Right-Wing Shtetl Elders Don’t Care About Anti-Semitism

So a couple days ago Rush Limbaugh says this about the Massachusetts Senate race:

“There are a lot of people, when you say banker, people think Jewish. People who have prejudice, people who have — what’s the best way to say — a little prejudice about them. To some people, bankers — code word for Jewish — and guess who Obama’s assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.”

Limbaugh’s “a little prejudice” line doesn’t get around the fact that his entire nonsensical statement is predicated on precisely this prejudice. It only stands to reason. Limbaugh has a massive problem with black people. Have you ever met a racist who just had a problem with one particular ethnic group?

Even the Anti-Defamation League called Limbaugh out for his “borderline anti-semitic” comments. But look at what the right-wing self-appointed Shtetl leaders have to say about the man:

“There has been controversy recently over statements made by radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh about Jewish voting patterns, political ties and the recent Massachusetts election. We are deeply dismayed by the unfounded criticism of the talk show commentator’s observations,” read a statement issued Wednesday by several Jewish organizations, including American Friends of Likud, the news monitoring group CAMERA, Emunah of America, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, National Council of Young Israel, Religious Zionists of America and Z-Street.

So, no problem with being insulted by Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh is a useful vessel for mainlining a right-wing maximalist conception of Israeli interests into right-wing America. And that’s the test that matters — not actual evidence of bigotry, which they hysterically call “unfounded criticism.” I’m not really going to waste my time taking this crap seriously. But I would ask my fellow Tribesmen and Tribeswomen if anyone who would actually talk about “Jewish bankers” truly has the best interests of Jewish democracy at heart. That is, assuming you care about Jewish democracy and not just Jewish statehood.

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