Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jews for Obama

For some reason Jews in the US have always voted Democrat by quite a large margin, and this election is proving no different. It has been observed by Melanie Phillips that ‘Jews voting Republican is as unthinkable as eating a ham sandwich on Yom Kippur. Indeed, a number of them would rather eat a ham sandwich on Yom Kippur, because their conviction that religion is bunk and has nothing to do with being Jewish comes second only to their conviction that Republicans are the acme of evil’. And so Senator Obama has a healthy lead among Jews in the crucial swing states, and, like Catholics for Obama, they could be responsible for sending him to the White House. While many of these Jews undoubtedly take their faith seriously, it is apparent that for others it has largely become a folk religion which is undermined by those sectarian individuals who happen to have a favourable disposition towards Israel.

But it is to President Obama’s policy on the Middle East that Jews must look if they are to discern the heart of the man.

Barack Obama has captured the narrative of the age – he is neither black nor white; he is a professing Christian of Muslim origin; and he offers a ‘more balanced’ policy on the Israel-Palestine issue which has bedevilled every US president over the past 60 years: he will be neither pro-Israel nor pro-Palestine. And so it will be that Israel shall face its greatest battle for existence than any time since 1967, for, under President Obama, some 150,000 Jews shall be dispossessed and forcibly re-housed; a right-of-return shall be implemented for those Muslim Arabs who fled to Jordan half a century ago; and the democratic foundations of Israel will be eroded.

Nationwide in the US, a Gallup survey has found that Jews prefer a President Obama by 74% to President McCain's 22%. Despite Senator Obama's strong appeal to the youth vote, the Gallup poll actually found that younger Jews are less likely to support him, with only 67% of 18- 34 year-olds choosing him, as against 74% of those over 55. The Jerusalem Post posits that this disparity ‘could stem from the higher rate of Orthodox observance and therefore more conservative views among young Jews, though Gallup found the younger Jews were no more likely to describe their political beliefs as conservative than older voters’.

According to Melanie Phillips, American Jews for Obama are ‘the equivalent of chickens voting for Shabbat’. Just because the Senator says he loves Israel does not mean that he does – he is, after all, still a scurvy politician. Ms Phillips refers to the fact that ‘for 20 years he belonged to a "black power" church whose pastor - and his own personal spiritual mentor - was an acolyte of the Jew-hating demagogue Louis Farrakhan, and who also supported Hamas as a resistance movement’.

Senator Obama has also said: ‘Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people’, and has stated that he would invite Iranian fanatics like President Ahmadinejad to the White House without preconditions. The fact that Iran has nuclear ambitions and has threatened to wipe Israel off the map is neither here nor there.

For most American Jews, President Bush is a Republican and therefore always wrong, and Senator Obama is a Democratic and can therefore do no wrong. And Ms Phillips points out:

‘American Jews ignore the fact that all Obama's foreign-policy advisers are veteran Israel-haters. They ignore his long-standing friendship with Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi.

‘Khalidi has written that Israel has carried out the "ethnic cleansing" of Palestinians; that Israel should be replaced by a bi-national, cantonal system for Jews and Arabs; and that suicide bombings are a response to "Israeli aggression". Obama has said he merely had "conversations" with Khalidi. But reports say the Khalidi and Obama families are long-standing friends. In 2000, Khalidi raised funds for Obama's failed bid for a seat in the US House of Representatives. And according to the Los Angeles Times, Obama said his talks with the Khalidis served as "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases? a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table", but around "this entire world".

‘No matter. All of this is simply erased from the gaze of America's Jews in their own collective blind spot. As a result, as pro-Palestinian blogger Ali Abunimah let slip at The Electronic Intifada, Obama is playing them for suckers. Abunimah wrote that during his campaign for the US Senate, Obama told him: "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more upfront."

And so it came to pass that President Obama was indeed more upfront, and those Jews who voted for him turned their eyes away from the appalling plight of Israeli Jews (not to mention the Christians), and hardened their hearts to all criticism. And thus did they sustain their righteousness and the purity of their souls.


Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

?? Your Grace,
Even if Obama were 'anti-Israel', which he isn't, I find it decidedly odd, the natural assumption in this post that Jews all over the world, poor and rich, ugly and beautiful, stupid and clever, would and indeed should have Israel's interests on the top of their lists of priorities. Why ever should they?

25 October 2008 at 13:39  
Blogger falterer said...

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25 October 2008 at 14:51  
Blogger falterer said...

...removed because apparently I can't even comment on such insanity without saying insane things myself!

25 October 2008 at 14:58  
Blogger Geoffrey Kruse-Safford said...

Your Grace, a Christian of Muslim origin? By what stretch of our mutually shared language does that phrase gave meaning?

25 October 2008 at 15:55  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

The second Holocaust is coming and the American Jews are drinking the Obama Kool Aid. Oy Vey! The Iranian leader has already said he will wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I guess everyone considers this idle chatter. Haven't we been here before? I guess some people never learn. Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

25 October 2008 at 16:10  
Blogger Damo Mackerel said...

This is very strange. I thought that it was a Jewish Cabal that controlled the Bush Administration? Well that's what the left wanted us to believe in anyway.

