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PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS Global Anti-Semitism Review Act
White House | 10/21/04

Posted on 10/21/2004 9:05:47 AM PDT by JimB in Venice

President Bush signs Global Anti-Semitism Review Act obligating administration to keep record of anti-semitic acts throughout the world and record responses to those acts.


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This is an important bill. Please forward this information to any Jewish friends you might have. President Bush has consistently supported Israel in it's fight on terrorism, and in the battle against anti-semitic acts that are occuring with more frequency throughout Europe.

From Noam Neusner, the White House liaison to the Jewish community.

Yesterday, President Bush signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. This act, which passed the Congress with bipartisan support, obligates the Administration to keep a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout the world, and also a record of government response to those acts.

The signing of this law continues President Bush’s record of active and forceful denunciation of anti-Semitism in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere.

· In 2001, President Bush ordered the U.S. delegation to walk out in protest from the World Conference Against Racism, because it had become a theater to demonize Jews and Israel.

· In both 2002 and 2003, to confront the growing problem of anti-Semitism in Europe, the United States led an effort in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to bring together more than 50 nations to acknowledge and confront this evil, and pledge to fight it.

The Bush Administration has supported and led efforts to protect the memory of the Holocaust from deniers, and to keep synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in Europe safe from desecration.

· President Bush has personally confronted world leaders who have given voice to anti-Semitic sentiments, and he has called for an end to Arab state media incitement of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments.

· President Bush also visited Auschwitz, where he called on European governments to confront growing signs of anti-Semitism.

· And President Bush has firmly pledged that Israel will have the full support of the American government as it struggles against terrorism and hatred to survive as a Jewish State.

These efforts are critical, because history has taught us that we must expose intolerance before it leads to crimes beyond imagining. Here are the president’s full comments on the law, which he made yesterday in Florida:

“I believe that millions in the Middle East plead in silence for their freedom. I believe women want to live in a free society. I believe that moms and dads want to raise their children in freedom and peace. I believe all these things, because freedom is not America's gift to the world, freedom is the Almighty God's gift to each man and woman in this world.

Extending freedom also means confronting the evil of anti-Semitism. Today I signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. This law commits a government to keep a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout the world, and also a record of responses to those acts. This nation will keep watch; we will make sure that the ancient impulse of anti-Semitism never finds a home in the modern world.

For all Americans, these years in our history will always stand apart. There are quiet times in the life of a nation when little is expected of its leaders. This isn't one of those times. This is a time that requires firm resolve, clear vision, and a deep faith in the values that make us a great nation.”

Noam Neusner Office of Public Liaison

1 posted on 10/21/2004 9:05:58 AM PDT by JimB in Venice
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To: JimB in Venice

Good.


2 posted on 10/21/2004 9:07:07 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: JimB in Venice

Your headline makes it sound like he signed a bill that's anti-semetic.


3 posted on 10/21/2004 9:07:09 AM PDT by katnip (Defeating John Kerry is like giving Vietnam Veterans the Homecoming they never had)
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To: katnip

Indeed .. someone get the admin mod to adjust this one a bit


4 posted on 10/21/2004 9:09:35 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: JimB in Venice

Now, how about an anti-Chrisitan record keeping bill...


5 posted on 10/21/2004 9:10:02 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Bikers4Bush

Good.


6 posted on 10/21/2004 9:10:30 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: katnip
Your headline makes it sound like he signed a bill that's anti-semetic.

I had the exact same response...

7 posted on 10/21/2004 9:10:36 AM PDT by Teplukin
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To: Texas_Jarhead

Amen.


8 posted on 10/21/2004 9:11:03 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: JimB in Venice; Admin Moderator

I hope you don't mind but some people only read headlines :-).

Moderator, can you adjust the headline a bit?


9 posted on 10/21/2004 9:12:57 AM PDT by katnip (Defeating John Kerry is like giving Vietnam Veterans the Homecoming they never had)
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To: JimB in Venice; katnip; Admin Moderator
Your headline makes it sound like he signed a bill that's anti-semetic.

Indeed! Is that the actual title of the article or did you make it up? The misleading title, in all-caps, made it look for a minute like you were a troll trying to post a disruptive missive. It might be a good idea to ask the moderator to change the title for you.

10 posted on 10/21/2004 9:13:13 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: JimB in Venice; Salem; Alouette; yonif

OOHRAH!


