Recollections of prior years of unchecked US Democratic Party power politics, especially in light of the upcoming highly contested 2018 midterm elections and claims of unconditional loyalty to Israel and Jews; I think it appropriate to revisit the Obama era and some divisive actions that still linger. Over the eight years there were lost opportunities to reestablish the once strong civil rights ties that bound African-Americans and Jews together. But, agendas that proved hostile to Israel’s Prime Minister and to Jews’ attachment to their tiny refuge in the Middle East; effectively serving as an obstacle to that bond. Strangely enough, perhaps some jealousy combined with false assertions fostered by Louis Farrakhan and other haters contributed to putting Israel and Jews, as a group, in the Persona Non Grata category, within the Black community and elsewhere, without any apparent protests from the Democrats. Yet, early on, Democrat Barack Obama, not only won the majority of African-American votes during his elections, but also the support of Jews in overwhelming numbers. His appeal to Jews appeared multi-faceted, not the least of which was an understood shared oppression and bigotry that Blacks and Jews endured and still endure; as well as a hoped for respect for the many Jewish contributions made to advance the cause of equal rights for all minorities. Yet, not too long after taking office, and throughout the two terms the Democrat administration’s attitude towards Israel and to Jews, by extension, appeared to sour.
Under the prior Democrat leadership, our government’s seemingly restrained reactions towards anti-Israel forces and anti-Jewish activity occurring on the world stage was sadly palpable, and may have indirectly contributed to escalating attacks on Jews, within Europe, Israel and elsewhere. At the same time, the multitude of the United Nations’ condemnations placed upon Israel (before the gift of fresh-air provided by Nikki Haley, who sadly will be leaving her United Nations post), went unchecked, giving further impetus to a maturing international, “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction” (B.D.S.) movement and its spawned off-shoots, all specifically targeting Israel’s legitimacy and viability. Except for the notable bipartisan impact the U.S. Congress played in confronting B.D.S.; antisemitism might have gained a stronger foothold than it already had and has, to date. Even so, an element of hostile groups,surfaced and thrived, seizing any opportunity to publicly challenge Israel’s credibility and its right to self-determination, on college campuses across the United States. Tactics included hateful propaganda, property damage and “in your face” hostility and threats towards pro-Israel, Jewish students, their non-Jewish supporters, and institutionally approved speakers brought on campus to educate students and faculty, about Israel and other Jewish issues. In many instances, university administrations stood idly by, on the sidelines, and quietly watched for fear of violating First Amendment rights of the perpetrators, without loud protests from the Democratic Party to this affront.
If there were any doubts, the suspicion of the Democrat administration’s ill-will towards Israel was confirmed with the “5+1 Nuclear Treaty,” which purposely ignored Israeli input, yet provided Iran, her avowed enemy, with the means to covertly develop and deliver potential nuclear destruction. The noose around Israel’s neck was further tightened, with the United Nations Security Council’s odious, condemnation vote on resolution 2334 that the U.S. representative was instructed not to veto; without loud protests from the Democratic Party to this affront, as well.
Observing what is currently transpiring within the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, it is most important that voters not unquestioningly succumb to propaganda geared towards simply getting votes for Democrat candidates. Talk is cheap, actions speak louder than word, past and present. Democrats, in my opinion, must no longer distance themselves when it comes to anti-Israel controversy. Principled people, who were silent, for whatever reason, during the prior 8 year Democratic administration, must now be proactive, and ever vigilant for, and their voices immediately raised against, any acts of actual or implied antisemitism or hidden anti-Israel agendas, wherever found.