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August 30, 2015 11:20 pm

Jewish Pundits Bemoan Media ‘Obsession’ With Jewishness of Congress Members Over Iran Nuclear Deal

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She hasn't come out in favor of or against the Iran nuclear deal. But her Jewishness is highlighted in the media. Photo: Facebook.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with President Obama. She hasn’t come out in favor of or against the Iran nuclear deal. But her Jewishness is highlighted in the media in relation to her wavering about it. Photo: Facebook.

Two well-known Jewish pundits took to Twitter on Sunday to question the practice of the newspaper, The Hill, to emphasize the Jewishness of members of Congress in relation to the Iran nuclear deal.

Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept tweeted similar sentiments about what they consider the dubious practice, which neither actually refers to as “antisemitic” though this could be inferred from their banter with followers.

Goldberg, whose many one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama has made him an international household name, wrote: “The Hill newspaper appears to be a bit obsessed by the Jewishness of members of Congress.”

Greenwald, an award-winning author and long-time writer for publications such as Salon and the Guardian, wrote: “News outlets keep highlighting Jewishness of US politicians when discussing Iran Deal – why?”

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Each linked to a piece in The Hill, a political website widely read in Washington, D.C., about a Washington Post report on Saturday, according to which Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz “blocked consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting that would have praised President Obama and backed his nuclear deal with Iran.”

The Hill wrote: “Wasserman Schultz, who is Jewish, has not yet publicly said what she thinks of the nuclear deal and how she intends to vote when Congress considers it in September…

“Instead of the resolution, James Zogby, the co-chair of the DNC’s Resolutions Committee, prepared a letter expressing support for Obama and the Iran deal. The letter gained signatures from an overwhelming majority of DNC members, Zogby said.

“‘We wanted to show support for the president,’ he told the Post. ‘We found that the best way to show support was a letter that members would sign on to, and the overwhelming majority of DNC members signed onto the letter. This is the President Obama we elected in 2008 who said, ‘I choose diplomacy over conflict,’ and he did it.’”

Among the Twitter responses to Goldberg and Greenwald were rhetorical questions about why The Hill and other publications did not mention that Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, for example.

Others argued it made sense that Jewishness is raised in relation to the nuclear deal, due to Iran’s threats against Israel.

Still others pointed out that “you don’t have to be Jewish” to oppose the Iran deal, and since a majority of Jewish politicians are Democrats, most of whom are likely to back Obama when it comes time for the vote in September, The Hill and other media outlets should not highlight that particular side of a politician.

This appeared to be the point Goldberg and Greenwald were making.

Goldberg is a supporter of the deal (with a couple of minor reservations) and an outspoken critic of Netanyahu, whose “campaign to subvert Obama may be remembered as one of the more counterproductive and shortsighted acts of an Israeli prime minister since the rebirth of the Jewish state 67 years ago.”

Greenwald, who prides himself on being equally critical of Republicans and Democrats, welcomes the deal, but opposes what he sees as Obama’s “overall record [as] one of violence, militarism and aggression that has left a pile of dead bodies of innocent people.”

Responding to the social media comments, Washington Post blogger and columnist Jennifer Rubin was critical of the media, the Obama administration — and of Goldberg.

“Perhaps in his next interview with Obama, Mr. Goldberg can ask about the president’s insinuations that Jews and their money are influencing lawmakers,” she told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “Somehow the religion of the lawmaker is only mentioned when he or she is Jewish. When was the last time you saw ‘Catholic lawmaker to oppose Iran deal’? Whether intentional or not, the implication is that Jews are a people apart. The White House and its allies unfortunately have indulged in obnoxious rhetoric and obsession with ‘money’ and powerful lobbyists, an unsubtle reference to antisemitic tropes. The discussion has reached a new low — something I would expect in Europe, but never in the United States.”

 

 

 

 

 

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  • MartyNYC

    Who in the anti-Semitic Jew hating United States has given Israel tens of billions, its most modern planes and helicopters and secretly supplied it with bunker buster bombs?

    Who has given, Israeli approved, billions to Mubarak and now Al Sisi?

    Who has insisted on not releasing its 1967 documentation on Israel’s failed attempts to sink the USS Liberty.

