Trump And Jewish Republicans And Oy F*ckin' Vey
On Saturday, Jewish Republicans fulfilled the biblical commandment to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy by gathering at a casino in Las Vegas to worship at the holy altar of Donald Trump. How better to mark the Shabbat between Purim, when we Jews celebrate our escape from annihilation at the hands of the Persians, and Passover, when we commemorate our deliverance from slavery and annihilation in Egypt, than with a man who praised the Charlottesville Nazis as "very fine people"?
Former Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota warmed up the crowd with a rousing rendition of the Dayenu prayer of gratitude. But instead of thanking God for leading out us out of Egypt, DAYENU, and feeding us manna in the desert, DAYENU -- "IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH FOR US" -- Coleman launched into beatitudes of appreciation for the Golden-Haired Savior.
Had President Trump only passed the largest tax cut in history, say it with me, DAYENU. Had President Trump only put two conservative Supreme Court judges, Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, we would say, DAYENU. Had President Trump only appointed Nikki Haley ambassador to the UN, sending a powerful message that we will not tolerate the UN's anti-Israel bias, DAYENU.
Join us in the Hoffman chapel after services for a light oneg sponsored by the sisterhood. See an usher to donate your jewelry for the annual casting of the congregational golden calf.
Just hours after one of his supporters was arrested for threatening to "put a bullet in her fucking head," Trump led the crowd in booing Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who "doesn't like Israel." Then he told the assembled American Jews that, without his benign protection, the Democrats would "leave Israel out there by yourselves." Clearly Israel is the highest, nay only priority for my people, the "dealmakers." Which I might liken to putting a bullet in the fucking head of irony, if we weren't all numb to that kind of thing at this point.
"How the hell did you support President Obama?" Trump asked the assembled Adelson acolytes, who most assuredly did no such thing. He really means, how could the rest of us, the vast majority of American Jews, support Democrats when the Republicans have aligned themselves completely with Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of Israel's rightwing Likud Party?
Netanyahu has deemed my religious practice non-Jewish, denied the authority of my rabbi, called my marriage illegitimate, and ensured that I will never be allowed to pray at the Western Wall with my own sons. DAYENU! But Trump really stuck it to the Palestinians by getting the US embassy moved to Jerusalem. Plus he blessed Israel's seizure of the Golan Heights from Syria, because seizing territory in war is totally cool now. (Paging Vladimir Putin.)
So I guess I'll be changing my party registration and ... nope, still fuck you. The GOP isn't doing me any favors getting racist, corrupt Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected tomorrow. I prefer the Blue and White moderate party, but, more to the point, I don't vote in Israeli elections. And, much as it pains me to admit, my "prime minister" is Donald Trump, whose only redeeming virtue appears to be gross incompetence.
Which is not to say I don't care about Israel, because I do. (Yes, I also care about the Palestinians. And no, I'm not interested in debating it with you.)
I care that Israel is aligning itself with the political party which represents the minority of Americans and the vast minority of American Jews. I care that Israel rammed through the nation-state law, codifying second class status for its Arab citizens. I care that 50 years of bipartisan American support is being flushed down the toilet so that a corrupt, rightwing government can keep its hold on power. I care that we are arresting our own children when they protest Israeli policy. And I care that 30 percent of my American Jewish cohort are totally fine with this racist, xenophobic filth.
Get out, sorry. Get out. Sorry, we can't handle it. And I told my people yesterday, our country is full. We are full. Our system is full, our country is full. You can't come in, 'cause our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full. Can't come in. I'm sorry, it's very simple.
Our country is in no way full. And even if it were, it would still be unspeakably shameful for the descendants of Holocaust survivors to applaud as we turn away poor, frightened people fleeing violence. So much for that business in Exodus about not oppressing the stranger, "because you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Israel."
AND FOR WHAT? What's this amazing prize we're trading away our values for? So Benjamin Netanyahu gets to continue expropriating Arab land without consequence exactly the way he's been doing for the past 10 years? That's it? We're knee-deep in Nazis, the entire Republican Party is dogwhistling about Soros, there's been a 31 percent increase in anti-semitic hate crimes since 2014, and our own children no longer identify with Israel. If this is winning, I shudder to think what losing looks like.
So, congratulations, Jewish Republicans, you played yourself. The orange charlatan took you for hundreds of millions of dollars and left you with a flaming sack of crap. As our Israeli cousins would say, Frayerim! Suckers! You sold yourself cheap. Let's sing at least, instead of weeping. I think this one about covers it.
Hadag Nahash - Lo Frayerim // הדג נחש - לא פראיירים www.youtube.com
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Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.