Obama Surrounds Himself with Anti-Semites and Other Bigots
No Place For Slander In Jewish Discourse by Ira N. Forman of the National Jewish Democratic Council warns against sinat chinam, or baseless hatred. History abounds with examples, such as anti-Semites attempting to blame problems like bad harvests and plagues on Jews, Nero blaming Christians for the fire that destroyed Rome, Inquisitors and witch-hunters inventing heretics and witches to justify their existences along with the worst atrocities in history, and so on. Orwell’s 1984 includes a fictional example of a subversive named Goldstein, who may or may not even exist.
Sinat chinam, or baseless hatred, also has an opposite: the sanitization, whitewashing, or denial of genuine dangers and evils. This seems to be what NJDC is trying to do with Barack Obama and his anti-Semitic and anti-Israel connections. America First downplayed the menace of Nazism, and there were even Jewish collaborators who, whether willing or not, told other Jews that the cattle cars were going to take them to recreation camps instead of extermination facilities. Although Joseph McCarthy may have advanced himself through baseless persecution of imaginary Communists, genuine Communists and their fellow travelers were indeed trying to undermine the United States during the Cold War. Today, the Islamic Supremacist world tries to present a friendly face to the Judeo-Christian world while plotting its destruction. Its accomplices include Judas goats (literally trained animals that are kept alive and fed well so they will lead others of their own species to slaughter.) Holocaust denial and its equivalents are examples as well.
Dolores Umbridge of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is an outstanding if fictional example; she punishes Harry Potter for saying that Lord Voldemort has returned, even though Voldemort and his accomplice committed murder right in front of Potter. Grima Wormtongue of Lord of the Rings, who keeps telling his king that the Dark Lord is not a threat to the realm, is another. All these are the opposite of sinat chinam, and we really need a good word or simple phrase to describe them.
Let us begin, however, with baseless hatred. The National Jewish Democratic Council knows all about sinat chinam, because it is so good at practicing and promoting it. The following screenshots from Bubbie versus Christians and Jesus, also known as Bubbie versus the GOP, are shining examples of baseless hatred, paranoia, and bigotry for self-serving political gain. (more…)