Ron Paul: Blame Israel First

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In an interview with Iranian television, Ron Paul complained that the president had not said anything to Israel about its horrible massacre, compared Gaza to a concentration camp, and made it rather clear that he sympathized with the terrorists. It wasn’t some unknown mysterious stranger signing Paul’s name to hateful screeds. It was the man himself doing an interview with the agents of a murderous regime responsible for the murders of numerous Americans.

What about the following statement in the House of Representatives?

“Bin Laden’s claims are straightforward. The U.S. defiles Islam with military bases on holy land in Saudi Arabia, its initiation of war against Iraq, with 12 years of persistent bombing, and its dollars and weapons being used against the Palestinians as the Palestinian territory shrinks and Israel’s occupation expands. There will be no peace in the world for the next 50 years or longer if we refuse to believe why those who are attacking us do it.”

Ron Paul isn’t calling for impartiality or agitating for non-interventionism because he supports Jewish self-reliance, but because he believes that Israel is the source of our problems. He has made it clear over and over again that he blames Israel’s own war on terrorists for terrorism, just as he blames America’s war on terror for terrorism against America.

Paul’s hatred for the United States government has led him to make a common intellectual cause with Islamic terrorists. As far back as his Survival Report days, Paul had gotten in the habit of responding to Islamic violence with conspiracy theories. When Tehran was calling for Rushdie’s head on a plate, Paul wondered if “Some of the people hyping the Rushdie affair have other motives? For example to make Moslems look bad for geopolitical reasons?” (Ron Paul Survival Report – April 1989)

In January 2002, Paul wrote, “How can we forever fail to address the provocative nature of U.S. taxpayer money being used to suppress and kill Palestinians and ignore the affront to the Islamic people that our military presence on their holy land of Saudi Arabia causes.” In that same article he described the terrorists as “those who so passionately hate us that suicide becomes a just and noble cause in their effort to kill and terrorize us”.

In his book, “A Foreign Policy of Freedom,” Ron Paul insisted that, “all recent presidents have reiterated our obligation to bleed for Israel.” American soldiers have never bled for Israel, but language of this sort plays well with Paul’s base, and continues feeding the myth that America’s confrontation with Islamic terror is due to Israel, rather than Islam.

Occasionally Paul switches gears and points out that a cutoff in foreign aid would be good for Israel. That may well be the case. I believe that and so do quite a few people who support Israel. But this issue stands entirely apart from Paul’s larger “Blame Israel” worldview.

Ron Paul is not simply anti-foreign aid, he is anti-Israel. That is the country he has singled out for blame over and over again. And while he has every right to his opinion, conservative Jewish groups have a right not to give him a forum.

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  • Joe

    Articles like this, and people who push these kinds of things are the kinds of things which will lead to hatred of Israel.

    I don't know how thinks it's a good idea to put Israel ahead of the US in politics, but it's incredibly stupid.

    You are affecting people such as myself who generally don't have an opinion on Israel 1 way or the other extremely negatively.

    This article is telling me, I should just deal with the bailouts and theft that is going on, and instead vote for a candidate who supports these things because they talk tough on Israel.

    That I should just deal with the loss of liberty because the other candidate talks tough on Israel.

    That I should pass up on the 1 honest politican I have seen in my life.

    And I look at the policies and things. I see that in 1981 Ron Paul stuck up for Israel when nobody else did over their sovereignty. And then you try to convince me that Ron Paul is anti-Israel, or "Anti-semite", and I'm left sitting here feeling like someone is just throwing around the racism card.

    So keep it up if you want to lose support for Israel. I'm just a voter, I don't give a crap if some guy wants to call me "Anti-Semite". And when you ask me one day why, I'm going to say because people put that foreign country above my own.

  • sod

    Ron is right to some degree, Israle shouldn't give up the Gaza, the Sinai, the West Bank and should claim the other 4/5 of the original British mandate that meant for the Israel state.

    It only proves that appeasement will only bring about more violence.

  • Don

    Delusion is a disease. Even the Israeli Prime Minister agrees with Ron Paul. Why's nobody calling him anti-Jew? Ron Paul is correct. He is far more intelligent and courageious than any of the morons attacking him here. He's too intelligent for Americans to understand so they hat him. Classic.