25 October 2008 at 17:17  
Anonymous Miserable Sinner said...

Miss Snuffleupagus - Jews in America at least are famous for their devotion to Israel. Even when they have high-ranking jobs in the U.S. State Department, they pass classified documents along to their Israeli counterparts, etc. Maybe Obama will put a stop to this sort of thing.

Obama is probably at least as "pro-Palestinian" as Jimmy Carter, which means that the Jews are not going to be happy with Obama once he gets in office. And if Joe Biden (Obama's running mate) is correct, one or more of America's adversaries will "test" Obama as soon as he gets in office. This also does not bode well for Israel.

Most of the Jews are going to vote for Obama because he is the Democratic candidate. I don't think they'll be happy with what they get.

25 October 2008 at 18:49  
Anonymous Randy said...

Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

And those who do are destined to be dragged through it with them.

25 October 2008 at 19:50  
Anonymous the anonymous one said...

Melanie Philips has FINALLY come clean about the real reason she has been so vehemently anti-Obama for so long. Obviously getting desperate.

25 October 2008 at 21:00  
Anonymous judith said...

Just because you're Jewish doesn't mean you're a Zionist - many of the English Jewish philanthropists did not support Theodor Herzl because they foresaw some of the problems a Jewish State would cause.

26 October 2008 at 00:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jewish deserve what they get for voting for Obama. Obama is a Marxist that hates Israel. He said in his book "the there is better sound then the Muslim Prayer" he also said " if there is a war I will side with the Muslims" if his own words don't scare the jews I don't know what will. This is like Jews voting for Hitler it does not make sense.

26 October 2008 at 03:38  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

For an explanation of why Jews vote for Democrats Alex Marks of the National Jewish Democratic Council states "...In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that roughly means “repairing the world” or “perfecting the world." It is a central tenet of Jewish Theology, as evidenced by its inclusion in the Aleinu, a Jewish prayer that is traditionally recited three times daily. Performing mitzvots, or good deeds, is one means of tikkun olam, and the concept of good deeds and improving the world is inextricably linked in Jewish minds to social justice and equality – the hallmarks of democratic principles. Given that backdrop, Jewish support for the Democratic Party is only natural. We are the party that fought for and ushered in a women’s right to vote, the Civil Rights movement, the Civil Rights Act, women’s reproductive rights, and currently champion the cause of Gay Americans. We also started valuable programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Peace Corp, Head Start, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, one could attribute almost every great social movement in our country’s history to democratic ideals..."
So based on their non critical understanding of history Jews vote for the Democratic candidate in spite of the evil and misery that will be brought into the world.

26 October 2008 at 07:17  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Miserable Sinner
How can you put an entire people into one basket like that? Jews come in different shapes in sizes, just like Wasps. They have arguments over Israel just like the rest of us do. Some are left-wing, some are right-wing. Some even hate Israel.

Your assumptions reveal something about your own thinking, which I must say, isn't particularly savoury.

26 October 2008 at 11:38  
Anonymous Miserable Sinner said...

Miss Snuffleupagus: I certainly didn't put all Jews in one basket. I said "most Jews" would vote for Obama. Current estimates in U.S. newspapers are that around 75 to 80% of U.S. Jews will vote for Obama, so over here my statement would not be considered controversial in any way.

Here in the USA, political polls are frequently broken down into groups of Protestants, evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Jews, frequent church-goers vs. occasional churchgoers vs. non-churchgoers, etc., as well as being broken down into an unlimited number of other categories, such as "college-educated," or "resident of Ohio," "southern Protestants," etc. Everybody tries to figure out who is ahead in the race based on the minutiae revealed by various polls. The most interesting details of which groups voted in a surprising way in a particular election are only revealed after the election results are tabulated, but there is no harm in people trying to guess the future.

Accusing everybody who says "Jew" of being an anti-semite is very tiresome.

26 October 2008 at 19:28  
Anonymous A Nother Anon said...

Miss Snuffle...
I don't understand your suggestion that any Jew should not care about Israel: the Promised Land. It is the land God gave to the Jews, it is their homeland and their heritage, it is the site of all their history and religious teaching.

From what I've seen of the area in general when flying over it - all around is desert, and then this fertile, green, and cared for area appears: that is Israel.

I live in the US and I often see young Jews who go on special trips to visit Israel - they come back so full of just pride and, yes, awe.

As I write this I become mindful of the parallel with Britain and the Britons, who are suffering the same type of attack from heathens and Moslems. And I dread the future in the US - because BO, the Marxists, and the Moslems will do the same here.

Now I have great respect for Jews and for Jewish intellect in general - I've read the Bible over many long years, and been impressed by many living Jews! So I doubt that they are all mindless, blind, Democrats - but I distrust the opinion polls, and I distrust the media and their motives.

26 October 2008 at 19:31  
Anonymous Murdochs Global Media Brainwashing Machine said...

Iran did not say they would wipe israel off the map, they said they wanted Zionism wiped from the worlds political map.

We are being lied to your grace.

Did Iran really say it would wipe Israel off the Map?

Wipe Isreal off the Map ?.

Weapons Not Made in Iran

Hollywood tried to warn us

28 October 2008 at 05:07  

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