The question is why did so many people on the ‘left’ (Democrats) become anti-Semites? Yes there is a small number of alt-right anti-Semites but they do not represent the main stream Republican Party.
The real threat to Jews and Israel is the growth of Antisemitism on the left. Dershowitz attributes this rising antisemitism primarily to the hard left. He is wrong as it is pervasive in the mainstream Democrat Party and University campuses largely composed of left wing Democrats. Below he points out that the deputy DNC Chair Keith Ellison is a long time anti-Semite. You don’t become Vice Chair of the Democrat Party without substantial support of the mainstream Party.
This overt antisemitism is even more perplexing when you consider that a majority of Jews are Democrat supporters even though antisemitism and anti Israel behavior has substantially increased over the past eight years .
Partial Quote from Dershowitz article:
“On university campuses, the absurd concept of “intersectionality” — which has become a code word for anti-Semitism — is dominating discussions and actions by the hard-left. The warm embrace of Palestinian-American activist, Linda Sarsour — who recently delivered the commencement address at a City University of New York graduation — is a case in point. A co-organizer of the Women’s March on Washington in January, she has said that feminism and Zionism are incompatible, stating: “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.” And when speaking about two leading female anti-Islamists, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is a victim of female genital mutilation) the feminist du jour, Linda Sarsour, said: “I wish I could take away their vaginas.”The irony is breathtaking. Under her own all-or-nothing criteria, Sarsour — who is also a staunch supporter of trying to destroy Israel economically — cannot be pro-Palestinian and a feminist because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas subjugate women and treat gays far worse than Israel does.
Sarsour supports Islamic religious law, Sharia. If taken literally, this would presumably mean that she also supports punishing homosexuality by death; amputation for theft; death by stoning for “adultery” (which can include being raped); women being valued at half the worth of a man, being flogged for drinking alcohol, and above all, slavery (see here, here and here).
Yet, Sarsour has emerged as a champion of the hard-left. Both New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bernie Sanders have sought her endorsement. Moreover, Deputy DNC Chair, Keith Ellison — who himself has a sordid history with anti-Semitism, stemming from his association with Louis Farrakhan (who publicly boasted about his own Jew hatred) — has come out in support of the bigoted Sarsour. When it comes to Ellison, an old idiom comes to mind: a man is known by the company he keeps”.
Contrast the above with the position of Trump’s UN Ambassador NIKKI HALEY and her support for Israel and the Jewish people which is currently under attack by so many liberal Democrats.
Haley to Netanyahu: “I Have No Patience” for UN Attacks on Israel
Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, arrived in Israel on Tuesday. She called the UN a “bully” against Israel, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Netanyahu thanked the envoy for “standing up for Israel” in the UN.
“You know, all I’ve done, is tell the truth, and it’s kind of overwhelming at the reaction,” Haley said in response. She called Israel-bashing at the U.N. “a habit.”
“It was something that we’re so used to doing,” she said. “And if there’s anything I have no patience for is bullies, and the U.N. was being such a bully to Israel, because they could.” She added: “We’re starting to see a turn in New York. I think they know they can’t keep responding in the way they’ve been responding. They sense that the tone has changed.” (JTA)
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