    Norm: when the U.S. military attacks Iran then they will be fighting and bleeding and dying for Israel. Idiot.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Actually they'll be fighting and bleeding and dying for Jimmy Carter, but I don't see any such thing happening anyway.

  • UCSPanther

    Ron Paul cultists: A textbook example of a personality cult.

  • Jay

    So, you believe you have the right to STEAL money from me to give to Israel and to unconstitutionally wage war in the midde east?

    How would you fund this if not via theft through taxation?

    Also, Ron Paul never blamed the American People for 9/11… he blamed our governments unconstiutional foreign policy. Damn, the author is a dumb ass.

    • Questions

      Why doesn't Rep. Paul denounce our aid to Egypt, which since the 1978 Camp David accords has been in the same amounts as to Israel? The Congressman's silence is deafening.

      • Simon

        What are you talking about? He denounces ALL foreign aid.

      • Joe

        Yeah, he is against all foreign aid, not just to Israel.

        In fact, we give more to the enemies of Israel than we do to Israel, so in that kind of manner, it would be a net gain for Israel.

  • BRYAN

    RON PAUL 2012!!!!

  • stern

    Best argument for voting AGAINST Ron Paul? The anti-Semitic garbage spouted here by those who support him. If these are his base, that's all I need to know.

  • mike donovan

    If crowds came after Jews to scapegoat things in the USA, only one candidate would have the courage to protect them – Ron Paul. The rest would turn on Jews as fast as they turned on Muslims for political advantage. Keep that in mind when you are trying to destroy him because he's not the pocket of the Israel lobby.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Ron Paul already scapegoats Jews

      • Joe

        Yeah right, would that include in 1981 when he was one of the few people who didn't condemn Israel for protecting itself by bombing nuclear sites in Iraq?

  • Reason&Truth

    It's time for Ron Paul to start suing authors like this for slander – your article is dishonest and just NOT TRUE!

    Ron Paul 2012

  • Chad

    Shill-man Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center (I think that just about says it all). “an aggressive, national socialist state” (why does the author disagree?) “courageous fellow was exposing the … playground of the powerful” (why does the author disagree?) “Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica” (why does the author disagree?) “Jewish independence and Jewish self-reliance” (why does the author think these are terrible things?) … This entire article is rubbish. Propagandizing journalistic terrorism – for reactive minds. Understanding Ron Paul requires intelligent thought beyond reactive emotion. For example: A Terroristic Journalist will say “Ron Paul will legalize all drugs!” – this is enough to evoke fear in the simple minded. But Ron Paul demands the intelligence of a person that will question “Is this actually true, or does he leave it up to the powers of individual states? Do police/military kill more people in the War on Drugs, or do illegal drugs kill more people?”

    These types of articles merely attempt to evoke fear in the mindless masses. They do not appeal to intelligent people, most of whom support Ron Paul.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Mention Ron Paul and vavoom off goes his troop of avenging spirits who will
    knife you in a heartbeat. I have nothing to say against or for Ron Paul, let
    the battle begin and may the pundits be the pin cushions of the day…….
    ………….oops! late again…………………………………………….William

    • Simon

      So it would be better if everyone insulted Paul with no one defending him?
      It's true they can try to be more respectful but it is normal to be angry when someone creates a smear article on their preferred candidate.

  • whitehunter

    Ron Paul is a dangerous, deluded lunatic. His similarities to another nutcase–Lyndon LaRouche–are startling, right down to the foaming-at-the-mouth fanaticism, stark-raving-mad imaginings, and bald-faced lies of his followers, which would have fit nicely in the Jonestown cult of Jim Jones. Paul's crackpot ideas range from joining Barney Frank (uggh!) in demanding an immediate 25% cut in our defense budget, to his bizarre economic hallucinations, to his well-known Jew-hatred, to…you name just about any lunacy and chances are this crackpot advocates it. And like the zombies of the "Church" of "Scientology," Ron Paul's acolytes will defend his insanity to their last breath of sarcastic, threatening, mendacious venom.

