Do I have to say much about this piece of utter dreck? Will anyone in the Jewish press give any critical coverage to this outrage and call the smearmeisters at the RJC for their latest infamy? If the latest AJC poll is an accurate gauge (and it may not be for reasons I’ve outlined in this post), RJC’s scummy lies may actually be frightening a small, but siginificant number of Jews away from Obama.
The charges in this ad are utterly baseless. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser becomes “anti-Israel” in the RJC’s fevered worldview because he criticized Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. Rob Malley, a Jew and former Clinton adviser, becomes “pro-Palestinian” because he claimed that Israel was as much at fault for the failure of Camp David as the Palestinians. David Bonior, a member of the Democratic Congressional leadership is an “anti-Israel Arab supporter” because he represents a Michigan Congressional district in which a large Arab-American population resides. Tony McPeak, a high-ranking U.S. general is “hostile to American Jews” because he said that some American Jewish leaders hinder a peace settlement by supporting continued building of settlements. None of the above figures is playing any official or even unofficial role in the Obama campaign.
That’s it. That’s the substance of their charges (full pdf version).
This is odious. This represents a depraved indifference to the truth. For a Jew such an ad should be akin to eating pork on Yom Kippur. It takes a low campaign–that had included push polls frightening Jewish voters by telling them Obama was a Muslim–and takes it to an even lower level if that’s possible.
I call upon my readers to complain to Amos Schocken and Dov Alfon, the publisher and editor of Haaretz about these despicable ads. Wherever these ads run, readers should raise holy Hell. I don’t mind Republicans placing ads that attack Obama. That’s what they should be doing. But attack him with real ideas, rather than this dreck. And if this is all the RJC can come up with then they should be known forever more as the Repugnant Jewish Coalition.