    Let’s not ask who did not make a fuss when Israel refused to
    return Pollard’s stolen super secrets, those only of interest to the then USSR.

    • Velvel in Atlanta

      Who wants a billion dollar presidential library full of autobiographies ghost written and full of fantasy and then demands his “legacy”?

      Who refused to provide his high school transcripts, his college applications, his college transcripts, his law school applications, his financial aid applications, his law school grades, his law review application, his law review articles?

      Who calls for “transparency” from his opponents and for “opacity” from himself and his intimates? Who invents innocence from the guilty and guilt from the innocent? Who demands disarming Americans while arming everyone around him?

      Who pretends that he has made our country more respected while showing respect for no one?

      Who pretends that everyone should go to college and that they should not pay for it?

      Who pretends that the Constitution has a provision that there is a right to vote (rather than a right not to be denied the ability to vote)?

      Who dumps on allies and sleeps with enemies?

      Who draws “red lines” and then pretends that he never did?

      And whose sycophants whine “racism” when they know it is really insincerity and selfcenteredness and sanctimoniousness and selfishness?

  • Alexi

    “Whether intentional or not, the implication is that Jews are a people apart.”

    We ARE a people apart. We always have been, and we always will be. That’s the way of it.

  • Mike Schwarzer

    US Indictments under the Logan Act are needed for corrupting constitutional law. After the vote I hope Obama prosecutes for this treason.

  • steven L

    Without the liberal Jewish money, this President wouldn’t be!

    • hog wash. A systematic precategorization is lending to error. T he ideologies held by our pesident are cultural norms. And, while there may be errors, to castigate an entire people is just as when some might turn any anglo into a racist slaver or Confederate.

  • steven L

    Antisemitism: the oldest, the worst and the most common form of PROPAGANDA! Most people DON’T even know the meaning of the term propaganda. Amazing isn’t it!
    Here we go again with injecting the notion of disloyalty of so called dual citizenship. Diane Rehm is famous for calling Bernie an Israeli dual citizen!!! Home work, home work Diane.
    Jews should be part of an Independent party.

    • jackqueline

      Diane Rehm is of Arab descent no surprise

  • Francis Figliola

    Considering how the Ayatollah continues to call for the death of Israel and America, it seems logical that Congressional partisanship would come into question over a vote that would be contrary to the existence of Israel and the United States. The pundits would surely also bemoan previous media “obsession” of Japanese for Tojo, Germans for Hitler and Italians for Mussolini!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Glenn Greenwald is a neo nazi apologist who’s never shied away from using his own nominal ‘Jewishness’ as a shield to defend his own insane antisemitic blathering. That is the simple of fact of it.

  • Shmuel Mendelsohn

    Could you imagine if there was civil rights legistlation on the table, and the press kept pointing out that those in support were African-American? I’m waiting for the administration to say that some of their best friends/congresspersons are Jewish!

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Wasserman-Schultz is Obama’s pit bull and she’ll do anything Obama tell her to do.

    The fact that Jews in Congress like Nadler and Levin and others will vote for this deal which seriously endangers Israel’s very existence is very sad.

    What if Iran was threatening Kenya the same way its threatening Israel with the same deal?

    What would the Jews do then or what would Obama do?

    You’re right they would threaten war against Iran.

  • Lawrence

    Why not expect this in the United States, just like Europe? The US is a horribly anti-Semitic country and always has been. Its government supports another holocaust of Jewry and nobody says diddly. Shocked that a country that did nothing to help European Jewry flee the Nazi menace is you know anti-Semitic, give me a break. Check the real history of the US and Jews, just because there have been no pogroms doesn’t mean it’s not an anti-Semitic country. It is. Its media, the State Dept, its govt bodies, its universities, its unions, its public are anti-Semitic. And it’s getting worse.

    • ross

      Hey Lawrence! it’s just the opposite of what you just said. every word of it!!!!!!

