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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Time for American Jewry to get off the mat and stand up to Obama

JPost's Gil Troy (whose brother Tevi describes him as a 'muscular moderate') uses a blog post about Mary Robinson receiving the medal of freedom to try to wake up American Jewry.
In fighting modern anti-Semitism, the moral neutrality of the politically correct - which often masks moral sloppiness or even outright bias - is particularly insidious. To see the President of the United States honor someone who has been part of the problem rather than part of the solution is sickening.

The President also awarded Senator Edward Kennedy and the late Congressman Jack Kemp with the Medal of Freedom. Mary Robinson - and apparently Barack Obama himself - could learn from both their examples how to defend human rights without enabling the modern-day demonization of Israel and the Jewish people.

So far, the American Jewish community has been afraid to criticize Obama. Most have stood silent as he has singled out Israel for criticism while making nice to Iran and other dictatorships.

When American Jewish leaders were finally granted an audience with the president, the meeting was initially kept off the his daily schedule and, by all reports, was deferential, not confrontational.

How many more examples of presidential insensitivity to Jewish concerns will it take for American Jews to remember that as citizens in a democracy, it is our right and responsibility to stand up for ourselves.

And in the case of Mary Robinson's undeserved honor, it is our right and responsibility to stand up for American integrity, making sure that the Presidential Medal of Freedom is not awarded to those whose commitment to liberty and justice for all is spotty and trendy rather than consistent and enduring.
Read the whole thing.


At 2:11 AM, Blogger Alpha3958 said...

I don't understand all of the focus on Mary Robinson. Isn't Desmond Tutu a more egregious anti-semite?

At 3:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

American Jews don't really give a damn. 80% of them wouldn't have voted for Obama if they had.

What could go wrong indeed

At 7:05 AM, Blogger christine said...

well at least it's not rev. wright maybe that well come next year...........obama is showing us what he really is a muslim at heart..............................................

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

american jews are not afraid to criticize obama

im sorry carl, but you have absolutely no right to tell us how to think and/or act

and again, the majority of jews in america are not one issue voters

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Mervyn Doobov said...

I'm puzzled. How did Ted Kennedy stand up for the human right of Mary Jo Kopechne to continue living?


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