Skip to comments.The Democratic Socialists of America Have an Anti-Semitism Problem
Posted on 09/04/2018 5:31:40 AM PDT by SJackson
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism
Like most American Jews, I was raised with the delusion that Israel was a safe haven for me, Julia Salazar wrote on Mondoweiss, an anti-Semitic hate site, while denouncing the Jewish State.
Salazars rant had appeared on a racist site whose creator had complained that his publication had been banned from DailyKos because of my repeated insistence on talking about the large Jewish presence in the American establishment and the importance of Jewish money in the political process and one of whose editors had declared, "I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, but I can understand why some are."
In reality, Salazar had been baptized as a Catholic, her uncle was a Jesuit priest, and her brother made it clear that no one in the family was Jewish. The Jewish part of her past was as fake as the rest.
And it was this biography that the Democratic Socialists of America candidate was running on. The DSA had been hoping to turn Salazar into the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the support of radical lefties like Cortez, Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout by playing up her imaginary biography.
But Salazar, a socialist candidate running for the State Senate in New York, had lied about that, and nearly everything else. Caught on video, claiming, I immigrated to this country when I was little, she had actually been born in Miami to an Italian-American mother and a Columbian immigrant father. Despite growing up in a mansion, she claimed to have a working class background. Her mother and her brother between them tore up most of her fake biography of a hardscrabble, immigrant life.
But it was the original expose by The Tablet of Julia Salazars lie about her Jewishness that started the flood. And the response from Salazar and her supporters was to accuse the Jewish community of racism.
Salazar, who had her own anti-Semitic history on Twitter, accused the Jewish publication that had exposed her appropriation of Jewish identity for anti-Semitic purposes of practicing, race science. The socialist candidate and her supporters insisted that as a woman of color, she was a victim of Jewish racism. The Democratic Socialists of America backed their candidate and repeated her anti-Jewish slurs.
Salazar's campaign had put out a statement claiming that the "fact that, as a woman of color, I am facing accusations that my deeply held identity is a false one says more about the politics of Jewish identity" and was an example of Jews practicing the "bigoted policing of the identity of Jewish people of color".
New York City DSA co-chair Bianca Cunningham echoed Salazar's anti-Semitic smear by dismissing outrage in the Jewish community as a question of "whether or not a woman of color can practice that religion."
Instead of apologizing for her misrepresentations and exploitation of the Jewish community, the DSAs socialist candidate had accused her Jewish critics of racism. And the DSA took up Salazars smear.
Salazars meltdown wasnt the first time that the Democratic Socialists of America had backed anti-Semitic candidates and then stood by them no matter how ugly their bigotry became.
On the other side of the country, DSA-LA continues to back Maria Estrada for California State Assembly District 63 despite her praise for Farrakhan, accusations that Jews were exploiting the Holocaust, and attacking a Jewish Democrat for not keeping your party, your religion and your people in check.
"Anyone who believes they are one of Gods chosen people automatically feels superior and justified in all they do," Estrada ranted.
Estradas racism was criticized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, reported on in numerous Jewish publications, and yet the DSA and Bernie Sanders Our Revolution, refused to withdraw their support. When contacted about her hateful views, both the local and national DSA, as well as the local and national Our Revolution organizations, failed to condemn Estrada.
Estradas accusation that the Jews exploit the Holocaust was echoed by her fellow racist in New York. "These people exploit Holocaust for their hot takes," Salazar had tweeted.
The anti-Semitic rhetoric of Democratic Socialists of America candidates like Estrada and Salazar may be inevitable. The DSA views Corbyns Labour, with its embrace of anti-Semitism, as its political model.
The DSAs 2017 convention featured a speaker from the Momentum movement within Labour, a subset which has been linked to much of the harassment of Jews in Labour. At his appearance, the DSA faithful burst out cheering for Jeremy Corbyn, an anti-Semitic bigot and terrorist supporter.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi, described Corbyn as an existential threat to British Jews, who gives support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate, who want to kill Jews and remove Israel from the map" and uses the language of classic prewar European anti-Semitism.
"Anti-Semitism has returned to mainland Europe within living memory of the Holocaust, Rabbi Sacks warned.
This is the bigot whose name the DSA conference met with unrestrained applause on the same day that it voted to support BDS. Is it any wonder that the DSA has refused to condemn Estradas anti-Semitism or Salazars malicious smears of Jews?
The Labour speaker invited to the DSA conference was Marcus Barnett, who had cheered Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro. In addition to murdering protesters, seizing power and presiding over a country where theres no drinking water, power or food, Maduro had at one point demanded that "the Jews that live in our lands" do something to stop Israel.
Also at the DSA convention was a representative from Melenchon's France Insoumise. Melenchons blatant anti-Semitism, was so bad that it was even condemned by members of the DSAs Jewish Caucus.
But instead of insisting that the DSA end its ties to an anti-Semitic movement, Lane Silberstein, a DSA and If Not Now member, weakly argued that, "Jewish socialists have had to contend with one of historys most egregious eras of antisemitism from which the left was not immune in promoting and yet they continued to proudly identify as socialists we will carry on that tradition and not shy away from working with the left. The technical term for that is collaboration with anti-Semites.
Much as when D.C. Councilmember Trayon White accused the Jews of controlling the weather, the same leftist activists who rushed out to defend Salazar, Women's March's Sophie Ellman-Golan and If Not Now's Rafael Shimunov, came to his defense. White makes frequent appearances in editions of the Washington Socialist, the house organ of the MDCDSA, which has been able to lobby the D.C. racist.
