Fanning the flames of anti-Semitism

Obama's rhetoric on Islam, Israel, Iran, and the Palestinians is not only sowing the seeds for major international disasters, he is fanning the flames of anti-Semitism right here at home. The President is sending a message loud and clear that Jews are the real enemy. Since his brief tenure in office, there have been a disturbing number of hate crimes planned and/or executed against Jews here in the United States.

The most recent occurred on Wednesday, June 10th, when a security guard was shot inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The victim remains in critical condition. Earlier this month at the Israel Day Parade in New York City, anti-Semites expressed themselves in a variety of hateful ways, including a banner that read, "Close Guantanamo Bay and Re-Open Auschwitz." This all occurred with barely an outcry from the media or anyone else for that matter.

Last month, four ex-convicts were arrested when they were alleged to be plotting to blow up synagogues in the name of Islam. Also in May, a student at Wesleyan University was shot and killed by a man apparently bent on killing Jews.

Earlier this year, following a shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland by a police officer, the local community rapidly linked oppression in Oakland with oppression of Palestinians in Gaza, forming the misguided foundation for anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish sentiments to grow and find expression.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine who has been a university professor at a major university for the past several decades recently commented that anti-Semitism seems to be on the rise in ways he has never seen before on campus.

I believe these anecdotes reflect an environment that is being nurtured that emboldens those who may have a propensity to hate Jews and which may also create or fuel ideas in those whose views may not yet be fully formed. This is what we get when a President is elected irrespective of the fact that he embraced a church for twenty years that honored the likes of Farrakhan with a Lifetime Achievement award. If this wasn't enough for any voter to know to run fast and far from this candidate, I don't know what would have been.

It is not just the future of Israel that is at stake, it is every single Jewish person in the United States who is being put at risk because of the policies and perspectives of our current administration. According the Anti-Defamation League, hate crimes against Jews (who are the number one target for religious hate crimes in the United States) has declined in the past four years. ADL's most current statistics run through 2008. I hope more recent statistics will prove my fears wrong regarding the direction I fear we are heading.

Carol Brown is a pseudonym for a concerned American who occasionally writes on politics.

Obama's rhetoric on Islam, Israel, Iran, and the Palestinians is not only sowing the seeds for major international disasters, he is fanning the flames of anti-Semitism right here at home. The President is sending a message loud and clear that Jews are the real enemy. Since his brief tenure in office, there have been a disturbing number of hate crimes planned and/or executed against Jews here in the United States.

The most recent occurred on Wednesday, June 10th, when a security guard was shot inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The victim remains in critical condition. Earlier this month at the Israel Day Parade in New York City, anti-Semites expressed themselves in a variety of hateful ways, including a banner that read, "Close Guantanamo Bay and Re-Open Auschwitz." This all occurred with barely an outcry from the media or anyone else for that matter.

Last month, four ex-convicts were arrested when they were alleged to be plotting to blow up synagogues in the name of Islam. Also in May, a student at Wesleyan University was shot and killed by a man apparently bent on killing Jews.

Earlier this year, following a shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland by a police officer, the local community rapidly linked oppression in Oakland with oppression of Palestinians in Gaza, forming the misguided foundation for anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish sentiments to grow and find expression.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine who has been a university professor at a major university for the past several decades recently commented that anti-Semitism seems to be on the rise in ways he has never seen before on campus.

I believe these anecdotes reflect an environment that is being nurtured that emboldens those who may have a propensity to hate Jews and which may also create or fuel ideas in those whose views may not yet be fully formed. This is what we get when a President is elected irrespective of the fact that he embraced a church for twenty years that honored the likes of Farrakhan with a Lifetime Achievement award. If this wasn't enough for any voter to know to run fast and far from this candidate, I don't know what would have been.

It is not just the future of Israel that is at stake, it is every single Jewish person in the United States who is being put at risk because of the policies and perspectives of our current administration. According the Anti-Defamation League, hate crimes against Jews (who are the number one target for religious hate crimes in the United States) has declined in the past four years. ADL's most current statistics run through 2008. I hope more recent statistics will prove my fears wrong regarding the direction I fear we are heading.

Carol Brown is a pseudonym for a concerned American who occasionally writes on politics.