Originally posted to The Lid website
According to exit polls conducted by Pew Research Center and CNN, in last week’s midterm election, 79% of Jewish voters chose a Democratic candidate, and only 17% voted for Republicans. Thus, by voting heavily Democratic and helping to elect at least 35 or more new Democrats to the House of Representatives, Jewish America helped to significantly expand the power the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Democratic Party and put many of the worst offenders in key leadership positions. With their heavily Democratic Party vote, Jewish America may have committed Jewicide.
New York’s 14th district consisting the eastern Bronx and parts of north-central Queens of elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who became a media darling after she defeated incumbent Joe Crowley. Ocasio-Cortez claims that Israel is “occupying” Palestine, saying, “I also think that what people are starting to see at least with the occupation of Palestine is the increasing crisis of humanitarian condition. And that to me is where I tend to come from on this issue.”
Ocasio-Cortez has said Israel deserves to defend herself, but using Al Jazeera as her source in May she tweeted about the Friday afternoon Hamas attempts to storm the Gaza border:
“This is a massacre. I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such. No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else. Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore.”
Interestingly, Ocasio-Cortez has made those statements despite that she’s also claimed not to understand the geopolitics of the area.
The new congressional representative in NY-19th district is Antonio Delgado. Delgado was supported by anti-Israel group J-Street and made a statement during a debate that Israel was not a democracy, Delgado obviously missed the fact (or doesn’t care) that all citizens of Israel have the right to vote no matter what their background.
The winner in Michigan’s 13th district, Democrat Rashida Tlaib is also not a fan of the Jewish State. After her primary win, she told “In These Times” that she no longer believed in the two-state solution, “One state. It has to be one state.” In other words, she wishes load Israel with Muslim Palestinians so they can vote the Jewish state out of existence. To celebrate her win at her victory party, Tlaib wrapped herself in a Palestinian flag.
The winner in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district is Democrat Ilhan Omar. In 2012, Omar tweeted that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.”
Wow, Jews have the power of hypnotism. Wait, if that’s true how come I can’t get my kids to clean their room?
Defending that tweet during the 2018 election season, Omar said tweeted that calling attention to the “Israeli apartheid regime” was not anti-Semitic. That might make good campaign fodder, but her description of Israel as apartheid is anti-Semitic and so is her support of the BDS movement.
These are just some of the new Democratic Party congressional members with problematic backgrounds on Israel and other Jewish Issues. There are many others however it would take too much space.
Maxine Waters Greeted by Farrakhan At a 2005 CBC Meeting With The Anti-Semite
Now that they will have the majority of representatives in the House, Democrats will occupy the powerful chairmanships of congressional committees. Many of these new chairmen have anti-Israel and/or anti-Semitic tendencies including:
Adam Smith (WA-9) Armed Services Committee: In 2014 he supported Israel’s right to defend herself, was an opponent of the anti-BDS legislation, His 2018 platform supports the UN resolution demanding an end to” illegal Israeli settlements” in the West Bank. The Israeli government must also end the blockade of Gaza, and cease developing settlements on Palestinian land. He also introduced a one-sided bill to “prohibit U.S. assistance to Israel from being used to support the military detention, interrogation, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international humanitarian law. Nowhere does he mention the terrorism out of Gaza or the reason the Palestinian children may have been arrested.
Maxine Waters, Financial Services Committee (CA-43): Earlier this year a video was released of Waters embracing Louis Farrakhan. Asked multiple times whether she still supports the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader, Waters refuses to answer. At a 2012 luncheon Waters announced her belief in one of the anti-Semitic canards, she said she won’t take money from AIPAC because as she suggests has too much power over congress.
Jim McGovern, Rules Committee (MA-2): Supported Obama’s 2017 abstention from a U.N. Resolution condemning Israeli settlements, and wants Israel to negotiate with Hamas despite Hamas’ continued terrorism and refusal to recognize Israel. He also claimed that Netanyahu’s March 2015 speech to Congress in protest against the Iran deal was meant as a deliberate slight against Barack Obama.
Other reelected Democrats whose seniority will place them in positions of power include:
James Clyburn (SC-6) who is part of the Democratic caucus leadership, shared a stage with Louis Farrakhan in 2011. After Jewish organizations criticized Clyburn taking part in an event with Farrakhan, the South Carolina Democrat brushed off their criticisms. Clyburn told “Final Call” — a Nation of Islam publication — that he was “not bothered in the least bit” by the objections.
Danny Davis (Ill-7) received 88% of the total vote in his district despite that he too is a friend of the anti-Semitic Farrakhan. “The Daily Caller” reported that “Davis went on the record twice to defend and praise Farrakhan.” He called Farrakhan an “outstanding human being,” and says he regularly visits Farrakhan including at home. Davis has also said he wasn’t bothered by Farrakhan’s answer to “the Jewish question.” In other words, his Antisemitism.
The examples above represent only a few out of the many Democrats in power who are either supporters of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan (21 members of the Congressional Black Caucus), and fans of the anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour who have shared platforms with her including Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velasquez, Brad Sherman, Mike Quigley, Al Green, Robin Kelly, Jamie Raskin and Donald McEachin. Or the other Democrats who have expressed anti-Israel positions, and /or are among the 100+ Democrats who have received support from the anti-Israel organization that claims to be pro-Israel, J Street.
Additionally, there are Democratic Party members of Congress who are generally supporters of Israel except when it’s politically expedient not to, like Adam Schiff (Ca.) or Jerrold Nadler (NY), who supported the Iran deal earn Barack Obama’s favor.
Making matters worse is the attitudes of the Democratic Party leaders. I’m not suggesting that the Democratic leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer or the probable next Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi support the anti-Semitic, or anti-Israel positions held by many in their caucuses. But they haven’t rebuked the Democrats who have those positions. They were silent during the eight years of the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Obama administration, and have not criticized today’s anti-Israel or anti-Semitic members of Congress. Their public silence gives the impression of consent.
Jewish organizations in America will tell you that it is important not to make Israel a wedge issue between the two parties, but keep in mind that most of those Jewish organizations put their allegiance to progressive politics before their loyalty to the Jewish people. How can support of Israel not become a wedge Issue when one of the parties is laden with anti-Semites and people who do not support the Jewish State of Israel?
Obviously, there are many other policy reasons this conservative writer is not happy with the vote to put the Democrats in power. But from a strictly Jewish perspective putting the Democrats in power; electing new Israel haters and placing incumbent supporters of Louis Farrakhan, and anti-Israel positions in key chairmanships, American Jewry’s support of the Democratic Party is just as bad as the silence of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. And when those newly powerful Democrats start exercising their power, perhaps the 79% of American Jews who supported the Democratic Party will realize that with their 2018 vote they committed Jewicide.