Jewish writer picks ‘Squad’ over Trump

Tom Camfield
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Posted 8/23/19
COMPLAINTS AGAINST DONALD BY ‘THE SQUAD’ pictured above have included, but aren’t limited to, his obsession with Israel to the detriment of Palestinians (not to mention his general …

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COMPLAINTS AGAINST DONALD BY ‘THE SQUAD’ pictured above have included, but aren’t limited to, his obsession with Israel to the detriment of Palestinians (not to mention his general distain for Muslims). Tlaib was born (in Detroit) to Palestinian parents—and obviously has reliable knowledge of the Israel-Palestine situation that Donald would as soon ignore. Omar was a refugee from Somalia and certainly is versed in the plight of the oppressed. These two openly support a boycott of Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians.

The two planned a trip to Palestine via Israel. It could have been viewed as a fact-finding mission, so common to Congress members in the past. Also, Tlaib could have visited her Palestinian grandmother and shown Omar the lay of the land at the grass roots.

But how dare they besmirch the great white image of anti-Muslim (except for oil-rich Saudis, U. S. military-industrial facilitator) Donald and his grand plan of Israel as his Middle-East manipulator (and military money-launderer). He lobbied his good friend Benjamin Netanyahu, allegedly corrupt prime minister of Israel, raving to one and all about how these women “hate Israel and all Jewish people.”

There is no reason in the world to assume that these women are flaming anti-semites, hating all Jews out of hand—except in Donald’s warped and simplistic mind, where he adjusts reality to suit his own prejudices and purposes. Are these women Muslims? I couldn’t care less. Are they Americans on the front line of attending our country’s social conscience. You bet.

It was back in early July that Donald first seized upon these women’s challenges as an opportunity to present himself as some great savior of Judaism and Israeli heritage. Looking for the American Jewish vote in 2020, he began describing these women as the face of the Democratic party. In part, Donald. They are basically just standing up for justice and equality, for which our country always has supposedly been a guiding light.

The Democratic party is just more inclusive and diverse than the GOP.

The amalgamation that makes up American society includes a very great number of Jews of various levels of active faith. I, myself, have two grandchildren who are children of a Jewish father. We’ve had a menorah in the window over Hanukah a few times. So when Donald insulted our four congresswomen as “horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist . . .” (tweet, July 16), I turned to read an article the same day by Shoshana Hershkowitz in forward.com. See https://forward.com/opinion/427763/aocs-squad-represents-me-as-an-american-jew-more-than-any-republican/

She began: “In the midst of President Trump’s racist tweet-storm directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, he decided to throw in Israel. As if it wasn’t enough to suggest that three U.S. born Congresswoman and one immigrant warrior ‘go back’ to their countries, Trump then had to drag the Jews into it.

“I have a message for the President: the Squad, as the four are known, represent me more as a Jew than he ever will. For me as an American Jew, seeing a diverse group of young women who are focused on progressive policies inspires me. As a Jewish woman, social and economic justice are inextricably connected with ‘Tikkun Olam’ - healing the world. ‘The Squad’ champions policies that seek to insure that everyone receives healthcare. They are working to end the epidemic of gun violence, and improve American life for people of all faiths, races, and creeds.

“This is in stark contrast to the other side. The other side is putting babies in cages, failing to condemn neo-Nazis, giving tax cuts to the wealthy, and — yes — making concentration camps on our border. And American Jews are appalled by it all. Only one in six American Jews identifies as Republican. More than 79% of American Jews cast their votes for Democratic candidates in 2018. We voted for Democrats at a higher rate than Evangelical Christians voted for Republicans.

“Trump and Republicans are trying to brand themselves as the ‘pro-Israel’ party. But we Jews know better. I am tired of being gaslit by my government. Seeing an American political party attempt to weaponize my family’s history enrages me in a deeply personal way. The arrogance of the Republican Party trying to tell me what Anti Semitism is, when there are literally two Jewish Republicans in the entire US Congress (two in the House, zero in the Senate) is astounding. . . I find far more solidarity with the Squad, a group of black and brown progressive women, than I ever will with the Republican Party.”

