Yesterday many of us viewed the circular firing squad known as the Democrat Party's Convention..
The following gives context to the spectacle....
"WHY DOES THE LEFT HATE ISRAEL?
For decades, most American Jews have believed there were far greater
threats from the fringe right than the fringe left in this country.
While this view may have been reasonable in the past, it is certainly
not so today. The fringe right still exists— the neo—Nazis in Northwest
Idaho, Matthew Hale, and David Duke, and the remnants of the KKK. But
the views of the fringe right have been marginalized by their
repudiation by virtually all mainstream elements on the political right.
The fringe left, on the other hand, has evolved into a broader left, and become more mainstream. The
political perspective of this new left is vehemently anti—Israel, and
the power and reach of this movement represent a real threat to Israel,
and by extension to Jews who support Israel.
The left in this country includes large numbers of academics,
journalists, human rights activists, environmental and animal rights
activists, entertainers, and some church groups, women's groups, racial
advocacy groups and unions. There are also liberals who are members of
these same groups. I distinguish between leftists and liberals by one key test: how
they feel about the country in which they live. If you tend to regard
America as a primarily flawed, evil, unjust, racist country (or at least
when Republicans are running it), and most importantly, believe that
the US is the primary threat to world peace internationally, then you
are a leftist, and not a liberal.
I believe there are several reasons:
1. It is an easy way to express one's hatred for America.
2. Israel is viewed as an outpost of colonialism , and an active practitioner of it.
3. Israel is a western nation, and hence can be judged by the left.
Israel is not protected by cultural relativism, as the Arabs are.
4. Leftist Christian churches can escape any lingering guilt about the
Holocaust, by turning Israel into a villain. Some leftist churches hate
Israel because they think this will help protect their members in the
holy land— in other words they feel threatened.
5. Ferocious Muslim hatred of Israel and the Jews reinforces the natural
cowardice of many on the left who go along with the Muslims to stay out
of their line of fire.
6. Jewish leftists are prominent in the anti—Israel movement. This opens the floodgates for everybody else.
7. Israel is attacked because the secular left is appalled by the
influence of religious settlers and their biblical connections to the
land of Israel, and by the support for Israel by evangelical Christians,
and Christian Zionists."