Trump and the Jews

The fact is that the rhetoric of white su­prem­a­cists on Is­rael and Jews is largely in­dis­tin­guish­able from the lan­guage of the far Left

The Jewish Voice - - OP- ED - By: Caro­line Glick

On Wed­nes­day, Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin sent a let­ter of support to the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity in the wake of the vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, last Satur­day.

On the sur­face, his move made sense – the largest Di­as­pora com­mu­nity is con­cerned about the grow­ing pro­file of viciously an­tisemitic forces on the Right. But at a deeper level, Rivlin’s move was detri­men­tal.

Rivlin’s let­ter chan­neled a com­mu­nal pos­ture that ig­nores the ac­tual state of the Jewish com­mu­nity. In so do­ing, it made it more dif­fi­cult for Jewish Amer­i­cans to rec­og­nize and sur­mount the dan­gers they face.

The Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity is rightly con­cerned about neo-Nazis and other white su­prem­a­cist groups that are gain­ing more and more at­ten­tion these days. The fact that an­ti­semitism was the dom­i­nant theme of a rally os­ten­si­bly or­ga­nized to op­pose the re­moval of a statue of Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a pub­lic park re­veals the po­tency and cen­tral­ity of Jew-ha­tred as an or­ga­niz­ing tool for white su­prem­a­cists in Amer­ica.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­marks on Tues­day, where he claimed that only some of the peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the protest were white su­prem­a­cists and the rest were just there to pro­tect a mon­u­ment, were hurt­ful. On Thurs­day, The New York Times pub­lished in­ter­views with rally par­tic­i­pants that bore out Trump’s claims. They said they were only at the rally to pro­tect the statue and do not har­bor white su­prem­a­cist views.

Maybe they were telling the truth. But it is hard to be­lieve peo­ple who op­pose white supremacism and Jew-ha­tred would will­ingly march un­der swastika flags to the roar of Nazi chants.

What­ever the case, Trump’s equiv­o­ca­tion was dis­tress­ing.

But then, it wasn’t un­prece­dented for a pres­i­dent to ob­fus­cate the po­tency of an­ti­semitism in po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, a ter­ror­ist aligned with Is­lamic State en­tered the Hy­per Cacher kosher su­per­mar­ket in Paris on a Fri­day af­ter­noon and held the Jewish shop­pers hostage while killing four of them.

When asked about the event, then-pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­nied the mas­sacre was an an­tisemitic at­tack. He re­ferred to the vic­tims as “a bunch of guys in a deli.” The per­pe­tra­tors were merely “a bunch of vi­o­lent, vi­cious zealots.”

When asked to clar­ify if Obama re­ally meant to deny the at­tack was an an­tisemitic as­sault, both the White House and State De­part­ment spokes­peo­ple in­sisted, re­peat­edly, that the at­tack was not an­tisemitic.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion only deigned to ac­knowl­edge the truth in clar­i­fi­ca­tions on Twit­ter, which it be­lat­edly re­leased, and which in­cluded the out­right lie that the ad­min­is­tra­tion had said the at­tack was an­tisemitic all along.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mind-melt­ing re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge the at­tack was anti-Jewish be­spoke its larger pol­icy of deny­ing that Jews are specif­i­cally tar­geted for an­ni­hi­la­tion by Is­lamic ter­ror­ists. The im­pli­ca­tions of the pol­icy of de­nial for the safety of Jews through­out the world, in­clud­ing in the US, were self-ev­i­dent.

And yet, the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity preferred to ig­nore the whole thing.

Jef­frey Gold­berg, Obama’s fa­vored Jewish jour­nal­ist, tweeted, “FWIW [for what it’s worth], the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been pretty clear in its con­dem­na­tions of Euro­pean an­ti­semitism over time.”

To­day, the same Gold­berg who un­der­played and de­nied what can at best be called Obama’s dif­fi­dent re­sponse to anti-Jewish vi­o­lence, has been lead­ing the charge against Trump.

Among other things, Gold­berg likened the coun­ter­protesters at Char­lottesville to the Amer­i­can sol­diers who stormed the beaches at Nor­mandy.

