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Although I voted for John McCain in 2008 and will probably vote for Mitt Romney in November, I have a difficult time understanding the disdain – nay, the absolutely pathological hate – for Obama found in many frum circles.

(To the credit of The Jewish Press, you’ve always voiced your disagreements with Obama in a calm, fact-based manner; your editorials, as far as I can recall, have never resorted to the kind of name-calling and baseless charges that have become almost routine on the Right.)

In visiting Orthodox websites and listening to casual conversations in pizza shops and on the street, one constantly reads and hears things like “Obama is a secret Muslim” and “Obama wants to destroy Israel” and “Obama is an anti-Semite.”

On what grounds can anyone make any such assertions? Is it because Obama doesn’t get along with Netanyahu? Neither did Bill Clinton when he was president and Netanyahu was prime minister in the late 1990s, and nobody accuses Clinton of wanting to destroy Israel. (Clinton, if you’ll recall, disliked Netanyahu so much that he actually sent political aides to Israel to work against Netanyahu’s reelection. Can you imagine the outcry if Obama would try something like that?)

Is it because Obama has increased the level of military aid and intelligence sharing with Israel to unprecedented levels?

Is it because even in his 2009 Cairo speech that everyone loves to criticize, Obama told an Arab audience in the heart of the Arab Middle East that the U.S. will never abandon its close ally Israel?

Is it because Obama stood by Israel during the Goldstone Report and Gaza flotilla controversies?

Is it because Obama single-handedly stopped the UN from proclaiming a Palestinian state last year?

If those are the actions of a man who wants to destroy Israel, I’d like to know how one spots a real anti-Semite.

Warren Glass
(Via E-Mail)

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4 Responses to “Letters To The Editor”

  1. I find your Daily Cartoon “Wins by a Nose” to be antisemitic on the order of the pervasive antisemitic propaganda of Nazi Germany. Am I missing something? Has anyone else commented on this?

  2. Steve says:

    You’re missing something.

    This cartoon is part of a running joke going back around 6 months, when one of our contributors wrote about nose jobs and shidduchim, which sparked a whole slew of responses and articles (and offers for free nose jobs) for over a month.

    Long term readers know what this cartoon is referring back to.

    But thank you for expressing your concern. We do need to keep in mind that not everyone would be familiar with the original story.

  3. Thanks, Steve. That’s a relief. I’d like to be in on the joke too. Would you know how I can read what was written about “nose jobs and “shidduchim”?

  4. Steve says:

    This is the (serious) article that kicked it all off.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/gila-manolson-a-response-to-yitta-halberstams-plea-to-mothers-of-girls-in-shidduchim/2012/03/26/

    It was followed up by the following (partial) mix of following of articles:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/marriage-relationships/readers-respond-to-the-tyranny-of-beauty-a-plea-to-mothers-of-girls-in-shidduchim/2012/03/29/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/tzadik-plastic-surgeon-to-shadchanim-free-nose-job-for-your-clients-who-need-but-cant-afford-it/2012/03/31/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/groggers-yidvid-nose-job-doc-in-trouble-with-asps/2012/03/15/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/yoris-daily-news-clips/nose-job-el-balkimy-egyptian-mp-loses-parliamentary-immunity/2012/03/19/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/twisted-values-and-the-tyranny-of-short-sightedness-a-plea-to-love-our-daughters-as-much-as-we-love-our-sons/2012/04/02/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/yoris-daily-news-clips/nose-job-el-balkimy-egyptian-mp-loses-parliamentary-immunity/2012/03/19/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/nose-king-of-miami-gives-in-to-asps-cancels-controversial-music-video-contest/2012/04/10/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/rabbi-shmuley-boteach-make-men-more-mature-rather-than-send-girls-under-the-knife/2012/03/28/

    And the first cartoon in response:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/cartoons/about-that-nose-job-article-we-published/

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