In the wake of a horrific machete assault in Monsey, New York on a rabbi’s home, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo stated:
“This is a national phenomenon that we are seeing. It is frightening and it is disturbing. If anyone thinks that something poisonous is not going on in this country, then they are in denial frankly…”
The words are appropriate, but they were also a study in hypocrisy. The governor is a leading standard bearer of the Democrat Left, a political movement which openly espouses anti-Israel and anti-Jewish views.
In New York State’s Hudson Valley, Rep. Antonio Delgado, (D-NY) has blasted Israel with false accusations. He has not been rebuked by his party. Consider also former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was the Democrat candidate for governor in Florida. Gillum is a staunch supporter of groups that push the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Obama Administration opened the door to both hard-left policies and anti-Israel sentiments, dramatically replacing America’s support for both Israel and moderate Arab states with support for Iran and the Moslem Brotherhood.
A study by the AMCHA Initiative found that,
“Israel-related harassment increased by 70% from 71 in 2017 to 121 in 2018. Antisemitic acts involving the singling out of Jewish and pro-Israel students and groups for personal vilification more than doubled, with a tripling of expression falsely implying these students or groups are linked to ‘white supremacy.’ Antisemitic acts involving the unfair treatment of Jewish and pro-Israel students or attempts to exclude them from campus activities more than doubled, with expression calling for the total boycott or exclusion of Zionist students or expression from campus life nearly tripling.”
The anti-Semitism of prominent members of the Democrat Party is illustrated by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who, among other biased acts, posted an anti-Semitic political cartoon. A Daily Mail article noted that the cartoon’s illustrator, Carlos Latuff, is known for creating anti-Semitic images.
Jonathon Marks, writing for Commentary magazine, notes that,
“Democrats […] seem determined to hold on to those who do Jews harm.”
The bias against both Jewish individuals and the Jewish state has reached an unprecedented level within the Democrat Party. Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan has compared Jews to termites, and his history of ties with former Democrat National Committee Deputy Chair (and current Minnesota Attorney General) Keith Ellison is undeniable.
But it doesn’t end there.
The new anti-Semitism is broader than the traditional ethnically-based hatred that history is all too familiar with. It contains the seeds of the broader Progressive/Left’s disdain and hatred for all religion. A devotion to religious principles means that individuals see a higher power than government, a belief that the Left, which places the power of government on a solitary pedestal above individual rights, cannot tolerate.
The problem is not surprising. As the Democratic Party moves towards socialism, it takes on the traits historically common to socialist regimes. The Soviet Union was anti-Semitic from its inception. The trait was at the core of the National Socialist (Nazi) regime of Hitler’s Germany. An Adam Smith study found that,
“Anti-Semitism has formed a key part of Chavismo, Hugo Chávez’s political ideology, and is now maintained by Chávez’s successor Nicholas Maduro. From the early days of his presidency, Chávez targeted Venezuela’s small Jewish community with abuse and sought to push them out of Venezuela. This was despite the absence of any anti-Semitic tradition in Venezuelan culture, which was always welcoming towards its Jewish population. When Chávez came to power in 1999, 30,000 Jews lived in Venezuela. Now only an estimated 5,000 remain after two decades of persecution.”
Many Americans may be unaware of the Leftist Democrat’s growing bias against Jews because key information outlets refuse to cover the problem. While left-leaning Twitter goes to great lengths to find excuses to censor conservative-leaning writers, it refused to object to Farrakhan’s tweet comparing Jews to termites.
Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government.