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Justin Hale
Saying that President Trump suggested that these women go back to where they came from was because of their ethnic ancestry is a distortion of the truth, if not an outright lie. You don't think their politics, anti-Israeli positions, anti-Jewish statements, their condemnation of our immigration policies on the southern border might have had something to do with Trump's statements? Regarding your interpretation/distortion of the Omar and Talib visit to Palestine The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office stated today: “Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and works to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country.”....." When submitting paperwork, both Omar and Talib listed “Palestine” as their destination, unlike all other representatives that recently visited Israel."..... Funding for their trip came from Miftah, an extreme pro-Palestinian organization that outwardly supports BDS. Miftah has praised Palestinian terrorists as the “resistance.”..... "The Israeli government did offer to let Tlaib in on humanitarian grounds to visit her 90-year-old Palestinian grandmother on the condition that she did not promote a boycott of Israel. Tlaib initially agreed, but later rejected the offer, saying she would not make the visit under "oppressive conditions.". (https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-denies-rep-omar-and-rep-talib-visit/) As so often with your Trump-hating agenda-driven blogs, when the truth doesn't fit your agenda, distort the truth.
Friday, August 23
Tom Camfield
Well if we want to get down to refining one bit of semantics, I believe Donald’s actual tweet said the Democratic congresswomen should "go back" and fix the "crime infested places" they "originally came from.” During a subsequent pep rally in Greenville, N.C., he suggested the same thing and his usual crowd of susceptible racial dullards began chanting “send them back, send them back”—as he paused to beam in the spotlight of adulation. The entirety of it all, in any case, serves to illustrate the character of Donald Trump, his disdain for free speech by American citizens in this democratic society—whenever such speech criticizes him. His encouragement of one-sided bullying, domestically and world-wide, also has been obvious. The “crime-infested” places to which he referred, if it was the birthplaces of these women, would be Cincinnati, New York City, Detroit—and Somalia. Also Chicago, where one of them grew up. Pretty much places he is the one who should be working at “fixing.” If Donald was referring to family ethnicity, he could have been including Palestine along with Somalia—probably included among the “s-hole countries” he referred to on another occasion. Hmmm. Where does that leave Donald, whose grandfather was an American immigrant from Adolf Hitler’s homeland—Germany. And Donald is pandering to neo-nazis and their ilk, as per Charlottesville. I’m a critic of Donald’s and if he thinks I should go back to where I came from, that would be San Juan Avenue in P.T. where I was living way long before he was born. And I suspect our Statue of Liberty, its attached welcoming poetry to the suffering and oppressed, should be sent back to France from whence it came—considering Donald’s overbearing attitude toward the likes of Muslim and Hispanic immigrants. As for Tlaib (not “Talib”), she chose not to fly at U.S.taxpayer expense as has been the wont of Trump’s cadre of cronies. And I understand her not wanting to accept some special favor from Israeli’s presiding version of Donald Trump—just for far-right public-relation points. It’s all just a continuing subjugation of Palestinians. God knows it’s her prerogative (and her grandmother’s and her parents’) to favor Palestine over Israel. There’s certainly nothing sacrosanct about Netanyahu’s Israel—as Jews themselves will attest. Meanwhile, let’s differentiate between anti-Israel (the rightest government) and “anti-Jewish.” Just as I’m anti-Trump administration but not “anti-American.”
Friday, August 23
Fred Camfield
Donald now considers himself The Chosen One. God would have to be a real practical joker.
Saturday, August 24
Tom Camfield
Talk about delusions of grandeur and outright lies . . . Donald has claimed no fewer than seven times over the past three years—including at a recent rally in New Hampshire—that he won Michigan's "man of the year" award. But there's no evidence that he did.
Sunday, August 25