Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
When Jews were being beaten in the streets of New York and Los Angeles by Muslim thugs, she signed a letter in support of the anti-Israel movement while insisting it wasn’t anti-semitic.
“We refuse to allow the continued and inaccurate conflation of antisemitism with speech critical of Israel,” the letter signed by Elyse Wechterman, the executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, huffed even while Jews who had been assaulted still lay in the hospital.
“Palestinian liberation and dismantling antisemitism are intertwined,” the letter claimed, which was a lot like insisting that Nazism and dismantling antisemitism were intertwined.
Its examples of the “Palestinian Freedom Movement” that it was defending against charges of anti-semitism included the BDS movement and a user name calling for the destruction of Israel.
“The Israeli government must be held accountable for its continued violations of Palestinian human rights,” the letter ranted while insisting that the signers would support support the right of anti-Israel activists “to describe their lived experiences without being accused of antisemitism.”
Happy Rosh Hashanah!
Wechterman was one of 7 clergy members whom Biden invited for his holiday conference as representatives of the Jewish communities of America, or perhaps just the radical Left.
Biden’s Zoom call for the Jewish High Holidays began on a bad note even before he chose to lie about visiting the Tree of Life synagogue where a white supremacist gunman had opened fire.
While President Trump had made a special visit to the synagogue, Joe Biden had not.
But the call had already been slanted to represent Biden’s political allies, not American Jews.
Reconstructionists, a secular leftist denomination that does not believe in G-d or the Bible, and loves Israel almost as much as Hamas does, make up a tiny percentage of American Jews, but 2 of the 7 clergy on the call were members of the Reconstructionist movement.
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association boasts that it has “over 300 rabbis”. That means a little under 1% of its membership were on the Zoom call with Biden.
I personally know more rabbis than that.
One survey counted over 1,400 Orthodox synagogues.
But along with the two Reconstructionists, there were two Reform rabbis, two Conservative rabbis, and one lonely Modern Orthodox Rabbi.
He was easy to spot because he was the only one without a pronoun in his name.
There are four times as many Orthodox Jews, who do believe in G-d and the Bible, than Reconstructionists who don’t believe in anything except leftist politics. But that’s the demographic that Biden’s people were pursuing. Not Jews. Just leftists.
The two Reconstructionist clergy included Sandra Lawson, an African-American woman who had been raised Christian, before coming out as a lesbian, then becoming a fitness and nutrition coach, and finally a member of the reconstructionist clergy. She’s a nice enough person, but she’s also not representative of the American Jewish community. She was there so the Biden administration could virtue signal by showing off a recent graduate who was a black lesbian.
And then there was Elyse Wechterman, the executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. If you can think of an anti-Israel letter, Wechterman has signed it.
Want someone to sign a letter in defense of vicious anti-semite Linda Sarsour?
Or a letter calling for “constructive engagement” with a Hamas government?
What about a J Street letter attacking anti-BDS legislation?
And a letter calling for Israel to allow BDS activists into the country?
Or, when Jews were being beaten on the streets of New York and Los Angeles, a letter in defense of the anti-semitic movements that were assaulting them in the streets?
Elyse Wechterman signed all five.
While Wechterman has repeatedly signed letters attacking and undermining Israel and Jews, she’s no pacifist because she had also signed a letter calling for the bombing of Syria.
How much does Wechterman hate the Jewish State?
When Hamas was attacking Israel this year, she signed a letter declaring, “We refuse to stand with those leaders in Israel and within the American Jewish community who have been complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.”
When Michelle Alexander, a Black Lives Matter supporter, wrote a New York Times op-ed slimily insinuating that Jews use “McCarthyite tactics” and “false charges of anti-Semitism” to silence opponents of Israel, Wechterman rushed to the defense of her ugly antisemitic tropes.
Wechterman signed a letter describing Alexander’s antisemitism as embodying a “prophetic voice” and declared, “we reject the charges of antisemitism that have been leveled against Professor Alexander by several Jewish leaders.”
None of this is surprising from the leader of a Reconstructionist movement that hates Israel.
Wechterman sits on the Reframing Israel advisory committee whose goal is to undermine support for Israel within the Jewish educational system.
Other members include Brian Walt, a militant BDS activist, and Brant Rosen, who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and defended a terrorist who helped murder Jewish college students.
Rosen used to be the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
“The point I’m trying to make here is that I used to think coming out of the Civil Rights Movement and being involved in the Jewish community as a kid… I used to think that hate could be defeated, it could be wiped out. But I learned a long time ago, it can’t. It only hides. It hides. It hides under the rocks,” Biden rambled on the call. “And given any oxygen at all, it comes out. It’s a minority view, but it comes out and it comes out raging.”
Biden’s involvement in the Jewish community and the Civil Rights movement are probably up there with his visit to the Tree of Life Synagogue that never happened. But he has a point.
Hate hides. And when you give it oxygen, it comes out raging.
Biden, like Obama, keeps giving oxygen to a tiny hateful minority that hates Israel and Jews.
Whether it’s Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, or whether it’s giving a massive platform to the Reconstructionist movement and Elyse Wechterman, Biden keeps giving them oxygen.
The problem isn’t just that Biden made up a story about visiting the Tree of Life synagogue. Biden fabulates the way that other politicians breathe. It’s that Biden continues to stand with Israel’s enemies and his administration empowers the shrillest anti-Israel voices.
Even at an event meant to reach out to the Jewish community for the High Holidays, the Biden administration amplified the voices of those who hate the Jewish State over the voices of Jews.
While Biden was rambling on about antisemitism, he failed to mention the shocking violent attacks against Jews this year that were caught on video in New York and Los Angeles.
Nor did he mention that the woman with her pronouns carefully labeled on his Zoom call had shamefully signed a horrifying letter defending the antisemitic movement behind the violence.
The antisemitism is hiding, but it’s hiding right in Biden’s outreach to American Jews.