Using anti-Semitism and Israel to distract from the fact that you learned about the dangers of the coronavirus and instead of warning vulnerable Americans turned around and made millions of dollars off of it is truly a low and shameful tactic.
Anyone who has walked the streets of Hebron knows that they ARE reminiscent of other previous oppressive regimes and there ARE laws of segregation that allow one thing for the Jewish people and another for the Palestinians. The outrage around this letter is totally manufactured.
"We are dismayed at the conditions in which Palestinian communities live & our hearts cry out to God over the prospect that this political standoff of which both Palestinians and Israelis have become prisoners may last into the future." Beautiful. Me too.…
Many misread the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a racial one, which it's not; it's a national one. But the letter @ReverendWarnock signed is so carefully, delicately couched in the atrocities of Jewish history. No one who truly cares about the conflict could take offense at it.
@ReverendWarnock But to my lights, @KLoeffler has lost the right to take offense at anything. To take offense is to have a moral high ground. And Loeffler's betrayal of the American people at their most vulnerable to profit off of suffering is one of the darkest things I've seen, in a dark time.
@ReverendWarnock @KLoeffler You can read more about @ReverendWarnock's views on Israel here. He thinks BDS has "anti-Semitic underpinnings," supports a two state solution, and worries about settlement expansion. In short, a liberal Zionist, like most American Jews.…
@ReverendWarnock @KLoeffler It's amazing that this opposition research turned up a letter & video that, despite how they are being cast, are completely consistent with his views today. @ReverendWarnock seems like a man of God who knows how to criticize Israel in a non-anti-Semitic way. More of this please.
@ReverendWarnock @KLoeffler In this video, @ReverendWarnock distinguishes violent from nonviolent protest; describes the Great Return March which had 30K attendees, a small percent of whom were violent; and mentions how some unarmed people were shot by the IDF. All of this is true.

This is exactly the kind of criticism of Israel that people who care about anti-Semitism should be defending. So I'm out here defending it.

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In the lead up to what we're told every day is the most important election of our lives, the New York Times hasn't run a single OpEd by someone voting for Trump, as far as I can tell (correct me if I'm wrong). What an absolute failure on the part of the former paper of record.
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"And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That's for the Evangelicals. You know, it's amazing: The Evangelicals are more excited about that than Jewish people. That's really - right? It's incredible."
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OF COURSE we shld understand how they think. They're half our nation! As Brooks notes in his actually accurate cosplay, cutting them out of public discourse is a major driver of support for Trump. The paper of record shld feature their voices, not this embarrassing ventriloquism.
You want Trump supporters to read the New York Times and trust its reporting? How about reflecting their views once in a while? Signal that you exist for them too. We're siloing ourselves and we will be the ones to pay the price.
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