Another odd story begets an odd claim from my favorite Jewish crank, Norman Podhoretz. We begin with a rather crude remark from Rush Limbaugh [OMG OMG!!], who claimed that Obama’s remarks about bankers was really an attack on Jews, and geez shouldn’t they be regretting electing such an anti-semite? This earned a denunciation from Abe Foxman at the ADL because in reading so zealously so as to accuse Obama of antisemitism, it was Limbaugh himself that propagated such an antisemitic canard:
Limbaugh’s references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate. While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
But since Rush is such a hero of the Right, he has his defenders. And here he must have a Jewish defender. NPod, take it away:
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. … 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.
Man, in that little passage, NPod has managed to say two things that are ridiculous on their face, and an additional one that is at best questionable. Let’s start with the first:
Foxman has the chutzpah to denounce Rush Limbaugh as an anti-Semite…
Wrong. He denounced Limbaugh for making the link between Jews and money. Even I don’t think Limbaugh is an antisemite. [I do think he’s a racist, but never mind.] Rush’s goal was to paint the President [who is pure evil in his eyes] as an antisemite, which is even more ridiculous than his being an antisemite. In order to do this, he had to make insane leaps in logic, which led him to the bankers = Jews canard. Foxman’s job is to refute such lies and call out those who propagate them, which he did. Limbaugh is guilty of insensitivity in his quest to mow down his enemies. NPod, as I have observed before, has a bizarre system for labeling antisemitic material.
[A]nti-Semitism has largely been banished from the Right in the past forty years…
Really. I guess Pat Buchanan is a leftist.
Writing of “group fantasies of martyrdom,” Buchanan challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka: “Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.” (New Republic, 10/22/90) Buchanan’s columns have run in the Liberty Lobby’s Spotlight, the German-American National PAC newsletter and other publications that claim Nazi death camps are a Zionist concoction.
Joe Sobran, as NPod has more than help point out? [Getting booted by Bill Buckley doesn’t mean that you are a Commie all of a sudden.] And has NPod ever read the Occidental Quarterly and its even more obnoxious little brother, the Occidental Observer? I will not reprint any of the garbage in there, not on this blog. But I will state that, however NPod and his allies would say that they are not representative of the right, they are a fringe, so be it. But, all the same, they are well-funded, are staffed by educated nutjobs, and claim to represent the Right. NPod may ignore and marginalize these folks at his peril. I refuse to do such a thing. [And we should recall the publishing of incredibly anti-Semitic stereotypes, without irony, by Jennifer Rubin in his magazine last month.]
Finally, there is this observation by NPod:
…so loyal a friend of Israel as Rush Limbaugh.
For NPod, a loyal friend of Israel is one that assumes that everything Israel does, even in its maximalist behaviors, is a-OK. Even when those behaviors will obviously lead to all-out war, apartheid, or the loss of Israel as a Jewish state. For NPod, anyone who criticizes Israel at any time for any reason is not a friend of Israel. For NPod, Rush and Sarah Palin are friends of Israel. You know, I’ve seen friends of alcoholics encourage their drinking. In reality, Rush and his ilk are no friends of Israel. True friends are supportive of policies that will keep Israel a thriving democracy for the long-term.
It is time for NPod to retire to a quaint West Bank outpost, where he can safely ignore the neo-Nazis on the Right here in the US and elsewhere.