Off Topic:  Trump, Nazis and US Jewry 

Source: Trump, Nazis and US Jewry – Israel Hayom

Isi Leiber

American Jews, who in the past would have united to face a common threat, are now laying the foundations for an unprecedented eruption of violent anti-Semitism.

The U.S. midterm elections took place in an unparalleled atmosphere of hysteria. As in virtually all midterm elections, the ruling party experienced some losses. But, despite predictions of defeat, President Donald Trump was the overall winner.

In this divided nation, the larger cities lean Democratic and middle America is overwhelmingly pro-Trump. Broad respect for the office of the presidency no longer exists. Most voters are either ardent lovers or zealous haters of Trump – with Jews at the forefront of the latter group.

The Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, but they lost fewer seats than the Democrats did when losing the House in 1994 and 2010. More importantly, the Republicans held their majority in the Senate, giving Trump a free hand in directing foreign policy and appointing conservative judges.

The clear majority of Jewish Americans continued the tradition of voting for the Democrats and have emerged as leaders of the anti-Trump brigade. That many Jews with a liberal tradition oppose Trump’s conservative policies and dislike his aggressive tone is not surprising.

But it is incomprehensible that they shower abuse on him in a Jewish context. The attacks by a wide section of the community, including progressive rabbis, lay organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and women’s groups, are unprecedented.

Some Jewish leaders even blamed Trump for the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, claiming that his aggressive political style was responsible for the actions of the lone neo-Nazi anti-Semite who actually did the shooting. Buttressed by the ADL and other Jewish groups, the media claimed that there had been a surge of white nationalist anti-Semitism since Trump was elected, including in their fake figures internet hoaxes not motivated by Jew-hatred.

One thing is clear: American Jews, like every Diaspora community, now need to employ security services at synagogues, schools and community centers.

It is noteworthy that the ever-growing influence of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic elements seeking to radicalize the Democratic Party is rarely mentioned by the liberal press or the ADL. In the midterm elections, a number of Democratic candidates hostile to Israel and Jews won their races, some in districts with significant Jewish populations.

There have been no serious efforts to restrain burgeoning anti-Semitism from anti-Israel groups on college campuses.

There were few complaints when then-President Barack Obama related to Israeli self-defense and Palestinian terrorism as morally equivalent. And there are few complaints now, after it was recently revealed that in 2005, Obama met the radical anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan for a photo op.

The allegations that Trump has contributed to the current polarization of society with his aggressive rhetoric may be true, but that is more than matched by the hysteria from the Democrats.

All this is intensified by the revolution in social media, which provides a platform for promoting racism, violence, and, above all, anti-Semitism. It may be time to review the U.S.’s sacred credo of freedom of expression.

The most obscene aspect of anti-Trump mudslinging is the concerted attempt to portray him as an anti-Semite. This lie, frequently reiterated by progressive rabbis and Jewish lay leaders, has become embedded in the minds of many Democratic supporters.

But this reflects the madness in the air. Trump has a daughter who converted to Judaism and is religiously observant, he has always had Jewish friends and has appointed several Jewish key executives, and after the tragedy in Pittsburgh, he condemned anti-Semitism in a statement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not have expressed better.

Above all, Trump has proved to be the most pro-Israel president ever. He is the first to have reduced funds to the Palestinians that were being used inappropriately. He stopped funding UNESCO when that organization admitted Palestine as a full member, and he told the Palestinians to forget about their claimed right of return to Israel. He warned them that financially rewarding murderers and their families was unacceptable. He moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, despite enormous pressures. And he was the first to stand up, virtually alone, to promote Israel’s case to the world.

American Jews may hate Trump but to describe him as pro-Nazi qualifies them as collectively crazy.

If accusations that Trump harbors Nazi sympathies are not quashed, middle America, which enthusiastically supports his Israel policies, could unleash their frustrations against the “ungrateful” Jews and then the ADL predictions about anti-Semitism would be realized.

We live in troubled times. Throughout the Diaspora, anti-Semitism is rising dramatically, and now many American Jews seem to be acting like lemmings on a suicide march.

The tragedy is that Israel, which formerly helped maintain Jewish identity for those with limited Jewish education, has now drifted into irrelevancy for large swathes of U.S. Jewry. Unless a massive effort is invested into overcoming Jewish illiteracy, the future seems bleak.

Those concerned with having Jewish grandchildren should now seriously evaluate making aliyah or at least encouraging their children to do so.

Isi Leibler’s website can be viewed at http://www.wordfromjerusalem.com. Email: ileibler@leibler.com.

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3 Comments on “Off Topic:  Trump, Nazis and US Jewry ”

  1. Norm Says:

    I don’t know about the author’s statement that a “clear majority” of American Jews are anti-Trump. From my very Jewish area I see it as pretty close to 50-50, no clear majority. In addition, we have major pro Trump influences in the media who are Jewish: Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Dennis Prager for a few. But the argument between our two groups are becoming vicious.

    • Peter Hofman Says:

      Jewish Vote to the Democratic Party in Presidential Elections since 1916[29]
      Electionyear Candidate of theDemocratic Party % ofJewish vote to the
      Democratic Party Result of theDemocratic Party
      1916 Woodrow Wilson 55 Won
      1920 James M. Cox 19 Lost
      1924 John W. Davis 51 Lost
      1928 Al Smith 72 Lost
      1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 82 Won
      1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 85 Won
      1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 90 Won
      1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 90 Won
      1948 Harry Truman 75 Won
      1952 Adlai Stevenson 64 Lost
      1956 Adlai Stevenson 60 Lost
      1960 John F. Kennedy 82 Won
      1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 90 Won
      1968 Hubert Humphrey 81 Lost
      1972 George McGovern 65 Lost
      1976 Jimmy Carter 71 Won
      1980 Jimmy Carter 45 Lost
      1984 Walter Mondale 67 Lost
      1988 Michael Dukakis 64 Lost
      1992 Bill Clinton 80 Won
      1996 Bill Clinton 78 Won
      2000 Al Gore 79 Lost
      2004 John Kerry 76 Lost
      2008 Barack Obama 78 Won
      2012 Barack Obama 68 Won
      2016 Hillary Clinton 71[30] Lost


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