Jonathan Chait at New York
[corrected - see below], about "Why Bibi Hates Obama
Netanyahu thinks a lot like a Jewish-American Republican....What's more, Republican Jews tend to have an overdeveloped sense of black anti-Semitism. Indeed, they generally regard traditional (i.e., white) anti-Semitism as having disappeared long ago, replaced by black anti-Semitism, which they consider largely pervasive. Their unstated assumption is that any left-of-center black politician is an anti-Semite unless proven otherwise...
Chait admits he has no basis for the claim above, "other than every conversation about anti-Semitism and Israel I've had with any Jewish Republican over my entire life."
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Which could be many, or just a handful, for all we know. What we do know is that Chait probably wasn't listening.
Here's my counter-proof, which is just as valid as Chait's -- probably more so, since I speak to Republican Jews on a regular basis (and not just to the delightful one to whom I'm married).
No Jewish Republican--not one
--considers "traditional (i.e., white) anti-Semitism" to have "disappeared long ago." And no Jewish Republican--not one
--considers "any left-of-center black politician" to be "an anti-Semite unless proven otherwise."
By contrast, Jewish Democrats do
often label right-of-center white politicians as anti-Semites even after proven otherwise. Exhibit A is Sarah Palin, whom then-Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) falsely described
as someone who had endorsed "Nazi sympathizer" Pat Buchanan for president in 2000, and whom the left more recently smeared
as an anti-Semite for her legitimate
use of the term "blood libel."
I challenge Chait to name one
"left-of-center black politician"--not many, but just one
--who has been treated in like manner by Jewish Republicans without some basis for the charge.
He can't. He should apologize.
Chait left The New Republic
several days ago, and published the post referenced above at New York
magazine, not at TNR
, as originally indicated. I apologize to TNR
for the oversight.