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September 25, 2008
Congressman Alcee Hastings on black-Jewish relations
Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Fl), a man impeached, convicted and removed from office as a federal judge for corruption and perjury, had this to say at a panel of African-American and Jewish Democrats, according to Jennifer Rubin of Commentary:
So where can one go with a statement with such ominous implications? Is Hastings holding Jews preemptively responsible if Barack Obama does not win (Florida is a critical state and Florida's Jews played an unexpectedly and accidentally important role in the Presidential contest between Al Gore and George Bush)?
Is this a shot across the bow-an implied threat that the relationship between African-Americans and American Jews will suffer if not enough Jewish support is showered upon Barack Obama?
Did Jewish Democrats register any objection to this objectionable statement? No they laughed and applauded at the NJDC meeting. Is this funny- if you hunt and skin moose, you will do worse to blacks and Jews?
Will the Congressional Black Caucus wreak revenge on Israel if Obama does not do "well enough" among American Jews? Will Israel be held hostage to the outcome in November? The Congressional Black Caucus already has members with a problematic record on this issue (though Alcee Hastings is a supporter of the American-Israel relationship).
Jewish organizations have been in high dungeon regarding criticism of Barack Obama but have not only remained silent in the face of anti-Palin smears but, in some cases, Jewish leaders are complicit in spreading them (as Congressman Robert Wexler has in slurring Palin as being a supporter of Pat Buchanan).
David Bernstein writes:
Bernstein notes that members of the Jewish community are actively spreading slurs against Palin that are expressly dircted to members of the Jewish community.
Rabbis: where are you? Nien hundred took time out to listen to a conference call Barack Obama arranged on the campaign trail. Rabbis have written a slew of letters and op-ed columns in newspapers to condemn critics of Barack Obama. Rabbis are supposed to be moral exemplars for the community. Rabbi is Hebrew for "teacher". What are thwey teaching when they practice a doubel-standard and remain silent when members of the community slander and slur?
Their silence is very revealing-as is the silence of Barack Obama when it comes to the statements of Alcee Hastings (of course, he also remained silent in the face off much worse from Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Jr.).
Barack Obama promised that he would help to bridge the chasm between America's black and Jewish populations. In the Cleveland debate with Hillary Clinton he was asked about his ties to Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and about Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of Barack Obama. He said he hoped to:
Barack Obama has also made the bold claim that "nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism than I have".
Is such a promise a contingent one-depending on the level of Jewish support Barack Obama enjoys (already high, by the way)? This would be extortionate. Alcee Hastings statement is pregnant with such meaning, however.
Ethel C. Fenig adds:
Proving once again that Jews and blacks really have no shared agenda no matter how much liberal jews desperately stretch it. While halacha (Jewish law) condemns killing animals for sport, obviously this has nothing to do with blacks or Jews. Actually Sarah Palin behaves in the fine tradition of Jewish women of the past who worked hard and took care of the children, keeping the family together. Her love of family is very Jewish.
Hilary Clinton lost; get over it and vote for who you think is best--and for the Jewish community it is not really
Obama. Get over it Hastings. Get over it liberals.