Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
In past years, Obama had downsized the White House Chanukah party guest list from the Bush years and he had celebrated Chanukah on the wrong day. But this Chanukah, Obama really took the latke.
Susan Talve, a board member of the anti-Israel group T’ruah, chanted “Ins’Allah” (If Allah Wills) and gleefully cried, “I stand here to light these lights to say no the darkness of Islamophobia and Homophobia and Transphobia.”
Even though Jews are the most common victims of religious hate crimes, not Muslims, Talve added anti-Semitism only as an obligatory afterthought.
Jewish lives don’t matter. Not to radical leftist clergy like Susan Talve.
Instead Talve, with Obama at her side, announced, “I stand here with my fierce family of clergy and black lives matter activists who took to the streets of Ferguson.”
In a rushed invocation that referenced Syrian Muslim refugees, gun control, nuclear waste and “justice for Palestinians”, Talve failed to mention the Jewish youth who had fallen victim to Islamic terror.
Talve could have said that she stood with Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year old teenager from Massachusetts murdered by a Muslim terrorist in Israel. Even the Patriots held a moment of silence for Ezra, but there was no room for him in Talve’s speech. Maybe if he had been a transsexual Muslim rioter chewing on nuclear waste, he might have gotten 2 seconds of sympathy in Susan Talve’s intersectional invocation.
Schwartz was murdered in Gush Etzion, a place whose Jewish residents Talve’s organization, T’ruah, is at war with. T’ruah has not only targeted Jews living in ’67 Israel, but even the “Jewish trees” planted by the JNF. One of the JNF projects opposed by T’ruah is “The Boys’ Promenade” in Gush Etzion, a pathway in memory of the three Jewish teenagers murdered last year that will be used for a memorial walk.
One of the murdered boys, Naftali Frenkel, was a 16-year-old American citizen.
The next morning after Talve’s speech, a six-month old Jewish baby girl was wounded by glass shards in a Muslim rock throwing attack while traveling from Beitar Illit to Jerusalem. Beitar Illit is a city of 45,000, but hate groups such as Talve’s T’ruah don’t want Jews living there. Their “Soft BDS” targets Jewish organizations conducting humanitarian projects in parts of Israel that BDS bigots want made Judenrein.
T’ruah’s Soft BDS is even worse than basic BDS because instead of targeting companies, together with J Street U, whose new Muslim anti-Israel head Amna Farooqi was also at the Chanukah party, it goes after humanitarian projects. There is a special place in hell for those BDS bigots who hate the Jewish State so much that they go after the charities that help make life better for Israel’s vulnerable populations.
And T’ruah, with its BDS for Jewish Charities, was out front at Obama’s Chanukah party from hell.
Susan Talve, a T’ruah board member gave one invocation, and Sid Schwartz, another T’ruah board member, gave a second invocation exploiting the Holocaust to promote Muslim immigration while indirectly accusing Republicans of bigotry.
T’ruah’s executive director, Jill Jacobs, who has aggressively pushed the extremist group’s Charity BDS campaign, was present, along with three other board members, Ayelet Cohen, Michael Latz and Mordechai Liebling.
Invitations to Obama’s Chanukah party are in high demand. And Obama’s Semi-Jewish clerical allies would strangle each other with bacon jerky for an invocation spot. It’s wildly improbable that two board members of an obscure anti-Israel organization both nailed down the invocations and that a big chunk of its leadership got an invite to the party unless the White House was endorsing its anti-Israel agenda.
And here’s how ugly that anti-Israel agenda gets.
Mordechai Liebling backed the Goldstone Report’s blood libel of Israel, participated in a “Fast for Gaza” and signed BDS letters calling on churches to divest from companies that do business with Israel. One of his BDS letters appeared at Jewish Voice for Peace, a radical group at the farthest left of the anti-Israel spectrum which pushes BDS and protests pro-Israel events. JVP’s Rabbinical council includes Brian Walt, the former Founding Executive Director of T’ruah/RHR-NA.
JVP has described attacks on Jews as “Palestinian popular resistance”.
T’ruah’s Mordechai Liebling has written that “the non-violent nature of BDS needs to be highlighted” and signed a letter calling on the president to “impose a final settlement” on Israel backed by sanctions. Other signatories included Van Jones and Salam Al-Marayati who had described Hezbollah terrorist attacks as “legitimate resistance.” Al-Marayati had also suggested that the Jews were behind 9⁄11.
After Hamas won the election, Liebling, Jacobs, Cohen, Latz and Talve had all signed a letter urging President Bush “to take a cautious stand concerning Hamas” and called for “constructive engagement with the new Palestinian government”.
5 out of 6 T’ruah figures at the White House Chanukah party had actually opposed sanctions against a genocidal Islamic terrorist group which calls for the extermination of the Jews.
Other signatories of the Rabbis for Hamas letter included T’ruah’s co-chair, its vice-chair, its treasurer, five of its board members and four members its advisory board.
Some months after T’ruah’s leadership advocated working with Hamas, the Islamic terror group had its own proposal for the Jewish people, “My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews.”
T’ruah’s leaders have yet to retract their call for collaborating with monsters who boast about drinking Jewish blood. Susan Talve found time to condemn Islamophobia and praise Allah, but not to condemn the Muslim terrorists murdering Jews in the street for Allah in their pursuit of “the blood of the Jews”.
None of this would come as a surprise to those who know T’ruah’s extremist background.
Before its rebranding, T’ruah used to be known as Rabbis for Human Rights North America, partnering with Rabbis for Human Rights, a radical organization in Israel that had become notorious for its harassment of Jewish farmers and its support for the pro-terrorist ISM group.
But T’ruah/RHR-NA became too radically anti-Israel even for its radical Israeli cousin.
Brian Walt, the former Founding Executive Director of T’ruah/RHR-NA, defended the Corrie Foundation after a co-founder of Rabbis for Human Rights accused it of “propagating bigotry – in the form of pure anti-Semitic propaganda”.
RHR-NA honored the Center for Constitutional Rights, an extreme leftist group with a long history of attacking the United States and Israel, leading an RHR board member to warn, “This incident demonstrates the ideological rift that exists between us and our sister organization in North America.”
(CCR, J Street and JVP had co-sponsored RHR-NA/T’ruah’s 2010 conference.)
Brian Walt has since gone on to state that, “Political Zionism, at its core, is a discriminatory ethno-nationalism”. He endorses BDS, opposes Zionism and is a member of the rabbinical council of JVP.
T’ruah rebranded as “T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights”. Jill Jacobs, who had worked under Walt assembling a collection of pseudo-religious attacks on Israel which demanded that Jews atone for the sins of “building roads” and “using excessive lethal force”, became the hate group’s new head.
Jill Jacobs sought to soften the organization’s ugly image even while focusing on attacks on Jewish charities in the United States and Israel. This Charity BDS campaign, perversely branded as “the Moses Standard”, against children, parks and public safety appears to have Obama’s support.
And with T’ruah’s Charity BDS clergy front and center, the Chanukah party took on an anti-Israel theme.
Instead of recognizing Israeli victims of terror on Chanukah, Obama backed a hate group that seeks to deny the most vulnerable Jewish populations in Israel basic services and human rights.
After his hateful Chanukah party, Obama sent out an email accusing Republicans of “Chutzpah”. But it’s Obama who is guilty of chutzpah for throwing a Chanukah party for the enemies of the Jewish State.