Rudy and The Jews
In reading about 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's recently announced foreign policy team, I was quite impressed with the lineup. I was particularly pleased to hear of the inclusion of Middle East studies professor (one of the good guys) Martin Kramer, whose work has become very inspiring to my own at Campus Watch.
Of course, the announcement also resulted in a flurry of the usual anti-Semitic...I mean, anti-Zionist, suspects blogging away about "Giuliani, the Likud Candidate." But Rudy's awareness that the GWOT and hatred towards Israel and Jews are inexorably linked certainly does not disqualify him in my book. In fact, he's one of the few Republican politicians to have made that connection explicitly clear on a number of occasions.
Most notably when he turned down the $10 million "disaster relief" check from Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal (the current patron of Georgetown University's so-called Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding) after 9/11 because bin Talal tried to insert the caveat that U.S. foreign policy (i.e. supporting Israel) was to blame for the attacks. And there's much more.
In an article I wrote in 2004 on the uptick in Jewish votes for Republicans after 9/11 (that in retrospect, turns out to have been somewhat overly optimistic), I had this to say about Rudy's speech at the RNC:
...This shift was definitely felt at the Republican National Convention, where among the crowd could be seen Orthodox Jews. No doubt they and other Jews watching were pleasantly surprised by the speech of former New York mayor and 9/11 hero, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani not only presented Israel and America as firm allies in the War on Terror, but he also paid homage to the wounds suffered by Jews in particular at the hands of Islamic terrorists.Mind you, I'm not trying to endorse any particular candidate, just to give credit where credit's due. And I think Rudy deserves mention for telling it like it is. The vitriol of his opponents is evidence that he hit the mark.
Giuliani referred specifically to the 1985 murder of American Leon Klinghoffer by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. It was on the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro that Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound elderly man, was, as Giuliani put it, "marked…for murder solely because he was Jewish." He also brought up the 11 Israeli athletes that were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists during the Munich Olympics in 1972, as well as the travesty that was Yasser Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. In bringing these incidents up, Giuliani did more to appeal to Jewish voters than almost any Republican before him.
Cross-posted at Solomonia.
Update (7/24): It seems the type of anti-Semitic terminology being applied to Rudy Giuliani(who gave a good talk in San Francisco yesterday) I referenced above has just been ratcheted up a notch by the oh-so-charming Wonkette. One of the posters at her blog has labeled him "Rudy Jew-Liani" and the New York Times (boy, are they barking up the wrong tree) the "Jew York Times."
Ed Lasky at the American Thinker elaborates. And today on FNC's "Special Report," Brit Hume referenced the story as well. Welcome to the International Jewish Conspiracy, Rudy!