slang for money.
DEMOCRATS ARE RACING TO INTRODUCE A RESOLUTION repudiating Omar, but she apparently will not be named in a generic condemnation of anti-Semitism. This has given Republicans still another opening — they’re having a field day with socialism — and they have demanded a formal censure and removal of Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Democrats won’t go that far.
OMAR HAS SUPPORT from the party’s young superstar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said yesterday that the issue of U.S.-Israeli relations should be debated. It was a nuanced statement, by her standards, but it was hardly a denunciation of Rep. Omar. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), another rising star on the left, also has refused to condemn Omar.
MOST OF THE DEMOCRATS running for president will voice unequivocal support for Israel (even though many of them — and many American Jews — have issues with Benjamin Netanyahu). But young activists, radicalized on campuses where support for Palestinians is virtually mandatory, are highly critical of Israel and apparently are unconcerned that Palestinian leaders support the destruction of Israel.
WE RAISE THIS ISSUE FOR TWO REASONS: First, the obvious need for all of us to call out anti-Semitism; second, to point out that on issue after issue, the Democrats are sending gift-wrapped presents to the GOP for the next election. Donald Trump already has one huge foil: he says the Democrats want to emulate Venezuela, and his poll numbers have risen.
IT MAY BE CRASS to say this is all about GOP prospects of winning the 29 electoral votes in Florida, where a half million Jews live in the southeastern part of the state. But it’s true that Florida will be very much in play — especially if a perception grows that the Democrats are not sufficiently aggressive in condemning anti-Semitism.
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