Anti-Semitism and the U.S. Left
Anti-Semitism has become acceptable to the American Left. It is occasionally masked as merely being sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinians, but that is only camouflage.
Anti-Semitic incidents rose in 2015 by 3%, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The organization’s 2016 statistics are also expected to be disturbing. But it is not just in reportable, specific crimes that the trouble manifests itself.
The new anti-Semitism is broader than the traditional ethnically-based hatred that history is all too familiar with. It contains the seeds of the broader Progressive/Left’s disdain and hatred for all religion. A devotion to religious principles means that individuals see a higher power than government, a belief that the Left, which places the power of government on a solitary pedestal above individual rights, cannot tolerate.
The reality and political power of modern anti-Semitism in the political Left is clear, and one need look no further than the recent race for national leadership of the Democrat Party itself for evidence. Keith Ellison, a member of Congress from Minnesota, came extremely close to being elected head of the DNC. His past association with anti-Semites, and his statements that U.S. foreign policy is “governed” by Jewish interests should be noted.
In a Haaretz article generally sympathetic to Ellison, Michael Olenick, “a Jewish student who clashed with Ellison and who was the opinions editor at the [Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper], recalled Ellison maintaining that an oppressed group could not be racist toward Jews because Jews were themselves oppressors. ‘European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,’ Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders.’”
A Daily Caller examination of Ellison notes:
… a 33-year-old Ellison read aloud that he was there to ‘support the truth’ of [Joanne Jackson’s] alleged comment that ‘Jews are the most racist white people…in some Black areas, some exploitative shopkeepers are, yes, Jewish.’ In his 2006 campaign that ultimately won him his first term in Congress, Ellison received roughly $50,000 campaign contributions that were given or raised by officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was spun off of Hamas front group Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Several senior CAIR employees have been jailed and convicted for ties to terrorism, and IAP apparently shuttered in 2004 after it was found liable in a 2004 civil court case of supporting terrorist organization Hamas.
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein, in a statement concerning Ellison’s leadership bid, noted:
Ellison was a devotee and worked for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan for many years… and co-sponsored anti-Semitic speeches by Kwame Ture entitled, “Zionism, Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both. The anti-Israel smears in Ellison’s “Gaza 54” letter are still being used today to promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), on the website of the leading [anti-Israel] BDS [boycott, disinvest, sanction] group in the U.S…Ellison also spouted “blame President Bush” 9/11 conspiracy theories. Ellison analogized Bush’s prosecution of the war on terror to Hitler’s rise to power…
Longtime Democrat party loyalist and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz had threatened to leave the party if Ellison was elected. Unfortunately, the problem didn’t end after the election. The new chair, Tom Perez, immediately named Ellison his top deputy.
The acceptance of anti-Semitism has extended to both the popular culture and academia.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs notes that
Political cartoons often have more of an immediate impact in reinforcing negative stereotypes about Jews than a lengthy essay…A yet uncharted field of hate cartoons against Jews is that in progressive blogs…Most of the progressive blogs…containing such anti-Semitic imagery cited in this essay generally fail to remove such hateful cartoons, despite blog policies expressly prohibiting posts that contain “hateful” or “inflammatory” content…A yet uncharted field of hate cartoons against Jews is…in progressive blogs. .. The cartoonist most frequently appearing on the progressive blogs analyzed…is an extreme left-wing political activist who [participated in the] … notorious Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Competition. …[this cartoonist has] a staggering amount of work dedicated to advancing explicitly anti-Semitic political imagery.
Originally published on New York Analysis of Policy and Government.