11 posted on 10/21/2004 9:13:17 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Twelve days left to be a Bush goon! Freepmail me to get on your state's Kerrytrack list today!)
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To: katnip

that's what I thought too!


12 posted on 10/21/2004 9:14:05 AM PDT by knak
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To: JimB in Venice

Jewish skullcaps adorned with a campaign slogan for President George W. Bush (news - web sites) are displayed in a store window in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood October 21, 2004. Split over the presidential race, most Israelis support Bush while Palestinians back his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry (news - web sites). Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

13 posted on 10/21/2004 9:15:03 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: shnkr


Sorry for the screw up in the headline.. hopefully
moderator will fix. As to the Jewish vote, I've spoken
with several Jewish friends, one of them a noted author and columnist, and he feels that the Jewish vote is going to be surprisingly strong for Bush..much more than anyone expects. He pegs it at 35 to 40%. Tells me that many Jews will not admit it in public but will vote Bush. Guess we'll have to wait and see.


15 posted on 10/21/2004 9:23:29 AM PDT by JimB in Venice
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To: yonif; Slings and Arrows

Ping! ...good news.


16 posted on 10/21/2004 9:24:48 AM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: JimB in Venice
The International Red Cross is in violation. Various universities in the US and abroad are in violation. Whole countries are in violation. I will enjoy watching the busts.
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent

17 posted on 10/21/2004 9:25:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: SJackson
The trick will be to make sure that the Arabists in the State Department don't reinterpret anti-Semitism to include Arabs, a common tactic of the more coy anti-Semites.
18 posted on 10/21/2004 9:27:26 AM PDT by Fatalis (The Libertarian Party is to politics as Esperanto is to linguistics.)
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To: JimB in Venice

So, did Kerry and Edwards vote on it?


19 posted on 10/21/2004 9:29:05 AM PDT by Graymatter (Reload Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: shnkr
"how about adding
...anti-white,......anti-muslim, anti-women,...anti-animals, anti-gay,..."


Nah. We'll pass on that.
20 posted on 10/21/2004 9:29:28 AM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: JimB in Venice

This is great news.. glad to see it.


21 posted on 10/21/2004 9:34:20 AM PDT by JesseJane (~On November 2, keep in mind what mattered most on 9-11.~)
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To: BrooklynGOP

Ping


22 posted on 10/21/2004 9:37:00 AM PDT by Texaggie79 (Did I just say that?)
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To: JimB in Venice
This is a good bill. There's lots of socialists and communists still alive in this world, as well as right here in the U.S.
That's why I still can't understand why the Jewish in the US vote left. It's like a death wish.
23 posted on 10/21/2004 9:40:22 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Now, how about an anti-Chrisitan record keeping bill...

That's an excellent idea. Keep the first amendment alive.

24 posted on 10/21/2004 9:41:33 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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To: katnip
Your headline makes it sound like he signed a bill that's anti-semetic.

Same here.

25 posted on 10/21/2004 9:43:07 AM PDT by talleyman (Kriminals for Kerry - Why use a gun to steal when you can use a Democrat?)
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To: JimB in Venice

Opening another front on the WOT...expose the pathologies and shame Europe by taking the high road.


26 posted on 10/21/2004 9:45:44 AM PDT by HockeyPop
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To: JimB in Venice



The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

In the Middle East, especially regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Kerry is as contradictory and convoluted as his Iraq positions. For example, CBS News reports:

In October 2003, Kerry said Israel’s unilateral construction of a security fence was “a barrier to peace.”

“I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the decision to build the barrier off the Green Line," he told the Arab American Institute National Leadership Conference. “We don't need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis.”

But less than a year later, in February 2004, he reversed himself, calling the fence "a legitimate act of self-defense," and saying "President Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians.” (38)

Although Kerry has a fairly strong pro-Israel voting record in the Senate, there is 'supposed' disappointment in some Jewish quarters over the appointment of Martin Indyk as Kerry's Middle East advisor. Indyk is associated with Clinton's failed attempt to negotiate with Arafat. The numerous Israeli concessions given during the Clinton administration are now seen as only having increased the terrorist attacks. One wonders if Kerry would have backed Sharon's current 'unilateral disengagement' plan if he was President (now, on the campaign trail and mindful of the Jewish vote, he supports it)? President Bush was vehemently criticized by the Editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times for this decision. Judging by Kerry's past record of appeasement, his penchant for negotiation, and his close agreements on matters of foreign policy with the Editorial boards of these newspapers, we can only guess what his response might have been... (39)

Both the current Israeli government and the corrupt Palestinian Authority know the stakes in this election. On October 19th, CNSnews reported:

Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority on Monday gave its first public indication of which candidate it would like to see in the White House next year.