In Gold­berg’s con­fla­tion of neo-Nazis with real Nazis and the far-left coun­ter­protesters in Char­lottesville to US forces, we see the real is­sue at the heart of the mael­strom now dom­i­nat­ing US pub­lic life.

The real taboo Trump broke in his re­marks fol­low­ing last week­end’s deadly riot was not his equiv­o­ca­tion about the relative bad­ness of the neo-Nazis. His real of­fense was his in­sis­tence that the coun­ter­protesters – the ones Gold­berg and his col­leagues liken to World War II par­ti­sans and Al­lied forces – were also vi­o­lent.

And yet they were. And Gold­berg and his col­leagues know they were.

In an ironic twist of history’s knife, the day of the ri­ots, the Septem­ber is­sue of The At­lantic monthly, where Gold­berg serves as ed­i­tor, hit the news­stands. The cover story, writ­ten by Peter Beinart, one of the stars of the Amer­i­can Jewish Left, was in­con­ve­niently ti­tled, “The rise of the vi­o­lent Left.”

Beinart’s ar­ti­cle chron­i­cled the vi­o­lence and law­less­ness of An­tifa, the rad­i­cal group that or­ga­nized the coun­ter­protest in Char­lottesville. An­tifa is a group of rad­i­cal goons who stand be­hind the vi­o­lence that has plagued US col­lege cam­puses for the past sev­eral years. All the vi­o­lent protests – from Ver­mont to Cal­i­for­nia – where con­ser­va­tive speak­ers were blocked from ad­dress­ing stu­dents by ri­ot­ing stu­dents who burned buildings and as­saulted their fel­low stu­dents who wished to at­tend the lec­tures – were An­tifa pro­duc­tions.

And An­tifa’s op­er­a­tions go well be­yond the walls of cam­puses. As Beinart notes, it was An­tifa ri­ot­ers who phys­i­cally as­saulted Trump sup­port­ers as they walked to their cars at the end of a Trump rally in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, last sum­mer.

The pur­pose of An­tifa’s vi­o­lence is not merely to deny free­dom of speech to those whose po­si­tions it op­poses. It is also to pre­vent nor­mal re­la­tions be­tween Democrats and Repub­li­cans and be­tween pro­gres­sives and con­ser­va­tives.

Hence, as Beinart noted, this past April, An­tifa threat­ened to use phys­i­cal vi­o­lence against par­tic­i­pants in Port­land, Ore­gon’s an­nual Rose Fes­ti­val pa­rade where the lo­cal Re­pub­li­can Party was, as usual, sched­uled to march along with their Demo­cratic coun­ter­parts. The event, which has taken place an­nu­ally since 1907, was can­celed.

An­tifa is prob­lem­atic for Amer­i­can Jews specif­i­cally be­cause it op­er­ates in a coali­tion of far-left groups that all hate Is­rael and be­lieve that just as Repub­li­cans and con­ser­va­tives should be banned from par­tic­i­pat­ing in pub­lic life, so Amer­i­can Jews who support Is­rael should be si­lenced. All of its coali­tion part­ners support the de­struc­tion of Is­rael and cas­ti­gate the Jewish state as crim­i­nal. All bar Jews who support Is­rael – or even are proud of their Jewish iden­tity – from par­tic­i­pat­ing in their events.

Hence, Linda Sar­sour, the BDS leader who was el­e­vated to the top of the US fem­i­nist move­ment when she served as co-chair­woman of the Women’s March against Trump, in-

So from the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity’s per­spec­tive, there ought to be no dis­tinc­tion be­tween its ab­hor­rence and con­cern over the white su­prem­a­cists and its con­cerns and ab­hor­rence of the rad­i­cal Left

sists that Zion­ists can­not be fem­i­nists.

Hence Black Lives Mat­ter, the anti-po­lice group that is a core mem­ber of the An­tifa coali­tion, li­beled Is­rael in its mis­sion state­ment. Is­rael, BLM de­clared, is an “apartheid” state which is car­ry­ing out a “geno­cide” against the Pales­tini­ans.

Hence, Demo­cratic So­cial­ists of Amer­ica, an­other core group in the An­tifa coali­tion, just passed a res­o­lu­tion at its an­nual con­ven­tion to of­fi­cially join the BDS move­ment. The vote was re­port­edly greeted with ju­bi­lant chants of “From the River to the Sea, Pales­tine will be free.”

