Do the Jews, like the wacky practicing Papists with their Satan and their birth control questions, suffer from a loyalty problem?
Media Matters is just asking the tough questions, you see — questions redounding to patriotism and presumed seditious tendencies on the part of certain American Jews similar to those raised about all the Nips and the Krauts living in the US during WWII who just happened to be American citizens. Which, hey, nobody’s saying new camps are in order — at least, not yet — but at least these progressive champions of Truth are willing to buck PC dictates and raise the issues others are afraid to bring to the fore.
Predictably, some Jews are attacking the messenger. Alan Dershowitz, erstwhile “liberal”, “The odious ‘Israel first’ libel”:
[…] I first came across some of these vile quotes about “Israel firsters” and “dual loyalty” on an actual neo-Nazi website. Surprisingly, however, they were attributed not to the usual suspects, but to a spokesman for Media Matters, a hard left Democratic media attack and watchdog group that started out as an antidote to Fox News, and that still has close connections to the Obama White House.
The author of these hateful quotes is MJ Rosenberg, who is the senior foreign policy fellow of Media Matters.
Let there be no doubt that Rosenberg’s accusation of dual or singular loyalty to a foreign country is an anti-Semitic canard historically reserved for Jews. Rosenberg doesn’t accuse Arab Americans who support Hamas and Hezbollah — America’s sworn enemies — of being “Palestine firsters.” Nor did he accuse Irish Americans who supported the Sinn Fein of being “Ireland firsters.”
But Rosenberg defends his charges of disloyalty to America against those who sincerely believe that it is in America’s interest to support Israel against threats from Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and other enemies of both nations.
Indeed, he boasts of having “popularized” the term “Israel firsters.”
Not surprisingly, the “Israel firster” charge is just one of many odious and wildly inaccurate positions Rosenberg has espoused regarding Israel.
He has called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist,” and Israel’s peace-loving President Shimon Peres an “uberhawk on Iran.”
He has denied that Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ever threatened to wipe Israel off the map, suggesting it was a mistranslation, despite Iranian Revolutionary Guard posters in English demanding “Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world.”
He had criticized those who call for punishing sanctions against Iran and has claimed that “if Iran gets the bomb, we are fully capable of containing a nuclear Iran.”
And he has defended former veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas against charges of anti-Semitism after she said the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and criticized Obama for “diss[ing\] her,” calling instead for her to be “salute[d\].”
Media Matters is currently associated with the White House, where it has met with officials close to the President and with which it has frequent strategy calls. It is well funded by many Democratic contributors, including several prominent Jewish supporters of Israel, who are apparently unaware of Rosenberg’s rants.
Nor do I believe that Obama is aware that an organization that claims close ties to his administration is saying such bigoted things about AIPAC, which is headed by Obama’s close friend Lee (Rosy) Rosenberg (no relation to MJ), and about Jewish supporters of Israeli policies, most of whom voted for him and are probably hoping to vote for him again.
The President should quickly dissociate himself and his administration from Rosenberg’s hate speech. And unless Media Matters fires Rosenberg, the President should also distance himself from Media Matters.
Yeah, sure. Whatever. That’ll happen.
There’s nothing a leftist likes more than watching a Zionist whine.
Obama is likely to distance himself publicly from certain of the more controversial remarks in order to maintains the support of secular leftwing Jews who desire above all else acceptance from their liberal peers — a kind of cultural assimilation, if you will, into the class of educated coastal elites — and so will be willing to give Obama a pass, provided he makes the proper social overtures.
But it’s with a wink and nod.
Because honestly: as desperate as these Jews are for mainstream acceptance, they’re still Jews. And, well. You know.