Israel’s government ministers and illegal settlers celebrate Trump’s victory, saying it will mean that there will be no independent Palestinian state.
The last video advert from Trump just before the election day, “Donald Trump’s Argument For America” was condemned widely by Jewish commentors and Jewish organizations in the United States – including the now Zionist-oriented Anti-Defamation League.
The critics claimed that in it’s negative use of Jewish individuals who hold major financial power and influence in the United States it was antisemitic and drew from that old Czarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
This has been now followed by the appointment of the antisemitic white suprematist Steven Bannon from the racist Breitbart News as his chief strategist in the White House.
Steven Bannon and the Breitbart News represent a common type of American Christian Zionism – fervently pro- Israeli occupation and anti-Palestinian yet antisemitic when it comes to the United States.
Breitbart News has after the election been eager to point out how overwhelmingly Clinton was voted for by Jews, 70 % compared to 25 % Trump. This was reported in their Jerusalem-section, to show the Schizoid nature of their Christian Zionism.
To a large section of the Christian Zionist in the United States there is no contradiction in this in this combined support for Greater Israel in Palestine and blatant antisemitism back home.
Black Lives Matter -movement, to which Palestinian activists have increasingly tight ties of solidarity, has also been a regular target of hateful and misleading attack in the Breitbart News, named after a white suprematist and suicide Andrew Breitbart, a kind of Horst Wessel -figure for the current far-right in the United States.
Trump himself has often been accused of antisemitism and use of antisemitic stereotypes, including in his speech to Republican Jewish Coalition in last December.
The Israeli government, the illegal Israeli settlers and apparently a majority of the adult Jewish population could care less it seems, based on the few Jewish voices in Israel (outside its marginalized real left) voicing condemnation about that advert, Bannon and fear of what Trump administration will mean to minorities in the United States.
This brings to our mind an article after Trump won the Republican primaries, in which a hard-right Israeli Jew commenting on it relished the idea that Jews in the United States who oppose Israeli occupation would have to escape to Israel to avoid persecution by a Trump administration.
In The New York Times, pro- Israeli occupation columnist Shmuel Rosner writes about how Trump will deepen the divide between Jews in Israel and the United States – although between the lines you can read that he thinks that if Jews in the United States would just criticize Israel’s crimes less, it would ‘help’ to keep the divide becoming less wide than otherwise…
Next time Netanyahu or any other leading Israeli politician makes accusations of antisemitism towards those criticizing Israel’s actions and policies, remember his and the Israeli cabinet’s reaction to Trump’s own and his staff’s antisemitism and bring it up.
Ask them why they don’t condemn antisemitism and why they embrace a man who embraces antisemitism – and ask from those adult Israeli Jews who have voted them why they accept this kind of behaviour from their leaders.