Soros Criticism Is Not Anti-Semitism


So says my friend Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) over at The Lid.

George Soros was born Jewish but not a big friend to the Jewish people and has tried to hurt the Jewish State. And finally Trump may be the most pro-Israel President in American history, and if he were actually an anti-Semite, he would hate his daughter Ivanka and all of his grandchildren.

However, if any of those liberals want to really find a president who spewed anti-Semitic dog whistles, I have done some homework, and discovered an ex-president who did that..his name is Barack Obama.

Read the whole thing.

On the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting


I have had to let a day or so pass before writing about the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. My reaction was of such anger and disgust that I needed to settle down before commenting. Part of that disgust has to do with some of the comments being made about the crime. In the meantime, others have offered comments that come close to summarizing what I think needs to be said, and David Harsanyl’s post at The Federalist comes closest to reflecting my views, but with some differences. Harsanyl is a Jew, and I am a gentile, so his perspective is somewhat more personal than mine.

Jordan Peterson has made the observation that both the Left and the Right can go too far with their politics, noting that the responsible members of the Right have figured out that the line on their side relates to identity politics devolving into racism. The Klan and neo-Nazis are beyond the pale. The responsible Left has no such line, yet the Left’s identify politics can also devolve into forms of tribalism that allow, encourage, or demand violence against the “other.” Perhaps the responsible Left needs to begin taking the same kinds of steps that the Right did decades ago to isolate its more destructive members.

It doesn’t matter to me whether the shooter was motivated by a political ideology or whether he was simply evil. What he did was evil.

UPDATE—A rabbi has these thoughts—

My synagogue is on the west side of Los Angeles. On a rough guess, about half of my congregants support Donald Trump. Many of those who do, but certainly not all, are from the Persian community. We have had frank discussions. They know I deplore many of the things he says and I oppose much of what he does. They know that I have criticized, publicly and privately, the inflammatory rhetoric of his presentations and warned them of its effects. They also know that we respect and listen to one another, that I do not preach politics at them but do speak with them and learn from them, and that our relationship in many cases is not only one of affection, but of genuine love.

So when I see major American Jewish figures tell me that my congregants are illegitimate, my blood boils a little bit.

The calculation here, I suppose, is that people voted for Trump to get an embassy move and their vote proxy murdered other Jews. How careful should one be, should a distinguished reporter be, when accusing others of such enormities, even indirectly? How do people think this message will fall on the ears of those who fled from Iran, to be told that they are in fact guilty in the death of Pittsburgh’s Jews?

Or — even more shamefully — on the ears of Judah Samet. Mr. Samet, a Holocaust survivor, escaped death by 4 minutes because he was a little late to shul. He is also a strong supporter of Trump. Frank, Julia: Would you stand before this 80-year-old man, not in a tweet or online piece, but face to face, and tell him he is responsible for the death of his friends, the people with whom he prays each Shabbat? Would you bar him from the shul where he almost died, again, at the hands of Jew haters? Really? And that would make us the righteous ones?

Read the whole thing.

Anti-Semitism on the Left


Yesterday, NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm (I sometimes listen to her so you don’t have to.) asked Bernie Sanders if he held dual citizenship: U. S. and Israeli. She said the information came from “a list we have gotten[.]” It appears that the list comes from a pro-Palestinian Facebook page. Her cheap shot question and its anti-semitic underpinning is not surprising given her long term anti-Israel bias.

Bernie Sanders is tied with Hillary Clinton for last place among my picks for President in the coming election (at least among the current candidates). There are plenty of substantive reasons to oppose his candidacy, but this sort of slimy, baseless attack is now becoming all-too-common. I expect a lot more of it aimed at candidates from both sides of the aisle who support Israel. The next year-and-a-half will be ugly.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


There are some things that are so far out in the ozone that you couldn’t make ’em up if you tried. I found this in Brett Kimberlin’s bio on his personal website (No, I won’t link to it.).

Brett has also been passionate about protecting the rights of minorities by exposing bigots, hate groups, and bullies.

Exposing bigots, hate groups, and bullies, huh?

I don’t know about you, but I class anti-Semites as bigots. Brett Kimberlin’s anti-Semitism is well documented.

I don’t know about you, but I count those who have a history of cowardly attacks among the bullies.

And would you say that an organization (Koch Watch, NIWLTI) that promotes hatred based on a greedy desire to appropriate the fruits of the success of others might be a hate group?

Is Brett Kimberlin trying to expose himself?

Anti-Semitism and Occupy LA


The seems to be a strong streak of Anti-Semitism running through the Occupy Wherever movement (see here).

I’m reminded of the point that others have made that the sort of person who thinks that the Jews, a tiny minority in the world, could control the world’s finances is also likely to be the sort of person who would invade Russia with winter approaching.