Jewish Organizations Slam Obama’s ‘Dark, Nasty’ Remarks that Approach Anti-Semitism
White House officials, including the president, have adopted language in the debate over the Iran deal that many Jews find objectionable and offensive.
Major Jewish organizations have reacted sharply to statements with anti-Semitic undertones made by President Barack Obama and White House officials with regard to the battle for public support for the Iran nuclear deal.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) issued a statement calling on Obama and Congressional leaders to denounce what they termed as the ‘dual loyalty’ smear campaign leveled against Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and other opponents of the accord recently signed with the Islamic Republic regarding its nuclear aspirations.
“The spectacle of labeling Senator Schumer and other opponents of the controversial Iran Nuclear deal as ‘warmongers’ who are more loyal to Israel than America is the lowest form of gutter politics seen in our country since Joe McCarthy,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean of the SWC, a leading Jewish human rights organization.
“Instead of passionate and reasoned debates based on objective analysis of facts, we are increasingly witness to e-blasts, political cartoons, and sound bites that outrageously call into question people’s loyalty to our Nation,” Hier and Cooper said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We fear that such hateful rhetoric between now and next month’s historic vote will legitimize mainstream hate and anti-Semitism and falsely reduce an important policy decision that impacts on international terrorism, our Arab allies and the future of the Middle East, to a disagreement between the US and Israel,” they added.
SWC officials also called on Congressional leaders to take the lead in, “pushing back against the dangerous rhetoric that has the potential to wreak more damage to our society, than any foreign threat.”
Rabbi Cooper raised the issue at a meeting Tuesday with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) urging swift, bipartisan action.
Alluding to Age-Old Anti-Semitic Myths
Honest Reporting, a media watch dog, noted that critics of the Iran deal are “getting unfairly smeared” with charges of “dual loyalty,” in the media, and especially Schumer.
It appears that Obama’s frustration over the growing opposition to the nuclear deal may have weakened his inhibitions about making seemingly disturbing remarks.
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