Its not only Julia Salazar who fundamentally misrepresented her background. Salazar, like Ocasio-Cortez, is a bid at humanizing radical leftists and making their movements appear more approachable.
But whats behind the scenes is an ugly alt-left.
The same year that Corbyn's man showed up to be hailed by the DSA in Chicago, Bhaskar Sunkara, a former DSA vice chair and Jacobin Magazine publisher, ran a GoFundMe fundraiser to "Internationalize the DSA Convention".
Bhaskar's goal was to cover airfare for "members of Jeremy Corbyn's staff, Momentum, France Insoumise". The fundraiser's banner included the Soviet flag waving from a rifle barrel.
Thats the same flag under which countless Jews were arrested, tortured, imprisoned in camps and murdered. Its the same flag under which Judaism and Hebrew were effectively outlawed. Its the flag of the regime that spread its anti-Semitic propaganda through the left at home and around the world.
After the Julia Salazar scandal broke, Bhaskar Sunkara announced that he was so outraged by a Jewish magazines expose of the Socialist scammer that he would be donating to her campaign.
The DSAs anti-Semitism isnt accidental or sloppy. Its not just about Israel. Its ideological.
The Democratic Socialists of America attract anti-Semites for the same reason that Corbyn does. And, like Corbyns Labour, it ignores the problem, attacks Jewish critics and covers for its hateful allies.
The media has made much of the rise of socialism. But the rise of the DSA wont just be dangerous for freedom and civil rights in this country. It will pose a threat to the safety and security of American Jews.
The DSA threatens to Corbynize the Democrats into an anti-Semitic political movement.
They are overtly anti Israel as evidenced by their boycott. Many Marxist organizations do, Marx being a prominent antisemite. The USSR most prominently. It's fair to note that in places like China, Vietnam and Cambodia, and even Cuba, Jews weren't persecuted any worse than other capitalists or academics. I know, the DSA will do it a different way, Make Marx Great Again will be their motto.
I’m picturing a Venn Diagram with a large circle of “Anti-Semitic Socialists” and a smaller circle of “Jews” — and I’m picturing the smaller circle being almost entirely within the larger circle. There is a lot of self-hatred out there on the Left.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
To get on or off the Greenfield ping list please reply to this post or notify me by Freepmail.
I’m going to guess there will be a lot of Jews who would rather stay with anti-Jewish socialists, than get on the Trump wagon.
Yes, there exists anti Semitic Jews such as Marx, Sanders and Soros. The Jewish apparatchiks sitting around Lenin (6 out of his 13 sorts of czars) were also anti Semitic leftist Jews.
However Salazar is a peculiar kind of antisemites, the kind that organizes the Mexican illegals who are extremely racist and are currently reviving the KKK in America that was dying,
Let us not forget that German Ace Hartmann who spent time in Soviet camps and never apologized for his aerial victories to the Soviets spoke about those vicious Nazi aparatchik of Hitler who no sooner entered the camps started praising the genocide of Stalin and snitching on Germans not repenting and attempting to escape the camps.
These Nazis who faked repented into the next genocidal methods of Stalin were called ANTIFAs. The same Soviet program of converting quickly the worst of Nazi thugs as best friends of Stalin is exactly how Alinsky converted the KKK democrat to Stalinist thugs in fake Clinton like repent.
There was never a switch of the KKK Democrats to Republican, the switch was to stalinist antisemitism
Cultural appropration. Maybe she did for the jokes.
Hitler hated Jews, and he aligned with muslims in his attempt to eradicate Jews. Democrats in the United States are aligning with Nazis and muslims in their attempt to eradicate our Constitutional Rights.
It’s no more complex than atheist cultural Jews hating the observant ones. They’re at war with the God of Abraham and anyone who espouses him. Christians aren’t beloved of these individuals in the least, either.
Any Religion, but especially that of those following or born into the religion of Judaism, isn’t part of the ‘Socialist’ agenda.
Hating Jews is a street cred thing for socialists.
Gotta get that ticket punched.
So? Jews over overwhelmingly will still vote for them over a pro-Israel Republican.
No, they don’t, at least not yet.
It would take more than a little anti-Semitism to wake up the majority of liberal Jews to their self-interest.
Wiccans, druids and otherwise pagans are more dear to a lib’s heart than Christians or jews.
Oh Unitarianism and or “spiritualism” is an acceptable religion.
OF course, a State Church (without reference to God) would be the first choice of most libs...if they were honest.
You have it backwards. Antifa ( Antifaschistische Aktion) was the paramilitary arm of the German Communist Party in the early 1930's. They pre-date the Nazis coming to power.
Above, the 1932 Antifa conference, from The Lost History of Antifa
If you hate Jews the dem party is the place. Also radical islam, pigastinianism, homosexuality, pedophilia, transgenderism and every other form of sexual perversion, outright rape, communism, RINOism, atheism and other anti-God nonsense, criminal behavior of all types, black inadequacy, la raza, every other form of maladjusted minority status, murder, thievery, freely celebrated.
The current antifas are not the same. They only appropriated the German communist labels of the 30s, but their real lingusitic origin is that of methods the Soviets used in prison camps to experiment how fascists could be turned into Stalin’s favorite soldiers. These Germans were called antifas.
The same experimental results are applied to today’s KKK democrats who have “repented” to stalnism after social pressures and constraints, massaged into it
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.