FROM OUR PRINTED JUNE 2021 EDITION
by Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The widening all-out war between Israel and Hamas has exposed the dark underbelly of the Democrats. They are the party of anti-Semitism.
Most progressive Democrats are not only anti-Israel, but deeply anti-Semitic. As Hamas and Islamic Jihad rain rockets and missiles on civilian areas across Israel, the Democratic Left has openly done something once thought unthinkable: embrace Palestinian terrorism.
Hamas and other Palestinian Jihadists in the Gaza Strip have launched thousands of missiles into central and southern Israel. They are deliberately attacking civilian targets in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and nearby residential suburbs and towns—homes, schools, hospitals and buses. Scores of innocent Israelis (including women and children) have been massacred. Israel has retaliated with a devastating air campaign, pounding Hamas targets throughout Gaza, even destroying a high-rise building that housed the Associated Press’ bureau. No one was killed. But the building was being used by Hamas’ military intelligence to organize and perpetrate missile strikes on Israel.
Liberals have condemned Israel’s response, claiming it is “disproportionate” and has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians, some of them children. The anti-Israel Left says these attacks are “war crimes” and that Israel is an “apartheid state” that must be reined in by the international community.
Yet, they are deliberately ignoring one seminal fact: Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization. They started the latest round of fighting. They have deliberately placed missile batteries and terrorist command centers within Gaza’s civilian population, using women, children and the media as human shields. They are not just gutless cowards; rather, they are murderous sociopaths who are willing to sacrifice innocent Palestinian lives in their campaign to annihilate the Jews. The ultimate goal of Hamas is the extermination of the Jewish state—to drive all the Jews of Israel into the sea. Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of Israel.
In fact, as the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict was beginning to flare up, one of Hamas’ senior military commanders, Fathi Hammad, went on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV and urged every Arab Israeli to buy a cheap knife worth five shekels ($1.50) and behead every Israeli Jew.
“People of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives,” he said. “Buy a knife, sharpen it, put it here [against the neck], and just cut off [their heads]. It costs just five shekels.”
He added: “With those five shekels you will humiliate the Jewish state.”
Hammad then quoted from the Muslim Koran, telling his followers that the Jewish people are the mortal enemies of Islam.
“The Jews have spread corruption and have acted with arrogance, and their moment of reckoning has come,” he said. “The moment of [their] destruction at your hands has arrived.”
Yet, instead of condemning Hamas’ grotesque anti-Semitism and Jew-hatred, leading left-wing Democrats are defending and supporting Palestinian terrorism. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Israel’s decision to defend itself is a “terroristic act” and must be denounced by the U.S. government. She openly hopes for a Hamas victory. So does Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another member of the so-called “Squad.” She also criticizes Israel’s right to defend itself, claiming they are “human rights violations” and that the Biden administration must withdraw all foreign aid to the Jewish state. Her dream: a Greater Palestine that erases Israel from the map.
Other top progressives—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters—have sided against Israel, demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appease Hamas and the Palestinian Jihadists. In short, they are coddling and supporting Jew-hating terrorists in their fanatical war to wipe out Israel.
Which begs the question: Why have liberals not only turned their back on the Jewish state, but on the Jews themselves? One would think the Holocaust—the systematic mass murder of 6 million Jews—should have purged anti-Semitism from the Western mind. It didn’t. The reason is that the modern progressive project calls for the dismantling of nation-states, creating a utopian world without borders. This is why the Left despises the two countries that embody national sovereignty and a distinct cultural identity—America and Israel. Destroy those two nations and the road is paved for the New World Order. It’s no accident that the Democratic Left is both anti-American and anti-Israel.
Ultimately, however, anti-Semitism is at the heart of the Left because progressives are part of a totalitarian movement. And for totalitarianism to succeed it must have a scapegoat—an eternal enemy: the Jew. This is why totalitarian leftists of every stripe—German national socialists, Soviet communists, Venezuelan Bolivarian collectivists—have all hated Jews. Hamas are Islamic Nazis. Like all good anti-Semites, progressives understand they must stick together. Today, it is the Jews; tomorrow, it will be us.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. His daily show airs 6:00-10:00 am EST. He can be reached at: JeffreyKuhner@iheartmedia.com.