"If [President] Bush wins, he said he would renew efforts to resume the peace process," PA foreign minister Nabil Shaath told the BBC in London. "However, with the staff that surrounds him and with his current opinions, it doesn't look promising."

Under a Kerry administration, however, "it would be likely that several staff members during Clinton's administration would return," Shaath said. "That would be a good thing, but it could take at least a year before a policy is formulated."

Elaborating on the PA's unhappiness with the incumbent, the Palestine Media Center -- an official PA institution -- said Palestinians held the Bush administration responsible for Israel's isolation of Arafat since the end of 2001. "Bush's refusal to deal with Arafat was interpreted by Palestinians as another "green light'' for Israel to impose and to maintain the siege on Arafat," it said.

The comments add substance to an assessment last July by Israel's military intelligence chief, Major-General Aharon Ze'evi, who was quoted as telling the cabinet: "Arafat is now waiting for the month of November in the hope that President Bush will be defeated in the presidential election and turned out of his office."

The PA view on the election contrasts sharply with that of Israeli leaders, who have echoed the words spoken by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington in 2002: "There has never been a greater friend of Israel in the White House than President George W. Bush."

Other polls in Israel have indicated that a majority of Israelis are grateful to Bush for going to war against Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, a sworn enemy of the Jewish state. (47)


From 'John Kerry's Foreign Policy'
http://www.neoperspectives.com/johnkerry.htm


27 posted on 10/21/2004 9:46:58 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/johnkerry.htm)
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To: JimB in Venice




The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

In the Middle East, especially regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Kerry is as contradictory and convoluted as his Iraq positions. For example, CBS News reports:

In October 2003, Kerry said Israel’s unilateral construction of a security fence was “a barrier to peace.”

“I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the decision to build the barrier off the Green Line," he told the Arab American Institute National Leadership Conference. “We don't need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis.”

But less than a year later, in February 2004, he reversed himself, calling the fence "a legitimate act of self-defense," and saying "President Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians.” (38)

Although Kerry has a fairly strong pro-Israel voting record in the Senate, there is 'supposed' disappointment in some Jewish quarters over the appointment of Martin Indyk as Kerry's Middle East advisor. Indyk is associated with Clinton's failed attempt to negotiate with Arafat. The numerous Israeli concessions given during the Clinton administration are now seen as only having increased the terrorist attacks. One wonders if Kerry would have backed Sharon's current 'unilateral disengagement' plan if he was President (now, on the campaign trail and mindful of the Jewish vote, he supports it)? President Bush was vehemently criticized by the Editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times for this decision. Judging by Kerry's past record of appeasement, his penchant for negotiation, and his close agreements on matters of foreign policy with the Editorial boards of these newspapers, we can only guess what his response might have been... (39)

Both the current Israeli government and the corrupt Palestinian Authority know the stakes in this election. On October 19th, CNSnews reported:

Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority on Monday gave its first public indication of which candidate it would like to see in the White House next year.

"If [President] Bush wins, he said he would renew efforts to resume the peace process," PA foreign minister Nabil Shaath told the BBC in London. "However, with the staff that surrounds him and with his current opinions, it doesn't look promising."

Under a Kerry administration, however, "it would be likely that several staff members during Clinton's administration would return," Shaath said. "That would be a good thing, but it could take at least a year before a policy is formulated."

Elaborating on the PA's unhappiness with the incumbent, the Palestine Media Center -- an official PA institution -- said Palestinians held the Bush administration responsible for Israel's isolation of Arafat since the end of 2001. "Bush's refusal to deal with Arafat was interpreted by Palestinians as another "green light'' for Israel to impose and to maintain the siege on Arafat," it said.

The comments add substance to an assessment last July by Israel's military intelligence chief, Major-General Aharon Ze'evi, who was quoted as telling the cabinet: "Arafat is now waiting for the month of November in the hope that President Bush will be defeated in the presidential election and turned out of his office."

