Skip to comments.Jewish Americans and the Democratic Party: Time to Go?
Posted on 03/11/2019 5:17:34 AM PDT by SJackson
Welcome to JEXODUS.
On Saturday, Roger L. Simon lamented at PJ Media that anti-Semitism is once again becoming respectable or at least acceptable across the Western world, and that this time around the Jew-haters are predominantly Muslims and leftists. Among the more prominent new standard bearers of this old hatred, noted Simon, are our two recently elected Muslim congresswomen, who, he quite reasonably surmised, were likely inculcated at an early age, as were too many Muslim children, with the belief that Jews only (pace Darwin) were the descendants of pigs and apes and should be wiped from the Earth. Simon argued that in the face of the Democratic Party establishments shameful readiness to excuse or at least relativize these womens Jew-hatred, as demonstrated by its feeble response last week to Rep. Ilhan Omars fondness for vile anti-Semitic tropes, its about time for American Jews, the overwhelming majority of whom have long been loyal Democrats, to pack their bags and check out.
Alas, Im afraid itll take more than a little Der Stürmer-type rhetoric by Muslim Democrats to budge True Believers whose weekly religious devotions consist not of attending shul but of soaking in the Sunday New York Times, that secular Torah. No devout adherent of the Gospel according to Sulzberger would jump ship, after all, as long as all-knowing guru Paul I won the Nobel Prize Krugman can write, as he did last Thursday, that only one brand of antisemitism scares me and its not on the left. I wonder what Natan Sharansky has to say about that.
On Friday, for her part, Krugmans fellow Times oracle Michelle Goldberg offered this bit of Solomonic wisdom: I assume Omar has been reckless rather than malicious. And what, pray tell, is that assumption based on? Definitely not a familiarity with the Koran. Goldberg went on: As one of the first two Muslim women in Congress and the first to wear a hijab Omar has been subject to a terrifying campaign of racist vilification. How remarkable that, almost eighteen years after 9/11, you can still get away with deep-sixing Islamic ideology and the symbolic significance of the hijab by pretending that Islam is a race. Goldberg concluded: Omar needs to do better, but right now theres still only one political party in America that is a safe place for hate. Of course, Goldberg meant the GOP, because in todays Democratic lexicon, hate no longer means hate it means a refusal to honor the current victim-group hierarchy, which places Muslims at the very top and, ignoring not only the Holocaust but the whole history of Jewish suffering, places Jews at or near the bottom, if not eliminating them from the picture entirely.
Then there was Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman, who last Tuesday described himself as someone who was raised in an intensely Zionist family with a long history of devotion and sacrifice for Israel and who promised to try to bring some clarity to this issue. As far as he was concerned, the real problem underlying Omars rhetorical habits wasnt that the Democrats are now tolerating anti-Semitism; it was that over the last three decades, support for Israel has become increasingly associated with conservative evangelicals and the Republican Party. Meaning what? Waldmans point, bizarre though it may seem, was apparently that this very association poisons beyond redemption the idea of eagerly supporting Israel. In other words, a liberal Jew simply cant be expected to cheer on the Jewish state if his enthusiasm puts him in the unsavory company of people such as Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. As for Omars manifest anti-Semitism, Waldman flat-out denied its existence, calling Nancy Pelosi shameful for her brief, tepid effort to rein Omar in. Waldman made clear that for him, a Beltway insider, this controversy isnt about fourteen centuries of toxic Koran-based Jew-hatred thats been passed down through the generations and has now taken root in the halls of Congress; its about, he explained, the influence in D.C. of the pro-Israel lobby in the form of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), with its unpalatable ties to the GOP and Likud.
What to make of people like Krugman, Goldberg, and Waldman? Are they really so ignorant of Islam? How can they so blithely deny, or shrug off, anti-Semitism and tolerance thereof at the highest levels of their own party? Doesnt it concern them that while Jews are decreasing as a proportion of the US population, the number of Muslims is on the rise? Doesnt it concern them that the addition of two young Muslim women to a body with a total of 435 members can have such a huge impact? Dont they wonder what itll be like when theres a substantial Muslim caucus in the House? Can they possibly be unaware that the Islamization of Western Europe has made everyday life nothing less than perilous for Jews forcing many of them, for safetys sake, to put away their yarmulkes and stars of David, obliging Jewish children to endure daily SS-style schoolroom batterings by Muslim classmates, and leading more and more Jewish families, for the sake of their posterity, to emigrate to the US or Israel or Australia?
