By: Jeff Dunetz
ClashDaily Guest Contributor
Saturday night saw the seventh violent anti-Semitic attack in recent days. A machete-wielding attacker stabbed five people in the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg during a Chanukah celebration in Monsey, New York. democratic blames party Antisemitism
Perhaps the most honest reaction to the anti-Semitic attack came from a member of the Democratic Party. Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said what most pundits are afraid to say, the Antisemitism originates with members of Mr. Hikind’s own party, the Democrats:
Hikind is correct. Antisemitism is coming from the Democratic Party and the left. Even more than the Democrats and leftists who are anti-Semitic, feeding the hatred is the fact that Democrats and leftists who are not anti-Semitic cowardly refuse to expose and/or fight the Antisemitism rampant in their ranks.
It started a long time ago, my first article warning that the Democratic party was becoming anti-Semitic was posted on January 29, 2007. Eleven years later, the party’s Antisemitism had metastasized and infected much of the party.
In 2003 former Congressman James Moran (D-VA.) made the false charge that the leaders of America’s Jewish community sent America into war in Iraq to benefit Israel, a charge that President from the Democratic Party, Barack Obama repeated in 2015
Former President Barack Obama is an anti-Semite, but he wasn’t criticized by the mainstream media or the Democratic Party. Although then-Congressman Republican Mike Pence stood up to Obama when he blamed the victim, Israel for a terrorist attack on Israel.
Some other examples of this Democratic Party leader’s Antisemitism include:
During a phone call with Obama and other Jewish leaders about the Iran deal, William Daroff Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America tweeted about what the president was saying “Jews are leading effort to kill #Irandeal. ‘Same people opposing the deal led us into Iraq war,’” and followed with “Canard: Jews got us into Iraq War.”
— William Daroff (@Daroff) July 30, 2015
Obama refused to recognize the Antisemitism of others. During his presidency, Obama allied himself with Al Sharpton who was a leader of the anti-Semitic pogrom in Crown Heights and incited the anti-Semitic firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem. He sent his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to keynote an anti-Semitic ISNA conference whose discussions included: how key Obama aides are “Israeli,” proving Jews “have control of the world,” or how the Holocaust is the punishment of Jews for being “serially disobedient to Allah.”
When radical Islamists attacked the Kosher supermarket Hyper-Cacher (French for Super Kosher) in Paris on a Friday afternoon. The attack happened just before the Jewish Sabbath when they knew it would be crowded with Jews. Obama first insisted it wasn’t an anti-Semitic act. And when the world leaders came together to march in Paris as a protest against the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the anti-Semitic Hyper-Cacher attack Obama was conspicuous in his absence.
Another hater favored by the Democratic Party is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan is one of the most disgusting anti-Semites in America today. But he was supported by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The Democratic Party leadership said nothing:
Before Louis Farrakhan called Jews termites, Hank Johnson (D-GA) used that phrase. At an event at the 2016 Democratic Convention, Johnson, who once worried that too many people on the island of Guam might tip it over, called Jewish people who live in disputed territories to “termites” that destroy homes. Johnson said it during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS. After his comment caused an uproar, Johnson gave a half-hearted apology. He was sorry about offending but wasn’t sorry for saying it or even or recognized that it was anti-Semitic.
@ADL_National Poor choice of words – apologies for offense. Point is settlement activity continues slowly undermine 2-state solution.
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) July 25, 2016
What did the Democratic Party say about Johnson’s Antisemitism? Nothing.
Maxine Waters is another believer in the AIPAC Jews controlling America anti-Semitic canard: Earlier this year, a video was released of Waters embracing Louis Farrakhan. Asked multiple times whether she still supports the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader, Waters refuses to answer. At a 2012 luncheon, Waters announced her belief in one of the anti-Semitic canards. She said she won’t take money from AIPAC because she claims it has too much power over congress. See the video below:
Senator Patty Murray is not an anti-Semite. She just doesn’t care about Antisemitism. In January 2018, a Senate committee was evaluating the nomination of Ken Marcus for the position assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. Mr. Marcus was subjected to an aggressive slander campaign by leading anti-Israel groups. They were seeking to kill his nomination because he has worked to combat the anti-Semitic BDS movement on college campuses. They also objected to the fact he’s the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a group that, among other things, fights Antisemitism.
