The Jewish Case Against Barack Obama

The Jewish Case Against Barack Obama

Update:
Ben Shapiro who produced the videos referred to in the YouTube trailer above has written a guest post at HughHewitt.com.

My name is Ben Shapiro, and I’m a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, as well as a Harvard Law-educated lawyer in Los Angeles. I’m also a huge fan of Hugh’s show and his website, so it was truly an honor and a pleasure when Hugh offered to have me put up a guest post on the site.

I’m an Orthodox Jew — my wife hails from Israel, where we were just married in July. So the issue of Israel is very near and dear to me, as it is to most other Jews. With Israel in mind, this is an enormous election season for American Jewry. It pits a consistently strong defender of Israel in John McCain against a man who is at best an enigma on the issue of Israel. At worst, Barack Obama is far more dangerous. His advisors are largely anti-Israel. His friends are consistently anti-Israel. His running mate, Joe Biden, says all of the right things but has a questionable record on the Jewish State. And the candidate himself is ambivalent on his defense of Israel — he reversed himself on a united Jerusalem over the course of 24 hours, and states that he will meet with Hitler-lite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions.

And yet most American Jews are convinced that Obama is a less threatening version of Bill Clinton. They believe that Obama loves the State of Israel, will stand up for Israel’s interests, and only wants to see the Israelis come to a quick and just agreement with Palestinian Arabs that protects Israel’s long-term safety and security.

There is no evidence to that effect. In fact, all the evidence points in the opposite direction.

To the end of educating American Jews on Israel — as well as Israel’s non-Jewish American supporters — I’ve produced a three-part YouTube video entitled “The Jewish Case Against Barack Obama. The trailer for the video (1 minute, 40 seconds) can be found here. Part I, which introduces the subject and discusses Obama’s advisors, who have ranged from the virulently pro-Palestinian Samantha Power to the Carter-style anti-Israel advocate Zbigniew Brzezinski, can be found here. Part II discusses two of Obama’s friends: Reverend Wright, who associates with Louis Farrakhan and believes that America’s Israeli policy is responsible for 9/11; and Rashid Khalidi, a former spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Part II can be found here. Part III examines Joe Biden and Obama himself, and concludes that the Democratic nominee for president cannot be trusted with the future of Israel. Part III can be found here.

For fifty years, Jews have been gratefully voting for Harry Truman. Truman, unfortunately, is gone, and his party has largely become a respository of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment. Jews cannot live in the past when it comes to 2008. They must make a choice between McCain and Obama. When it comes to Israel, the choice is clear.

 

Ben Shapiro: Some Jews Ain’t So Smart

Ben Shapiro: Some Jews Ain’t So Smart

Jews, according to both anti-Semites and philo-Semites, are smart folks. Anti-Semites claim that Jews are highly intelligent — and therefore threaten the world via conspiratorial monetary and political control.

Philo-Semites point out that Jews have provided a vastly disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners, as well as various leading scientists, philosophers, writers and artists. Virtually everyone agrees, then, that Jews are intelligent. And yet for all of our intelligence (I am an Orthodox Jew), large groups of American Jews lack the most basic instinct for self-preservation; they lack the understanding to protect Jews by acting to protect Israel.

The non-religious Jewish community demonstrates particular blindness. Most non-religious Jews, who see no special value in Jewish identity, distract themselves with “social justice” policies — policies like abortion-on-demand and gay marriage — that directly contravene traditional Jewish values. Meanwhile, they ignore existential threats to Jews worldwide — threats they cannot escape with protestations that they aren’t practicing Jews, or that their Judaism only goes as far as the occasional bagel.

For many non-religious Jews, political liberalism trumps both Jewish values and Jewish existence. How else to explain the disastrous series of events last week in New York? The United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York scheduled an anti-Iran rally highlighting the blatant Jew-hatred of visiting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Federation invited both Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-AK). Palin accepted. So, at first, did Clinton — but when she learned that she would be appearing on the same stage as Palin, she backed out. At that point, the organizers of the rally made a terrible decision: They disinvited Palin.

Politico.com reported that the decision was made after Democrats complained that they did not want the rally turned into a partisan event. This is the height of idiocy.

In the possibility of a nuclear Iran, Jews face the gravest menace since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. They must mobilize every ally, unearth every friend, in order to create a groundswell of support for a military strike against Iran by Israel — the only true solution to Iranian nuclear ambition. And yet they turned away Sarah Palin — perhaps the future vice president of the United States, and at the moment, the most popular female politician in the United States — because they feared offending Democrats.

Only a baseline allegiance to the Democratic Party — only a deep-rooted leftist partisanship — can explain such behavior. Any rational group, seeking to draw attention to the Iranian situation, would leap at the opportunity to host Palin, who routinely draws tens of thousands of fans. More than that, any rational group would recognize that if high-ranking Democrats withdraw from anti-Iran rallies simply to avoid being seen in public with high-ranking Republicans, then perhaps Democrats aren’t the friends of Israel they purport to be.

Any rational group would be suspicious that Hillary Clinton is more concerned with Sarah Palin than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Any rational group would use their anti-Iran rally as a forum for candidates, allowing those with the most pro-Israel message to capitalize politically. Instead, the organizers disinvited Palin. In doing so, they demonstrated a political bias unworthy of a pro-Israel organization. More than that: In rejecting Palin, they demonstrated loyalty to Democrats over loyalty to Jewish causes.

That became especially clear when the text of Palin’s un-given speech was released. “We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator’s intentions and to call for action to thwart him,” the speech reads. “He must be stopped. The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a ‘Final Solution’ — the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a ‘stinking corpse’ that is ‘on its way to annihilation.’ … Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Period. And in a single voice, we must be loud enough for the whole world to hear: Stop Iran!” This is strong stuff. And it is stuff that the rally organizers abandoned when they kowtowed to Democrats rather than recognizing that support for Israel must be a non-partisan issue. It was foolish. It was dangerous. And most of all, it was dishonorable.

This is an article by Ben Shapiro published at Townhall.com

Ben Shapiro is a regular guest on dozens of radio shows around the United States and Canada and author of Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House.

As a Jew, it is both embarrassing and inexplicable that American Jews would choose their loyalty to the Democrat Party over their concern for the safety of Jews and the State of Israel. It is especially so to me, when Jews do not recognize that we need political leaders from both parties to stand with us against the Amalekites of this generation. It is so sad that Jews are very poor at recognizing danger to our people until it is too late. This has been demonstrated over and over again in our long history.

 

A Letter to Jewish Republicans:

A Letter to Jewish Republicans:
My good friend, Bobbi Leigh Zito, wrote this letter to Jewish Republicans. I am republishing it here.

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