Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Will Jews continue to vote for Democrats even if the Democrats are anti-Semitic?

In the Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon reviews (h/t Instapundit) the state of anti-Semitism on the left:
Anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli venom is on the rise, and it is coming mostly from the left. Anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses is a “serious problem,” concluded the 2006 U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “There is more sympathy for Hamas [on U.S. campuses] than there is in Ramallah,” wrote award-winning Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, who found during a 2009 speaking tour of the U.S. that it “is not about supporting the Palestinians as much as it is about promoting hatred for the Jewish state.”

Surveys by Jewish organizations confirm that anti-Semitism is on the rise, as does a 2009 survey by researchers at Stanford and Columbia University, designed to find explicit prejudice toward Jews as a result of the financial meltdown. To the researchers’ surprise, they found that “Democrats were especially prone to blaming Jews: while 32% of Democrats accorded at least moderate blame, only 18.4% of Republicans did so.…” [Emph. added]
The Stanford-Columbia study that he refers to was by Neil Malhotra and Yotam Margalit and you can read more about it here.

According to Solomon, liberal anti-Semitism in Canada caused Jews to switched parties:
In Canada, Jewish alarm at Liberal tolerance of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli policies, coupled with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unequivocal stance against terrorism — “[There’s no] moral equivalence between a pyromaniac and a firefighter” — persuaded Jewish captains of industry who were also Liberal funders and fundraisers to tear up their Liberal membership cards and throw their support behind the Conservatives.
Every four years, there is talk of something similar happening in the US.  It just never seems to happen.

PREVIOUSLY on left/liberal anti-Semitism:
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Louis Farrakhan
CNN's anti-Semite
Hate crimes statistics, Jews, and Muslims, and more
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Anti-Semitism and the Connecticut Senate race

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