The PA view on the election contrasts sharply with that of Israeli leaders, who have echoed the words spoken by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington in 2002: "There has never been a greater friend of Israel in the White House than President George W. Bush."

Other polls in Israel have indicated that a majority of Israelis are grateful to Bush for going to war against Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, a sworn enemy of the Jewish state. (47)



From 'John Kerry's Foreign Policy'
http://www.neoperspectives.com/johnkerry.htm


28 posted on 10/21/2004 9:47:39 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/johnkerry.htm)
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To: JimB in Venice

bump


29 posted on 10/21/2004 9:53:52 AM PDT by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: JimB in Venice
Could this be a count down to leaving the UN? or an instant list which we can refer to when France shouts it's mouth off......

Just a thought.....it's definitely a good idea.

30 posted on 10/21/2004 9:56:30 AM PDT by thingumbob (Kerry/Edwards are sKerry/Leftwards)
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To: concerned about politics
"...obligating administration to keep record of anti-semitic acts throughout the world and record responses to those acts."

So acts are speech now? A person who spray paints swastikas on a building or cemetery is engaging in "free speech"?
31 posted on 10/21/2004 9:59:14 AM PDT by weegee (To the MSM: "There's got to be a morning after" How can you face us after the lies and distortions?)
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To: traviskicks

Kerry's base is antisemitic, so he will have to act accordingly to satisfy his support base.


32 posted on 10/21/2004 11:44:00 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: L_Ron_Bumquist
This has nothing to do with domestic legislation, and would unnecessary if the State Dept were covering the issue in their annual Human Rights Report.

Using your example, the question is not whether a murder of a black by a white should be more harshly punished than the reverse, rather how does the fact that one country might punish the murder of a black by a white (reverse it if you prefer) where another doesn't impact our relations and treaty obligations.

34 posted on 10/21/2004 2:29:55 PM PDT by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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To: JimB in Venice

From Me to Jews
Why, despite everything, Jewish-Americans keep voting for Democrats.
by Joel Engel
10/26/2004 12:00:00 AM
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/833ifcua.asp

FOR NEARLY SIXTY YEARS, since the birth of Israel, American Jews have faced accusations that they care more about the well-being of their ancient homeland than of their home. Well, barring some unforeseen circumstance, the canard of dual loyalty should be retired forever on November 2, 2004. On that Tuesday, Election Day, up to 80 percent of American Jews will pull the lever for John Kerry, thereby proving that they not only do not care about Israel's well-being, but that they don't mind making common cause with people who wish them ill. Or worse.

The evidence is overwhelming that acceptable anti-Semitism has moved from right to left on the political continuum, and that its philosophical home now resides in the Democratic party, which has become less the party of liberals than of leftists. Even before Al Sharpton stood as a presidential candidate last year, Democratic politicians genuflecting for black votes--Al Gore, Bill Bradley, and Hillary Clinton, for example--often trekked up to Harlem to kiss his ring. And yet, this was a man who in previous years had either led or instigated two anti-Jewish demonstrations, one in Crown Heights and one in Harlem, which together resulted in the deaths of eight people. Does that matter to Democrats and John Kerry? Apparently not. Sharpton was rewarded with a choice slot at the Democratic National Convention, something that is impossible to imagine being given to the likes of former Republican David Duke, whose incitements have frankly born far less blood than Sharpton's.

Put aside his disgraceful role in the Tawana Brawley hoax. The fact that Democratic candidate Sharpton never had to answer questions during primary season from either the press or the other contenders about his anti-Semitic statements (to wit: "diamond merchants" whose hands bear "the blood of innocent babies") should tell Jewish Democrats something important about their party. It should tell them that anti-Semites have found safety in numbers.

Partial proof of that was on display in a VIP box at the Democratic national convention, where two other prominent guests were seated shoulder to shoulder: Jimmy Carter and Michael Moore. Considering their on-the-record statements, it's not terribly difficult to imagine them leaning close during breaks to compare notes on Jewish conspiracies and the world's locus of evil, Israel.

