Jewish left wrong to attack Allen West

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine.”

Those words of Congressman Allen West, R-Plantation, caused local Democrats and their Jewish supporters to shake and shiver with anger laced with a bit of politics. Frankly, I don’t know which posture is more important to them.

The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and local Jewish organizations immediately responded to calls for action from their Democratic cohorts and sent out messages of outrage to West over his comments. Of course, they left out a continuation of his statement: “I’m talking about propaganda, OK? Don’t start taking my words and twisting it around. I’m talking about propaganda.” West knew what was soon to come from the left, and he was right on the mark.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., could equate America with Nazis, Soviets and Pol Pot and get away with little or no flack from the media or the Jewish liberal bullhorns. The Occupy Wall Street rhetoric, together with the Boston group’s occupation of the Israeli Consulate, did little to ruffle the feathers of the Jewish establishment. Add to that the anti-Israel attacks by Howard Gutman, Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton that landed like machine-gun-like thuds yet barely made it to the classified section of the local newspapers, if at all.

If Jews take the position that any comment dealing with Nazis, the Holocaust or any reference to either is the sole province of theirs and requires their stamp of approval, would they agree to clear any reference they make to slavery, the Civil War or the Confederacy with West, who is black? And while I’m on the Holocaust, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum extends the term “Holocaust” to the plights of people other than Jews. We have no lock on terminology referring to Nazis, the Holocaust and so on.

As for Allen West, there is no elected member of Congress who fights for the survival of the state of Israel more so than he does. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, is a member of the Israel-baiting J Street, and her former staffer, Rachel Streitfeld , has just been appointed as the Government Affairs Associate / South Florida Regional Political Director, to head that group’s South Florida office. Former Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler now heads the pro-Palestinian group, the Center for Middle East Peace. Both are Jewish and lend credibility to the Holocaust denier groups in Palestine. No outrage from Jewish groups concerning the nefarious activities of these two.

So, to Jewish groups who tend to habitually dip their feet into the political waters advocating Democratic causes, I suggest instead that they focus on Israel and Jewish students who are crushed under the Muslim Student Association and rail against those in this country who are pushing for our adoption of Koranic law. And when it comes to the defamation of Congressman West, educate yourselves to his commitment to Israel and Jewish causes. In fact, why not come to some of his lectures and hear what he has to say on these subjects? You might decide to even go against your genetic makeup and support this guy in the next election.


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