When meeting with Marcus supporters, a senior policy adviser to Democratic Senator Patty Murray said her office in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) does “not care about Antisemitism.” This was confirmed two people who attended the meeting. After those comments became public, Patty Murray did not criticize her policy adviser’s statement. In other words, she did not care about her staffer’s “not caring.”
Remember how Occupy Wall Street turned out to be an anti-Semitic movement? That didn’t stop it from being endorsed by the Democratic Party’s House Progressive Caucus. In 2011 The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) published a petition looking for 100,000 signatures in support of Occupy Wall Street, which had already been proven to be Antisemitic. President Obama and other Democrats also supported OWS.
In 2011 House Majority Whip, James Clyburn, appeared in an event with Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in California, wrote in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed.
Saying Americans should separate the positive message (black empowerment) from the bad (Antisemitism) just doesn’t cut it anymore. Rev. Farrakhan does not deserve the respectability of having Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina sit alongside him. We hope Mr. Clyburn follows the lead of Melanie Campbell and withdraws from the Pittsburgh event.
Clyburn told Farrakhan’s hate-magazine “Final Call” that he was “not bothered in the least bit” by those criticizing him for appearing at the event with the Jew-hating Farrakhan.
Rep. Clyburn also has a nasty habit of debasing the suffering of Holocaust victims.
And what did other Democrats Say? Nothing.
Danny Davis (Ill-7) received 88% of the total vote in his district despite that he too is a friend of the anti-Semitic Farrakhan. “The Daily Caller” reported that “Davis went on the record twice to defend and praise Farrakhan.” He called Farrakhan an “outstanding human being,” and says he regularly visits Farrakhan including at home. Davis has also said he wasn’t bothered by Farrakhan’s answer to “the Jewish question.” In other words, his Antisemitism.
Many Congressional Democrats are supporters of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, including 21 members of the Congressional Black Caucus). Others are fans of the anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour. Democrats who have shared platforms with Sarsour include Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velasquez, Brad Sherman, Mike Quigley, Al Green, Robin Kelly, Jamie Raskin, Donald McEachin, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
A new member of Congress whose hatred is ignored is representative in the NY-19th district is Antonio Delgado. Delgado was supported by anti-Israel group J-Street and made a statement during a debate that Israel was not a democracy,
“I said it is not a Jewish democracy. Meaning that given the fact that we have settlements currently in the region, it is not deemed a nation of Jewish democracy until we deal with the settlements. Until we deal with the settlements we will have that issue,”
Notice that Delgado was emphasizing those darn anti-democratic joos? And the basics of what he was saying was a lie. In Israel, all citizens of Israel have the right to vote no matter what their background. He forgot to mention that as soon as Israel pulled out of Gaza, it became a terrorist base. He aslo forgot that at least twice Israel offered to give the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria about 98% of what they wanted (once during the Clinton presidency and the other during Bush #43) and both times their offer was refused.
Democrats such as NY’s Kirstin Gillibrand protected anti-Semites in the Women’s March, such as Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. Despite that people finally realized what this site has been warning for two years and that the Wiesenthal Center begged her to withdraw her support for the two anti-Semites, Gillibrand has not removed her support and has continued to speak at the Women’s Marches.
Al Sharpton is a card-carrying anti-Semite who led two anti-Semitic pogroms in NYC. He was a regular visitor at the Obama White House, and Democrats fawned over Sharpton during his 65th birthday gala last year. It was attended by Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, and Jerold Nadler. Despite his hatred of Jews, most of the 2020 Democratic Candidates visited Sharpton to kiss his ring, The visits to kiss the Sharpton ring of hate does not mean those candidates are anti-Semitic, it just means they condone Antisemitism.
A year ago, D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) posted a video on Facebook claiming the Rothschilds (meaning the Jews) controlled the weather. Upon receiving push-back, he changed his mind and apologized. But before he could be forgiven, he did it again. At a city council meeting, White claimed, “There’s this whole concept with the Rothschilds—control the World Bank, as we all know—infusing dollars into major cities. They really pretty much control the federal government, and now they have this concept called resilient cities in which they are using their money and influence into local cities.”
