Damn, this pisses me off. First off, I can't understand how any Jewish person could be a Republican. I really don't get it. They are the party of the white, Christian, aristocracy of America, and many of its leaders and members refer to America as a "Christian nation." The GOP's Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is a supporter of the cult known as Jews For Jesus. I'm sorry, but Jews For Jesus is more anti-Semitic than the KKK.
Despite the fact that the Democrats have the same overall foreign policy objectives with regard to Israel that the Republicans do (and have had for the last 40 years or so), the right-wing in the US and the media continue to falsely assert that only the Republican party "supports Israel." Their claim is supported by nothing. Literally. And their definition of support actually translates to supporting the Republican party in America, despite the fact that the policies of the Bush Administration have had a detrimental effect on Israel and the region in which it resides.
Polling and census data has shown that an overwhelming majority of American Jews are Democrats. I believe Jews support the Democratic party for its positions on social and economic justice, civil rights, religious and racial tolerance, and its belief that humans should have more rights than corporations.
Recently, a few well-funded right-wing Jews known as the Republican Jewish Coalition have begun calling Jews in five battleground states, refusing to identify themselves, and spreading lies about Barack Obama in an attempt to turn Jews against the Democratic candidate. They are telling these folks that Obama has given money to the PLO (false), is a supporter of Hamas (false), and that he wants to have a Middle East summit as president that would exclude Israel (false). None of these claims are remotely true, and should be seen as slander on Sen. Obama, and an insult to Jews.
The Jewish Council for Education and Research is staging a protest outside of the call center from which these "polls" are being done. "If the RJC is responsible for these calls, which are designed to frighten Jews and sow mistrust, they have forfeited their place at the Jewish table," said the co-executive director of the group, Mik Moore. "It is incumbent upon the McCain campaign to speak out forcefully against this and ongoing efforts by his supporters to scare Jews into supporting his candidacy."
A Jewish member of Congress, Robert Wexler (D-FL), is also angry at these scare tactics. "The fact that the Republican Jewish Coalition is targeting Jewish Americans with these disgraceful and deceitful tactics fits in perfectly with the dishonorable campaign that John McCain has chosen to run. Peddling lies and hateful distortions to scare Jewish voters is reprehensible and deeply disrespectful to Jewish Americans."
Very true. Shame on the Republican Jewish Coalition and shame on John McCain (does this guy even have a sense of shame?).
UPDATE: I emailed my rabbi with the link to the article about this smear campaign, and he informed me that the Temple will be having a panel discussion on the subject on the afternoon after Yom Kippur services. He also said that he was on a conference call with 900 other rabbis this morning where he was able to listen directly to Sen. Obama on a number of topics.