Friday, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League did what he’s most fond of doing: he focused his ire on a friend of Israel rather than an enemy in order to protect his allies in the Democratic Party. This time, he’s attacked staunch philo-Semite and pro-Israel bulwark Rush Limbaugh. Here’s Rush’s statement:
To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s – if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.
Here’s the relevant portion of the ADL press release:
Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with his borderline anti-Semitic comments about Jews as bankers, their supposed influence on Wall Street, and how they vote … While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
I am an Orthodox Jew, so I feel quite free to speak out on this. Abe Foxman’s statements are ridiculous, insulting, and wrongheaded. He should apologize to Rush immediately.
Here’s why: Rush was clearly pillorying Obama for using anti-Semitic code words. There is no question that over the centuries, anti-Semites have used “banker” as a code word for “Jew.” And there is also no question that Jews understand that the code word is a covert anti-Semitic ploy, as this Nazi-era cartoon from Der Stuermer clearly shows:
When Bernie Madoff was repeatedly and rightfully being destroyed, many Jewish commentators worried that the media was turning a financial scandal into a Jewish scandal – first and foremost among them, the ADL. Here’s the ADL on the anti-Semitism associated with the Madoff coverage:
The financial scandal surrounding allegations that Bernard Madoff ran a $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme has given anti-Semites fodder for their bigoted views.
When the economy plummeted, many Jews feared that the media would turn to Jew-bashing – first and foremost among them, Abe Foxman. Here’s Foxman on the economic downturn:
When the financial crisis erupted in the fall of 2008, concerns arose about possible anti-Semitic reactions. Our antennae were up because the most prominent elements of anti-Semitism are the charges that Jews have too much power and they are primarily concerned about money.
Why, then, has Foxman avoided commenting on President Obama’s recent spurt of demagogic language regarding Wall Street bankers? Because he’s a liberal. And he cares more about staying in good graces with the left than standing up for his people.
As the first American columnist to openly accuse Barack Obama of anti-Semitism, it is clear to me that Foxman does not care about Obama’s openly anti-Semitic political positions and associations (see, for example, his relationships with Jew-hating conspiracy theorists Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Samantha Power, Zbigniew Brzezinski, General Merrill McPeak, Robert Malley, and Rashid Khalidi – or better yet, watch this:PLEASE READ THE REST...