    • Simon

      Ah, and we're supposed to be the rude ones here. I will defend my positions if you asked for it, but I would not shove it down your throat. But you're free to do want and have the privacy and rights to do so. That's what I'm fighting for even if you disagree with my method of doing so.
      So enjoy your Ron Paul bashing, while I politely convince other people to join the cause for Ron Paul. Guess which method is more successful.

  • GoodKarme

    im a spanish italian american call me racist cause i dont want my country helping other countries in their squabbles with their neighbors call me extreme cause i dont dual citizens in my government …call me a radical for wanting to follow the constitution your lies will not win Ron Paul 2012 or more Obushma your call Gop

  • ben

    America forced Israel out of Sinai twice…the first time under threats of violence (Eisenhower). Sinai was taken in just wars and could have provided Israel ten times as much in oil than America provided in financial aid. Furthermore for every dollar Israel has received in aid from America…enemies of Israel received ten dollars. After America interfered in Israeli policy for decades and weakened the country both economically and spiritually, to say now that we should just cut them off is like throwing someone off a ship after taking them out into the middle of the ocean, giving them a rowboat and saying "good luck."

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Israel just has separation anxiety from the US.

  • aspacia

    This thread is a huge disappointment. Okay, if you support Paul tell us why, and expect a response. The author, Greenberg, supports his claim with facts and most Paul supporters respond with vacuous ad hom attacks.

    Fact: Paul is an isolationist, and whether we like it or not, we are in a global economy. Most any car we purchase has parts from many different countries.

    We a still dependent on oil, and Israel is a vital ally to help us keep an eye on the vital economic commodity.

    We sell military defense items to Israel and provide 3. billion in Federal aid; this aid is a very insignificant part of the GNP, and is miniscule compared to the amount of aid we provide world wide.

    I must dress for work, but will return.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Please do……………………………………………….William

  • WilliamRD

    So Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby?

    Virtually everyone: Republican, Democrat-Conservative, Liberal. The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say, and palpable. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) brags that it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and has demonstrated that time and again-and not only on Capitol Hill.
    http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/10/06/43

    Loss of Liberty
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=411328588

  • Ghostwriter

    Let's be honest here. Ron Paul is an isolationist who'd simply abandon Israel to her neighbors. It's just that simple.

  • stovepipe johnson

    jews wanting more pity. stand up for yourself and stop crying.

    • Ghostwriter

      Why don't you stop acting like a jerk?

  • Maxie

    Communism is Judaism 2.0 with Man as the Supreme Being.

    • UCSPanther

      Actually, Communism was always hostile towards Judaism.

      • Maxie

        Of course. Just read Marx- he started it all with some help from the Rationalists; e.g.; Spinoza. Then there was Maimonides – what a Mensch!! (and I'm not a Jew except in spirit). Rock on.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Marx hated Jews.

          • Maxie

            He hated Capitalism and he equated it with the Jews. Same with moneylending.

  • Guy Faux

    Article: "The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica.”

    Disputed report: "Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying "don't worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America."

    "I lived as an Israeli citizen until I was 26 and everyone in Israel knew that the U.S. did as it was told. Why do you think the U.S. gives Israel over three billion dollars every year plus unlimited armaments? Because of the control they have over the U.S. they can get away with genocide and practice apartheid with impunity."
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111

    His views are not without merit … but of course, it is easy to understand why the group would be reluctant to let Paul speak. Censorship is natural for the censor … isn't it, Mr. Horowitz?