Since Donald Trumps election, weve seen the beginning of a shake-up in at least a couple of longtime Democratic Party constituencies. Candace Owens heads up Blexit, a movement by black Americans who, having recognized the damage done to them by the Great Society and its aftermath, are leaving the Democratic plantation. Then theres Brandon Straka, a gay guy and former hard-core lefty and Trump-hater who, after the 2016 election, realized hed been served a bill of goods by the mainstream media and Democratic Party and is now, with his WalkAway campaign, helping other disillusioned former progressives including many gays who now grasp the existential danger that Islam represents to them to shake off identity politics, victimhood rhetoric, speech suppression, and incipient socialism. Given the apparent success of these initiatives, it occurred to me, after reading Roger Simons piece, that a similar group targeted especially at Jews might not be a bad idea. I even came up with the perfect name for it: Exodus.
But hallelujah! A quick Google search revealed that somebody else is already on the job. In an article posted on Friday at Arutz Sheva, David Rosenberg reported on one Elizabeth Pipko, a 23-year-old Jewish figure skater-turned-model who, in an effort to aid a mass Jewish exodus from the Democratic party, has started what she calls the JEXODUS movement. Disillusioned by former President Obamas anti-Israel policies and Iran deal, by widespread Democratic support for the BDS movement, and, now, by the partys acceptance of anti-Semitism on the part of its own House members, Pipko came to the realization that right now as a Jewish person, you cannot support the Democratic party and support the Jewish people at the same time. The first JEXODUS rallies are scheduled for April in New York and Florida. Needless to say, this may be very interesting to watch. Mazel tov!
Perhaps a bit, it will take other issues.
I worked for the American division of an Israeli company. Most of the top positions where staffed by Israeli/American citizens. They were wealthy, smart and extremely liberal. They all had substantial connections to academia; some of them at high levels and with big name universities. I attended a lot of parties and the subject was always politics. (I felt like a Republican chew toy as they always sought me out to complain about GWB and how stupid he was.)
Heres my takeaway. They were liberals first and foremost and Jews second. I suspect the majority of them will vote Democrat even if the Democrats advocate policies that, if adopted, would mean the end of the state of Israel. Yes, that is crazy. But they seemed so liberal that they were disconnected from the reality of everything else.
There are secular Jews IN Israel that are US-type leftists, if you can believe it, that are facilitating the destruction of Israel, at least by promoting muslims in that country. Now how stupid is THAT!?
Many Jews in the US agree with the Muslims when it comes to defending Israel’s right to exist.
If you challenge the Liberal Jews on the dangers they face at the hands of the increasingly Muslim-inspired Democrat Socialists, they will respond with, Yes, but they know we are one of them and they wont inflict their plans on us!
Just like the Jews in Germany, with their valises in hand, shuffling onto the train boxcars, repeating that this was just an oversight, and would be corrected at the next stop!
These articles are ridiculous. This will never happen.
Ah yes. The Great Republican Hope that Jews and Blacks will finally wake up and vote Republican. I may be a cynic, but it won’t happen while I’m still alive. Republicans are Hitler, end of discussion.
They must exemplify the double whammy of Liberal denial
It is time to go.
But 93% of Democrat Jewish voters will continue to vote for RATs.
We normally do not talk politics. But recently I brought up what was going on in Congress with anti semitism. My dear, jewish, democratic friend of over 50 years told me she is very frightened.
They’ll give up their lives before they give up their liberal dogma. That’s their religion.
Given the split, a marginal defection of jews and blacks can make a big difference.
All is not the goal. a few leaving will make a big difference. The crumbling of the black coalition seems probable and more likely than the jewish coalition
I don’t recall that in the run up to the Third Reich that there were any Jews actively involved in the propaganda or who were actively anti-Zionist or anything like that.
I think this surge of respectable anti-Semitism is different from anything we have seen previously, though I’d sure like to hear from someone who has a different take.
I don’t recall at any point in history when Jews actively supported the party (the Democrats) by a clear majority which is either passively supporting the rise of anti-Semitism (most Democrats) and in some cases, stoking it (the new Muslim-worshipping Democrats).
This time just seems to me to be different.
Similarly, I don’t see a great affinity for Israel among Jewish professionals aged say 50 or younger.
Except for the small percentage that are already conservative.
I guess if you step back from it and think about it....in their successful world, which is largely intact, they can get away with thinking about Israel not at all. What does Israel matter to them?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
I agree with you. What I have found with liberal Jewish friends is that they are sometimes lethally ignorant about what is going on with their political party. When forced to face ugly facts, they will simply dodge the subject. You sometimes wonder how smart they are if they can’t see for the forest for the trees...
In the Europe of the last century, many Jews were poor or simple workers, not academics, lawyers, politicians, etc. That made them really smart and savvy and able to read tea leaves.
I read the London papers daily online; even though they have declined, they are still better than what we have here, much more substantive and not nearly as biased. MY takeaways from them: Muslims are growing in electoral strength and the British Labor party, which can’t do much practical but can count votes, has decided to openly throw British Jews overboard. Young Muslims are very radically anti-Israel. In places like France, the parties of the left increasingly realize that their future is with the expanding Muslim population.
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