The fact is that the rhetoric of white su­prem­a­cists on Is­rael and Jews is largely in­dis­tin­guish­able from the lan­guage of the far Left. Both in­sist that “Zion­ists” con­trol the US gov­ern­ment, me­dia and bank­ing sys­tem and use their con­trol to ad­vance the for­tunes of the il­le­git­i­mate “Jewish ethno-state.”

David Duke, one of the lead­ers of the white su­prem­a­cists in the US, wrote a fan let­ter to Roger Wa­ters, the far-left, openly an­tisemitic mu­si­cian who leads the BDS move­ment.

So from the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity’s per­spec­tive, there ought to be no dis­tinc­tion be­tween its ab­hor­rence and con­cern over the white su­prem­a­cists and its con­cerns and ab­hor­rence of the rad­i­cal Left. In­deed, the com­mu­nity should be more con­cerned over the lat­ter be­cause its as­saults are more di­rect and more fre­quent.

And even more omi­nously, whereas no Re­pub­li­can lead­ers – in­clud­ing Trump – wish to be as­so­ci­ated with white su­prem­a­cists, main­stream Demo­cratic lead­ers are in­creas­ingly sup­port­ive of the BDS move­ment and other anti-Is­rael groups. So it is that for­merly pro-Is­rael New York Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand and for­merly pro-Is­rael New Jer­sey Sen. Corey Booker are em­brac­ing the BDS move­ment.

And yet, rather than sound the alarms or fight the grow­ing power and in­flu­ence of the anti-Jewish far Left in their po­lit­i­cal home, the Amer­i­can Jewish lead­er­ship is ig­nor­ing the dan­ger and de­vot­ing it­self to crim­i­nal­iz­ing Trump, his ad­vis­ers and sup­port­ers.

Whereas the Anti-Defama­tion League had nearly noth­ing to say about ei­ther Sar­sour or Cong. Keith El­li­son, with his anti-Jewish record of state­ments from his ser­vice in the an­tisemitic Na­tion of Islam, ADL leader Jonathan Green­blatt in­sisted Mon­day that Trump must in­ves­ti­gate his clos­est ad­vis­ers for al­leged ties to white su­prem­a­cists.

The al­leged “ties” of the likes of Trump aides Steve Ban­non and Se­bas­tian Gorka to white su­prem­a­cists are the in­ven­tion of The For­ward news­pa­per, which has re­lent­lessly li­beled both men – and par­tic­u­larly Gorka – with­out ever pro­duc­ing a shred of ev­i­dence to back up its al­le­ga­tions.

Rather than ac­knowl­edge its er­rors, this month the For­ward took its cam­paign a step fur­ther when it pub­lished an ex­traor­di­nary op-ed ti­tled “19 peo­ple Jews should worry about more than Sar­sour.”

Promi­nently placed be­tween Gorka and Ban­non and the neo-Nazis on the one side and the lead­ers of Iran, Hezbol­lah and Ha­mas, and Trump him­self on the other, was Mort Klein, the pres­i­dent of the Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica.

In other words, for the For­ward, pro-Is­rael Amer­i­can Jews of the type as­saulted by An­tifa and its com­rades, and pro-Is­rael pres­i­den­tial ad­vis­ers are more dan­ger­ous to the com­mu­nity than Iran, Hezbol­lah, Ha­mas, and of course, Sar­sour her­self who em­braces Jew-killing ter­ror­ists and says that Jewish Is­rael-sup­port­ers must be shunned.

Trump’s elec­toral vic­tory was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary event in US history. Tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­can voters sup­ported Trump be­cause he promised to “drain the swamp” in Wash­ing­ton and serve the needs of the peo­ple who the swamp cast asun­der.

A big part of that swamp is the Left that in­sists it is above crit­i­cism while its op­po­nents on the Right are de­plorable racists un­wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion. When Trump called out the far Left along with the neo-Nazis for their vi­o­lence at Char­lottesville, he was keep­ing his pledge to his voters and up­end­ing one of the most cher­ished myths of the hated “es­tab­lish­ment.”

