Rabbi, evangelical leader urge progressives to stop ‘furnishing anti-Semitism’ as war engulfs Israel

ABOVE: The Reverend Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, appeared on Friday’s edition of CBN’s Newswatch to discuss his op-ed and what appears to be a mix of socialism and anti-Israel attitudes in today’s culture. Newswatch is seen weekdays on the CBN news channel.

As violence between Israel and Hamas rages, two influential religious leaders, a rabbi and an evangelical leader are warning American progressives to beware of anti-Semitism.

In a Newsweek op-ed, co-authors Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Johnnie Moore send a caveat.

“We ignore, at our peril, the high-profile anti-Semitism emanating from the self-proclaimed guardians of the progressive left, increasingly visible in these bloody days in the Holy Land,” the two men wrote. “The seeds for even more anti-Semitism here in the United States have been sown, including by very influential progressives.”

During a Friday interview on CBN’s Newswatch, Moore explained that there was a significant trend within the Democratic Party in particular, of socialism mixed with anti-Israel attitudes.

“But this socialism is intersecting with anti-Semite/anti-Zionism. So the leaders of this movement like Illhan Omar, the representative from Minnesota, who has called Israel a terrorist state in recent days. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star of the Democratic Party, may even challenge (New York Senator) Chuck Schumer in a primary, excoriated Andrew Yang, who is running for mayor of New York at the top of the list, for his support for Israel,” he said. -he declares.

“I mean, before, it could be taken for granted that Israel was a nonpartisan issue in the United States of America,” Moore noted. The fact is that at the pinnacle of power in our country we have people who tacitly defend Hamas’ tactics. It’s serious. And besides, it’s not just our politicians. There are even elements of these various social justice movements all over the United States that are openly anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic. They even attacked synagogues in the United States of America.”

“So we’re saying, ‘Yes, condemn everything on the far right. But recognize that we live in a culture that supports anti-Semitism on the far left,'” he explained.

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Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., also calls on the left to condemn Hamas’ terror tactics. Rodriguez said in a statement sent to CBN News, “The violence and bloodshed directed against Israel by Hamas is nothing short of terror.”

“There is no moral equivalence between the actions of terrorists in the Gaza Strip and the democratic state of Israel in defense of its citizens,” he said.

“We see precisely why Hamas has long been designated a terrorist entity by the United States. It is time for the Biden administration to emerge as the leader of the free world and condemn the actions of these extremist groups with moral clarity. .” people around the world need to know that the United States does not look on with indifference at these heinous human rights abuses,” Rodriguez continued.

“President Biden’s platform includes a commitment to the Jewish people and social justice, but he has kept believers in the United States and around the world waiting for far too long. More than 40,000 Hispanic churches in the United States and in Latin America are watching and waiting. President Biden must keep his promise. Part of that promise is to make sure there is no daylight between Israel and the United States,” he said. he noted.

Barry F. Howard