Chuck Hagel, Anti-Semitism, and American Jewish Apathy

"Israel Firster," "Jewish Lobby," "Fifth Column," and "Dual Loyalty" are several of the terms used to describe American Jews who care about Israel's survival in the face of very real and imminently dangerous and existential threats to her long-term viability.  And notwithstanding Colin Powell's assertions to the contrary, the use of such terms on their face has always been considered anti-Semitic.  But with the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Obama's choice to head up the Pentagon, the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism has taken a new direction and may very well be here to stay. Hagel will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee today in the first step to joining Obama's cabinet as secretary of defense.  Hagel's confirmation moved a step closer to fruition when Senator Chuck Schumer announced two weeks ago, "Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation."  Schumer is Jewish, but, as is true of...(Read Full Article)

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