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Rabbi’s op-ed slams ‘The Jewish Left’s Warnock Whitewash’

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Managing Director of the Coalition of Jewish Values Rabbi Yaakov Menken penned an op-ed in Newsweek published Wednesday that slammed the “Jewish left” for ‘whitewashing’ Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock’s antisemitism.

In his piece, Rabbi Menken argued that Jews on the Left have “reduced anti-Semitism to a partisan weapon.”

“According to them, whether an individual’s statements about Jews or Israel are bigoted depends entirely upon that individual’s political affiliation—or worse, his or her race,” wrote Rabbi Menken.

For example, he accuses Leftist Jews of failing to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, for antisemitism, while calling out neo-Nazi David Duke. Rabbi Menken asserts that both figures “say many of the same things about Jews.” Still, he says, it’s “many on the Jewish Left insist that only Duke is hateful—and even claim, deplorably, that it is Omar’s critics who are biased.”

Further, Rabbi Menken says the Jewish Left defended Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, when she compared migrant detention facilities at the southern border to concentration camps. Many Jewish organizations spoke out against Ocasio-Cortez, including Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Musem, and other prominent groups and individuals, Rabbi Menken notes.

However, the Jewish Left, Rabbi Menken says, “rushed to claim both that Ocasio-Cortez made no such comparison and that the comparison was appropriate—never mind that these claims were mutually contradictory.”

He adds, “These activists were not trying to make a logical argument, but to serve as Jewish shields to block well-deserved criticism of AOC’s disgraceful statements.”

All the while, Jewish Leftists were charging President Donald Trump with antisemitism and “white supremacy” and ‘blaming him’ for the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, he noted.

“This is how the Jewish Left helped create the environment in which the Rev. Raphael Warnock could conceivably be a major party candidate, much less a viable contender to become a U.S. senator,” Rabbi Menken warned in his opinion editorial.

Warnock has time and time again proved that he’s not a friend of the Jewish people, Rabbi Menken reveals.

For example, “Warnock claims to be a friend of Israel who rejects the odious comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa and opposes BDS,” but who last year signed a statement that “demonized Israel, made precisely that comparison and endorsed ‘utilizing economic pressure’ against the country,” the Rabbi wrote.

Rabbi Menken pointed to a previous sermon where Warnock, falsely “claimed that Israeli soldiers ‘shoot down’ unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey.” 

At the time, Rabbi Menken’s organization sent a letter to Warnock’s campaign and the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) asking that they prove “that Warnock had abandoned these repugnant views before running for office—and was not merely saying different things to different audiences to fool those willing to be duped.”

“He, as a spiritual leader, had misused his pulpit to bear false witness,” Rabbi Yaakov Menken

The letter received no response. Instead, many Jewish Democrats chose to criticize President Trump’s decision to appoint Richard Grenell to the Holocaust Memorial Council, inluding Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, who accused the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany of ’emboldening actual neo-nazis.’

“The idea that a Republican might have done great things for the Jewish community is as inconceivable to them as the thought that they are endorsing a man who promoted hateful lies about Jews because he is a Democrat,” Menken adds.

Rabbi Menken concludes:

“It is up to the good citizens of Georgia to see past the whitewash. To use a person’s own minority status to shield him or her from the consequences of hate speech is identity politics in its most malignant form. Warnock repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements, for which he cannot be given a pass due to his progressive politics or his racial identity. The push for true equality and tolerance demands no less.”

You can follow Jennie S. Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press

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Remember this 2016 post from Hillary herself just days away from the election? During Friday’s trial of her former attorney Michael Sussmann, some juicy details behind this vey post have emerged.

“Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said that Clinton ‘agreed’ to leak allegations that the Trump Organization had a secret communications channel with Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media during his Friday testimony” reports National Review.

The media “report” Hillary tweeted about above, was spoon-fed to them with her blessing. Mook also revealed the “purpose” for the campaign to leak it to the press was to have a reporter “run it down” further and “vet it out.”

As for Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, Mook added that he “discussed it with Hillary as well” after which, “she agreed to” their decision to turn the loose gossip over to the press.

She was then able to use Slate’s “reporting” to discuss the fake collusion publicly. Clinton then tweeted the campaign’s press release on the “statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia.”

FBI agent James Baker, the then-agent who Sussmann took the Alfa Bank information to, testified in the trial Wednesday. He said he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann said he wasn’t representing a client when they met.

A text message from Sussmann to Baker from the day prior reads: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

National Review reports of the case:

The former FBI general counsel said that he would have treated the meeting and subsequent investigation differently had he known Sussmann was coming forward on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

 The evidence that Sussmann delivered to Baker came in the form of Domain Name System (DNS) data that allegedly showed frequent communications between servers associated with the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. The data was provided to Sussmann by Joffe, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Neustar, which was also being represented by Sussmann as part of his role as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.

FBI agent Scott Hellman testified Tuesday that he was immediately skeptical of the data and accompanying analysis that suggested illicit communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. In fact, the quality of the analysis was so poor, that Hellman questioned whether its source had a “mental disability” in a private chat with FBI colleagues, obtained by prosecutors.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which Perkins Coie hired to work on behalf of the Clinton campaign, translated the DNS data into laymen’s terms and pitched it to various reporters, including Franklin Foer, a writer for Slate.

 “We certainly hoped that he would publish an article,” former Fusion GPS employee Lauren Seago testified.

Foer obliged them, touting the claims in an article published on October 31, 2016, a little over a week before Election Day.

 

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