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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: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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