Clicking on banner ads enables JWR to constantly improve
Jewish World Review Nov. 30, 2001 / 15 Kislev 5762

Evan Gahr

JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
David Limbaugh
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

Cynthia McKinney's
Final Solution? -- RAEED TAYEH may have thought he was just following in his boss's footsteps.

But now he's out of a job.

Until Wednesday, Tayeh worked for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia Congresswoman who prattles about like a cross between Noam Chomsky and Al Sharpton. Most recently, McKinney made headlines when she solicited funding from a Saudi prince after Mayor Giuliani rejected his proposed $10 million donation to aid victims of September 11, citing the prince's alleged soft line towards terrorism.

McKinney's now notorious October 12 letter to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal blamed Israel for Arab terrorism, and reeked of contempt for America. In short, the letter is not all that different from the noxious epistle her then-staffer published November 28 in the Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress.

Responding to a Nov 21 story, "Jewish lawmakers blast Bush on Palestianian statehood position," Tayeh rehashed the ugly canard that Jewish supporters of Israel are guilty of dual loyalties. He said the Jewish congressmen quoted in the Hill story "seemed to care more about Israel than human rights and American values." Worse yet, Tayeh, continued "many of these pro-Israeli lawmakers sit on the House International Relations Committee despite the obvious conflict of interest that their emotional attachments to Israel cause."

Tayeh then offers his own little final solution. "The Israeli occupation of all territories must end, including Congress."

For the moment, however, Tayeh's service to McKinney has ended. Tayeh was relieved of his duties the same day his Buchananesque letter appeared, McKinney's office told yesterday. Further questions were referred to her chief of staff, who could not be reached for comment.

Why exactly did Tayeh get the boot? Was he fired because of the viewpoint he expressed? That would seem a bit hypocritical because his viewpoint, again, seems rather congruous with McKinney's. Maybe his real "crime" was upstaging the boss? Is McKinney miffed that he didn't sign her name to his anti-Israel broadside? What's McKinney's official policy: all anti-Israel and anti-American letters should be issued under her name only? Come on, Cynthia: can't you learn to delegate authority?

Or maybe Tayeh's fate is really just a crass example of power politics. Congressional staffers get busted for the same kind of Jew-baiting which left-liberal luminaries indulge with little protest from their fellow "progressives." In 1986, writer Gore Vidal called Jewish conservatives Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter "fifth columnists." Podhoretz wrote to a slew of liberal bigmouths, asking them to repudiate Vidal's ugly charge. Almost none did. The Nation magazine, which published Vidal's screed, later published an editorial defending it.

And, of course, Tayeh's charge stinks of the same kind of anti-Semitism which Al Sharpton indulges when politically expedient.

Perhaps McKinney's aide has a bright future with the Nation magazine--or the Georgia Democratic Party. Another possibility is the Justice Department. In a November 29 email, the American Muslim Council, a pro-Hamas organization, gloats that its president, "Yahya Basha and other American Muslim leaders had a dinner meeting with Attorney General John Ashcroft here at a [Washington, DC area] mosque on Tuesday, Nov. 27."

The Attorney General should know better. And it's high time that one standard obtain for anti-Semites, famous and obscure, left and right. Ironically enough, their own contempt for Israel and the ugly charge that its Jewish supporters are guilty of dual loyalty, is the real betrayal of American values.

Evan Gahr, JWR's Washington correspondent, is an adjunct scholar at the Center for Equal Opportunity in Washington, DC. To comment click here.


09/10/01: The weed of all evil
08/20/01: For society's good, PLEASE learn this term: 'TMI': Too Much Info
07/16/01: Sleeping with the enemy
07/11/01: The Body Politic
05/24/01: Funding feminism
05/10/01: Ashcroft and Advocacy: Did foundations cross the line?
04/19/01: Creepy People for the American Way
04/12/01: Feminist Chung Vows "New Revolution"
03/28/01: Liberal chickens come home to roost
03/20/01: Teddy's FOBs --- Friends of Bush
03/16/01: Missile defense zealots
03/13/01: Stonewall Jackson strikes again
03/02/01: Only in New Yawk --- NOT!
02/28/01: Jesse the spendthrift? 'Moocher' is more like it!
02/21/01: Remember Saint Ralph?
02/17/01: Donna Brazile Speaks out on Clarence Thomas
02/15/01: Operation PUSH back
02/08/01: Of 'players,' boozers, and your tax dollars
02/02/01: Schumer's new insensitivity
01/31/01: The Real Pat Caddell
01/26/01: Louts Above the Law
01/18/01: Bush and other GOP converts to racial politics are profoundly misguided
12/20/00: Whose America? Here are some election results the "mainstream" press won't report
12/14/00: Gore's last smear campaign
12/05/00: Fido v. Fido --- the emerging 'pets' rights' movement
12/01/00: Missile defense fog
11/17/00: The Dersh opens his yap one time too many
11/13/00: Gore's biggest missing Florida bloc
11/07/00: Hillary's cruel blow to American pluralism
11/01/00: Given Hillary's history should anyone -- other than society's most radical -- be surprised?
10/26/00: Remembering Gus Hall, that 'all-American' kinda guy
10/19/00: Hey conservatives, Nader wants your vote!
08/24/00: Not So Super-Heroes
08/15/00: Meet Mr. Quotas
08/01/00:The Visigoths are coming! The Visigoths are coming! ... Or so the media thinks
07/12/00: Geraldo's Food for Thought
06/27/00: Time for To Execute a Murderer
06/20/00: Hillary and the Cop-bashers: Will the real Ms. Rodham please stand up?
06/08/00: For voting rights purposes, should criminal offenders be judged not by the content of their character but the color of their skin?
05/10/00: Feminist Majority Rule
05/02/00: The Tin Man's Doctor
03/07/00: Bob Jones hypocrisy: Liberals are lecturing Americans on "anti-Catholicism"?
02/03/00: The red and the Black: The Left-wing Extremist in Bill Bradley’s Camp
01/06/00: Looking backwards: An anchorman's version of the 20th Century
12/16/99: Yellow journalism for the Pink Lady?
12/07/99: How to make the American Psychological Association squirm

© 2001, Evan Gahr