  • clew18gyber

    Ron Paul is like a broken clock; even a broken clock is correct twice a day. He has some valid worries about debased currency and crooked deals between banks and government; on other matters, he is completely insane. His attitude towards Jews is reminiscent not only of Pat Buchanan, but also of Louis Farrakhan. You listen to them, and they SEEM to be sane, coherent, speaking in complete sentences, but then someone says the work "Jew" or "Israel", and they snap; their heads start spinning around on their shoulders.
    Ron Paul's claim that people in other countries only hate America because of aggressive, nasty things we have done to them, is nonsense. It is a favorite argument of liberals. "If only America got its boot off the world's neck, everyone would be fine." What crap. The only thing we have ever done to other countries is to try to sell them Coca cola and other junk we make. Nobody forces them to buy it. America is the only country in history that had the opportunity to be a colonial power, and decided it didn't want to be one. Just because Ron Paul is not interested in history and facts, does not make them untrue or irrelevant. Stalin said "you may not be interested in history, but it is interested in you". There is a wooden ship in Boston harbor called the Constitution.
    It's our oldest active duty navy vessel. The reason it exists, the reason the America HAS a navy, is that we Americans initially tried to peacefully coexist and trade with the rest of the world, but our merchant ships were attacked—by Muslims from North Africa. The Barbary pirates attacked us, captured our ships, slaughtered their crews and passengers, or sold them into slavery. So Jefferson and John Adams realized that in spite of their desire to "avoid foreign entanglements", we needed a navy, and we needed to fight back. History was "interested in us", unfortunately. It still is, unfortunately. It's just the way the world works. Someone should tell Ron Paul that. But he's mentally impenetrable. It's just the way he works.

  • epaddon

    The Ron Paul spammers I notice have been at this place to drive down those who merely tell it like it is regarding this third-rate McGovern clone on foreign policy.

  • mah29001

    The more a wRONg Paulbot like daniel or any other National Socialist whines about how Israel "controls" the USA exposes how wRONg Paul isn't really pro-Israel at all…..they'll be the ones whom will bring the USA to a totalitarian government.

  • Moishe

    Someone mentioned the ridiculous notion of repaying China with precious metals.

    You never repay a nation with something of intrinsic value. You always pay them with fiar currency. The idea is that they spend this fiat in your economy. This is the only way to remain competetive with that nation.

    Libertarians will never understand what a fiat currency is, and G-D forbid, if they ever take power, they will take us back to the stoneage with their precious metal currency.

  • John

    Ron Paul will be a President who puts USA first. Stopping foreign aid is not anti Israel, it is just putting USA first. Everything else you say is just pro Israel propoganda.

  • Alf

    Ron Paul is the best friend Israel and Jews have. He is not an opportunist like the rest of the GOP candidates (and Obama). He is not crawling in mud and kissing AIPAC in the rear part as all the others, in order to get Jewish vote and Jewish money.

    On the other hand, he will not leave Israel alone even if the AIPAC influence should wane.

    Remember: people who used to kiss your ass because they are afraid of you will bite you the moment you lose your power. It is very painful to have to demean oneself for money. Ron Paul doesn't do it.

  • Alex

    I just don't see the anti -Israel sentiment in his philosophies, I think Ron understands the special relationship we have with Israel, but is also mindful that over meddling into Israels policies actually hampers Israel security, Perhaps that he follows the founders advice closely may reflect the illusion of being anti whatever, but there is a clear message our founders had about foreign entanglements that we should steer clear of, that's not being anti anything, that is just using common sense in my opinion.

  • George Orwell

    Just passing through. A European surfing on his computer.
    A few comments. Some of the bigotry and hatred I have read here from Paul-groupies were not just antisemitic but downright fascist. (everybody can google the definition of fascism).
    At first a pretty scary thought that someone like Paul could become the next President. Then i resd the most recent Gallup poll. 12% of registered Republican voters support Paul. That was reassuring. After all, every country has some bigots and they have the right to be represented.

  • Sashland

    like flies to honey, the ron-bots swarm…

  • joe

    RonPaul is not running for the presidency of Israel. He can say anything he wants about it.
    Israel has become and oppressive apartied and forgotten what the Nazis did becuase they now treat people the way Nazis treated them.

  • martyblueyes

    Mossad did 911. Everybody knows that.

  • martyblueyes
  • martyblueyes

    Israel is to blame for the world's problems.

  • martyblueyes

    You're wasting your time. Everyone who reads your garbage disagrees with you

  • martyblueyes

    Remember the USS Liberty? America does

  • martyblueyes

    David Duke is my hero

  • Ludwig von Mises

    Photographic proof that Ron Paul is a racist!!!