In 2017, one of the Progressive Caucus’ Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (D- WI) reserved official Capitol Hill space to host a forum supporting the anti-Semitic BDS movement.
Back in March of 2019, after Ilhan Omar made her second anti-Semitic declaration in less than a month, the Democrats who run the House were asked to censure Omar and her hatred. The Congressional Black Caucus blocked a stern resolution. Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and liberal Jew, Jerrald Nadler ignored Omar’s hatred and blamed the right-wing.
The rest of the party either didn’t care about the Jew-hatred or were too cowardly to confront the CBC, so they passed a generic resolution that said that being mean to others is a bad thing—big deal, I watched Romper Room as a child also. The Democrats refused to recognize Omar’s Antisemitism.
Even Democratic Party supporting Jewish organizations such as the ADL try to cover up Democratic Party hatred. Two Democratic Party leaders who spewed hatred toward Jews are Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, and former number two guy in the Democratic Party Keith Ellison, who is now the Attorney General of Minnesota (Rep. Omar’s home state). The ADL, an organization created to protect Jews warned Jews not to criticize the hatred of Obama, and a few years later told Jews not to criticize the anti-Semitic Keith Ellison.
Driving to celebrate thanksgiving in Baltimore five years ago, I sent a letter to Senator Schumer’s press secretary Marissa Kaufman detailing the growing Antisemitism of the Democratic Party. Ms. Kaufman, who was an excellent contact for the Senator who has moved on, promised to give it to the Senator. Schumer never responded. On the issue of Jew-hatred, Schumer does what’s politically expedient, like honoring an anti-Semite on his 65th birthday.
The day after the attack in Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s house in Monsey, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo rant to find every TV camera so he could call the Antisemitic attacks domestic terrorism. He didn’t care about Antisemitism before the Monsey attack. Cuomo showed up at Sharpton’s 65th, supported the CUNY invitation to the anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour to be their commencement speaker. He also endorsed the anti-Semitic “Women’s March, and for some reason, announced his belief that Jews can’t dance.
Speaking of Sarsour, Democratic Party candidate for President, Bernie Sanders, has two vile anti-Semites on his staff, Linda Sarsour and James Zogby, a former Democratic Party committeeman. Zogby has a long history of anti-Semitic statements. He has referred to Israelis as “Nazis,” and has described sitting members of Congress as “Israel Firsters,” an anti-Semitic charge that implies dual loyalty to the Jewish state. Both statements have been labeled as anti-Semitic in the U.S. State Department’s definition of Antisemitism.
Dov Hikind is correct. But I will take it further. Any Jew who votes for a Democratic is showing either a total lack of knowledge or no concern for Antisemitism. Because with their votes, they are feeding the Antisemitism of the Democratic Party.
American Jews’ blind loyalty to the Democratic Party and Democratic Party associated Jewish organizations such as the ADL prove to party leaders realize they don’t have to take a stand against Antisemitism. If they take a position, it will alienate part of their base, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the far left block such as the member of The Squad. Because American Jews will vote for them despite the hatred and the party’s refusal to fight the hate in their ranks, the party doesn’t have to give a rat’s arse about the Jews.
On the other hand, the Republican, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US Embassy, spoke about recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Israel’s absolute right to self-defense, and his support of the Taylor Force Act to withhold U.S. taxpayer dollars from the Palestinian Authority until they stop rewarding terrorists with blood money. He also reminded the crowd of what many consider his most significant pro-Israel policy, pulling out of the horrible JCPOA (Iran deal) and crippling the Iran economy with new sanctions. And just a few weeks ago Donald Trump became the first president in US history to issue an official definition of Antisemitism and he issued an executive order to fight the hatred of Jews. Of course, it was liberals who found a way to object to Trump’s executive order to fight Jew-hated.
As the great Zionist philosopher, Ze’ev Jabotinsky once wrote;
“It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you”
This article was first published on December 29, 2019, on The Lid and is reprinted with permission. Check out the full article here.