A DILEMMA FOR THE LOST TRIBE

This is going to be a tough one for “The Lost Tribe” (i.e. Jews, and non-Jews, who support Israel but can’t let go of their reflexive attachment to the Democrat Party).

Scott Wallace has just won his primary and will be the Democrat candidate for Pennsylvania’s newly formed 1st District.  His opponent is Republican Brian Fitzpatrick.

Wallace, the grandson of Henry Wallace (one of FDR’s Vice Presidents) spent the last 15 years running the Wallace Global Fund.

And what is the “Lost Tribe” relevance here?

This partial list (there’s plenty more) is excerpted from Aiden Pink’s article for The Forward:

In 2009, the Wallace Global Fund gave $25,000 to Code Pink, the same year that the anti-war organization formally endorsed BDS.

The fund gave $25,000 in 2010 and another $25,000 in 2011 to Jewish Voice for Peace, the most prominent American Jewish pro-BDS group.

The foundation also gave Haymarket’s parent company $25,000 in 2005 in support of a speaking tour for the controversial British politician George Galloway, who has frequently been accused of crossing the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Soon before the speaking tour commenced in 2005, Galloway called Israel a “little Hitler state on the Mediterranean,” and went on in later years to claim that the British media is controlled by Zionists.

See the problem?

Now:  what is the reaction to this overtly Israel-hating candidate from at least one Jewish “progressive”?

From David Rutz’s article at freebeacon.com:

Jill Zipin, a founder and spokesperson for Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, told The Forward the donations are “deeply concerning to me.”

“If Scott Wallace, it turns out, supports BDS, he won’t get our endorsement, even though he’s a progressive,” she said.

JUST “deeply troubled”?  IF he supports BDS?

Can you not see where this is going?   Stay tuned for the “although we have grave concerns about Mr. Wallace..on the whole….we support him” boilerplate.  I’m sure Ms. Zipin will be happy to fill in the rest.

I wonder how many other Lost Tribers will follow this same routine.  If history is an indicator, the answer is a great many.

It’s like watching Lucy Van Pelt holding the football, then pulling it away every time, leaving Charlie Brown flat on his back.  No matter how many times it happens and how obvious it is, some people never learn.

2 Comments

  • Hi It is Jill Zipin. I am opposed to BDS. It is a form of antisemtism and is rooted in antisemtism. It is unacceptable to me a Jew who is Zionist and a liberal. DJOP will not support anybody who supports BDS.

  • Jill: I take you at your word, and accept that your intent is exactly as you describe it.

    But, reading your comments and assuming they are accurate, it is extremely difficult for me not to conclude that you are trying to give Mr. Wallace the opportunity to backtrack just enough to get your group’s endorsement…”grave concerns” notwithstanding.

    What, exactly, does Wallace have to do to convince you that he supports BDS? How many more thousands of dollars does he have to give to how many more BDS-supporting entities before you see what is in front of your eyes?

    It is the disinclination to recognize such reality, even when it is as transparent as Scott Wallace has made it, that caused me to coin the term “Lost Tribe” in this context.

    That said, maybe you will, after all is said and done, prove me wrong about your understanding of who/what Scott Wallace is. I hope you do.

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