    The presstitute shills and the Neocons are going to pull out all of the stops against RP—now even comparing him to Kim Jong un in one article I just read— and they will come down on him with both feet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the establishment MSM so scared in my lifetime; It’s because they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

    By the way, if you want to see some great pictures of Ron Paul acting like a racist, then check out the following link:
    http://www.5k.com/

    Please spread these photos around!

  • ukant

    I've got'a get away from this site… These reports are not the truth… " get the facts !!.."

  • JasDal

    Dude,
    Your wars in the Middle East. Go fight them yourself. They are no concern of the US. Go solve your own problems. No more blood and treasure for your endless little wars of hate.

    The $3 billion a year “free gift” from the US to Israel should stop. So should the $12 billion a year gift to her “enemies”.

    Zionism is founded on the principles of self-reliance and self-determination. Yet Israel has no shame in accepting this charity from the US. And it comes with strings attached – control over Israeli policy.

    The other $12 billion? Attempted control over the governments of the mid-east.

    No shame, no gain is apparently the Israeli policy in accepting these ‘gifts’.

    When will Israel grow up and determine it’s own destiny without the influence of the US?

    Never, it seems.

  • http://www.GodsSabbathRest.us Gary McAleer

    If the world honored the Ten Commandments there would be no wars or locks on doors. The Constitution and Bill of Rights perfectly compliment the value of the Ten Commandments. The first four Commandments deal with our relationship with GOD and no one has the right to impose on another their version of obedience. But the last six Commandments deal with our safety with one another. Every crime the world over is due to their transgression. The moniker of Ron Paul is to restore the dignity of our forefather’s intent in those documents. And the only reason men historically have trampled them is because they despise the conscience calling for mutual liberty. Its always the childhood game of King of the Hill. As wild animals are tame when they’re young but grow up into fierce predators, so it is with men.

  • kim emmerich

    I just LOVE this guy,Daniel Greenfield. I am going to put you on my "speedial" prayer list! Go ahead and laugh, I think he cares about our country, and is working as hard as he can investigating the axis of evil, lol! I will post his articles, and encourage ALL my friends to post HIS articles in THEIR blogs. The Devil TREMBLES and says… OH NO! SHE IS ON HER KNEES, AGAIN!!!

  • SR-71

    Ron PAUL seems to be in your wishes to be the Belzebub, whon should expell the Devil.

    But that cannot happen, – equal what he promotes and promises on well done to different social groups.
    Name or blame Obama "communist", "socialist" or other laughable blames or not, may be he is an krypto muslem
    – I dont like him very well, because he spread history distorting lies about arabs bad "colonial" (?) past and about so false called "boardes of 1976" in Cairo to be kindness to the muslems — b u t
    Ron Paul, though he is not a fascist type man, he spread a nazi-islamist type of world sight , – can this be useful to stabilize the US ?!

    – Hitler also promises several national stabilizing solutions, before he started he true doubled in one solution : Order & cleansing by war and massmurder.
    Ron Pauö must be a friend of Chavez and AchMadinedChat.

    But if you interested in, I have a big solution for stabilazing the nation & the west :
    Look after what Jeremy Rifkin published in 1980 "Entropie – a new world view" about fundamental energy saving problems by energy-physical rule instable and poor , – plus http://www.desert-greening.com what declaires new basics for an positive view, also http://www.James_de_Meo , – know how what had been oppressed or ignored by the science and political right and left establishment over 50 years ! –
    USA and Europe must be freed from oil and gas dependence and from despotic, in special islamic states and interrupt energy financing jihad !

  • SR-71

    CORRECTURE :
    ". . . . because he spread history distorting lies about arabs bad "colonial" (?) past, false comparisations with the Holocaust (!) and in anti-israeli manner about so false called "boarders of 1967" ( what really is the jordanian -islaeli armistise line from 1949 !) in Cairo to be kindness to the muslems — . . ."

  • anti-zionist

    It’s no longer a big secret that Mossad did 9/11 w/ the help of their zionist puppets in the white house. Even higher ups at the U.S.Army War college admit it. Anti- semitism is a natural & justified reaction to jew supremacy, domination & oppresion.Thank God Americans are waking up.

