Pelosi’s stereotypical comment about Jews
By RONN TOROSSIAN
Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the United States House of Representatives said this weekend that Jews vote Republican because they are rich and want a tax cut. The Jewish community will not ignore this. Could one imagine the rightful outcry if a Republican made an offensive statement like “Blacks are Democrats because they are poor and want welfare?”
Pelosi said in an interview Friday, “…Republicans are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy. So Israel that can be one reason they put forth.” She then said Jews vote Republican because “they’re being exploited.” So, the Democratic Party believes that Jews only want the tax cuts since they are all wealthy. Pelosi’s statements says Jews use Israel as an “excuse” for criticizing Obama. Pelosi is basically claiming that Jews only want money and don’t give a damn about Israel. Wow.
On both sides of the political aisle, rhetoric of this sort is unacceptable – civil rights organizations and Jewish organizations of all sort need to forcefully condemn this offensive statement.
Later in the interview, perhaps rattled and realizing she made a mistake Pelosi mistakenly claimed that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.” In fact, while President Obama hasn’t visited Israel as president, he did accept an award in Saudi Arabia, give a speech in Cairo and held town hall meetings in Turkey.
The rhetoric of Pelosi is even more troubling considering that she recently hired Faiz Shakir whose organization’s hostility to Israelwas described by the Obama administration as “deeply troubling.” Across the political spectrum Jewish and Israeli groups have referred to his language as unacceptable.
In a democracy, people vote freely – including Jews – and have many different considerations. For Pelosi to say Jews only care about money is deeply insulting. Pelosi’s statements are unacceptable for any political official.
Pelosi owes the Jewish community an apology.
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