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Old 03-16-2003, 10:22 AM   #1
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Playing the Anti-Semitism Card in the Iraq War

Playing the Anti-Semitism Card in the Iraq War
By Rabbi Marvin Hier
Simon Wiesenthal Center

America's Jews are under attack.
Voices from both the right and the left are playing the antisemitism card with glee as they righteously blame the Jews for America's war with Iraq. What's worse, the silence from more moderate voices in America is deafening.

One-time Presidential candidate and CNBC commentator Pat Buchanan, in a just-published article in the American Conservative, blames the conflict with Iraq on the State of Israel and a 'cabal' of neoconservatives, the majority of whom are Jewish and supporters of Israel. Among Buchanan's vitriol: "We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interests. We charge them with colluding with Israel to ignite those wars and destroy the Oslo Accords."

What is truly frightening is the fact that this anti-Israel, anti-Jewish rhetoric is not coming from the lunatic fringe. It is now creeping into the American mainstream -- helped by bigots like Buchanan and Rep. James Moran.

The fact is, it is now in vogue to blame an Iraq war on Israel and American Jews.

Just read what else Pat Buchanan had to say: "We charge them [American neoconservatives; read: Jews] with deliberately damaging U.S. relations with every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the Palestinian peoples' right to a homeland of their own. We charge that they have alienated friends and allies all over the Islamic and Western world through their arrogance, hubris and bellicosity." And in summary of his remarks, Buchanan writes: "They charge us with antisemitism. False. The truth is, those hurling these charges harbor a passionate attachment to a nation not our own that causes them to subordinate the interests of their own country and to act on an assumption that, somehow, what's good for Israel is good for America."

And on another front, Democratic Congressman James Moran is still feeling the heat (even after his apology) for his recent remarks asserting, "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this." Moran went on to perpetuate the old canard of a powerful group of Jews machinating behind the scenes when he said, "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."

Even more shocking, this sentiment reflects a new canard that is alarming and must be stopped: that support of Israel is outweighing the better judgment of American Jewry and forcing U.S. President Bush and his advisors to pursue war. You and I know that these assertions are baseless: Never mind that Jewish support for American military action to disarm Saddam Hussein's Iraq is identical with non-Jewish Americans at 59%.

Of course, this is not the first time Buchanan has singled out Israel and its supporters for censure. No matter what the issue, Buchanan draws a straight line to blame the Jews. But in this case, he has had the audacity to lay the most serious crisis facing the United Nations and the U.S. at the doorstep of the Jewish State and those who support her.

The war in Iraq may be over in a matter of days, or perhaps weeks. But the war against the Jews will continue long after the troops have returned home. We are determined to fight this and all lies about the Jewish people with our most powerful weapon: the TRUTH. But we need your help to put a stop to the Buchanans and Morans of the world.

Please don't delay. It is so imperative that we have your support now to help us continue on with our work sounding the alarm on the dangerous falsehoods that are seeping into the American consciousness.
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Old 03-17-2003, 05:22 PM   #2
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Honesty is the road to starvation and truth is whatever is believed.

I�ve received several copies of the article by Rabbi Marvin Hier in my email.

In a perfect world lies can be fought with the truth but this world is far from perfect and so am I. Those that believe that the Jews are destroying American relationships with Arab states will go on believing exactly that until their deathbeds.

The world will always have anti Semites that play the blame game blaming Jews for everything that isn�t right in the world or in their lives. These individuals are blinded by fact, figures and truth believing only in their own twisted version of reality.

Of course in the case of prominent individuals their distorted versions of truth must be countered and not be allowed to stand. Still in the end there will be the believers that accept the lies at face value and spread them throughout their communities.
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