  • anti-zionist

    It’s no longer a big secret that Mossad did 9/11 w/ the help of their zionist puppets in the white house. Even higher ups at the U.S.Army War college admit it. Anti- semitism is a natural & justified reaction to jew supremacy, domination & oppresion.Thank God Americans are waking up. As a Jew I am now embarresed to admit it. Remember the Liberty !

    • adam

      to anti-zionist

      Dude, did you forget your meds today?

      Please supply the names and ranks of these “Higher Ups.”
      Surely since “everyone” knows about Mossad’s trick, you can tell us their names.

  • Not Paul

    Ron Paul bought into everything that Osama Bin Laden said, literally, because it was Bin Laden and only Bin Laden who said what Paul parrots, that because we had an air base in Riyadh – which was built BY INVITATION from the Saudi goverment, whom Bin Laden also despised, he planned and executed the 1993 WTC bombing and the Sept. 11, 2001 WTC destruction.

    Google "Umayyad Caliphate" and then Google "Ottoman Empire." Then visit the website, TheReligionOfPeace.com, and ask yourself, "What does the US or Israel have to do with what started in the 7th Century and is still going on now? That being the effort to spread Islam across the world and create another global caliphate ruled by Sha'ria law.

    Over a 1,400 year period, Islamic empires existed thanks to the bloodiest conquests the world has ever known. Muslims occupied 3/4 of the known world by force, not by ideas, long before there was an America and long before there was the modern state of Israel.

    What is going on now is no different than what took place in prior centuries. Islam is not just a religion but a total way of life, aka a totalitarian ideology, which never changed. What changed were the people. There were Muslim rulers who were tolerant, even kind, to Jews and Christians, and there were rulers who were more ruthless than anyone you can name.

    The problem is that "radical Islam" is not "radical" to the people who ascribe to it. It is "mainstream Islam" to them, and they are right. Mainstream Islam, according to the Koran and the Hadiths, is not tolerant of other religions because Islam sees other religions as being false and a danger to Islam.

    Look around the world at all of the conflicts today. Ask yourself, "What group of people are causing these conflicts and what is the driving force behind them?"

    HINT: It is not Americans or Jews or Israelis. It is not Western imperialism or colonialism. The Crusades were DEFENSIVE wars and never would have existed if the Muslim Empire had not conquered Spain on its way to conquering all of Europe, as it had the rest of the world.

  • teflonron

    That’s all BS.

  • daniel

    Why is it we should pay and die for israel. They do what for us in return?

    All we are doing is sticking our hands in a bee hive.

    Focus on America!!!! Not Israel or Iran or Iraq or Pakistan or Libya, or georgia, or russia. Come on people time to do a 180

  • Anon

    So is it a fair statement that if you are not a Zionist Semite then you must be anti-Semite? That seems to be the impression that I get from the zionists I have come across. All of the people that scream “anti-Semite” at the drop of a hat seem to have a very clear “anti-Gentile” view. Why do the Semitic people make their causes do divisive? Your hatred for any non-Jewish person is abundantly evident in the vitriolic rhetoric and propoganda you spew. The agenda in this article is very clear by the tone and libel you have chosen to use. This isn’t an article; it’s an opinion based rant! One that comes off as extremely racist in itself. Why don’t we all just put the name-calling aside and write informative unbiased articles instead of pandering propagandic rants?

  • daniel

    Mah29001give it up its a lost argument.

    I guess you want Israel to suckle on Americas tits forever.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Time to try somthing different. Let Israel spread its wings and fly on its own

    How’s that’s for empowering Israel.

  • Joe

    That is exactly what Christianity use to do. In fact, they would burn non-christians in public as a means of spreading fear into people.

    It has no doubt gotten much better thankfully for us over the years. But it just kind of goes to show that such actions aren't really religion itself, but rather the people involved as highlighted by the general difference in Christianity today and what it once was.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I think you’re the dumb one, trying to vote for President of Israel in a US election.

  • Maxie

    Hey dummy – grow up. I don't hate Jews I hate communism. Now see if you can figure it out. Hint: If you're a Jew and not a Communist then everything's cool.