And this virulent streak has been running through the Democratic Party for decades.
Remember all the furor over the appointment of Steve Bannon to the Trump White House?
Here, for example, was this breathless jewel over at the far-left Salon, headlining Bannon as running “an anti-Semitic website.” Never mind that the website in question, Breitbart.com, is the namesake site of the late — and Jewish — Andrew Breitbart. Never mind that the site’s CEO and president, Larry Solov, is Jewish. Never mind that Joel Pollak, Breitbart.com’s Senior Editor-at-Large, is Jewish. And never mind that in 2015, CEO Solov wrote this story, headlined:
Breitbart News Network: Born In The USA, Conceived In Israel
The story ran with a picture of Andrew and friends in a casual moment with that noted anti-Semite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It began:
A lot of people don’t realize this but Breitbart News Network really got its start in Jerusalem. It was the summer of 2007, and Andrew had been invited to tour Israel as part of a media junket. I agreed to tag along as his lawyer and best friend. What neither of us knew at the time was that the trip would change our lives and give us the inspiration for Breitbart News Network.
One night in Jerusalem, when we were getting ready for dinner, Andrew turned to me and asked if I would de-partner from the 800-person law firm where I was practicing and become business partners with him. He said he needed my help to create a media company. He needed my help to “change the world.:
Perhaps it was because we were in such an historic place, or because I was energized by the courage of the Jewish people in the Holy Land, or maybe it was the alcohol at cocktail hour, but I said “yes.”
This is the site that was run by Steve Bannon and Solov after Andrew’s death and is depicted by Salon and others as “anti-Semitic.”
There is a reason behind the Obama betrayal of Israel in the United Nations. And it most certainly is connected to the virulent streak of anti-Semitism that has been running through the Democratic Party for decades.Recall this is the party that used the Ku Klux Klan as its “military force” (Columbia University historian Eric Foner) and “terrorist arm” (University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease). But the Klan wasn’t just anti-black. It was also virulently anti-Jewish. Not for nothing does the Anti-Defamation League identify the Klan as an “anti-Semitic movement.”
As noted on other occasions, when President Harry Truman, a staunch Democrat, recognized Israel in 1948, he did so over the objections of left-wingers in his own State Department. Writing of the moment in his memoirs, Truman said:
This anti-Semitism erupted in public at the 2012 Democratic Convention when a platform plank recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital met such fierce resistance that it had to be gaveled through over the voice vote objections of pro-Palestinian delegates and galleries.
And don’t forget that videotape — in the possession of the Los Angeles Times, which refuses to release it — of a 2003 farewell party for former PLO spokesman-turned-University of Chicago professor Rashid Khalidi as the latter was set to depart for the precincts of Columbia University. Over at National Review in 2008, Andrew McCarthy wrote that moment up this way:
At the time Khalidi, a PLO adviser turned University of Chicago professor, was headed east to Columbia. There he would take over the University’s Middle East-studies program (which he has since maintained as a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism) and assume the professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayyid, another notorious terror apologist.
The party featured encomiums by many of Khalidi’s allies, colleagues, and friends, including Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, and Bill Ayers, the terrorist turned education professor. It was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), which had been founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona, formerly a top English translator for Arafat’s press agency.
Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that the Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?
Gateway Pundit reports that the Times has the videotape but is suppressing it.
Back in April, the Times published a gentle story about the fete. Reporter Peter Wallsten avoided, for example, any mention of the inconvenient fact that the revelers included Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife and fellow Weatherman terrorist. These self-professed revolutionary Leftists are friendly with both Obama and Khalidi — indeed, researcher Stanley Kurtz has noted that Ayers and Khalidi were “best friends.” (And — small world! — it turns out that the Obamas are extremely close to the Khalidis, who have reportedly babysat the Obama children.)
Add in to this history the impending battle for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, which features as a leading candidate Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (F, 26%), a disciple of the virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam boss Louis Farrakhan, and a vividly clear picture emerges of a political party that is now and has always been streaked with a severe and instinctive anti-Jewish irrationality.
Up until now, it has been mostly kept under control and mostly out of sight. But the Obama move in the United Nations, coupled with outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry’s appalling farewell testament lecturing, when not insulting the Israelis, now makes clear that the party’s leadership is in the hands of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish zealots.
Alan Dershowitz, the longtime liberal Democrat and Harvard professor, is so infuriated by this latest anti-Semitic turn of events in his party that he has flatly stated he will leave his party if Ellison is elected chair of the DNC. The Washington Examiner reported the Dershowitz story this way:
Speaking on Fox Business, Dershowitz said there is a divide in the Democratic Party over Jewish issues, particularly the support of Israel, or lack thereof, offered by the Obama administration.
Dershowitz said Ellison’s past praise of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is enough to make him and other Jews leave the party.
“It does, and if they now appoint Keith Ellison, who worked with Farrakhan, to be chairman of the DNC you’re going to see a lot of people leave” Dershowitz said. “I’m going to tell you right here on this show and this is news, if they appoint Keith Ellison to be chairman of the Democratic Party, I will resign my membership to the Democratic Party after 50 years of being a loyal Democrat.”
But the real question here is what does the GOP do about this disgraceful streak of leftist, flat-out anti-Semitic bigotry that has been merged with serious American policy?
The Left has falsely and deliberately accused the incoming Trump White House of harboring anti-Semitism, when in fact it is the American Left and the Democratic Party that has for years …
The first answer — as reflected by my CR colleague Daniel Horowitz, and F.H. Buckley in the New York Post — is to bring a halt to U.S. contributions to the Palestinian Authority. Buckley puts it this way:
What’s been suggested is cutting the US contribution to the United Nations. That’s always a good idea, and in any event we pay too much, providing 22 percent of the UN budget. But it’s not going to help Israel.
What is needed, then, is a cut in our contributions to the Palestinian Authority. Following the example set by Britain last October, we should zero out all amounts that the PA gives to terrorists in Israeli jails and their families. That comes to $140 million a year, and that’s the amount by which our contribution to the PA should be cut from the roughly $400 million a year we’ve been giving it.
An executive order cutting such aid would be consistent with congressional appropriations. Call it the Taylor Force order. That’s the name of the American soldier who was killed last year in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. The PA gives the murderer’s family a monthly grant, and we’re giving money for that? Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is sponsoring legislation on this point, and the administration should get behind him.
That’s for starters. The real obstacle to peace is the PA’s refusal to bargain over land for peace, its insistence on a ‘right of return’ and its support for terrorism. It’s also one of the world’s biggest kleptocracies, which is why the cut off in aid is the only thing that will bring the PA to the bargaining table. Money is the only thing corrupt officials notice, and until we redirect the money, we’re supporting terrorism.
Horowitz, lasering in on an appallingly weak GOP House resolution, notes that the House GOP is effectively “giving Democrats cover — a loin cloth — for their duplicity on the issue of Israel.”
The obvious political point here is simple: The Left has falsely and deliberately accused the incoming Trump White House of harboring anti-Semitism, when in fact it is the American Left and the Democratic Party that has for years — and is, at this moment, providing a home to a visceral anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias.
They need to be called out to make plain to the American people, and to the world, just which party is home to anti-Semites in America. What better place to begin than by cutting the funding to the terrorists in the Palestinian Authority?