MP under fire for bizarre claim that all socialists are ‘anti-Jews’
A Republican congresswoman from Florida representing one of America’s largest Jewish communities said Thursday that all socialists are “anti-Jews,” even though there is a long history of Jewish socialism in the United States and beyond .
The comments, from Miami Beach area representative Maria Elvira Salazar, came Thursday, during a discussion on Fox News with host Ben Domenech.
The couple were discussing a recent article by Zack Beauchamp, a Vox writer and Jewish man himself, highlighting the complex factors behind recent anti-Semitic attacks, with the headline “Violent Anti-Semitism Rises in America During the Israel-Hamas War.” And we don’t know why.
“Vox may not know what it is, but I have the answer – the answer is socialism,” Ms. Salazar said, adding: “We have a huge problem in this country with this democratic socialism that some people in the Democratic Party sell to our youth. When you say socialism, you mean anti-Semitism in the same sentence, even though it may not be mentioned.
According to experts, although there have been recent disturbing incidents of anti-Semitic street violence in the United States and elsewhere, data on the issue is incomplete and recent allegations of a huge “rise” are more likely a reflection of increased public and media attention to the issue, rather than a real push.
The representative continued, “You see it in Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, you see North Korea – everyone who is a socialist or a communist is anti-Jewish.”
In fact, historically speaking, it is quite the opposite. Jewish immigrants, especially in industrialized urban areas like New York City in the early 1900s, were very involved in the organization of work and socialist politics, and many Jews have remained active in progressive left-wing social movements ever since, also forming a key block of support during the civil rights movement.
During the recent 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, international opinion has taken a marked turn against the Israeli state compared to previous conflicts, following the disproportionate toll the fighting has taken on Palestinian civilians.
Republican supporters of Israel often insist that criticism of the Israeli state is synonymous with anti-Semitism in the broad sense, even though Israel is only a part of the politically and geographically diverse global Jewish community.