Saturday, July 31, 2010

Anti-Semitism: Once Bad, Now OK?

The following story is one that illustrates how Anti-Semitism is becoming increasingly acceptable in political discourse:

Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger to Democrat Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.

But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker.

The file, labeled "Grimm Jewish Money Q2," for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.

"Where is Grimm's money coming from," said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon's campaign spokeman. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."

Sure, Israel is not an innocent actor in MidEast affairs but by tapping into this, politicians, academicians and others are tapping into something much deeper than Israeli-Palestinian relations. The ideology of Mel Gibson and its lookalikes doesn't deserve to have a new bed of support in the United States.

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