Jews and political suicide
This article is one of those cases of "sad, but true."
To tell the truth I’m not surprised at the resurgence of anti-Semitism – not only across the world but even here in the United States. Anti-Semitism is an ancient sickness long ago predicted by the Torah and the prophets, historically rooted in theological hatred as well as xenophobic fears, and utilized by despots of every generation to scapegoat Jews as a way of diverting attention from their crimes.
What continues to amaze me though is – and let me be as blunt about it as possible – Jewish stupidity.
Jews are supposed to be smart. We never stop boasting, at least to ourselves, about the number of Nobel prize winners from our people, the amazing contributions we have made and continue to make to the world in every field of endeavor. Why is it then that when it comes to politics, to making our voices heard in ways which promote the most important areas of our self-interest and yes, even our survival, we seem to abdicate reason and side with those who make clear that they are our enemies?
When Ilhan Omar was elected, a big deal was made on her sudden embrace of BDS. Her Jewish constituents were appalled. But I wonder how many of them will still vote for her in the next election because her opponent will be a Republican.
Ilhan Omar was elected after her pro-Palestinian views and anti-Semitic tropes were already well known. She cruised to victory in November in Minnesota’s fifth district which encompasses Minneapolis and some of its suburbs, including St. Louis Park which has a large Jewish population. The seat opened up when 12 year incumbent representative Keith Ellison, with past ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, decided to run for state attorney general – to which he was in fact elected.
How many of those Jews also voted for Keith Ellison because he was a Democrat, and because of the progressive glee that comes from electing the FIRST of any group to a political office with no consideration as to that person's qualifications?
When it comes to politics, Jews need to figure out what is and what isn't important in a candidate.