Given that the white su­prem­a­cists and rad­i­cal leftists con­verge in their ha­tred of Jews, it is im­por­tant for the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity and for Amer­ica as a whole to em­brace Trump’s ac­tions. He is not en­gag­ing in moral equiv­a­lence be­tween good and evil. He is ex­er­cis­ing moral clar­ity. With­out such clar­ity, the forces of Jew-ha­tred in the US will never be de­feated. With­out such clar­ity, the po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion, se­cu­rity and free­dom of Amer­i­can Jews will grow in­creas­ingly im­per­iled.

Is­rael’s job, to the ex­tent it has one in the cur­rent fight plagu­ing the US, is to point out this truth, not join the band­wagon in ob­fus­cat­ing it. Trump is far from a per­fect mouth­piece for this es­sen­tial bat­tle against Jew-haters on the Right and the Left.

But at least he is us­ing his mouth to sound the bat­tle cry. For this he should be ap­plauded by Is­raelis and Amer­i­can Jews alike. (FRONT PAGE MAG)

Caro­line Glick is the Direc­tor of the David Horowitz Free­dom Cen­ter's Is­rael Se­cu­rity Pro­ject and the Se­nior Con­tribut­ing Ed­i­tor of The Jerusalem Post. For more in­for­ma­tion on Ms. Glick's work, visit car­o­lineglick.com.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, a ter­ror­ist aligned with Is­lamic State en­tered the Hy­per Cacher kosher su­per­mar­ket in Paris on a Fri­day af­ter­noon and held the Jewish shop­pers hostage while killing four of them. Caro­line Glick writes: “The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mind-melt­ing re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge the at­tack was anti-Jewish be­spoke its larger pol­icy of deny­ing that Jews are specif­i­cally tar­geted for an­ni­hi­la­tion by Is­lamic ter­ror­ists. The im­pli­ca­tions of the pol­icy of de­nial for the safety of Jews through­out the world, in­clud­ing in the US, were self­evi­dent.”

Caro­line Glick writes: Jef­frey Gold­berg (pic­tured above), Obama’s fa­vored Jewish jour­nal­ist, tweeted, “FWIW [for what it’s worth], the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been pretty clear in its con­dem­na­tions of Euro­pean an­ti­semitism over time.” To­day, the same Gold­berg who un­der­played and de­nied what can at best be called Obama’s dif­fi­dent re­sponse to anti-Jewish vi­o­lence, has been lead­ing the charge against Trump. Among other things, Gold­berg likened the coun­ter­protesters at Char­lottesville to the Amer­i­can sol­diers who stormed the beaches at Nor­mandy.

The Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity is rightly con­cerned about neo-Nazis and other white su­prem­a­cist groups that are gain­ing more and more at­ten­tion these days. Writes Caro­line Glick: “The fact that an­ti­semitism was the dom­i­nant theme of a rally os­ten­si­bly or­ga­nized to op­pose the re­moval of a statue of Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a pub­lic park re­veals the po­tency and cen­tral­ity of Jew-ha­tred as an or­ga­niz­ing tool for white su­prem­a­cists in Amer­ica.”

The cover story of the Septem­ber is­sue of The At­lantic was writ­ten by Peter Beinart, one of the stars of the Amer­i­can Jewish Left. It was in­con­ve­niently ti­tled, “The rise of the vi­o­lent Left.” Beinart’s ar­ti­cle chron­i­cled the vi­o­lence and law­less­ness of An­tifa, the rad­i­cal group that or­ga­nized the coun­ter­protest in Char­lottesville. An­tifa is a group of rad­i­cal goons who stand be­hind the vi­o­lence that has plagued US col­lege cam­puses for the past sev­eral years.

Caro­line Glick writes: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­marks last Tues­day at his Trump Tower press con­fer­ence where he claimed that only some of the peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the protest were white su­prem­a­cists and the rest were just there to pro­tect a mon­u­ment, were hurt­ful

Caro­line Glick writes: “Hence, Linda Sar­sour (pic­tured above) the BDS leader who was el­e­vated to the top of the US fem­i­nist move­ment when she served as co-chair­woman of the Women’s March against Trump, in­sists that Zion­ists can­not be fem­i­nists.”

Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin sent a let­ter of support to the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity in the wake of the vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia

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