Middle East studies in the News
Jewish Obama Supporters 'Wandering in Political Desert' [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Jim Brown
A Jewish-American journalist and Internet entrepreneur who voted for John McCain on Election Day is apologizing to McCain, Sarah Palin, evangelical Christians, and conservative commentators who support the state of Israel, including Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.
Former Wall Street Journal editor Dean Rotbart says he is apologizing to those non-Jewish supporters of Israel on behalf of the 22 percent of fellow Jewish Americans who did not vote for Senator Barack Obama.
Rotbart says he and other conservative Jews let the nearly eight in 10 American Jews who voted for Obama "wander into the political desert." In a column for The Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, he argues that Jewish Obama voters have lost sight of many Judeo-Christian values.
"I fear that they have come to worship secularism, if you will, and the popular thing to do in America is to overlook the obvious," says Rotbart. "Anybody who gave the facts in this [election] a fair read, I think, would have to have concluded that the people that president-elect Obama associated with were not people who embrace our Western Judeo-Christian values -- people like Rashid Khalidi, William Ayers, Tony Rezko."
Rotbart accuses the 78 percent of American Jews who voted for Barack Obama of what he calls "Jewish philistinism," or "the blind worship of what is popular...and the denial of what is obvious and truthful." Rotbart contends Obama's actions and experience are "frightening," and warns that with Obama in the White House, there will likely be a "nuclear war in the Middle East" launched by Iran.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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