The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), distinguished author Norman Podhoretz, columnist and foreign policy expert Dr. Michael Ledeen and respected columnist Mark Steyn have all criticized the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Abraham Foxman, for wrongly attacking radio broadcaster and strong friend of Israel, Rush Limbaugh, for making remarks that Foxman falsely claimed were borderline anti-Semitic. The ZOA has taken Foxman to task for his criticism of Limbaugh, describing it as wrong, confused and irresponsible.
In a recent broadcast, Mr. Limbaugh noted that President Barack Obama is attacking bankers and Wall Street saying, Scott Brown had a lot of success with independents, and thats — thats what Jewish liberals like to call themselves when theyre asked. They call themselves independents before theyll refer to themselves as — as liberals. So if Jewish people who voted 78 percent for Obama — which is far higher than any other group except African-Americans — if Jewish people gave Obama 78 percent of their vote, what if theyre experiencing buyers remorse like all these people in Massachusetts did? Do you realize how important this could be? There are a lot of people, when you say banker, people think Jewish. People who have prejudice, people who have, you know whats the best way to say a little prejudice about them. To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? Hes assaulting bankers. Hes assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if theres if theres starting to be some buyers remorse there.
Foxman criticized Limbaughs words by saying, Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with his borderline anti-Semitic comments about Jews as bankers, their supposed influence on Wall Street, and how they vote. Limbaughs references to Jews and money in a discussion of
In reacting to Foxmans misinterpretation of and irresponsible attack on Limbaughs words, distinguished author and former editor of Commentary magazine Norman Podhoretz wrote, Rush Limbaugh has been subjected to a vile attack by Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Of course, Mr. Foxman has a long history of seeing an anti-Semite under every conservative bed while blinding himself to the blatant fact that anti-Semitism has largely been banished from the Right in the past forty years, and that it has found a hospitable new home on the Left, especially where Israel is concerned. This makes Foxman a perfect embodiment of the phenomenon I analyze in Why Are Jews Liberals? Now Foxman has the chutzpah to denounce Rush Limbaugh as an anti-Semite and to demand an apology from him to boot. Well, if an apology is owed here, it is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League who should apologize for the defamatory accusation of anti-Semitism that he himself has hurled against so loyal a friend of Israel as Rush Limbaugh (A Statement from Norman Podhoretz, Author of Why Are Jews Liberals? Rush Limbaugh Show, January 21, 2010).
Respected syndicated columnist and author Mark Steyn said, I did want to say something, by the way, about this ridiculous business of Abe Foxman of the — what is it called? The Anti-Defamation League. Abe Foxman attacked Rush last week for his anti-Semitism. I have never heard anything more stupid and more contemptible from a Jewish organization than doing this stupid assault on one of the best friends in the United States of the Jewish people and of the state of Israel
We are witnessing across the planet the biggest resurgence in anti-Semitism since the second World War, and this boob, this pathetic, contemptible, cowardly man thinks its his job as spokesperson for a major Jewish organization to attack Rush. This is beyond pathetic. It is actually self-destructive. It is going to the soft target because he doesnt have the guts, he doesnt have the guts to actually confront the real sources of anti-Semitism in the world today, which is an alliance between psychotic Islamists and the college left, the polytechnic left, the educated left in the United States and in the broader Western world
When he attacks evangelical Christians, who are the best friends of Israel on the planet today. Unlike the secular, post-Christian European university-educated types, evangelical Christians are the best friends of
Eminent scholar of fascism Dr. Michael Ledeen said, Rush should be a hero to Foxman and American Jews, but they are so blindly partisan that they can no longer distinguish between their friends and their enemies. Foxman has relentlessly attacked American Evangelicals arguably the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel people in
The ZOA has released the following statement: We are puzzled and shocked by Abe Foxmans wrong, confused and irresponsible attack on the strongly pro-Israel Rush Limbaugh. Anyone who reads Limbaughs remarks can see that no attack on Jews is either made or intended. Limbaugh was simply telling the truth that people who are prejudiced against Jews often use the code term bankers and Wall Street to mean Jews; and that when Obama criticized bankers and Wall Street, some prejudiced people could have interpreted this as an Obama attack against Jews. He also accurately stated that 78% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama. But nothing Limbaugh said can be truthfully described as saying that Jews vote based on their religion. Whatever the reasons, most American Jews have voted over the decades for the Democratic Party and its presidential candidates.
The ZOA is also surprised by Foxmans attack because, not only were Rush Limbaughs comments not anti-Semitic, but Rush Limbaugh is in fact one of
In fact, on one occasion, Foxman argued in support of giving Desmond Tutu a platform at a university that had disinvited him on account of his hostile remarks about Jews and Israel, saying that While Archbishop Tutu is not a friend of Israel, we do not believe he is an anti-Semite. So Foxman whitewashes Desmond Tutu and defends him from a charge of anti-Semitism, but now he attacks Rush Limbaugh for comments that in his view were borderline anti-Semitic.
If Foxman is concerned about attacks on Jews from whatever source and consistent in denouncing them, why didnt Foxman criticize President Obama for having sat for 22 years in black supremacist and virulent critic of Israel Jeremiah Wrights church and for calling Wright a great man and my mentor? More recently, why hasnt he criticized President Obama for defaming
We agree with Norman Podhoretz, Dr. Michael Ledeen and Mark Steyn and call on Abe Foxman to retract his attack on Rush Limbaugh and to apologize to him.