  • Obama and Goldberg achieve their different but mutual objectives in meeting again and again. We can trust neither on the complex Jewish question. Bibi’s behavior is not worth discussion in the circumstance. For the record, my dad ran The New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and never went to temple. My mother was Episcopal. We were baptized and could not care less. Bibi has been a house guest, once. He means nothing to us. We voted for Obama once. Do not support him today. Inclined to support Iran deal, would be just as happy to go to war with Iran, now. We’ve met Goldberg. We are not impressed with nervous overweight sweating journalists that chew their fingers. Few journalists today are well balanced and strong. Goldberg has allowed himself to become the story. He’s selling, and reporting. Compromised. Ego maniac. Antisemitism is common among self hating Jews and Obama is a mess of contradictions, as are the dishonest Clintons. It’s pointless to weigh in among Obama, Greenwald and Goldberg. Each has become something that renders his view on Iran compromised. Each is brilliant. Their goals are no longer consistent with their roles. They’ve become their own story.

  • Obama and Goldberg achieve their different but mutual objectives in meeting again and again. We can trust neither on the complex Jewish question. Bibi’s behavior is not worth discussion in the circumstance. For the record, my dad ran The New York Federation of Jewush Philanthropies and never went to temple. My mother was Episcopal. We were baptized and could not care less. Bibi has been a house guest, once. He means nothing to us. We voted for Obama once. Do not support him today. Inclined to support Iran deal, would be just as happy to go to war with Iran, now. We’ve met Giodberg. We are not impressed with nervous overweight sweating journalists that chew their fingers. Few journalists today are well balanced and strong. Goldberg has allowed himself to become the story. He’s selling, and reporting. Compromised. Ego maniac. Antisemitism is common among self hating Jews and Obama is a mess of contradictions, as are the dishonest Clintons. It’s pointless to weigh in among Obama, Greenwald and Goldberg. Each has become something that renders their view on Iran compromised. Each is brilliant. Their goals are no longer consistent with their roles. They’ve become their own story.

  • Scott Rosenberg

    “Something you would expect in Europe but not in United States” could it be because you have managed to hold our entire government hostage for years, including our presidents, when it comes to Jews and Israeli issues by tieing their hands to run this country of ours, the way they should, without any undue “outside influences” it’s not a religious issue! It’s a Jew and Israel issue! (you could be a Jew and not be Jewish religiously, or be non religious completely, like myself.)
    I’m sure, as I have been talking to friends and some regular Americans, the hatred has been building more and more towards Jews in this country because of all these activities, starting from Israel and Natanyahu’s activities in meddling in our countrie’s policies so overtly and arrogantly by giving marching orders all the way from Israel to our congressmen and senators! No self respecting country could or should tolerate this kind of “tail wagging the dog activities in our country!! One more thing. I dare you to publish this without calling me “self hating Jew”!!!!

    • Barry

      And the America has never meddled in the internal affairs of other countries, and blackmailed them into doing things contrary to their interests?
      Come on, where did Bibi, apart from talking to Congress, do anything like your State Department financing anti-Israel NGOs? Paying for groups to get votes against Bibi in the Israeli elections?
      And in the 90s didn’t Bill Clinton send in James Carville to mess with the Israeli elections?
      Then again if his words are so magical that he could sway Congress against the interests of the US then no wonder Obama is jealous.
      For the hubris of the Administration the Prime Minister is not allowed to say anything to defend his country’s interests?

      Obviously you have no idea of recent history.

      • Barry

        I neglected to comment on the following phrase:
        ” I’m sure, as I have been talking to friends and some regular Americans, the hatred has been building more and more towards Jews in this country. ”

        I’m sure that if it is for the ‘collective” Jews, then those people need no more excuse to hate than Islamists need to resort to violence.

    • Jon Edward

      No, Scott Rosenberg. Just a pathetically ignorant and uniformed Jew.

  • Stan Jacobs

    I cannot understand the Jewish love for the Democratic Party.

    • Karen North

      Harry S. Truman recognized Israel at a time when ‘GOP’ country clubs had signs that read “No Jews or dogs allowed”, just one example of the anti-Jewish discrimination that followed the mass immigration to the USA 1880-1920.

      Such ‘love’ outlasts changes in the duopoly over time. African-Americans voted for the party of Lincoln, when the Democrats were dominated by the segregationists. LBJ changed that in 1964.

      Now, Identity Politics is officially the Democratic Party. one wonders why …

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