Imagine any previous president appointing an “anti-Semitism czar” who blames Israel in its fight for survival in the roughest neighborhood in the world as not the victim of anti-Semitism but the cause of at least some of it.
That’s what happened last week when Barack Obama, the man who doesn’t believe Jews in Israel have an inherent right to build and repair homes and offices, appointed Hannah Rosenthal to this newly created post.
“I’ll tell you point-blank: I have two grown daughters, and I didn’t think that my kids were going to have to deal with some of the same anti-Semitism that I did as the daughter of Holocaust survivors,” Rosenthal said. “It’s a scary time, with people losing the ability to differentiate between a Jew, any Jew, and what’s going on in Israel.”
How would you interpret that statement?
Here’s how I would explain it: “It’s wrong to condemn Jews per se, but attacking the one and only Jewish state, home to half the Jewish population, isolated as it might be among a world of Jew-haters, is fair game.”
What else should we expect from Obama?
This is the president who publicly supports ethnic cleansing in the Middle East against Jews – not just in Gaza, not just in Judea and Samaria, not just in East Jerusalem, but in solidly Jewish neighborhoods of the capital of the Jewish state never before placed on the table for negotiations with the Jew-haters who demand a “Palestinian state” free of all Jews.
It would seem if you were sincere about fighting the worst kind of anti-Semitism in the world today you would be working for the removal of Barack Obama from office, not promoting his policies.
But Hannah Rosenthal is beguiled by Obama’s demands for Israel to lay down and be carved up by those whose history of political involvement places them as the political disciples of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.
I’m sure Rosenthal is a lovely person – just one more misguided peacenik who believes if Israeli Jews just sing “Kumbaya” with their neighbors, everyone can just get along swell.
But that’s not Barack Obama.
This is a president with a vicious anti-Israeli, pro-Arab agenda.
Remember, I make this accusation as an Arab-American.
This is a president who bows subserviently to the king of Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to practice Judaism or Christianity.
This is the president who snubbed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This is the president who loves to give speeches in totalitarian Muslim countries but veers away from addressing the Israeli public.
This is the president who has a seemingly endless set of demands for capitulation by Israelis without so much as mild criticism of Arab policies of demonization and anti-Jewish hatred.
I want you to really understand this.
He insists the Israeli government discriminate against Jews in the most astonishing way – telling them they are no longer welcome to build or repair homes and offices while non-Jews are.
His demand brought this rebuke from the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat: “Israeli law does not discriminate between Jews, Muslims and Christians or between eastern and western Jerusalem. The demand to halt construction by religion is not legal in the United States or in any other free place in the world. I do not presume that any government would demand to freeze construction in the United States based on race, religion or gender, and the attempt to demand it from Jerusalem is a double standard and inconceivable.”
Now Obama has appointed an “anti-Semitism czar” who believes even Israel’s most appeasement-oriented leaders were warmongers.
I admit I never expected any president to name an “anti-Semitism czar.” Yet, I kind of expected that if one were ever named, the purpose would be to fight anti-Semitism, not spread it.