Carter's antipathy toward the Jewish state is well-documented, as is his affection for Arab dictators, especially Yasser Arafat. This is a man who endorsed the results of the sham 1996 "election" that transformed Arafat from self-appointed "chairman" to "president" of the Palestinian Authority, while he continues to suggest that President Bush stole Florida and therefore the 2000 election. (Remember, too, that Carter recently ratified anti-American Hugo Chavez's election in Venezuela under dubious circumstances.) Last year's Nobel Peace laureate once confided to historian/biographer Douglas Brinkley how eager he'd been to meet Arafat (another laureate!) for the first time--and why he felt such an affinity for the terrorist leader. He believes that Arafat truly wants peace and that Ariel Sharon truly does not. He considers it self-evident that the whole of the West Bank and Gaza belong to the Palestinians, a bias evinced by his insertion of "the" before the word "territories" in his written discussion of United Nations Resolution 242, though "the" had been specifically and deliberately excluded from the resolution's wording in order to demonstrate that all permanent borders are to be negotiated in good faith. No wonder his Carter Center receives substantial funding from Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, at a speech in Liverpool early this year, Moore informed his adoring audience who the world's real villains are: "It's all part of the same ball of wax, right? The oil companies, Israel, Halliburton." That statement sheds light on why he tried to prevent Fahrenheit 9/11 from being shown in Israel, and is congruent with both his speech denouncing the Israeli "occupation" at a 1990 Washington, D.C. demonstration, and his refusal that same year to attend a screening of his film Roger and Me in Jerusalem unless and until Israel met his demand to withdraw from "Arab lands." Moore has also suggested that we could solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving the Palestinians $4 billion worth of advanced weapons. Most egregious, though, was his dedication in the book Dude, Where's My Country? to Rachel Corrie, the pro-Palestinian activist who was killed while impeding a bulldozer sent to find and destroy tunnels used by the Palestinians for weapons smuggling. (Corrie was once photographed burning an American flag at a West Bank demonstration.)

You might think that the Democratic party, which receives 70-80 percent of the Jewish vote and a ridiculous amount of political cash, would have meted out at least verbal spanks to Moore and Carter for their anti-Israel animus. But both men, like Sharpton, remain among the adored--unlike, by contrast, the late Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, a liberal who was banned from the 1992 and 1996 national conventions because of his stance against abortion. Which leads inexorably to the conclusion that Moore and Carter accurately reflect their party's mainstream.


GIVEN THAT, it's no mystery how the far left has been able to hijack college campuses that used to be seedbeds of civil rights activism--much of it famously led and organized by liberal Jews. Now, under the politically correct cover of Palestinian rights, Jews find themselves lumped in with religious Christians as acceptable objects of revulsion, leaving squishy-left Steinbergs and Goldbergs to wonder what's happening as antiwar, anti-Bush demonstrations rapidly morph into anti-Israel, anti-Jew hatefests. San Francisco State, Duke, Berkeley, and Columbia (whose growing anti-Semitism in the classroom is now the subject of a short film) are only a few of the many schools where Jews have glimpsed the mob mentality of Kristallnacht.

Even individually, college-age anti-Semites feel comfortable enough these days to note publicly, as Duke senior Philip Kurian did recently, that those pesky over-achieving Jews are something of a problem. Inspired by Duke's hosting of the radical Islamist, pro-terror group International Solidarity Movement (to which Rachel Corrie belonged), Kurian unashamedly referenced "the powerful Jewish establishment" and "exorbitant Jewish privilege in the United States" before reaching the crux of his letter to Duke's newspaper the Chronicle: "It is well known that Jews constitute the most privileged 'minority' group in this country. Among the top 10 universities, Jews enjoy shocking overrepresentation."

Note the ironic quotation marks around the word minority, though Jews add up to barely 2 percent of the country's population (one-fifth of 1 percent of the world's); and the word overrepresentation as opposed to "disproportionate representation," whose use would have at least acknowledged Jews' work ethic and devotion to achievement. And then there was "shocking."

But instead of widespread outrage, condemnation, newspaper confiscations, demonstrations about hurt feelings, suspension, expulsion, and even prosecution, which are generally what follow when similar bile is directed at protected "minorities" on campus, Kurian's sentiments earned him nothing more than opprobrium from bloggers generally hailing from the right--Gentile bloggers, mostly. Liberal Jews themselves said little, much as the National Organization for Women fell silent during the Clinton era when the president was proved to be a serial groper; that "D" after his name inoculated him against charges that were similar to--if not more serious than--those that brought the wrath of feminists down on poor Senator Bob Packwood, who had the misfortune of playing serial tonsil hockey with an "R" after his name.


