National Jewish Democratic Council Doesn’t Speak for Me on Adelson


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David Harris, the President of the National Jewish Democratic Council, has asked Jewish Democrats to sign a petition demanding that Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican Party stop taking campaign contributions from Sheldon Adelson, and return those already received.  They claim his money is “tainted.” This absurd allegation comes from a highly questionable, if not totally discredited, source—namely a former employee who was fired and is suing Adelson.  He claims that Adelson approved of prostitution in his Macau casinos.  Harris has apparently credited this claim even though no evidence has been submitted to support it and no finding has been made by any court.  Has he never heard of “due process” or the “presumption of innocence?”

I know Sheldon Adelson and I have worked with him on several matters relating to Israel and the Jewish community.  I have spoken on behalf of the wonderful school he has built in Las Vegas.  And have had the pleasure of teaching one of the brilliant graduates of that school.  Adelson was deeply involved in the creation of the Birthright Israel Program, which has had extraordinary success in exposing young Jews to Israel.  It’s hard to find anyone who has done as much for the Jewish community as Sheldon Adelson.  Adelson grew up in Boston in near poverty and is a shining example of the American dream.  He is a self-made multibillionaire who has contributed significantly to the world of modern technology and to the economic growth of Las Vegas and other areas.  His generosity has helped repair the world.

I am a Democrat and do not agree with many of Adelson’s political views, but I think it’s outrageous for the National Jewish Democratic Council to level unfounded allegations against Adelson.  They do not speak for me, and for the many other Jews who admire Adelson’s contributions to the world, to America, to Israel and to the Jewish community.  I don’t know who Harris purports to speak for as President of the National Jewish Democratic Council, but his partisan gamesmanship is an embarrassment to many Jewish Democrats.  The attack comes with particular ill grace from a Jewish organization, considering all that Adelson has done for Jewish causes, and considering the fact that there is nothing uniquely “Jewish” about the questionable allegations against him.

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  • PDK

    I don`t think republicans admonishing Obama to give back Mahrs money had the intention of getting Obama to return the money. First and foremost Obama is a moneywhore. However, I believe the point was to remind the liberals of their double standard. If one recalls, Rush had just called Fluke a whore for wanting the American taxpayers to finace the protection for her personal sex life. The liberals jumped all over Rush and the conservatives as being misogynistic, they called it, "the republican war on women". This, all the while Mahr, and other liberals, besmirched Sarah and Michelle Bachmann with extreme rudeness.

    I think Mahr is a POS.

    One and done! Nobama 2012, vote republican. Thank you.

  • Steve Chavez

    I officially call on all Democrats who are receiving funds from Communists, Muslims/Saudi's, Fake Jews, and Hollywood since they are all anti-Capitalist hypocrites and fund the downfall of the United States and Israel, to return their hundreds of millions too beginning with Bill Maher!

  • geopeyton

    Prof. Dershowitz, will you ever wake up and realize the Democrats left you long ago?

  • dennis x

    Isn't this the same guy who stated he was not proud to have been a member of the us military?

  • Choi

    @Mr. Dershowitz:
    WHY do you remain a Democrat?
    You ,as much as anyone KNOWS that today's Democratic Party is NOT the Democratic Party of the past.
    You should be a leader in bringing Jewish-Americans OUT of the Democratic Party,not just disagreeing with the party re: Israel.
    As BRILLIANT as you are,and YOU ARE, you have COGNITIVE DISSONANCE re: The Democratic Party.

    • ajnn

      there was an old television commercial for a cigarette brand (Tarryton ?) for which the catchphrase was;

      "I'd rather fight than switch"

      Perhaps Mr. Derchowitz is a smoker ? My father smoked camel cigarettes up until a month before his passing and I never wavered in my love for him. There were times as a child, like when I hid his cigarettes, that I was not so sure about his feelings about me !!! (lol)

      What were we arguing about again ? Oh, yes: there are so many things in this world to fight about let us agree that a man's brand of cigarette shall not be one of them.

  • Herbster

    National Jewish Democratic Council……..sounds like the same leftist type organization made up of Jews whose true religion is not Judaism, but liberalism. For shame!

  • mmichlin66

    I do admire that Mr. Dershowitz found the time to stand up in defense of truth and common sense even when the attack comes from the ranks of the Democratic Party. There is, however, one question I'd like to pose to him: why the word "extremist" is used to describe those who demand that Obama return money to Maher? One of such people, for example, is Sean Hannity. Is he an extremist? I personally don't agree with that demand, but it sounds strange that Mr. Dershowitz uses the word "extremist" in this context.

  • NotaBene

    Slimes of a feather ooze together.