Jack Elbaum
Jack Elbaum is a high school student. You can email him at jackelbaum16@gmail.com.

Anti-semitism, BDS, and the double standard that follows

We are always told that Republicans are the racist, anti-Semitic bigots, but in reality, those titles, specifically anti-Semitism, are true of the left. From Keith Ellison to Trayon White, there is a problem regarding anti-Semitism in the Democratic party. Although many people have come to learn about this unfortunate reality, many mainstream Democrats do not have a problem with it, and some, even embrace it.

Characters on the left associate themselves with deplorable, career anti-semites such as Louis Farrakhan, and get away with it. Why? Because there is an undeniable double standard that exists in politics when it comes to anti-semitism. When former President Obama, along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, take pictures smiling with the leader of the nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, with little to no backlash, it is unmistakably evident that the public, as well as other Democrats, do not care about the anti-semitism on the left because it puts them in jeopardy of being kicked off of the moral high ground.

This is not to say that every Democrat is a rabid anti-semite that hates Jews, or that there are no bad people on the right, but it does say, that where the right gets called out on antisemitism, the left does not, when in reality, both should. If President Trump was caught smiling, taking pictures with Alt-Right white supremacist Richard Spencer, people would go crazy, and rightfully so, but the problem lies with the fact that the same standard is not applied to Democrats in comparable situations.

Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment on the left is not just limited to Washington DC, among politicians, but it is present on college campuses as well. The Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel is alive and well on campuses in America. In fact, just a few months ago, students at Barnard College in New York City voted in an astounding sixty-four percent majority to urge the college to divest from eight companies with Israeli ties.

One of the reasons the BDS victory was so unprecedented, was because thirty-three percent of the student population is Jewish. A point many people will make is that Jews vote overwhelmingly Democrat, so there is no way Democrats are anti-semitic. If you dig a little deeper, you will see that the Jewish population in America is among the least religious in the world, so it is no surprise to see this turnout at Barnard College despite the huge numbers Jews in the student population.

It is imperative that Americans begin to see the double standard, and the anti semitism on the left. There is an attitude coming from the Democrats, that it does not matter when somebody from their own party does something wrong, when in reality, no matter what party a person is loyal to, that should person be held responsible. There is no way to try and solve this problem, if some people are unwilling to even recognize that it is there, and if some people don’t just tolerate it, they accept it, because at the end of the day, the American people should be able to fight this as one, united people.

About the Author
My name is Jack Elbaum. I am a seventeen-year-old high school student at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL. I have also written for the Washington Examiner, Chicago Tribune, and Daily Wire. You can contact me at jackelbaum16@gmail.com.
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