Let me first say that, contrary to politically motivated recently sawn false mistrust about the US-Israel relationship, it has never looked better.
Trump was a phony (in every respect). Rather than liking or supporting Jews and Israel, he used us (he uses everyone). Don’t expect his loyalty.
But Joe Biden? You can trust him with your life. Same with Kamala Harris (and Nikki Haley). And Nancy Pelosi. These people rather give their own lives than betraying the Jews. Yes, we Jews have every historic reason to be suspicious. And Jews are still often naive. But these guys, trust them!
And the US Senate just voted 97 to 3 to keep the embassy in Jerusalem.
Back to Andrew. In an op-ed in The Forward, Yang strongly denounced the BDS movement. He said that: “a Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement, which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment.” He clarified that BDS is “rooted in anti-Semitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses.”
He’s currently frontrunner in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor. At a mayoral forum hosted by the Muslim Democratic Club of New York on Wednesday, reported Politico, he walked back his stance against the BDS movement. What ever happened to speaking truth to power?!
He said: “My view on BDS is that because of its failure to disavow certain organizations that have expressed violent intentions toward Israel that I disagree with it, but I have complete respect for people who have a very different point of view.” He abhors organizations that promote “very, very violent tactics” towards Israel, but he doesn’t have an issue with individuals or activists “making a case for what they think is right.”
Let’s translate that from anti-Semitism to racism:
My view on racism is that because of its failure to disavow certain organizations that have expressed violent intentions toward non-Whites that I disagree with it, but I have complete respect for people who have a very different point of view. I abhor organizations that promote very, very violent tactics towards non-Whites, but I don’t have an issue with individuals or activists making a case for what they think is right.
Or in simpler terms and constructions:
I strongly oppose violent racism, but I have complete respect for people who hate and look down on non-Whites but disagree with violence.
Violent attacks on non-Whites or Jews are wrong but if you just believe that Jews are leeches and non-Whites are stupid, that deserves respect?
Doesn’t jive with me. Obama showed that one can be brilliant, wise, calm, cerebral, for the people, and still not get the Jews. Who needs Obama II?
He said: “I am very eager to learn, I’m very open-minded, and I would appreciate the opportunity.” That is great. But open-mindedness should not mean being eager to learn ‘the positive side of antisemitism.’
“Very fine people; on both sides.” We had that one already, thank you.
Many Arab communities have an issue with the Jews for centuries. (Just like the West had but the Holocaust kind of exposed that as vile.) They need outsiders to support their brave dissidents, who flat-out say: Jews are the loveliest people on earth. Not people who collude with the bigotry.
We’ve seen it before. Obama knows oppression in his bones. But when it came to Israel, it all went out of the window. As some may remember.
The oldest trick in the capitalist book is: play Jews and non-Whites against each other. I’d hope that Yang never forgets that. Not for a split second.