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Ed Rendell keynotes fundraiser for Israeli army

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Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell

What does it mean to be Jewish? Ed Rendell gives a portrait of religious identity, quoted in Philadelphia Jewish Voice, at a gala to support the Israeli Defense Forces:

Keynote speaker former Governor Ed Rendell explained that he and his brother Robert were not raised in a religious home, but his father told them to remember that they are Jews, to remember how Jews have been treated over the years, and to support Jewish causes like FIDF whenever they could…

All these attitudes are typical among Jews in their 50s and 60s. We have been persecuted; our parents inscribed this understanding in us. Therefore as a “Jewish cause,” we must support militants in another country that we have no desire to live in, because we are doing fine in a liberal democracy. Bear in mind, Rendell is a liberal Democrat. I bet he has never been called on the Israeli army’s treatment of Palestinians at checkpoints, or during the onslaught of Gaza.

P.S. The other day on Bloggingheads, (part 6) Walter Russell Mead says with a faint tone of thuggery that Americans have always supported Israel because we share some deep spiritual roots and anyone who says that Jews exert a special influence on policy is treading on anti-Semitic ground. He refers to Sarah Palin being the Jewish state’s firmest supporter. Well that might explain Republican Party support. But Sarah Palin also opposes abortion, and Democrats don’t fall into line with her there. The absurdity of Mead’s claim (politely accepted by Glenn Loury, who does not, he says, want to be labelled an anti-Semite) is its ignorance of Rendell, who is a powerful figure. Mead is crudely indifferent to essentially-religious ideas that so many American Jews bear, ideas that have shaped our understanding of the world.

And finally, check out this video from the Philadelphia Jewish paper’s site of Israeli soldiers speaking in English, thanking Americans for supporting them. Do you think this appeal is being given to Christian Zionists? I doubt it. At its spiritual core, it says, We fight so that you don’t have to.

FIDF National Movie from FIDF on Vimeo.

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  1. flyod on November 25, 2011, 9:24 am

    thanks for making me sick first thing this am. perhaps i can re-pay the favor?

    • eee on November 25, 2011, 10:02 am

      I recommend the trip floyd is linking to very highly. I was not in the air force but had the opportunity to attend a couple of pilot graduation ceremonies. They are truly spectacular. You will see live things like a C-130 taking off from a very short runway using rockets, and this is the mundane stuff.

      In case you missed the link:
      link to

      • on November 25, 2011, 10:30 am

        Very good article about hasbara trolls.
        “Troll techniques
        -Turn up randomly asking question about Israel, trying to engage/educate.
        -Guilt by association, they point to some source your are linked to as being anti-semitic or neo-nazi.
        -Opportunity to redeem – the offer chance to recant from your naive ways.
        -Smears and insults – if the top 3 fail then it’s just character assassination.
        -Name bombing – using seo in blackhat ways to denounce and smear people. ie website with 37 mentions of someones name will prob get a Page one on Google.
        -Hasbara trolls generally follow the rules of social networks, because they want to continue to influence people and subvert open and free debate”

      • eee on November 25, 2011, 10:40 am

        How is this even relevant? I am praising a source floyd is linking to:

      • dahoit on November 25, 2011, 11:27 am

        Simple minds are moved by simple pleasures.
        How about Katushyas?;Do they excite you also?

      • eee on November 25, 2011, 11:55 am

        Not all of us can be sophisticated and rich like you. That is why your influence on public opinion in the US is so big. Oh, wait, am I being a simpleton again?

      • on November 25, 2011, 12:01 pm

        you are probably getting rich and richer every day, being such a loyal and dutiful hasbara troll??
        Not that anyone here cares for your opinions.
        You are treated here as a sort of a pest, a pesky mosquito, la cucaracha.
        Nobody likes them, but everbody knows that they are .
        Smack, smack.

      • on November 25, 2011, 12:37 pm

        I found a perfect song for you. I’m sure you are gonna love it.

      • Avi_G. on November 25, 2011, 1:22 pm

        dahoit says:
        November 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

        Simple minds are moved by simple pleasures.
        How about Katushyas?;Do they excite you also?

        It has to have the Star of David on it to excite him. Why would a U.S.-made aircraft like the Lockheed Martin Hercules excite him if not for the fact that it bears Israeli symbols all over it?

  2. on November 25, 2011, 9:38 am

    Along with this fake video, they should attach couple like these.

    These are actual one, not the fake, lovey-dovey ads about “angels in disguise ” ,fighting little children with stones , powerless women and older men.

  3. Woody Tanaka on November 25, 2011, 9:55 am

    Rendell is a Zionist and therefore suspect. No matter how “liberal” or “progressive” Zionists profess to be, their positions and their support for those liberal and progressive ideas must always be questioned and must never be fully believed, because they demonstrate that they have an inability to apply their supposed principles universally so they, in fact, do not have principles as much as they have currently convenient positions.

    • dahoit on November 25, 2011, 11:35 am

      Rendell’s past actions and statements made me wonder about his tribal ties.Confirmed.
      Now what motives can we discern for all our alleged Christian polls?
      The do(ugh) re me?
      Born liars,or born idiots?
      Bell curve?
      How about this radical thought; The election of
      Dr.Ron Paul will force Israel to make peace despite their insanity.

  4. William Burns on November 25, 2011, 11:26 am

    If Israel wants an army, let them pay for it out of their own damned taxes. The idea of going to a foreign country, hat in hand, to pay for your army is just fucking pathetic, although not as pathetic as Americans like Rendell who go along with it.

  5. Chaos4700 on November 25, 2011, 7:46 pm

    All these attitudes are typical among Jews in their 50s and 60s. We have been persecuted; our parents inscribed this understanding in us.

    Persecuted by… who, exactly? In what what way? This is something I really don’t get. How do people even fall for this? Jews are not persecuted in the US. That’s just a plain fact.

    People like Rendell are a big part of the reason the Democratic Party can’t be considered liberal any more.

  6. RoHa on November 25, 2011, 10:43 pm

    “his father told them to remember that they are Jews,”

    Why should they remember it? What good will it do them or anyone else?

    ” to remember how Jews have been treated over the years”

    If he doesn’t learn a universal lesson from that, what’s the point?

    “and to support Jewish causes like FIDF whenever they could…”

    He’s a grown man. He doesn’t have to do what his father tells him.

  7. annie on November 25, 2011, 11:10 pm

    re the video: ‘academic scholarships for former idf ‘ is, iow, money for israeli jewish kids when they get out of the army.

  8. on November 27, 2011, 4:45 pm

    There’re 200.000 homeless vets in this country – Too angry to comment ,…

    Los Angeles, Alta California – November 14, 2003 – (ACN) The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles made a startling revelation today when writer Phil Shuman wrote, “Only some 3,000 out of 1.4 million active duty servicemen and women are Jewish, about two-tenths of one percent. When it comes to Marines, the numbers are even more startling. It’s one out of 1,000. One-tenth of one percent.”

  9. on November 27, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Forgot the link ,…

    G. Britain ,…

    November 20, 2005

    Jews in the armed forces

    According to a recent press release issued by the Ministry of Defence, the actual number is 65, yes, there are 65 members of the faith in the armed forces, or at least 65 people who identified themselves as being Jewish.

    Christian – 183,000
    Muslim – 305
    Hindu – 230
    Buddhist – 220
    Sikh – 90
    Jewish – 65

  10. Jeffrey Blankfort on November 28, 2011, 6:35 pm

    It would be interesting to know the number of American Jews who have served in the Israeli military in the last two decades (excluding two week volunteers like Rahm Emanuel) as compared with those who have volunteered for the US military.

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