THEREIN LIES the explanation for why American Jews refuse obstinately to accept that the Democratic party's train, which they've ridden since FDR (whose reputation among Jews was less earned than awarded), is now carrying them toward some perilous destination. Sadly, by the time they realize that Harry Truman and Scoop Jackson have given up their conductor seats to Michael Moore and International Solidarity, it'll be too late to get off.

American Jews' allegiance to Democrats is nothing less than a religion. And conversion is considered a sacrilege.

If you ask even the most secular Jew, one who stays home to watch baseball on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to convert to Christianity--say, in order to marry a shiksa--he'll likely recoil. It's a visceral thing, hatched in the belly eons ago.

So, too, is the notion of pulling the lever for dirty anti-Semite, racist Republicans. That's the catechism. No matter that Republicans booted out David Duke and Patrick Buchanan--or that both of them would find plenty of fellow travelers in today's Democratic party. Catechism states that only Democrats can be authentic liberals.


WHICH IS WHY, once upon a time, it would've given Jews (and all Democrats) pause to hear support for their candidate uttered by the likes of Arafat, Kim Jong Il, and Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian prime minister who endeared himself to billions last year when he opined that "Jews run the world by proxy." Today, such observations are irrelevant to the more important goal of turning George W. Bush out of office. Typical is the email response of a Jewish friend to whom I'd forwarded a Charles Krauthammer column predicting that Kerry will sell out Israel: "Which leaves us . . . Ralph Nader? What folly!!!!" Same with a Jewish woman whose only reaction to every argument on the same subject is to quote chapter and verse from the New York Times editorial page--the bible of liberal Jews.

In their worldview, words are more important than outcomes, especially when those words are uttered by Democrats. Thus, Bill Clinton's can't-we-all-just-get-along peacemaking that relied on the exaltation of Arafat is far preferable to George W. Bush's support for the terror-reducing fence and insistence on new Palestinian leadership--though the former caused the deaths of a thousand innocent Israelis, and the latter has saved innocents on both sides and brought closer the possibility of Palestinians giving up terrorism entirely--which will, of course, bring peace. Instead, Jews circulate angry emails about the lack of Jews in the president's cabinet, as if Clinton's Jewish Agriculture secretary somehow canceled out the shame of Yasser Arafat's permanent White House parking space.

To borrow longshoreman-philosopher Eric Hoffer's phrase, Jewish Democrats are "true believers"--every bit as unquestioning of their faith as evangelicals are. (A year after the Six-Day War, Hoffer had a premonition: "As it goes with Israel," he said, "so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.") And yet they fear evangelicals' unshakeable support for Israel on the grounds that it's biblically based, which is the equivalent of refusing to accept your dog back from the guy who found him after he admits doing it only for the reward. "I fear this presidency," claimed a Jewish man I know, "more than I fear any Arab, Muslim, or al Qaeda terrorist." (This was the same man who emailed me his outrage at there being no Jews in Bush's cabinet.)

Why won't Jews who plan to vote for John Kerry take the senator at his word, and consider the ramifications, when he says that he wants to refract his foreign policy through the prism of the United Nations and the European Union? Nearly one third of the United Nations is comprised of Islamic states, which helps to account for why Israel has been targeted by a relentless barrage of condemnatory resolutions--as well as the disgraceful ruling in the International Court of Justice against the anti-terror fence.

As for Europe, birthplace of anti-Semitism, the European Union publicly wrings its hands over dead Palestinian terrorists but not dead Jewish children and mothers, insisting that there will be peace when Israel withdraws from all so-called Palestinian lands; and if that pullback to the "Auschwitz borders" should someday result in Israeli Jews being driven into the sea, then good riddance. In the unvarnished words of Daniel Bernard, French ambassador to Great Britain, Israel is "a shitty little country" inhabited by "those people" who are putting the world "in danger of World War III."

"F*** the Jews," Republican James Baker snapped during Bush 41's reign more than a decade ago. "They didn't vote for us anyway."

Right he was. And if only 20 percent of them vote for Bush 43, American Jews won't need James Baker--they'll have done it to themselves.

For a supposedly smart people, we can be awfully stupid.


Joel Engel is an author and journalist in Southern California.


35 posted on 10/26/2004 4:29:57 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: JimB in Venice
Tells me that many Jews will not admit it in public but will vote Bush

I heard the actor, Ron Silver, on the radio today. He confirms your statement.

Excellent bill bump

37 posted on 10/26/2004 4:46:10 PM PDT by muleskinner
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