What Jewish Voters Should Know About the Source of Those 'Support Israel? Fire Obama' Yard Signs
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The Squirrel Hill office is headed by Josh Wander, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel. Wander is a local Tea Party leader, certified trainer for the NRA, and founder of Jewish Preppers. This is Wander's Jewish variation of a survivalist group, although he takes pains to separate himself from "right-wing militiaman preparing for Armageddon in the boondocks of Montana."
Wander bases his modern day survivalist motivation on his fear of "Jewicidal" behavior and refers reader of his website to the Gates of Vienna. This Virginia-based website is known for its "counterjihad," anti-Muslim, and anti-multiculturalism writers, some of whom are considered heroes of the new international far right. Gates of Vienna drew international attention because of its reported influence on the Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik, who frequently cited the blog. The website's anti-Muslim screeds and claims that Christian Europe is being overrun, bear a startling resemblance to the anti-Jewish propaganda of the post-World War I period.
Impacting Jewish Voters
American Majority also has campaign headquarters in West Palm Beach and has conducted training in conjunction with Glenn Beck's 912 organizations in Florida locations including Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Venice, St. Augustine, Lakeland and Port Charlotte. In addition to the Pittsburgh office, Pennsylvania headquarters are in Chester County in the Philadelphia suburbs. In Ohio, American Majority has offices in Steubenville and Cincinnati and is working in Columbus and Cleveland.
There are Zionist and other Jewish organizations, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, that are spending millions of dollars to try to impact American Jewish voters. They claim that Obama "has thrown Israel under the bus," but this is disputed by leading Israeli politicians, including former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. Barak described Obama's support as "unparalleled" in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer in July, stating,
"But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past."
Other Israeli politicians and military leaders have also voiced similar opinions about the Obama administration.
Regardless of one's view on what is best for Israel's future and security, Jewish voters should not be fooled by the "Support Israel, Fire Obama" yard signs. American Majority's agenda is not about Israel.